5-7 May 2017
13TH Annual 

Whitewater Whirl!

a mini dance vacation in WV's New River Gorge Scenic Recreation Area

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Fayette County Park / 4H Camp

GPS Coordinates
(according to Google Maps)

38.07826428514586, -81.15154266357422

Dance Hall

The Dance Hall ("Rec Hall") is a wood and stone 1930's structure with a great, very smooth 45' X 60' floor over joists; a big stage at one end, big stone fireplace at the other; lots of windows and 4 sets of very wide double doors to keep the hall comfortable. Probably the most well-ventilated hall you've ever danced in! Convenient rest rooms right off the dance area. Cozily but not at all crowded, the hall will hold 170 dancers.

Dining Hall

Just down the hill from the Rec Hall, the Dining Hall is another spacious wood/stone 1930's structure with a (functional!) large stone fireplace which we'll light in the evening if requested. Even if you bring your own food, please come eat it here if you like. The Dining Hall is also a nice place to jam and sing anytime: piano available, musicians very welcome!


This is a RUSTIC facility owned and operated by Fayette County, WV, which has limited resources.

Those camping or staying in cabins need to form a community to keep their space clean and report problems as they occur. We will use our volunteer resources as best we can to act on problems as they occur! 

Park / Camp Rules & Regulations

General Information

  1. Park opens at 8:00am and closes at 9:00pm.
  2. A 10-mph speed limit and one-way traffic designation will be enforced within the park.
  3. Trash and garbage is to be disposed of and the area cleaned before leaving.
  4. NO beer or intoxicating beverages are allowed on park grounds.
  5. NO pets allowed! No cats or dogs.
  6. NO soliciting.
  7. Office Hours: 8am - 4pm, Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm, Sat/Sun
  8. NO off-road vehicles allowed on park grounds.

Summer hours are from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.

The park is owned and operated by the Fayette County Commissioners.

Earl S. Pauly, Jr, Park Superintendent.

Fayette County Park is about five miles west of Fayetteville, WV, near Beckwith, WV.

History of the Park

The Fayette County Park's origin lies in a land grant from 1925 for 30 acres of land from Loup Creek Collieries, Inc. This grant was originally given to the Fayette County 4-H Club for a camp. During that summer the mess hall, kitchen, and well were constructed. From the beginning development of the park rested upon the shoulders of many donors who eventually turned a dream into a reality. By 1934 the camp property consisted of not only the mess hall, kitchen, and well but also a three room caretaker's house nine cabins, a partially completed playing field, a shallow well with hand pump and a Delco LIght Plant. By 1936 a 40 x 60 recreation hall, three swimming poos, and a bathhouse had been added.

In 1954 ownership of the park was passed into the hands of the Fayette County Commission from the original owners. It was in 1955 that the Commission employed an in residence year round park superintendent. Prior to this time a WV University 4-H Extension Service Agent resided in the park only when it was in use by the public.

In 1981 the swimming pools were replaced with an Olmpic size pool and a toddlers' wading pool. A new filtering plant was built and the bath-house renovated.

Since 1955 there has been a succession of Park Superintendents who have brought with them a desire, ability, and determination to see the park grow and become arecreational center. An outdoor stage, four new picnic shelters, and a park office have been added to the grounds.

Update: 2014-01-23