Best trails in Kanawha State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Kanawha State Forest, West Virginia? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Kanawha State Forest ranging from 1 to 4.4 miles and from 754 to 1,509 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Map of trails in Kanawha State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
9300 acres
Contact
(304) 558-3500
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Mossy Rock, Snipe and Alligator Rock Trails
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A easy to moderate trail that goes from the head of Shrewsbury Hollow to Middle Ridge Road.Show more
#2 - Overlook Rock Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 58 m
Overlook Rock Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#3 - Teaberry Rock Trail to CCC Snipe Trail Loop
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Teaberry Rock Trail to CCC Snipe Trail Loop is a 4 mile loop trail located near Charleston, West Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiShow more
#4 - Davis Creek Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
Davis Creek Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Hernshaw, West Virginia that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and wShow more
#5 - Polly Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Polly Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Charleston, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#6 - Crabapple Trail to Rattlesnake Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Very steep uphill climb to ridge line, veers to left and back down the mountain. Show more
#7 - Polly Hollow, Hemlock Falls and Bob White Pathway
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Polly Hollow, Hemlock Falls and Bob White Pathway is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hernshaw, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offersShow more
#8 - Beech Glen Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 53 m
Trail starts at Polly Hollow and ascends towards Wildcat Ridge Trail. Bikes are allowed up-hill only.Show more
#9 - Rocky Ridge to Pigeon Roost Trail Loop
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Rocky Ridge to Pigeon Roost Trail Loop is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hernshaw, West Virginia and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trailShow more
#10 - White Hollow and Davis Creek Trail
Kanawha State Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
You start on Davis Creek trail and split off on white hollow trail. The sign leading to White Hollow trail was blazed orange, but the blazes through the trail were blue! Once you are to the top you muShow more
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