LOGAN — While the cozy log cabins built by Civilian Conservation Corps workers at a number of West Virginia state parks in the 1930s and early ‘40s have their woodsy charm and remain popular, they are a far cry from the latest version of state park cabins recently opened at Chief Logan State Park.
Each of Chief Logan’s three new guest cabins includes four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, a huge great room with a fireplace and big-screen television, a large, fully-equipped kitchen, wrap-around decks with Adirondack chairs, and a fire ring.
The cabins are furnished with original art work and photos of West Virginia landscapes by West Virginia artists and photographers, and stocked with West Virginia-made items like Homer Laughlin china and Wild Mountain Soap products.
They are perched atop a former strip mine bench on a hillside above Chief Logan’s lodge and conference center on part of a 350-acre parcel of land that was transferred to the park by the mine’s operator years ago as mitigation for environmental infractions.
“It’s a really good reclamation success,” said State Parks Chief Sam England. “We were able to take a mine bench like this and turn it into something that will bring people to the park and give them great views of the mountains and forests around them.”
The plus-size footprint of the Chief Logan cabins was chosen since the larger cabins in the state park system tend to be more popular with guests, according to England.
Family reunion groups are expected to be among the more frequent users of the new cabins, along with groups of ATV riders using the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, accessed by several trailheads within a 30-minute drive.
Since the cabins’ bedrooms can each be accessed through card-coded doors from the deck, they can be used as overflow accommodations if the park’s lodge is full.
England said elk watchers may soon be using the cabins and lodge, since Chief Logan is expected to host elk-viewing tours to the nearby Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, home of the state’s elk reintroduction effort, starting as early as this fall.
It cost about $2 million to complete the cabins, which have been open to the public for several weeks but were formally dedicated during a ceremony on Monday. One of the units meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Rental rates range from $239 to $254 per night.
The cabins were built by District Veterans Contracting of Washington, D.C.