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Kanawha State Forest

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Address: Charleston, WV
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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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The folks who care for the park do their best with few resources. Greater Charleston has to be the least walkable metro area I've ever been; no shade, completely car-oriented... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 26, 2016
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a very 'countrified girl' but I do enjoy the peace and quiet of Kanawha State Forest. Plenty of places to pull over and get out to explore the area. Walking paths, picnic areas and just places to stop and relax. Go here several times a year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little gem is close to Charleston and offers camping, picnics, hiking trails, biking trails and fishing pong for kids. Very beautiful place!!!

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Thank Wendy B
Charleston, West Virginia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

We hike here on a regular. The trail close to the pond has a nice Merry-Go-Round that we like to get on. Reminds me of when I was a kid, and my kids think it awesesome. The creek is fun to play in during the summer. We also like to explore different trails. They have plenty of places to grill.

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Thank SusanTalib
Charleston, West Virginia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

This is an awesome place to take Family or Senior pictures. It is a great place to become one with nature.

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1 Thank Rekko P
Elkview, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

This beautiful park is only 15 minutes from the state capitol Charleston. There are numerous well marked hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Many scenic picnic spots and shelters. I recommend purchasing the trail map available at the park office. There is a free map bit it is poor quality

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Thank Alan K
kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

we took a little weekend trip to drive through the Kanawha forest in Oct of this year. Had a great time and ate lunch at the park lodge. really enjoyed our short weekend trip

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Thank gregkentucky
Springfield, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

The folks who care for the park do their best with few resources. Greater Charleston has to be the least walkable metro area I've ever been; no shade, completely car-oriented, minimally bike-friendly. The park is hard to find, but that's ok. The Nomadic Tribe (think 60's Rainbow Gathering) were having their annual event when I happened to go. Great to... More 

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Batavia, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

There is a reason why they call WV "Almost Heaven"! This place PROVES it! Its beyond gorgeous! Its breathtaking! The scenery is soooo beautiful & Lovely! The drive alone is so lovely by itself! The camping is awesome!!!! Primitive and so secluded! An amazing experience! The parks are fantastic for kids! Lovely Trails to walk and enjoy and take in... More 

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North Olmsted, Ohio
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We met another family here over Labor Day weekend. We both have pop up campers and called several weeks ahead of time to reserve two sites next to each other. Each site had water and electricity but one site had 30amp and the other only had 20amp. We stayed at sites 41 & 42 and they were very large and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We reserved a site in the campground for a 21 ft camper and could not get the truck and camper onto the site and unhooked. My husband is a former truck driver and his driving ability was not the issue. The site was too small. Secondly there is no cell phone service at the campground and we had just found... More 

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