Cabwaylingo State Forest - Dunlow, WV - West Virginia State Parks

 
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Welcome to Cabwaylingo State Forest 
Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in the heart of Southern West Virginia in Wayne County. Built largely in the 1930's, the forest gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties: CABell, WAYne, LINcoln, MinGO. Cabwaylingo State Forest is steeped in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's and 1940's. The CCC camps including Cabwaylingo, were established to rebuild forested acres which in turn marks the beginnings of the West Virginia State Park system. 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.

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TICK RIDGE CAMPGROUND
Tick Ridge is a 10-site rustic campground. There is no water or electric at these 10-sites, however, pit toliets are available.

SPRUCE CREEK CAMPGROUND
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.

GENERAL CAMPGROUND INFORMATION
The campgrounds are open from April 1 through October 31.
Six campsite are designated for advance reservations. Call to make reservations. All other sites are rented on a first come, first served basis, and only one tent is allowed per site.

MCCLINTICK GROUP CAMP
Cabwaylingo State Forest offers 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. This rustic style camp was formerly the old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) barracks, featuring two new barracks, rebuilt in 2004, which sleep fifty each and a third building which houses a dining hall with a completely furnished kitchen. A complete shower house was added in 1999. The group camp features a council circle that is perfect for an evening campfire. The group camp is available from early May through late October and must be reserved in advance.

VACATION CABINS
Fourteen (14) standard cabins are available from mid-April through late October at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Each cabin features stone fireplaces constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, electric lighting, showers and a fully equipped kitchen. All cabins are completely equipped for basic housekeeping including cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, linens, towels and firewood. These cabins are vintage CCC era accommodations that travelers today are discovering. These cabins recall a simpler time when travel gathered families together to share meals, have conversation and to get outside and enjoy the forest and trails.

RANGER CABIN
A ranger cabin at Cabwaylingo State Forest can now be rented year-round. Overnight accommodations at the forest will now include 15 reservable cabin. The Ranger Cabin has two bedrooms and can sleep up to five persons. Located at McClintic Group Camp on Tick Ridge Road, registered guests will have an experience of park ranger housing in the mountains. The cabin is beside Twelve Pole stream running that runs through the forest. The cabin is fully furnished and has heating and air conditioning as well as many modern amenities. Reservations are available by calling 304-385-4255.

PICNICKING
We offer 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.

GAME COURT
A basketball court is located near thegroup camp and equipment can be rented at a nominal fee. Volleyball courts are on site as well as the Crum-Morgan picnic shelter.

HIKING
We offer 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.

HUNTING AND FISHING
Sportsmen will enjoy the fishing and hunting opportunities available at the forest. For fishing enthusiasts, 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.

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4279 Cabwaylingo Park Road
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