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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.


Tommy Jenkins

Friday, July 6, 2018
Great trails, kid and dog friendly. The picnic sites are well kept. Only complaint is the bathrooms. About what you expect for a park, but still gross.

Will Christen

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Lots of trails to hike for different levels of experience and endurance. Some easy to travel others not so much. Good place to hike and exercise.

Scott Kline

Thursday, June 21, 2018
A great park right in the backyard of Charleston. Lots of choices for a hike or bike ride. Depending on the trail, some trail heads aren't well marked from the road so you'll need to do some research first before going. Worth it though!

Amber Asbury

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This is my place of solitude. It has many hiking and biking trails to explore. Your phone service is spotty (which I like) nice picnic areas as well.

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.

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