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Kanawha State Forest

Charleston, WV
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Ranked #7 of 32 Attractions in Charleston
Type: State Parks, Forests
Activities: Swimming, Hiking
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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La Plata, Maryland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It took a few wrong turns to weave through the residential neighborhoods to get to the area but we found it extremely nice. While my son worked one day, I went to try the shooting range and had it to my self. It was removed and situated in such a manner as to give protection to out lying areas in... More

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved the location of this campground! A little tricky to get to (lots of narrow, windy roads) but definitely worth the trip! When I made our reservation, the ranger I spoke with said he had the perfect spot for me and boy was he right! We were close to the bath house and right along the river. Turns out the... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a real gem. Just 10-15 minutes or so from downtown Charleston you can hike, camp, or fish at a small but beautiful state forest. I can only speak to the hiking and camping as I don't fish. Camping is very good, campsite fees are a little more expensive in some places and firewood is $5 a bundle. However,... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We hiked the Endless Wall trail and loved the dense Magnolia bushes. It's a fairly easy hike and we saw several families with pre-teens. It took a couple of hours to hike the trail loop, but we stopped for awhile as well. Some of us had flip flops which were a bit difficult as there were quite a few wet... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

A great place to go for a walk or a hike. Trails are well marked. Different levels of trails depending on what you're looking for. They have shelters if you are looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors for the day.

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Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We drove from St. Albans to the park and really enjoyed the narrow, winding road. Beautiful scenery to and at the park. It was a bit cold for hiking but we enjoyed the short walk we took

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Charleston, West Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It's a shame that more people don't take advantage of this facility. Shelters are very nice for group outings. It's a very peaceful environment in a beautiful setting.

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Hell, Michigan
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312 reviews 312 reviews
80 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

From my notes from my work trip to Charleston in August. I had some free time and needed the exercise so I drove out here and got a trail map and went for a hike. The trails were well marked and I enjoyed the elevation change and the workout I got from my hike. I saw lots of birds but... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

A beautiful little park about 15 minutes outside of Charleston. Not particularly well advertised or famous (likely the reason it remains pristine), it has a good reputation with local botanists and mountain bikers as well as those who just want to walk and enjoy the woods. A note for the unwary: You will have NO PHONE SERVICE here. It doesn't... More

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Berea, Kentucky
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

It is so close to Charleston, and it is surprising how unblemished it is. The walking trails were nice, and we got to see a lot of unusual plants including a Ghost Plant and a Coral Fungus. I would have liked to have had either a trail map or better signs for their trails, but I had printed out the... More

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