The best camping near Kanawha State Forest

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Ray's Campground

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Hico, WV
Ray's Campground is a picturesque camping facility located in Hico, West Virginia. Nestled in the heart of nature, this campground offers a serene and tranquil setting for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. The campground is situated amidst lush greenery, with towering trees providing shade and a sense of privacy to campers. The natural landscape of the area creates a peaceful atmosphere that allows visitors to unwind and connect with nature. Ray's Campground offers a variety of camping options to cater to different preferences. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, you'll find suitable accommodations here. The campground provides spacious campsites with fire rings and picnic tables, allowing you to have a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience. One of the highlights of Ray's Campground is its proximity to the scenic New River Gorge National River. This nationally recognized park offers breathtaking views of the New River and its impressive gorge. Visitors can engage in a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. The campground serves as an excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of the area. In addition to the stunning natural surroundings, Ray's Campground provides amenities to enhance your camping experience. The facilities may include clean restrooms with showers, and a communal gathering area where you can socialize with fellow campers. Whether you are seeking solitude in nature or looking to engage in thrilling outdoor adventures, Ray's Campground in Hico, WV, offers a welcoming and scenic environment for a memorable camping getaway.
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Mountain Magnolia Forest Farm

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Fayetteville, WV
8 acres of beautiful forested land with a small creek running nearby the campsite. WALKING distance to New River Gorge National Park! Approx 5min walk across edmond-lansing rd to short creek/head house trail. Hiking to views of the gorge, down to the river and plenty of climbing. Endless wall is 2 min drive down the road, some of the best hiking and climbing in the gorge! Beauty Mountain overlook is 1.5 miles away. Campsite is off of a private neighborhood road. GPS will NOT take you to our place. It will send you to the neighbors, so please follow written directions from host. We don’t want to burden our neighbors. Thank you! There is a small fire ring, bring dry wood and make sure to put your fire completely out anytime you wont be attending it, this is the woods. ALL are welcome. This space is a safe place, and prejudice or hate will not be tolerated. Thank you for treating others with respect and kindness.
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Bare Cove

4 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Ravenswood, WV
If you are looking for a party you found it. We have no quiet hours, we do get loud and have a great time on the weekends. Its not uncommon for beer pong or card games to go into the early hours. Not the best idea to bring small children to a rager but were open to all ages and backgrounds, anybody that enjoys making friends and having fun on the lake. All guests must sign personal injury waivers to cover our 6. So about the property, its 120+ acres with a 5 acre man made lake that features blue waters, a beach area and tikibar. We have atv trails, private camp sites and group sites. Enjoy the day floating in the clear blue water, fishing (separate pond) or hiking. Our lake also features a launch pillow for blasting your friends up to 20 ft in the air! We also have inflatable cabanas on the water for rent if you want some R&R. Thanks for looking, would love to host you and your party out at the lake.
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Hamilton Farms

2 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Big Chimney, WV
Our 30 acre farm has plenty of places to stroll or hike. We used to run a show barn but currently only board, hence the 23 stall barn. Charleston, the state capital, has all you need for a fun day of activities, restaurants, shopping and river front. Learn more about this land: Located 15 minutes from downtown Hip Historic Charleston WV. We are a boarding horse farm. There is one location available with electronic and water hookup. In addition there are various other places to park around the farm. In bad weather if you are tent camping you can sleep inside our indoor riding arena which is also where the bathroom is located. Hiking available on property and beyond.
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5 Leaf Farm

5 sites · Lodging100 acres · Walton, WV
This area was known by the Native Americans as "Pocatalico" (land of the fat doe), and first settled by Europeans around 1890. The property itself was first settled by a man named Mayford Jones, who set the first stones here around 1910. A Jenny Lynn style farmhouse was built and the property was known as one of the best developed farms in the area. Today, the forest has returned to what was once pasture land on the majority of the 100 acre plot, and a small but intensive sustainable forest farm has been taking shape since 2013 under the current host and occupant, who prefers the term "steward" rather than "owner".
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Possum Holler Camp- New River Gorge

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Victor, WV
Camping at Possum Holler Camp will provide you the perfect blend of solitude and recreation access. You will truly be in the heart of the New River National Park, yet still feel secluded in the beautiful woods without neighbors. You will have private access to beautiful and idyllic Mill Creek, which has many beautiful emerald pools and is even seasonally stocked with rainbow trout! Within a mile you can access the New River Gorge Bridge and the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, and you are equally close to the park's world class climbing, rafting, hiking, ziplining, and mountain biking at the New River Gorge National Park and surrounding areas. Your group will have the entire camp to yourselves, so there's no need to worry about noisy neighbors. Our driveway has recently been revamped to include more flat parking and a less steep access route! While these improvements are great, we still caution our guests to avoid bringing large trailers and to use 4WD if available in an attempt to minimize rutting in the future. We want you to enjoy a lovely campfire, but we ask that you purchase firewood locally because invasive pest species can travel in firewood. Possum Holler Camp is a Leave No Trace campsite, guests are asked to pack out anything they bring in and leave the area undisturbed. This includes damaging vegetation, creating new fire rings, or altering the natural area in any way. Also, please do not camp in the meadow area and only use the cleared out areas in the woods surrounding the parking and picnic/fire area for pitching tents. If you stay below the high water line, then feel free to move as far up or downstream Mill Creek as you like. The creek is indescribably beautiful in both directions! But please keep in mind that there is private property once you are above the high water line, please do not trespass on our neighbor's property.
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Flat Hollow Farm

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Clendenin, WV
Flat Hollow is a very secluded mountain wilderness area. This hidden gem is a treat for the eyes and a real hideaway from the real world. There is a stocked pond, firepit, outdoor cooking supply, camper hookups, rental cabins, hiking trails, local trout stream, wifi, pet friendly but the main attraction is the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the guaranteed Classic Almost Heaven WV Experience you will get! The location is ideally located 17 miles from the Capitol of West Virginia and 11 miles from the airport! Only a few miles from I-79 and I-77 for people passing through but still want a real mountain wilderness experience. There is now an available Dumping Station!
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Skyedanser Campsite

1 site · Tent5 acres · Red House, WV
Once known as Skyedanser Farms, horse ranch turned campsite. Five acres of land located “on the hill.” For several generations hay, gardens, and livestock have been raised on this land.
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Horse Creek Cabins

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Morrisvale, WV
Welcome to our serene campground nestled in the heart of rural West Virginia. Picture yourself surrounded by lush greenery, with the soothing sound of a small creek running alongside your campsite. As you relax by the fire pit, you might catch glimpses of deer grazing in the distance, adding to the tranquil ambiance of nature. Conveniently located just 4 miles from the Hatfield McCoy Trails Ivy Branch Trailhead and a short drive from the Hobet Outlaw Trails, our campground is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're an avid hiker, biker, or ATV rider, there are plenty of adventures waiting for you just beyond our doorstep. Despite our secluded setting, you're never too far from modern conveniences. Within a 25-minute drive, you can explore the vibrant shopping scene at Southridge in Charleston, WV, where you'll find a plethora of stores and dining options to suit every taste. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at our peaceful campground. We look forward to welcoming you for a memorable outdoor experience.
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Taylor Made Farms LLC

1 site · Lodging100 acres · Clay, WV
We are deep in the country, where nature abounds. Hiking, kayaking, fishing, rivers, are all within a mile. Day trips to beautiful WV State Parks, Shopping, Lakes. We have 100 acres to explore with lots of wildlife. We currently have three tiny houses that have beds, half baths with porches and grills
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Moore Mountain

2 sites · Tents20 acres · Summersville, WV
Sitting at 2500' elevation we are offering 20 acres of mixed hardwood forest with berry picking and wildlife viewing, including a moderately steep in sections hiking trail that ends at a mountaintop veiw. We are located 10 min from summersville lake and 20 min from Monongahela National forest. Backpacking tents or hammocks are well suited for the mtn top camping site. Fresh garden veggies, farm eggs and spring water available while in season
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Deep Mountain Farm RV Campsite

1 site · RV40 acres · Fayetteville, WV
Less than 10 minutes from the rim of the New River Gorge, Deep Mountain Farm is nestled quietly along the edge of dense forest. The farm is comprised of nearly 30 acres of native woodland made up of hardwoods and precious plants Many wild animals call it home. Our intention on the farm is to interact with the land in a way that is healthy. Healthy for us, our livestock, the water, the air. Healthy in a long lasting way, building fertility in our fields that goes on to feed generations. Learn more about this land:We welcome you to our working farm located in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. This land has been farmed for over 150 years, but sat vacant for nearly 40 years before we settled down. We have poured our heart into this land, every year we make progress towards further transforming it. Just 5 minutes from town our farm is the perfect place to park your RV while you play here in the NRG. With only one RV hookup site you will have the farm to yourself. The site overlooks our field and is a short walk to our outdoor shower. Not far from the site is a large fire pit, we can provide a bundle of fire wood . The sight has power and water hookup and room to turn around to exit. During your stay you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a working farm. We do chores around 9/10 AM and invite any curious guests to join us! Christine would love to share her passion for farming with you. Looking for a more in-depth farm experience? Check out our "Extras" and lend a hand on the farm and learn about the land from Christine. Our farm does have working livestock guardian dogs. They will spend the night barking to keep our sheep safe and coyote and bears at a distance. Over the years, when asked, guests reported they had not noticed the occasional barking after dark. We ask that you do not enter any paddocks they are in and only interact with them when in the presence of the farmers. Thank you! It wouldn't be a true farm visit without a farm fresh meal! Inquire about purchasing a dozen farm fresh eggs to enjoy during your stay or grab a dozen for the road!Christine is looking forward to meeting you this season!
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The best camping near Kanawha State Forest guide

Overview

About

KanaWHAT?! A place you can find 9,300 wooded acres full of wildflowers and songbirds just seven miles from the capital? It’s no surprise that Kanawha is a favorite spot among Charleston urbanites for weekend picnics and the occasional camping trip. Hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing trails make this forest an outdoor gym for local residents, but Kanawha isn’t just good for a quick dose of fresh air and recreation. The State Forest is known among naturalists as a hotspot for wildflowers and birds, with rich habitats that support 19 different species of wood warblers. If you think this place is just for locals, don’t be dismayed! Birders travel all the way from Canada to witness Kanawha in summer bloom. No need to book a hotel in Charleston—camp right in the forest for some fresh air and an early morning wake-up call, courtesy of those 19 types of warblers.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Kanawha State Forest is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the forest is alive with color. Summer offers lush greenery but can be quite warm, while winter brings a quiet, frosty beauty, though some trails may be less accessible. Avoid peak holiday weekends for a more tranquil experience.

Know before you go

  • Check the forest's official website for any trail closures or safety alerts before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Cell service may be limited, so download maps and trail guides ahead of time.
  • Respect wildlife habitats by keeping a safe distance and not feeding the animals.
  • Facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas are available, but it's wise to bring essentials like water and snacks.

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