PARKERSBURG - There are still lots of downed trees, but North Bend State Park is open.
Steve Jones, superintendent of North Bend State Park, said the park is up and running. Jones said the park was spared from significant structural damage.
"When the electricity came back on we had very little damage with infrastructure or operating systems," he said.
Earlier this week state officials issued a release notifying the public of the status of the state's parks. A large number of the parks were affected by the derecho that left more than half a million West Virginia residents without power.
"God bless the people still without power and electricity," Jones said. "I hope they are back up and running soon. We consider ourselves lucky."
Parks that are closed include Hawks Nest, Babcock, Cedar Creek, Kanawha State Forest and Watoga.
Parks such as Cass Scenic Railroad, North Bend, Cacapon Resort, Cathedral, Prickett's Fort and Tomlinson Run state parks have reopened or were not affected by the storm's path.
Some are operating on a limited basis. Stonewall Jackson Resort will begin accepting guests today.
State officials said as power returns to the areas, parks also will resume normal operations. Visitors and guests traveling to state parks and forests should attempt to call the area prior to arrival and ask for current conditions. Park phone numbers are on the individual state parks websites as well as available via the tourism call center at 800 CALLWVA from 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Jones said North Bend lost power last Friday, got it back Sunday, then lost it again when a second round of storms rolled through. Crews were able to restore power to the park Monday evening. Jones said the staff was able to clear the roads in and around the park.
Jones said the park's restaurant was running with a limited menu but would be operating under normal conditions today.
The North Bend Rail Trail is closed.
"We have trees down all over the park," he said. "It will take us awhile to clean up the damage and get everything back to a normal state.
"We are still doing some cleanup, but all our facilities, cabins, pool, boat ramp and lodge, are operating normally," he said.