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Kanawha State Forest, Charleston

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Kanawha State Forest is a 9,300-acre (38 km2) recreation area located near the community of Loudendale, West Virginia, which is about 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Charleston, West Virginia, United States. It is managed by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

While still classified as a "state forest", the West Virginia Legislature has directed that the facility be managed as a state park.

The Davis Creek Road entrance to Kanawha State Forest is located at 38°16′53″N 81°38′30″W (38.28133, -81.64169).
Recreational facilities include overnight camping, picnicking, hiking, a public shooting-range, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and a swimming pool and playground. Several geocaches are located in the forest.
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  • We love taking our Jayco to this park ! The ranger, Steve Roberts, is a super nice guy and always so helpful. 
    We love taking our Jayco to this park ! The ranger, Steve Roberts, is a super nice guy and always so helpful.  more »
  • two ways into this park. The best way to come is if you're coming from Charleston West Virginia to the park. That way is all blacktop if you are coming from east to west it takes you on a gravel road that way is a bit scary. This park is absolutely stunning. We just stayed one night but wish we could have stayed a couple of days. Great place to take kids to play in a creek. Only small campers are acceptable here don't try to bring your large camper here. We were in a 12-ft travel trailer and we did just fine even on the scary road. We met Ethan the park ranger and he is an exceptional guy.
  • I went to see the changes they were making and was pleasantly surprised. They have done a great job changing the lake out and making a beautiful landscape with the stream and trees replacing it. The gift shop is new to me, my first time visiting it. Again a great addition to the park, it was beautiful with a nice selection of items to buy , I actually bought a t shirt. Great job making it an even better place to spend a day.

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