Rocky Gap State Park

​Day Use Area and Visitor Facility

RockyGap_Day-useArea_RangerSarahMilbourne.pngRocky Gap State Park's visitor facility is located in the Day Use Area and was designed with a nod to an architectural style known as "Parkitecture," the rustic nature inspired structure blends beautifully with the surrounding landscape.

The facility is made up of three buildings connected by covered walkways.

  1. The Hawk's Nest Cafe has panoramic windows overlooking the lake as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Hot and cold menu items are available on weekends and holidays throughout the summer season. 
  2. The center building is home to the Ranger Station.
  3. The third building is a spacious Men’s and Women’s Bathhouse which has fully accessible toilet, shower and changing room areas.

The Day Use Area also includes many additional amenities, including picnic tables, grills, a playground and trail access. During the summer season, visitors can also enjoy two public swimming beaches, canoe/kayak/SUP board rentals, and a lifeguard/first aid station. Alcohol is not permitted in the Day Use Area. Pets are permitted in the Day Use Area as well as the lake and pet-friendly swim area. Drone owners must be registered with the FAA and have prior manager's approval.

ALERT: Rocky Gap State Park will be undergoing extensive Day Use parking lot renovations for the remainder of the 2019 season. The area will remain open, however capacity closures are expected on summer weekends and holidays. The project is expected to be complete during Summer 2020.