Elopements have become increasingly popular in recent years as couples look for more intimate and personal ways to tie the knot. Fortunately, West Virginia State Parks offer some of the most breathtaking elopement spots and destinations in the country. Whether you're looking for a mountainous backdrop, a sunset over rolling hills, or a calming riverside affair, the state has something to offer for every couple looking to say "I do."


In no particular order, Here are the 15 best elopement spots and destinations in West Virginia, along with the maximum capacity and cost for using/renting the area:

Top 15 Places to Elope in West Virginia | State Parks Edition

1. New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

As one of West Virginia's most popular destinations, the New River Gorge offers multiple stunning locations for elopements. The cost for a permit is $50 and there is no maximum capacity. From the breathtaking views of the New River Gorge Bridge to the peaceful beauty of the surrounding forest, this national park is sure to make your elopement unforgettable.

3. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

This historic park offers multiple elopement locations, including the picturesque St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. The maximum capacity for the church is 35 and the rental fee is $100 for two hours. The park also has several outdoor locations with varying capacities and fees.

5. Lost River State Park

A secluded and tranquil location that is perfect for couples looking to elope in a serene setting. The park offers several ceremony locations, including an outdoor amphitheater and a cozy cabin. The maximum capacity varies depending on the location, and prices range from $25 to $200 for an elopement ceremony.

7. Hawk's Nest State ParK

A stunning location that is perfect for couples looking to elope in a natural and scenic setting. The park offers several ceremony locations, including an outdoor amphitheater and a cozy lodge. The maximum capacity varies depending on the location, and prices range from $25 to $150 for an elopement ceremony.

9. Beartown State Park

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable elopement spot, this might just be the place for you. This park is known for its stunning rock formations, and the hiking trails that wind through them offer breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. The park does not charge any fees for elopements, and the maximum capacity is 15 people.

11. Coopers Rock State Forest

The forest features hiking trails that wind through the woods and offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The main overlook is easily accessible from the parking area, but keep in mind people will likely invade your space if you are saying your vows here. You can also hike out to Raven's Rock for a more private exchange. Pavilions are also available to rent. The cost for a ceremony permit is $50, and the maximum capacity is 25 people.

13. Berkeley Springs State Park

If you're looking for a spot that's both romantic and historic, this might be just what you're looking for. The park features natural mineral springs and a historic bathhouse, making it a unique and charming spot for your elopement. The cost for a ceremony permit is $50, and the maximum capacity is 25 people.

15. North Bend State Park

This picturesque park offers a secluded getaway for couples looking to elope in nature. The park has several ceremony sites, including an overlook that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The maximum capacity for the ceremony site is 50 guests. The cost for using the area is $100.

2. Blackwater Falls State Park

With a maximum capacity of 20, this stunning state park offers several beautiful locations for elopements. The park offers several ceremony locations, including an outdoor amphitheater and a rustic lodge. The park is known for its breathtaking waterfalls and scenic views. The maximum capacity varies depending on the location, and prices range from $50 to $250 for an elopement ceremony.

4. Babcock State Park

One of the most picturesque locations in West Virginia, its iconic grist mill is a popular spot for elopement ceremonies. With its rolling hills and tranquil streams, Babcock State Park is an ideal place for an intimate outdoor ceremony. The maximum capacity for the grist mill area is 30 people, and it costs $100 to reserve the space for an elopement.

6. Seneca Rocks

A stunning location for an elopement ceremony. Offering stunning views of the 900-foot quartzite peak and the surrounding Monongahela National Forest, Seneca Rocks is a truly breathtaking location. Celebrate in the valley below or travel to the top on horseback or foot. The maximum capacity for the overlook is 25 people, and it costs $50 to reserve the space for an elopement.

8. Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

With its diverse plant life and scenic boardwalk, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area is a one-of-a-kind destination. The maximum capacity is 50 people, and it costs $50 to reserve the space for an elopement.

10. Spruce Knob

Standing at 4,863 feet, Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It's the perfect spot for adventurous couples who want a truly breathtaking backdrop for their elopement. There is also a beautiful field just below one of the overlooks, accessible by climbing up/down a boulder hillside. The cost for a ceremony permit is $50, and the maximum capacity is 20 people.
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12. Cathedral State Park

If you're looking for a more serene and peaceful setting for your elopement, Cathedral State Park might be just what you're looking for. The park is known for its towering hemlock trees and offers a tranquil and romantic atmosphere for your ceremony. The cost for a ceremony permit is $50, and the maximum capacity is 25 people.

14. Dolly Sods Wilderness

If you're looking for a truly remote and wild setting for your elopement, Dolly Sods Wilderness might be just what you're looking for. The area features stunning mountain vistas and rugged terrain, making it a challenging but rewarding spot for adventurous couples. With beautiful sunrise views at Bear Rocks overlook, it os quickly becoming a popular elopement destination. There is no fee for elopements, and the maximum capacity is really just dependent on your ability to practice LNT and park safely..

West Virginia offers a stunning array of landscapes and natural wonders that are perfect for couples looking for an intimate and unforgettable wedding experience. Whether you're looking for a romantic, secluded spot or an adventurous destination, our state has plenty of options TO ENSURE YOU HAVE an unforgettable elopement EXPERIENCE. With its beautiful scenery, unique locations, and affordable prices, it's no wonder why more and more couples are choosing to elope in the Mountain State!

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