Charleston, West Virginia boasts a delightful number of sights and sounds, from historic carriage rides to haunted graveyard tours. But nature lovers be aware! Just a short drive from the city limits lies a verdant wonderland: Kanawha State Forest. You can keep your luxury apartment with all its modern comforts and still enjoy the walking trails and peace of an age-old forest.


Where Bustling City Meets Peaceful Park

Charleston is a beautiful and booming city, attracting new people from around the country with its vast history and beautiful luxury townhouses. While 98% of renters admit that good cell reception is important, it is equally important to get a break from the hectic noise and non-stop connectivity of technology. That’s where Kanawha State Forest comes in. This peaceful natural retreat offers a little something for everyone, including:

  • Over 25 miles of biking trails
  • 46 campsites
  • Hunting opportunities
  • Playgrounds galore


With so much possibility for adventure, Kanawha State Forest is the place to go when you need a break from city life.


Come for the City, Stay for the Forest

Hiking is one of the most relaxing experiences, and it can offer a wealth of benefits. Whether you’re looking to stretch your legs and get some exercise, take in the beauty of the natural world, or simply reflect on your life, Kanawha forest offers over 25 miles of walking trails for hikers of all skill levels. Knowledgeable naturalists frequently lead guided hikes and wildlife tours to help you gain your bearing on the land, while also learning a little something about it. A short time in the forest will have you identifying certain plants, birds, and reptiles that are native to West Virginia, broadening your understanding of and connection with the state you call home. The Spotted Salamander trail also caters to the blind and physically challenged, providing paved, level walkways and braille nature signs so everyone can enjoy the beauty of West Virginia’s forests.


Just one afternoon in Kanawha forest and you’ll forget that the busy city of Charleston is just 15 minutes away. You’ll have a deeper connection with nature, reduced stress levels, and a wonderful, calming new memory — not to mention a newfound determination to come back as soon as possible.