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Birds of Prey

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1 pm

Three Rivers Avian Center will present their annual Raptor Program.
Meet in front of the Nature Center (Old Pool)
Bring a lawn chair.

National Trails Day

Saturday, June 1st 9am – 3pm

9 AM Moderate hike on CCC Snipe Trail with Master Naturalists Rachel Kerns and Christina Carr. Meet at the former pool complex (Camp Kanawha)

9 AM Easy walk on Spotted Salamander Trail with Carl McLaughlin
*AM hikers should meet in the parking lot of the former pool complex (Camp Kanawha). (This trail is paved, so those who use wheelchairs and walkers can meet at the trail head parking lot which is located about a 1/4 mile beyond the former pool complex right after you pass a giant boulder on your left)

1 PM Dedication of the new Kevin Dials’ Bat Trail. Park in the 1st dirt parking lot, just to the left of the main KSF entrance sign. You’ll walk about a 1/2-mile up Gun Range Road to the trailhead.

2 PM Disc golf demos on the new KSF disc golf course with Jason Rogers in Johnson Hollow which is located on the left just past the KSF Campground (about 3-miles from the entrance sign)

Kevin Dials Bat Trail Dedication

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 1 PM

Please join us on National Trails Day for the dedication of the Kevin Dials Bat Trail built to help preserve a threatened species of bats thriving at Kanawha State Forest.
The dedication will include acknowledgement of the financial donors and many volunteers who made the bat trail possible, including the Maier Foundation, C. C. Dickinson Family Giving Circle, Hot Rod Devils, students from WVSU and UC, master naturalists and many more.
Water and light refreshments will be provided. Donations will be accepted and used to maintain the Kevin Dials Bat Trail and other trails located at Kanawha State Forest.

**Please park in the 1st dirt lot on Gun Range Road, just to the left of the main entrance sign at Kanawha State Forest, then walk from there.**

WV Birthday Celebration

Sunday, June 16, 2019 2 pm – 4pm

Celebrate West Virginia’s birthday at Kanawha State Forest, and enjoy a concert by the Kanawha Valley Community Band. The event, sponsored by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation, includes birthday cake and refreshments. Concert starts at 2 p.m. at the nature center parking lot. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Open to the public.

Osbra Eye Memorial Walk

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Come to Kanawha State Forest for one of West Virginia’s premiere spring wildflower walks! Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the swimming pool area. Learn about wildflowers, medicinal and edible plants, trees, and beginning and advanced birding. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars! Walks start at 9 a.m. and go to 12:30 p.m. Cost for adults is $5 and $2 for students 16 and younger. 


1 WILDFLOWERS – Snipe Trail and Shrewsberry Hollow – Easy to Moderate
Leaders: Mark Watson, Jim Smith, Ted Jones

2 WILDFLOWERS – White Hollow – Moderate to Difficult
Jerry Westfall, Bill Hall

3 REMNANTS of MINING in KAN. ST. FOREST – Davis Creek, Shrewsberry Hollow, Snipe Trail – identify evidence of early deep mining in KSF; learn about mining practices during that time period, view mine openings, benches, railroad grades, and trestle – Easy to Moderate
Dale Porter, Beverly Campbell

4 EDIBLE and USEFUL PLANTS – shooting range road – Slow and Easy
Becky Linger, Roger Hardway

5 HOW CCC MEMBERS CREATED KAN. ST. FOREST – Spotted Salamander Trail – see this newly restored handicapped accessible trail, and learn how members of the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed park facilities and trails in the 1930’s and 40’s and then as retirees continued doing volunteer work at KSF – Easy
Carl McLaughlin

6 TREES, WILDFLOWERS, and BIRDS – Polly Trail – Moderate
Dave Dendler, Sara Miller

7 BIRDS – Rattlesnake Hollow – identify birds by sight and sound – loaner binoculars available – Easy to Moderate
Jim Waggy, Kevin Cade

8 BATS of KAN. ST. FOREST – shooting range road and short hiking trail – learn about bat ecology and the different species of bats found in KSF; visit an abandoned mine opening where a steel bat gate has been constructed for the benefit of hibernating bats – Easy to Moderate
Doug Wood

9 AQUATIC LIFE** – Davis Creek – will use nets to catch and identify small fish, crayfish, aquatic insects, and other life forms – Easy
Mike Whitman, John Wirts, Diana Green, Debby Mullins

**An activity with hands-on components that kids will enjoy, although it is also interesting and appropriate for all ages.    

Bat Conservation

“On Friday, March 15, 2019, eight volunteers arrived at the junction of Range Road and Middle Ridge Road in Kanawha State Forest to unload 20-ft long pieces of steel from a flatbed truck to the first staging area. The steel had been purchased from WV Steel Corporation with funds administered by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation and provided by the Hot Rod Devils event organizers, the C. C. Dickinson Family Giving Circle, the Maier Foundation, and private individual donors…..”

-Doug Wood

Disc Golf Project

Disc Golf Course Creation
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9 AM

Join disc golf course designer, Brian Jeffers, and help create a 9-hole disc golf course at Kanawha State Forest! Volunteers need to be in good physical condition because the course will run up a steep hill to the top of Rocky Ridge.
This area has lots of dense brush, so long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy boots recommended. If you own any gas-powered blade trimmers, saws and hand tools for trail work, please bring them.
Meet at the Johnson Hollow parking lot which is located on the left side of the road, just past the KSF campground.
*This project is NOT suitable for young children