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Address: Charleston, WV
Phone Number: 3045583500
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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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Only Visited Shooting Range

This outdoor shooting range has covered seating available and handicapped accessible. It was VERY, VERY busy! Many people coming in and going out while we were there. People... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Schizodoc
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we have our family reunions we always go to kanawha state forest. The picnic areas are always clean and there is always enough room for our very large family!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This outdoor shooting range has covered seating available and handicapped accessible. It was VERY, VERY busy! Many people coming in and going out while we were there. People were polite and followed gun range etiquette as they should have. Will certainly visit again.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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81 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I went here for hiking and started with the Davis Creek Trail, and then did part of the White Hollow Trail. I can highly recommend both trails, as both are very pretty, the Davis Creek Trail follows the river and is very flat, but the White Hollow Trail has a large elevation which is very beautiful to hike. My dog... More 

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Thank Michel H
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Like other state properties, no frills but well worth the time to explore, we are anxious for the first day hike here again on 01/01/16, taking grandkids then, hiking, swimming in season, picknicking, camping and more available - check it out, so close to town but yet you are in the forrest with wildlife too

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Thank Skip R
West Virginia
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60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wonderful forest right on Charleston's front door. Hiking, stables, shooting range, picnic areas, etc. Sadly, a strip mine has been permitted to operate on the forest boundry and it is causing mine runoff and noise pollution. Never should have been approved.

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Thank BrownDawg
Charleston, West Virginia, USA
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We like to take our dog to walk there. Great variety of trails. Also there is excellent mountain biking for all levels of skill. Truly an underutilized under appreciated gem.

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Thank Kenneth K
Hurricane, West Virginia
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Where ever you live in Charleston, Kanawha State Forest is only a 15 to 20 minute drive. I would say the best thing to do in the park is Hiking. Many miles of remote trails that interconnect so you can stay out all day. I've also enjoyed biking around the park a few times. They also have Camping if that... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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243 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had a heck of a time trying to get to the state park after getting to Charleston, on fine WV highways, thank you Sen. Robert C. Byrd! Mostly private, heavily wooded sites down a narrow hollow. Efficient park staff, checked us in at the site. Nice picnic facilities and hiking trails for day-use. Park roads were sparsely traveled so... More 

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Thank David D
West Virginia
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great place to hike and bike. Just get a map and try to follow. Sometimes the trails aren't marked well. Be careful of hunters in the fall.

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Thank LisaWestVirginia
Hurricane, West Virginia
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103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This is a great site for picnics and to run the trails but the gun range has gone down hill and the last few times I have been out there I have seen some shady characters. I would advise avoiding it alone and go in a group.

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