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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 state’s 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 Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.

The forest office currently is physically staffed Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and at other times when possible. When calling the forest, please leave a message and call back number we are not in the office and we’ll return your call.  Our email address is kanawhasf@wv.gov as another method of contact. 

Kanawha Valley Area Transmission Reinforcement Project

Appalachian Power is rebuilding transmission structures in the Kanawha State Forest to enhance the region's reliability by upgrading equipment.  Upgrades to electric infrastructure in West Virginia strengthen the current grid.  The bulk of the work will be within or adjacent to existing rights-of-ways.  

Some of the construction details include:
Building approximately 5.5 miles of new 138kV transmission line;
Construction of darkened steel lattice towers;
Using previous right-of-way for construction;
Remove and retire approximately 11 miles of existing line and several structures inside the forest boundary.
Detailed information will be available at www.appalachianpower.com/kanawhastateforest.

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