nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

kid friendly

mountain biking


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.

nice little hike, overlook a bit overgrown due to summer leaves, but a cool , quiet spot to have a sit for a while!

some steep spots, there was a little bit of briers, but having a set of hiking poles thwarted both!

if you are stayin in Charleston for work like I am and want to get away, this is a good option.

Parking is at an area setup for archery practice , so its a good landmark.

Only did about half this trail as we connected to it through Polly Trial. A semi-steep descent through the woods

A nice hike through the woods with some steep climbs. We connected to Wildcat Ridge to make a loop

No dramatic scenery, but a pleasant walk in the woods. We connected to Wildcat Ridge to create a 2.5 mile loop

Great trail but definitely more than moderate for casual hikers. It's all straight up the first half and down the rest. Definitely would recommend trekking poles.

It was a nice little trail to take the kids for a hike except it is in no way 2.4 miles. It's an out and back trail so we expected to hike nearly 5 miles but the trail is only 1.49 miles one way, no where near the distance we planned for. We were VERY disappointed in the trail length vs the trail description from this app. First time using this app and we're now apprehensive about it's reliability.

1 month ago

Great trail should be rated moderate.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Gravel good climb

1 month ago

This is one of my favorite low key walk in the woods type hike with lots of points of interest - but it's not 2.5 miles. It's 3/4 mile out.

2 months ago