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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.

hiking
6 days ago

Excellent trail for hiking as well as seeing different fungi and flowers from spring to fall!

hiking
7 days ago

This has been one of our favorite trails since moving to WV. My son has been hiking it since he was five. During mushroom season, the variety of fungi is amazing in the woods along the trail!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I walked this trail in mid-September and saw many flowers and mushrooms. Dawdled by and in the creek. LOL.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, not too hard but beautiful. We picked up mossy rock trail up to the ridge road. Then walked the ridge to alligator rock trail followed back down to the parking lot. About 3 1/2 miles total. A few trees down on the last stretch.

Nice trail. Not too difficult but still a challenging enough for a good workout.

Very pleasant trail.

Nice little trail. Well kept but you hear a lot of noise from traffic. A good trail to teach new hikers how to read trail markings.

Not a bad hike but I wouldn't say it's easy. The park map lists it as moderate and that's a much better description. It's more of a hike than just a walk in the park.

hiking
3 months ago

good trip with friends and the dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Not easy! My kids struggled with steep terrain and lots of huge trees to climb over. Beautiful though!!

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