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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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Beautiful scenery. Not crowded.

Go there all the time , love the trails and the fact that its not overly crowded. Good place to have birthday parties. Only downfall is for bikers - ive almost hurt myself many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Charleston, West Virginia
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Took a group of teachers there to gather an experience to bring students back to. Loved the CCC snipe trail and the Red Salamander trail. Tried to catch some Crawdads!

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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Visited on a week day. No one around. Rangers were very helpful. If you intend to have a bbq. take your own charcoal. Not very good bbq facilities. However the parks are neat and tidy and great playing area for kids.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Go there all the time , love the trails and the fact that its not overly crowded. Good place to have birthday parties. Only downfall is for bikers - ive almost hurt myself many times there due the weather affecting the condition of the trails. So just be careful bikers!

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Cary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I recently spent two nights camping at Kanawha State Forest. As another writer referenced, I went up and down some very scary mountain roads to get there and turned down a wrong fork in the road where better signage would have prevented the error. Once there, I learned from the helpful ranger that my GPS took me in the back... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We planned to camp for 4 nights, but only stayed for two do to a family emergency. We were not offered a refund or credit for future travel. The campsite is very remote from town and the only way to get there is by traveling on a very steep mountain. Bathrooms were adequate. Forest Rangers came by several times a... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We camp, hike & ride at Kanawha State Forest for the last 10 years. Great staff and clean park. When we camp they always check on us and hang around the campfire sharing stories and pictures of the wildlife out there. Camp ground is clean and the bathhouses are nice. The water is always hot in the showers. There is... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This park needs to have a cleanup event run, its a beautiful place, or at least has the potential to be.

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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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 230 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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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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