Holly River State Park in Hacker Valley, Webster County, has been a family favorite for decades for camping, picnicking, fishing, and staying in a cabin in the spring, summer or fall for vacation. Now is the time to begin planning for a spring and summer schedule of free and fun events at the park. “We have many family oriented activities for park visitors that are open to the public at no charge,” said Park Supt. Ken McClintic.

Holly River activities in the summer of 2012 include hikes led by the park naturalist, night-hikes, hayrides, and campfire programs. Specialty activities such as knot tying, fly tying, and outdoor cooking are often scheduled. Holly River hosts special events “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” on July 6 and Irish Road Bowling on October 6.

Special Spring and Summer Activities at Holly River State Park

In May and June, Trout Unlimited conducts an education presentation at 10 a.m. Visitors meet at the Trout Pond to learn about West Virginia’s State Fish (the brook trout) and the Centennial (Golden) trout. This activity is scheduled on May 25, 26, 27, 28, 31; June 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Fundamentals of Fly Fishing class is scheduled at the activities building at noon on June 30. July and August dates will be posted online.

Lou Maiuri will be calling square dancing and line dances on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Old Pavillion. “Knowing how to dance isn’t necessary,” McClintic said. “Maiuri teaches and calls the dances. It is good fun for families and visitors of any age.”

Maiuri is an old-time square dance caller who has conducted square dance workshops at many of West Virginia’s state parks in the summer. Mauiri says “Dance and you’ll stay young!” At four score plus a half decade or so in years of age, Maiuri continues to promenade with park guests and teaches his “fountain of youth” – square dancing.

For more information about Holly River State Park, visit www.hollyriver.com or call 304-493-6353. The activities schedule is posted monthly with activities scheduled from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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