State Park of the Week: Chief Logan

With two sides of a mountain to explore, Chief Logan has endless opportunities for family fun and adventure.

Chief logan State ParkThere’s just something about the scenic mountains and winding country roads at Chief Logan State Park that makes you feel like you’re in a place where you belong. Located in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coalfields, Chief Logan is an ideal vacation spot and has become a second home to many West Virginia State Parks visitors over the years.

With hiking trails, plenty of peaceful picnic and fishing areas and access to some of the best ATV trails in the country, there’s plenty of activities to enjoy all year. Warmer weather is on the way and vacation season will be here before you know it, so plan a spring or summer trip soon. Here’s everything you need to know about Chief Logan!

Off-road adventures

Set out on a real mountaineering adventure at Chief Logan by taking a trek through the park’s 18 miles of hiking trails. The park sprawls out over two sides of a mountain, which gives you plenty of areas to explore — both high and low and in between. In the spring and summer, wildlife is abundant and you’ll come across many patches of beautiful wildflowers, such as spring beauties, large-flowering trillium, Virginia bluebells, harbinger of spring, stonecrop, wild geranium and fawn lily. For an easy stroll, check out the Woodpecker Trail, located past the park office. And if you’re looking for something more challenging, you’ll want to hike on the Guyandotte Trail, which starts at the head of Mud Lick Hollow and showcases abandoned coal mines and the Guyandotte beauty, an endangered wildflower species that blooms in May.

If an adrenaline rush is more your thing, don’t miss your chance to race through hundreds of miles of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails System’s world-class ATV trails. While ATV use is not permitted in Chief Logan Park, the trails are only a short drive away and provide hours of thrilling outdoor recreation.

Pristine cabins, rustic campsites and a cozy lodge

After day on the trails, there’s nothing better than coming back to a cozy cabin or lodge room and relaxing for the evening. Chief Logan has three gorgeous cabins with spectacular views of the park, which you’ll want to enjoy from the porch as you sip your cup of coffee in the morning. The cabins feature four rooms, large living areas and all the modern conveniences you and your family will need for your vacation, reunion, wedding or getaway.

Chief Logan also has a comfortable lodge where you can kick back and relax for a week away. And if you prefer accommodations a little closer to nature, pitch a tent in the shade of a mountain at one of the park’s campsites.

History

Like the surrounding town and county, Chief Logan State Park is named after Chief Logan, a leader of the Native American Mingo tribe who lived in the area before the American Revolutionary War. The park became a recreation area in 1960 and joined the state parks system in 1968. The park also has historical ties to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. A Kanawha 2700 Class locomotive, donated by the C&O Railroad in 1961, remains on display today.

Want to learn more about the history of Chief Logan? A regional interest and coal history museum is located at Chief Logan State Park. Come explore the past and gain a greater sense of appreciation for this gorgeous state park.

Big and small, high and low, West Virginia State Parks are home to your fondest memories and experiences yet to come. Visit Chief Logan and you’ll find a new reason to love Almost Heaven.

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