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Cathedral State Park
West Virginia State Park
National Natural Landmark
Cathedral Trail
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Preston
Elevation 2,579 ft (786.1 m)
Coordinates 39°19′36″N 79°32′17″W / 39.32667°N 79.53806°W / 39.32667; -79.53806
Area 132 acres (53.4 ha) [1]
Established 1942 [2]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Aurora, West Virginia
Location of Cathedral State Park in West Virginia
Website: Cathedral State Park


Cathedral State Park is the largest virgin timber tract remaining in West Virginia. Located on 132 acres (53 ha)[1] about one mile (1.6 km) east of the town of Aurora, Cathedral is a mixed forest of predominantly eastern hemlock.[3]

The United States National Park Service has designated the park as a National Natural Landmark in 1965.[4]

While the state of West Virginia has protected the trees of Cathedral State Park from the chainsaw, the park is under significant threat from the hemlock woolly adelgid, which has been detected within 20 miles (32 km) of the park.[5]

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