Camp Dawson  

About Camp Dawson

History of Camp Dawson

Camp Dawson was established on May 7, 1909, when the West Virginia State Legislature authorized the purchase of 196 1/2 acres of land on Dunkard Bottom along the Cheat River in Preston County. The camp was named in honor of William M. O. Dawson, a native of Preston County, who served as Governor from 1905 to 1908.

Troops began training at Camp Dawson during the summer of 1909 and continued until the start of World War I. The camp was not used again until 1928 when it was reestablished as a training site for the West Virginia State Militia.

Units trained regularly at the camp until the outbreak of World War II at which time the United States Government leased the camp for use as a Prisoner of War camp.

Since the original purchase, six additional tracts of land have been acquired bringing the present total acreage to 4,177 1/2 acres.

Training opportunities that are unique to Camp Dawson have attracted our sister services for many years. In all types of weather, many of the various components of Active and Reserve Forces have chosen Camp Dawson for their training site.


General Information

Camp Dawson Defined   Hours of Operation   Scheduling and Information Conference
Protocol Uniform Alcohol
Smoking Medical Accidents and Damages
Installation Access Personal Weapons SOP
Mail Room / ID Card Facility
Camp Dawson Mailing Address and Incoming Mail

Located at 1001 Army Road, Kingwood, WV 26537, Camp Dawson is within close proximity to 50% of the nation’s entire population.  For directions to our post visit the link to the left.

What we offer

Conference Center   Olympic Pool   ID Card Center   Hotel Style Rooms
Fitness Center Outdoor Recreation Classrooms Post Exchange
Small Arms Ranges Auditorium Snack Bar Demolitions Ranges
Dining Facility Barber Shop MOUT Facilities Computer Labs
MWR Combat Simulators Barracks Mess Halls
Lounge Airfield Heli Pads Fuel

Costs for Camp Dawson's facilities and services vary for different types of organizations.  A cost estimate will be provided to you upon scheduling.  You are welcome to contact Camp Dawson Operations for questions regarding charges prior to scheduling your event.

Our Future
It is our vision that Camp Dawson continues to grow in support of the war fighter and the ever changing training needs of this nation.  We will continue to strive to provide the most up to date and state of the art training opportunities possible for all of our users.  For information on some of our future expansion projects please visit the expansion link to the left.

Our Community
Located in Preston County, Kingwood offers small town ambiance with a lot of surprises.  A
mix of shopping, dining, cultural and historical experiences for visitors are available in a charming and scenic setting. See our “Links” page for more information on what to do in Kingwood, Preston County, and our neighboring communities.