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Kanawha State Forest

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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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Quick Ride Through

While staying in Southridge, Charleston on business, decided to take a diversion. Free and nice ride through the park, following a winding journey. GPS really helps.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Overlook trail was hard to find. Due to a fallen tree. Thanks to the young knowledgeable gentlemen staffing the Nature Center at the old pool we found it. The view was disappointing though. The trail itself was semi-overgrown with briars in a lot of areas. But it was a challenging hike in the beginning.

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delaware
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While staying in Southridge, Charleston on business, decided to take a diversion. Free and nice ride through the park, following a winding journey. GPS really helps.

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Thank bahiadreaming
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Favorite, most convenient place for a nice hike in the woods in Charleston. Also excellent mountain biking. Unfortunately, the pool is closed.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

You take some pretty narrow, winding roads to get here, but it is a nice park. Lots of old picnic benches, several covered pavilions, playgrounds, fishing, a few trails (we just drove through, didn't do any trails). Saw deer and birds. Peaceful. Roads are narrow and we had to watch out for bicyclists. Take a picnic out and enjoy the... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

There are tons of trails to find yourself (or lose yourself) on. I really loved the pool but due to budget cuts it will no longer be opening. I foresee myself going there less and less. It's also tucked pretty far out of the way.

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Thank _soulembrace
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Wow! Can't believe how big the park is. Davis Greek trail - got to do. Easy walk along with River strain and lot's trout. total round trip about 3 miles. If you like to fish, you can spend all day at the park. Very very nice!

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Thank CoyoteWolf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Nice park with a pool, campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas, and restroom facilities. Well maintained. We enjoyed our visit and plan on returning during our next visit to West Virginia.

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Hurricane, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Nice little pond for fishing. Trails look to be wide enough and well maintained. Camping area looked inviting with plenty of playgrounds and an archery range. It was even a relaxing drive out with well marked roads.

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Charleston, WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We went camping here. The camp sites are clean and easy to get too. I little too close together in some areas, but some were semi private. The trails were well maintained. We were disappointed to find the pool closed.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Very beautiful and yet close to town. Experience the great outdoors while within minutes of the city limits.

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