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Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. Some of the state's most popular picnic areas are here, along with significant hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities. A playground attracts families during the summer season and the fully equipped campground is one of the few in the Charleston area. Camping at Kanawha State Forest is remote in nature given the proximity to the states capitol city. Sites cater to camper units of 26-feet or less, pop-up and tent camping. Campsite reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginias best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.

HARD. Know that going in it is straight up hard from the get go. The middle part is technical and fun. The trail is marked exceptionally well! The descent is steep. ....tight. Watch your footing. Its a fun trail! Enjoy!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike

It was great at first, but then that was it. I was just expecting more of a workout and something longe, other then that, it was good. About 3/4 in there's a rock formation off to the left (not on the trail) but if you make the effort to hike on top of the rocks, there's a pretty good view.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, was flooded out in parts being that it's right next to the creek, but still passable if your wearing good boots.

This is a excellent trail for a great workout. There are alot of steep climbs up and down, but very doable. Lots of beautiful nature to see.

This is a nice trail to combine with middle Ridge and Log Town for a loop. Some fallen trees that must be climbed around litter the lower section of this trail.

Challenging but so worth it

There was a good trail with a gradual climb

hiking
8 months ago

Walk up Polly Hollow, hang the right up the hill for hemlock falls & up you go. Runs from Polly Hollow to the top of the mountain & intersects the park border road. Was pretty wet slogging in places, even though it had not rained in days. Worth it, once you get near the top. Beautiful at the rocks, but no really good place to stop until the top of the trail.

walking
10 months ago

Nice walk. It switch backs up the hill. Moderately steep in spots as you climb. Good for hikes.

Very pretty trail, follows the creek.

walking
1 year ago

Mostly flat. Could hear traffic all along trail.

Hiked wiith a group of school children. Some sections are close to developed parts of the park, so you don't really get that "out in the woods" feeling.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Rained all night before and on the ride. Very wet, slick and rooty! Awesome!