South Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks Gift Cards are popular gift options for the holiday season, and this year they come with “Something Extra,” according to State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger. Anyone who purchases a State Parks Gift Card online or by phone in the amount of $100 or more will automatically receive “Something Extra” in the form of deals and discounts at various state parks through 2012.

“During the holiday season, we anticipate an increase in gift card sales,” Caplinger said. “Gift cards can be used at the state’s parks and forests year-round, but during the holidays, we like to reward gift card purchases with a little extra incentive to visit parks in 2012.”

The “Something Extra” promotion runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16, 2011. Carol Stewart handles the majority of phone sales from the State Parks office in South Charleston. “There is no magic word or code to ask for to receive the extras,” Stewart explained. “It’s a way to thank people for buying or giving the gift cards and to encourage them to enjoy the parks next year.”

For each gift card purchase of a $100 value, the buyer receives a set of eight “Something Extra” cards. “A purchase of $250 would receive two sets, a purchase of $400 will receive four sets and so on,” Stewart said. A metal West Virginia State Parks zipper pull comes with each order. Extras include:

  • a one-day outdoor swimming pool pass at one of these state parks: Cacapon, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Tomlinson Run, Twin Falls or Watoga;
  • buy one Island Belle sternwheeler ride and a second person rides free to Blennerhassett Island;
  • $5 off standard train fare at Cass Scenic Railroad;
  • a second night free during select dates at Cacapon and Twin Falls resorts, and Hawks Nest;
  • aerial tram ride at Hawks Nest or Pipestem state parks;
  • an 18-hole round of golf at Cacapon, Pipestem, or Twin Falls resorts January – September, 2012;
  • $5 off advance campsite reservations at Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, North Bend, Pipestem, Twin Falls or Tygart Lake state parks; and,
  • and a “mystery gift.”

State park gift cards are available by going online at and clicking “Gift Card Purchase,” or call 304-558-2764 ext. 51828. Standard ground USPS shipping service is included in gift card sales.

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