Mountain State Destinations: Pinnacle Rock State Park

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — Of the many wild and wonderful places in West Virginia, Pinnacle Rock State Park is a rocky piece of history.

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Located between Bluewell and Bramwell along U.S. Route 52, Pinnacle Rock State Park in Mercer County includes a 3,100 foot tall sandstone rock formation that shares a name with the park. While it might be one of the smaller parks in the state, the park still offers stunning mountain views.

There are many things to be enjoyed at the park, including picnic areas, a picnic shelter, a playground, parking areas, and hiking trails, one of which leads to an overlook near the top of Pinnacle Rock.

  • Pinnacle Rock State Park – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips
    Pinnacle Rock State Park – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips
  • Pinnacle Rock State Park – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips
    Pinnacle Rock State Park – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips
  • Pinnacle Rock State Park Overlook View – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips
    Pinnacle Rock State Park Overlook View – Photo Courtesy: Jessica Phillips

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The rock formation itself was formed during the Appalachian Orogeny and is made of Stoney Gap Sandstone. The State Park was created in 1938 when a 26-acre piece of land around the rock formation was bought by the Conservation Commission. Over the years, the park grew until it became over 400 acres.

Visitors can hike to the top of the Pinnacle Rock overlook and see the natural views that the Mountain State has to offer.

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