White Oak Trail Shelter

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1935–1937, Civilian Conservation Corps. 1935–1937, Civilian Conservation Corps. White Oak Trl. off Dove Hollow Rd.
  • (Photograph by Rhonda L. Reymond)

This saltbox-roofed shelter, a typical style within the state, is in a little clearing on White Oak Trail in Lost River State Park. It provides a simple board seat and a magnificent vantage point overlooking several mountain ridges to the south. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed this three-sided, square-log structure using mortise and tenon joints held together with wood pegs. A corner brace helps support the asphalt-clad roof overhang in the front. The gable ends are enclosed by horizontal wood planks. The entirety rests on a stone pad.  


Gioulis, Michael. New Deal Historic Resource Survey. Charleston: West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Charleston, 2008.

Sweeten, Lena L., “New Deal Resources in West Virginia State Parks and State Forests,” West Virginia. National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, 2010. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

West Virginia State Park History Committee. Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1988.

Writing Credits

Rhonda L. Reymond



  • 1935


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Rhonda L. Reymond, "White Oak Trail Shelter", [Mathias, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-031-0002.

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