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Kanawha State Forest
Kanawha State Forest at Charleston, West Virginia

Kanawha State Forest

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7500 Kanawha State Forest DriveCharlestonWest Virginia  25314
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The Natural Beauty of Kanawha State Forest

Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, the 9,300 square foot Kanawha State Forest is a lush and beautiful area known for great hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, picnics, bird watching, and other recreational activities. Campsite reservations at Kanawha are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Hours -

Quiet hours 10pm to 7am. Overnight camping available.


  • Cabins with water and electric - $26 per night
  • Cabins without water and electric - $20 per night

Events -

See the park's full event list.


  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife Walks
  • Cross Country Skiing

The park’s dinner

The park’s dinner theaters feature a festive array of dining and entertainment. Past events include standup comedy and blues music concerts. Registrations are required and seating is limited.

Enjoy the forest's 46-site camping area

Enjoy the forest's 46-site camping area, served by two bathhouses and coin-operated laundry facilities. All sites have fireplaces, picnic tables. 25 of the sites feature electricity and water. Firewood and ice, and dumping stations are also available for campground guests.
Campgrounds open in mid-April and remain open until the first Saturday in December or deer rifle season - whichever is later. Only one tent or trailer is allowed per site. Checkout is at 12 noon.


  • The park hosts hiking events, lectures, dinner theaters, frontier skills courses, charity walks and runs, biking events, guided bird watching walks, Spring Gala, and a range of wildlife programs.
  • The park features an complex system of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, ranging from easy to difficult. The trails range from ½ mile to 2 miles. Take a look at the full list of trails.

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