Outdoor recreational activities in Charleston

Picnic at the parkThere are a number of great walking and biking trails in Charleston, West Virginia. The city’s prime location in the Kanawha valley and its proximity to many natural wonders means communing with nature is just a short drive away.

One of the favorite locations for outdoor recreation in Charleston is the Kanawha State Forest. The 9,300-acre woodland is teeming with wildflower of different variety and a popular haven for birds. The rich cove forest is the nesting habitat of 19 of wood warblers, which draws avid bird watchers from around the continent.

The state forest has several walking and hiking trails, in different degrees of difficulty, ensuring that there’s one suited for everybody. Bikers also love mountain biking through the forest with its many interesting trails. Families can so picnic in the grounds, or stay overnight in the fully-equipped camping area.

Coonskin park is also a favorite destination, owing to its close proximity from Charleston. In ten minutes, you can drive from downtown and be one with nature. Coonskin park offers a wealth of activities for everybody in the family. The thousand-acre grounds is home to hiking and biking trails, several picnic shelters, children’s playground, mini golf course, tennis coursts, sand volleyball courts, an Olympic-size pool and an 18-hole golf course. Bicycles and pedal boats are also available for rent. Recently, the park has been renovated to include an amphitheatre, a 2000-seat soccer statdium and a wedding garden.

The Carriage Trail is yet another favorite. The entrance to the estate is close enough to walk from downtown. The tails winds around the hill on a gentle slope up to the Sunrise Mansion at the top. Thoug there aren’t many facilities in the property, you are rewarded with a gorgeous views of the valley from the summit.

Those who prefer to stay in the city can opt to walk and bike along the length of Kanawha Boulevard. Running parallel to the Kanawha River, walkers and bikers are treated to the gorgeous river views and the stately elegance of the West Virginia State Capitol Complex and the historical homes around it.