Irish Road Bowling
Irish Road Bowling at Kanawha State Forest, located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and a recreational haven.
The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.
For camping reservations, call 1-833-WV-PARKS. For greater detail about the actual road bowling at Kanawha State Forest, call Road Master Stephen Wallington at 304-638-3224 or visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com.
About Irish Road Bowling. Irish Road Bowling is primarily played in County Armagh in Northern Ireland and in County Cork in Southern Ireland. It consists of a ball made of iron and steel that is heavy enough to pick up speed, yet small enough for any person to handle. Besides the basic rules and terms, all you do is hurl this 28 oz. “bowl” with an underhand motion over a 1 to 2 mile country road and see how far it goes! Scored like golf, the fewest number of shots from the start to the finish line wins.
The West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA) is a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded December 8, 2008, and also registered in 2008 with the Secretary of State of West Virginia. WVIRB’s mission includes preserving and protecting the ancient Irish sport of road bowling, also called Irish long bullets, in the State of West Virginia; to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship in all of our activities; to teach Irish road bowling to men, women, and children as a sport providing health and physical fitness; and to celebrate nature and the scenic beauty of the country roads of West Virginia.
- Start Date: May 9, 2020