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Address: Charleston, WV
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2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Activities: Swimming, Hiking
Description: A convenient location, just seven miles south of Charleston, plus a large...
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.
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Peaceful place to go to enjoy nature.

Worth the drive. The wildlife frolic in the streams along the park and there are many picnic shelters to stop and observe the wildlife. My dog loves to visit the park and often... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Worth the drive. The wildlife frolic in the streams along the park and there are many picnic shelters to stop and observe the wildlife. My dog loves to visit the park and often families will camp and come here for fishing and horseback riding. Good place to go to get a little taste of nature.

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Charleston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Very nice, quiet community forest. Has a small lake, picnic area's, camping, stables, and nice walkable trails. Great for a Sunday outing or an overnight camp. Approximately 10 miles from downtown Charleston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Camp grounds were clean. Bathhouse clean and always stocked. Laundry available. Nice big pool (cost extra). Rangers were helpful. All staff was very friendly. Trails were very pretty, but No good overlook spots. Enjoyed our visit!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Pro's: We got one of the only sites close to the bathhouse, and a kind of level one. Ranger very friendly and informative. Decent laundry. Con's: Campsites are another 15 minutes past the entrance, adding to driving time which I had thought was 10 minutes from the interstate. Ticks and Lyme disease in the area. Found a tick on a... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The wife and I had a nice small hike through the woods. Absolutely beautiful state park. Unfortunately, we could of used a map to find the other trails. Use the map on the park website for best results.

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Madison, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Kanawha State Forest is a great spot to take any age group. The hikining trails there were great for beginners all the way to expert hikers. The park had a great system of trails which were well maintained. Also all throughout the park there were many picnic areas and playgrounds. I will definetly be going back to this beautiful State... More 

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Whitesville, West Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

There are many trails to hike at Kanawha State Forest. My class took a field trip and hiked two trails. They were very fun and entertaining, but also very tiring. Not made for people who are completely out of shape.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Travelled from England to visit my WV friends who live in Fairmont, Marion County, and we spent a couple of days parked up in this beautiful State Forest. My buddy took his truck camper, and his wife took the car. All amenities already there to hook up the water hose etc. Showers on site. I pitched a small tent and... More 

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Nitro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I recently spent a weekend camping with my son and his cub scout pack at the Kanawha State Forest and we had a wonderful time. The forest is very clean and very well maintained. We loved all the different trails and streams. We will definately be camping there more in the near future.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I would encourage any trail runners to visit the forest. The trails are well marked and many miles of trails are available. My dogs love getting some miles in.

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Additional Information about Kanawha State Forest

Address: Charleston, WV
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Charleston
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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