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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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Close to the capital with a out in the deep forest feel

An excellent, convenient place to take the kids to enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, or just playing in the creek. A great place to enjoy a picnic and share some time as a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have gone to the Kanawha State Forest numerous times for special walks offered in the spring and fall for a nominal fee. The park is about 20 minutes from the main road along two lane roads that wind to the park. Each spring and fall highly knowledgeable leaders lead walks on an array on topics-wildflowers, mushrooms, aquatic life, trees,... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

An excellent, convenient place to take the kids to enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, or just playing in the creek. A great place to enjoy a picnic and share some time as a family or have a group event. There are many hiking trails for beginner to advanced hiker. Plenty of parking. Free access at least for now. Located just... More 

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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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7 attraction reviews
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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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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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