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Interpretative/Outdoor Programs

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Mountain Biking at Kanawha State Forest

Mountain biking is permitted. There are nine designated mountain biking trails:  Ballard, Black Bear Mt. Bike Trail, Davis Creek, Mossy Rock,  Pigeon Roost, Pine Ridge Trail to Dunlop Trail, Polecat, Teaberry Rock, and Wildcat Ridge trails,

For mountain biking trails descriptions, click here

A Kanawha State Forest Hiking/Biking Guide and Topographical Map is availablefor purchase at the forest office.The guides are produced by Kanawha State Forest  Foundation and are approximately 22”x18”. The cost is $5 each. For more information, phone (304) 558-3500.

A forest trail map is available at the Forest office or view here.

Hiking Trails at Kanawha State Forest

More than 25 miles of trails provide a challenge for even the serious hiker and are open for hiking only throughout the year. The trails are: #1 Store,  Alligator Rock,  Beech Glen, CCC Snipe,  Hemlock Falls, Johnson Hollow,  Lindy Trail, Logtown , Overlook Rock,  Polly,  Rattlesnake,  Rocky Ridge, Spotted Salamander, and White Hollow  trails.

"The Spotted Salamander" trail, a paved, level walkway with braille interpretive nature stations designed for both visually impaired and physically challenged guests.

For hiking trail descriptions, click here


Children's playgrounds are located throughout the forest and in the various picnic areas.


ShelterNumerous picnic sites are provided for the enjoyment of visitors. These sites offer tables, grills, and nearby restroom facilities. There is no charge to picnic.

Nine reservable picnic shelters for large group gatherings are available for reservations. Shelters may be reserved up to one year in advance of the reservation month. Shelter reservations are recommended for group gatherings and reunions.

Learn more about shelter descriptions and rental rates  


Fishing opportunities are available at the two-acre Ellison Pond. Fishing is restricted to children 10 years of age and under and Class Q license holders from March 1 through May 31. The remainder of the year is open to anyone properly licensed. The pond is stocked with trout, bass and bluegill.
Properly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt or fish in-season, in specified areas. No hunting zones surround all forest recreational facilities.

Shooting RangeShooting range

The shooting range provides covered shooting stalls for convenience of users. Only paper targets are allowed. The forest range is free to the public for use. The range is open during daylight hours and subject to closure for maintenance.


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