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Kanawha State Forest

Charleston, WV
+1 304-558-3500
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Best kept secret

This is a great place for a picnic or family outing. There are hiking and biking trails... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charleston, West Virginia
Great Hiking

I came up here on a spring morning and had a very nice time hiking. The trail I took was well... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Durham, North Carolina
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A convenient location, just seven miles south of Charleston, plus a large swimming pool, playground, hiking and biking trails and a 9,300-acre forest, make this recreational area one of the most popular in West Virginia.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Charleston, WV
+1 304-558-3500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for a picnic or family outing. There are hiking and biking trails everywhere. Take the family or go alone because this park is never too crowded.

Thank cryoung2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came up here on a spring morning and had a very nice time hiking. The trail I took was well marked and very safe. My only issue is the park is hard to find your way around. There aren't many signs pointing to where...More

Thank Sal_Paradise767
Reviewed 5 April 2017

My son and I spent a restful weekend tent camping in early spring. We found a wonderful site (#45) near the mountain stream that goes through the campground. It was a bit cold (40's at night), so we were the only campers, but it made...More

1  Thank ferrisd9451
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We stopped here to break up our long spring break drive. My 4 children really enjoyed skipping rocks in the streams and hiking up the moderate trails. My husband liked the fact that the trails were clearly marked. This is a great place to enjoy...More

1  Thank lilamers1
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Had a great picnic it was very quite while we was there in march westher was pretty so we decided to go on a picnic very relaxing really enjoyed our selves on the hiking trail

1  Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I hiked the Polly Trail. Intended to hike the trail out and back but lost the blazes near the end and finished by coming down a different mountain bike trail instead. Gorgeous and easily accessible park with many different sites to explore; I only had...More

1  Thank Lindsay F
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The park is rough camping, not a lot of extras. Some spots have electric, but no water to hook up to, The spots to put your tents are uneven and have gravel and tree trunks to put tents on, not comfortable, and there is not...More

2  Thank wvedcj
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I'm not a very 'countrified girl' but I do enjoy the peace and quiet of Kanawha State Forest. Plenty of places to pull over and get out to explore the area. Walking paths, picnic areas and just places to stop and relax. Go here several...More

1  Thank joanna_walters2002
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This little gem is close to Charleston and offers camping, picnics, hiking trails, biking trails and fishing pong for kids. Very beautiful place!!!

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We hike here on a regular. The trail close to the pond has a nice Merry-Go-Round that we like to get on. Reminds me of when I was a kid, and my kids think it awesesome. The creek is fun to play in during the...More

Thank SusanTalib
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Tarah W
Planning a gender reveal party and was wondering if it cost anything to reserve a shelter or if it's on a first come first serve. Also they are wanting to shoot the target are fire arms aloud within the shelter areas. Thank you in advance.
7 May 2017|
Response from Nancy S | Reviewed this property |
sorry but you will have to call the office on this question.
Can we find an accomodation there?
6 May 2015|
Response from Woodrow F | Reviewed this property |
If you have a camper or a tent