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Kanawha State Forest

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Sweet park

We we're looking for a park on our way to Kentucky and found this little jem. No one was at the... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
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Gorgeous campground but Tricky to Access

What a hidden gem! Stayed overnight near the flowing creek. Beware of GPS leading you to tunnel... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
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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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Charleston, WV
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked some of the trails, they are nice and well maintained. We saw two snakes on the trails so be careful. We took mossy rock, alligator rock, middle ridge and cr trail. The park is nice and very clean. The restrooms are in need...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Called them, asked if they were close to hwy 77, guy said they were relatively close, I’m guessing 5 miles - it was 15! Asked if they had food, he said yes, they had none! Thanks goes out to the park ranger for bringing me...More

3  Thank Doc2517
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Kanawha State Forest is a hiker's dream a short stone's throw from downtown Charleston, West Virginia. Located only 7 miles from the city, the forest is well known for hiking, biking and picnicking. Camp sites are also available. Kanawha State Forest is home to more...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We were in Charleston for a country music concert and wanted to do some hiking before the concert. The park is off the highway and has some crazy twists and turns but it is worth the drive. The ranger at the office was very nice...More

Thank ShannonandSophie
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We we're looking for a park on our way to Kentucky and found this little jem. No one was at the office but all we do is pick a site and someone eventually comes and gets your money and also brings you some wood. We...More

Thank 2Hippies1Dog
Reviewed April 18, 2018

Grew up in the area and was a frequent visitor. When I go back home, I try to make it there. Good for day hikes.

Thank mechanicaljen
Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

What a hidden gem! Stayed overnight near the flowing creek. Beware of GPS leading you to tunnel that is too small for camper to go through near McDonalds in Charleston. Drive up with 23 foot travel trailer on narrow paved 2 way road with sharp...More

Thank camper8854
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I needed a place to spend the night and take a break from our road trip. We took our 25 ft class C RV into the park. It was just beautiful and we were sorry that we didn’t have time to explore...More

Thank Cruising2020
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Lots of parking, great water features, nice trails. The day was warm and filled with sunshine. Could easily spend more than one day here. Just beautiful. Also, since it's off season, all the bathrooms are boarded up. Do wish I had preprinted a map or...More

1  Thank sunshinegirl36
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

West Virginia has many beautiful places to hike. I wish that I could say that this was one. The paths are overgrown and not well marked. Cannot rely on GPS because there is no cell service. A paper trail map is advised.

3  Thank Kay F
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November 16, 2017|
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Response from maynards05 | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't
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May 7, 2017|
Response from Nancy S | Reviewed this property |
sorry but you will have to call the office on this question.
May 6, 2015|
Response from Woodrow F | Reviewed this property |
If you have a camper or a tent