Kanawha State Forest
Located just seven miles (11.2 kilometers) south of downtown, the Kanawha State Forest is 9,300 acres (37.6 km2) of natural beauty. The park was originally developed in the 1930s as a part of the Depression-era work program known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Today, the park has 25 miles (40 km) of trails. Of the numerous trails, 14 allow hiking only, while 10 allow hiking and biking. Many of the trails follow little mountain streams and babbling brooks for scenic walks tucked into the forest. You can also camp at one of the 46 campsites and picnic at the nine picnic shelters or picnic areas around the park.