Leave your cares behind at Kumbrabow State Forest

Where doing nothing is the whole point of the trip.

There aren’t many places as secluded as Kumbrabow State Forest. If you want to get close to nature, Kumbrabow is one of those magical places you search for your entire life and dream about when you’re not here.

While there are plenty of scenic hiking trails and incredible fishing streams to keep you occupied, the allure of Kumbrabow is that you can do nothing and still have one of the richest outdoor experiences you’ll ever have. If you want to simply enjoy a quiet getaway, here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of your trip to Kumbrabow!

Unplug and unwind

With nature retreats becoming more popular, it’s no wonder that people pay a lot of money to spend the week in an isolated cabin off in the wilderness out west. Whether it’s for a big fishing or hunting trip, or to simply get away from the city life, getting away for some peace and quiet is refreshing and rejuvenating. But what if there was a way for you to have that same experience right here in West Virginia?

“This is truly one of the most beautiful places you can visit on this planet. The untouched forests and crystal clear streams in Kumbrabow are a site that you won’t believe until you see it with your own eyes!”

— Tyler McVaney, Google Reviews

The rustic cabins at Kumbrabow are a perfect home base for your mountain retreat. The forest’s six completely furnished log cabins hearken back to the days before electricity connected us to the larger world. Here, you’ll find true rest and relaxation, free of digital distractions and mobile notifications.

Before booking, guests should know that pioneer cabins do not have electricity or running water and that shower services are available at a central bathhouse located away from the cabin area. But unplugging is part of the adventure!

Kumbrabow is for outdoor adventures, too

If you’re an outdoors lover, Kumbrabow State Forest is exactly what you’re looking for. There are waterfalls to discover, wildflowers to find and wildlife to encounter. Wherever you turn, you’ll see nature at its best.

Explore the forest by hiking one of the park’s trails. The area’s high elevation and abundant rainfall means that early morning treks are cool and misty, a perfect way to start your day. Hike the Potato Hole Trail to the top of the forest’s highest point, Rich Mountain, where you can see for miles. If it’s not cloudy, this is a beautiful spot to watch an inspiring sunrise. Or come back later in the day to watch the sun dip below the horizon. For an overview of all the trails at Kumbrabow, download the forest map.

Kumbrabow is also one of the best places to go fishing. It’s cool, mountain streams are shaded by the forest, making them an ideal habitat for trout. If you go fishing, you’ll want to cast a line in Mill Creek. Because this stream is catch-and-release, your chances of reeling in a trout are pretty good. Before you go, make sure you purchase a license at wvfish.com and make sure you follow all special regulations for the area.

And for even more outdoor adventures, visit nearby Holly River State Park.

A forest to yourself

At the end of the day, Kumbrabow offers rest. You don’t have to worry about crowds or having to check off a big list of to-dos. Kumbrabow lets you enjoy the simple things in life: quality time with your family, a good conversation with a loved one or just quietly enjoying the sounds of nature around you.

“My wife’s relatives are from West Virginia, and as a child, she and her family often camped at Kumbrabow State Forest near Huttonsville, WV. We drove there and found a beautiful, beautiful camp site, next to a river, walked in the river, had our campfires and never saw another camper. We had the entire place to ourselves! It was beautiful.”

— Don H, TripAdvisor Reviewer from Solon, Ohio

Big and small, high and low, West Virginia State Parks are home to your fondest memories and experiences yet to come. Visit Kumbrabow State Forest and you’ll find a new reason to love Almost Heaven. Plan your trip today!

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