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Cathedral State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Cathedral State Park is located in West Virginia
Cathedral State Park
Cathedral State Park
Location in West Virginia
Location Preston, West Virginia, United States
Area 132 acres (53 ha)
Elevation 2,579 ft (786 m)
Established 1942
Governing body West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Cathedral State Park is the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia. The park features trees of up to 90 feet in height and 16 feet in circumference. Located on 132 acres (53 ha) about one mile (1.6 km) east of the town of Aurora and five miles west of Redhouse, Maryland, Cathedral is a mixed forest of predominantly eastern hemlock. Rhine Creek runs through the park.

The National Park Service has designated the park as a National Natural Landmark in 1965.

The park is under significant threat from the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has been detected within 20 miles (32 km) of the park.


Mr Branson Haas, a workman for the Brookside hotel, purchased the land in 1922 and sold it to the state of West Virginia in 1942. It was included in the Brookside Historic District. The park was entered in the National Registry for Natural History Landmarks on October 6, 1966. The Society of American Foresters recognized the park in 1983 in its National Natural Areas program.

In 2004, the state's largest hemlock tree was felled by lightning.

In October 2012, the park suffered extensive damage resulting from snowfall produced by Hurricane Sandy.


Trail Name Trail Length
ft m
Cathedral Trail 5,898 ft 1,798 m
Giant Hemlock Trail 1,170 ft 360 m
Partridge Berry Trail 2,931 ft 893 m
Trillium Trail 668 ft 204 m
Cardinal Trail 1,201 ft 366 m
Wood Thrush Trail 3,274 ft 998 m
Old Oakland Road 2,257 ft 688 m
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