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Kanawha State Forest

Charleston Kanawha State Forest Discover the natural beauty and tranquility of Kanawha State Forest, a haven of recreation just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia. A beautiful all-season getaway just beyond the capital city, Kanawha State Forest is an amazing place for forest hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and cross-country skiing. The forest also offer scenic picnic areas, a family playground, an outdoor swimming pool, a shooting range and remote campgrounds that let you feel like you are far away from the urban energy of Charleston.
If you’re craving outdoor adventure, Kanawha State Forest is laced with 25 miles of picturesque and challenging hiking trails, including Alligator Rock Trail, Beech Glen Trail, Hemlock Falls Trail, Johnson Hollow Trail, Lindy Trail, Rattlesnake Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail. The 9300-acres forest also offers nine designated mountain biking trails: Ballard, Black Bear Mt. Bike Trail, Davis Creek, Mossy Rock, Pigeon Roost, Pine Ridge Trail, Dunlop Trail, Polecat, Teaberry Rock, and Wildcat Ridge Trail.
Kanawha State Forest is nature lover’s utopia. Explore the peaceful, wild landscape, with its diverse trees, plants, wildflowers, wildlife, and bird populations. Attracting birders from throughout the country, the Rich cove forest is a nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers. Cast your lines in Ellison Pond, a popular fishing spot that’s stocked with bass, trout and bluegill.
You can get a hiking and biking trail map at the Forrest Office, which is staffed Tuesday - Thursday, or by sending an email to kanawhasf@wv.gov. For more information, go to http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/
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