Cabwaylingo State Forest

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Cabwaylingo State Forest

West Virginia

(304) 385-4255

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Overview

Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in the heart of Southern West Virginia in Wayne County. Built in the 1930's, the forest gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties from which it serves: CABell, WAYne, LINcoln, MinGO. Cabwaylingo State Forest is steeped in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1930s, the hard working members of the CCC built log cabins with stone fireplaces, the superintendent's residence, picnic areas, hiking trails and a fire tower. Many of these structures still exist, and are in use today.

Map of Cabwaylingo (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.968414, -82.361463

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Activities

  • Camping

    There are two campgrounds, one group camp and 14 vacation cabins available at Cabwaylingo State Forest.

    Tick Ridge Campground has 20 rustic sites. Spruce Creek Campground, added to the forest facilities in 1999, features eleven sites, six with electrical and water hookups and full shower and bathroom facilities. All campsites have tent pads, fireplaces, drinking water, picnic tables and firewood. Shower and toilet facilities are located nearby. The campgrounds are open from April 1 through October 31. No reservations are required for camping. All sites are rented on a first come, first served basis, and only one tent is allowed per site.

    McClintick Group Camp is a 100-person fully-equipped group camp and serves as a great location for church retreats, civic meetings, family reunions and other large social outings.

    Vacation cabins are available from Mid April through late October. Each cabin features stone fireplaces, electric lighting, showers and a fully equipped kitchen. All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, linens, towels and firewood.

  • Fishing

    The West Fork of Twelvepole Creek winds through the forest and is stocked with trout on a monthly basis during the months of February, March, April and May.

  • Hiking

    There are several scenic trails for hikers. Along these paths, hikers can capture the scenic beauty of the forest and enjoy the many varieties of wildflowers and trees growing in the area. Overhanging rock cliffs can be found along several of these rustic trails. In the past, these cliffs provided shelter for early settlers in the area. Trails range from one mile to three miles in length.

  • Historic Sites

    CabwaylingoState Forest is steeped in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 1940s. The CCC camps including the one at Cabwaylingo, were established to rebuild forested acres which in turn marks the beginnings of the West Virginia State Park system. During the 1930s, the hard working members of the CCC built log cabins with stone fireplaces, the superintendent's residence, picnic areas, barracks, hiking trails and a fire tower. Many of these structures still exist, and are in use today.

    Examples of CCC labor is the kitchen section of the current barracks which now serves as a 100-person group camp.

  • Hunting

    Hunters are permitted on the forest during the respective hunting seasons.

  • Picnicking

    There are several rustic picnic shelters that can accommodate any size gathering. These shelters are perfect for small group picnics or large family and church reunions. Shelters are furnished with picnic tables, fireplaces, playground equipment, drinking water and conveniently located toilet facilities. Picnic shelters may be reserved in advanced through park headquarters.

  • RVing

    Six sites at Spruce Creek Campground have electrical hookups.

  • Water Sports

    Located near the McClintic Group Camp, the swimming area features a newly remodeledpool, bathhouse and a wading pool for children and provides an ideal spot to escape the sumer heat. The pool area is open to guests at the forest as well as people who live in the surrounding community. Lifeguards are on duty during pool hours. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. Lifeguards are on duty during pool hours.

Directions

Driving

Located in Wayne County in south western West Virginia, Cabwaylingo State Forest is located midway between Huntington and Williamson. The forest may be reached by following US. Rt. 152 for about 42 miles south of Huntington and turning off at Missouri Branch.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 385-4255

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