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Charleston - Kanawha State Forest

7500 Kanawha State Forest Drive

Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. Some of the state's most popular picnic areas are here, along with significant hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. A playground attracts families during the summer season and the fully equipped campground is one of the few in the Charleston area.

Camping at Kanawha State Forest is remote in nature given the proximity to the state’s capitol city. Sites cater to camper units of 26-feet or less, pop-up and tent camping. Campsite reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada.  The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.


Trevor Batey

Thursday, April 5, 2018
This place was really disappointing. I mean there is nature and hiking trails and it is not TERRIBLE, but it is just so... Unremarkable. I guess I expected it to be similarly impressive to the other areas of natural scenery around here. There are much better places all around WV with better sights, trails, historic value, and things to do.

Sarah C

Saturday, April 14, 2018
A wonderful place to experience West Virginia. There are many trails of varying difficulties. It is always a good time if you enjoy the outdoors and some exercise. They also have a gun range so you can shoot but it is usually crowded. I love Kanawha State Forest.

Tyler Honschopp

Saturday, April 7, 2018
We stayed at this park for the night and although it was a little damp out we still had a great time. A creek flows throughout the entire campground and creates a wonderful atmosphere as well as doubles as excellent white noise at night. I will return here when possible.

James Burgess

Friday, April 20, 2018
It is a good place to go; and if you like to camp out . They have a nice campaign area lots of area's to have a picnic . it's a beautiful place to visit

Rick Mitchell

Thursday, March 1, 2018
I would have given this place four stars but my son didn’t catch any fish and the lake seemed deserted. I wonder if someone forgot to stock the place?

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