Work on Watoga State Park began in 1934, during the Great Depression. Young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps earned a dollar a day building roads, cabins and other buildings, as well as trails, stone walls and the swimming pool. The park opened in 1937.
The Watoga State Park Foundation was incorporated in 2015 as a nonprofit (501c3) foundation to be a resource for the park and the general public with respect to recreational, conservational, ecological, historical and natural resources of the park. In its first two years of existence, foundation volunteers have logged hundreds of hours working with park personnel to maintain and restore Watoga’s beautiful and historic trail system. Ongoing projects to provide even better recreational opportunities for the park's guests and to attract more people to Watoga include updating signs, hosting races for trail runners, raising funds for swimming pool improvements and a planned putt putt golf course, as well as seeking a federal grant for a mountain bike trail. The foundation also works in close cooperation with other community organizations on educational, artistic, and recreational events that take place in the park.
Chairman: David Elliott
Vice-Chairman: Kenneth Springer
Treasurer: John Goodwin
Secretary: Mary Dawson
Nancy McComb Smithson
Watoga State Park Superintendent, Jody Spencer, ex officio
Park Naturalist, Chris Bartley, honorary member, ex officio