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You could soon have to pay to visit a state park.

West Virginia's state parks are showing signs of decline and state lawmakers are looking at funding options.  State lawmakers would like to avoid assessing a fee to enter the state parks.

"My opinion is they shouldn't charge if they need more money to maintain the parks. They should cut it in different places within the park that isn't doing as well as the rest of it," Pipestem State Park visitor Donald Johnson told 59News.

West Virginia's state parks attracted more than 6.6 million visitors in 2012.   The state is among a few states that do not charge an entrance fee.