61 County Line Drive
Bruceton Mills WV 26525
1-800-CALL WVA http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/camping.html
The McCollum campground opens April 1 and remains open until October 31(weather permitting). Heading to the park, drivers should be aware there are numerous steep grade areas on highways and road leading to the park. This is a small campground with 25 sites. All have electric hookup. 12 sites are receivable online while others are walk-in. We paid $26 per night. We stayed at site 21. We liked it a lot. Site 22 is a U-shaped pull-through. These two make good buddy sites. There is water available at the campground but not at each site. There are no full hook-ups, however, there is a dumping station for camper use. There is a camp store located in the campground with very limited supplies but also a Trading Post further into the park. This store carries a wide variety of souvenirs and apparel. The Eagle Grill next to the store has a selection of sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks, etc.
The drive into the campground is very pretty with lots of mature trees. The campsites are also very wooded and offer lots of shade, especially those near the back. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel. The campground is well-manicured but not especially noteworthy in terms of landscaping, flowers, etc. We enjoyed staying at the park for its beautiful wooded trails and scenic views and rock formations. It is a lovely park to hike and take a picnic.
There is not a lot to do close by but we did have a very good lunch at Ruby andKetchy’s. This is a mom and pop type restaurant with goodhomestyle cooking. We had the meatloaf and roast beef hot brown sandwich – both were very good. Other attractions worth noting are:
Lakeview Golf Resort and Conference Center
West Virginia University
Swimming and boating on Cheat Lake
The campground has a playground but not much else for children to do. There is no pool, game room, basketball etc. They paved roads are nice for bike riding, skateboarding, etc. There are some nice hiking trails. We enjoyed the Overlook, Underlook, and Roadside Trails. In total, there are over 50 miles of hiking trails within the park system. There are numerous picnic and shelter areas for day use. Kids will enjoy seeing the stick sculptures of a bear and turtle located near the general store.
There is no fenced dog area but dogs are allowed on all trails provided they are on a leash.
There is only one shower/bath house which is not surprising considering the small size of the campground. The shower house has only 1 stall/1 urinal/2 showers on the men’s side and 2 stalls/2 showers for women. The showerhouse is in desperate need of updating. In addition to it not being very clean, it appeared old and run-down. On the positive side, there is hot, constant flowing showers and there is soap and hand towels provided. We did not take pictures of this facility, but take our word for it – if you have your own shower and toilet on board – stick with that!
Overall Rating: (out of five)