State Forest Management
Our state forests are one of our most valuable resources, providing a source of emotional, spiritual and financial well being. It has been said that the quality of life for modern man is in direct proportion to the health, quality, and abundance of the forest resource.The mission of the West Virginia Division of Forestry is to protect and manage all State Forest resources through partnerships that emphasize a stewardship ethic.
Our Seven State Forests
Cabwaylingo State Forest
Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in southern West Virginia. The forest, located in Wayne County, gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties: (Cab)el, (Way)ne, (Lin)coln and Min(go). Cabwaylingo State Forests was one of the first state forests established in West Virginia, and for years has been a vacation retreat for many.
Calvin Price State Forest
Located in eastern Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, Calvin Price State Forest is covered in more than 9,000 acres of mixed hardwoods and pine, most of which is undeveloped. The forest is named in honor of the late Calvin W. Price, a Marlinton newspaper editor who advocated for the purchase and designation of this area as a state forest.
Camp Creek State Forest
Camp Creek State Park and Forest is known for beautiful waterfalls and great camping. With nearly 6,000 acres of lush forest, 35 miles of trails and seven miles of seasonally stocked trout streams, there is something for every hiker, biker, horseback rider and angler to explore and enjoy.
Coopers Rock State Forest
At approximately 12,747 acres, Coopers Rock State Forest is one of the largest in the West Virginia State Forest system. The spectacular scenic view from the Coopers Rock Overlook and the numerous hiking and biking trails make this State Forest, located east of Morgantown, one of the most visited areas in West Virginia.
Greenbrier State Forest
Located in the southeastern corner of the state near the border of Virginia, Greenbrier State Forest encompasses 5,100 acres of forested, mountainous terrain. After spending the day hiking, biking and exploring nature’s playground, guests may relax in one of the forest’s completely furnished cabins or take a trip to the charming nearby towns of Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs.
Kumbrabow State Forest
Located on top of Rich Mountain along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands, Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County is West Virginia’s highest forest. With 9,474 acres of forest at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet above sea level, Kumbrabow is used for recreation, watershed protection, commercial forestry and wildlife management.
Seneca State Forest
Seneca State Forest is West Virginia’s oldest and largest forest. Surrounded by nature in rugged Pocahontas County, Seneca offers peace and solitude for guests searching for a quiet getaway. Recreational opportunities abound in the forest’s 12,884 acres of lush woodlands.