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Kanawha State Forest

Charleston, WV
+1 304-558-3500
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Not the best

West Virginia has many beautiful places to hike. I wish that I could say that this was one. The... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Kay F
via mobile
Love it!

I love all of West Virginia's forests and this is no exception. It's clean and the trails are fun... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Madison, West Virginia
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“hiking trails” (6 reviews)
“camping area” (4 reviews)
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Charleston, WV
+1 304-558-3500
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Reviewed 6 September 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.

2  Thank Kay F
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I love all of West Virginia's forests and this is no exception. It's clean and the trails are fun and beautiful. I'll be back many times to come.

Thank maynards05
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This place is great if you enjoy the outdoors or just want to drive around looking at the mountains and scenery! We enjoyed the drive and the comfort of the outdoors!

Thank Ashley T
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Beautiful woods, peaceful.... a great place to spend the day. Very child friendly! I've been many times and never disappointed.

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is a great place for a picnic or family outing. There are hiking and biking trails everywhere. Take the family or go alone because this park is never too crowded.

2  Thank cryoung2
Reviewed 30 May 2017

I came up here on a spring morning and had a very nice time hiking. The trail I took was well marked and very safe. My only issue is the park is hard to find your way around. There aren't many signs pointing to where...More

Thank Sal_Paradise767
Reviewed 6 April 2017

My son and I spent a restful weekend tent camping in early spring. We found a wonderful site (#45) near the mountain stream that goes through the campground. It was a bit cold (40's at night), so we were the only campers, but it made...More

1  Thank ferrisd9451
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We stopped here to break up our long spring break drive. My 4 children really enjoyed skipping rocks in the streams and hiking up the moderate trails. My husband liked the fact that the trails were clearly marked. This is a great place to enjoy...More

1  Thank lilamers1
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Had a great picnic it was very quite while we was there in march westher was pretty so we decided to go on a picnic very relaxing really enjoyed our selves on the hiking trail

1  Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I hiked the Polly Trail. Intended to hike the trail out and back but lost the blazes near the end and finished by coming down a different mountain bike trail instead. Gorgeous and easily accessible park with many different sites to explore; I only had...More

2  Thank Lindsay F
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Questions & Answers
17 November 2017|
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Response from maynards05 | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't
Tarah W
8 May 2017|
Response from Nancy S | Reviewed this property |
sorry but you will have to call the office on this question.
7 May 2015|
Response from Woodrow F | Reviewed this property |
If you have a camper or a tent