About This Park
Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in southern West Virginia. The forest, located in Wayne County, gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties: (Cab)el, (Way)ne, (Lin)coln and Min(go). Cabwaylingo State Forests was one of the first parks established in West Virginia, and for years has been a vacation retreat for many.
Things to Do
Bike your heart out at Cabwaylingo! Nine miles of beautiful trails are ready for biking enthusiasts to enjoy. Trail maps are provided, but trail users are encouraged to wear blaze orange or brightly colored outerwear during hunting seasons for safety.
Cabwaylingo State Forest has two campgrounds. The Tick Ridge Campground has 8 rustic sites. The Spruce Creek Campground has 11 sites, six with electric and water hookups and nearby shower facilities. Cabwaylingo also has a 100-person, fully-equipped group campsite great for retreats, meetings, family reunions and other large social outings. Campgrounds are open April 1 through October 31. West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Wet your line! Fishers can enjoy fresh trout stocked monthly in the West Fork of Twelvepole Creek from February to May. Proper license and stamps are required and can be purchased at www.wvfish.com.
Hikers can capture the scenic beauty of the forest and enjoy the varieties of wildflowers and trees growing along the forest’s nine miles of trail. See the overhanging rock cliffs that once provided shelter for early settlers in the area. Trails range from one mile to three miles in length so go at your own pace and soak in the blissful scenery!Download Park Pack & Map
Head on out to the forest and see what you can find! Hunters are permitted to hunt the forest during the respective seasons, but must have proper licensing. Licenses can be purchased at www.wvhunt.com.
Museums & Historical Sites
The Huntington Museum of Art overflows with firearms, British silver, sculptures, Islamic prayer rugs, and regional memorabilia. You can also tour nature trails and a tropical plant conservatory.
A basketball court is located near the group camp and equipment can be rented at a nominal fee. Volleyball courts are on site, as well as the Crum-Morgan picnic shelter.
West Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the United States. Be sure to download your Park Pack for maps and other park information.Download
Cabwaylingo State Forest was established in the 1930s, by the Civilian Conservation Corps, to rebuild forested land in Southern West Virginia. This effort was instrumental in getting the state’s park system established. Over the years, CCC workers built log cabins as well as the many trails and shelters still in use today.
Cabwaylingo State Forest has 15 cabins, available mid-April through late October. Each cabin has a rustic stone fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen along with basic housekeeping items. Select cabins are pet friendly, so check guidelines before bringing your furry sidekicks.
Cabwaylingo State Forest has two campgrounds. The Tick Ridge Campground has eight rustic sites. The Spruce Creek Campground has 11 sites (six with electric and water hookups and nearby shower facilities). Campgrounds are open April 1 through October 31. West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Cabwaylingo also has a 100-person, fully-equipped group campsite great for retreats, meetings, family reunions and other large social outings. Group camping is open the first weekend in May through October 31. Reservations are recommended.
Cabwaylingo State Forest is an ideal spot for a picnic or family reunion. The forest has several shelters, furnished with tables, fireplaces, drinking water, conveniently located toilet facilities and playground equipment – perfect for large gatherings. Picnic shelters may be reserved through park headquarters, but plan in advance because these shelters are popular!
Ash Branch Trail
|Ash Branch Trail begins near Cabin No.8 and extends to the Perry Ridge vicinity, then ends at Long Branch Picnic Area.|
|Copley Trail begins near Cabin No. 7 and goes to Tick Ridge. It then comes off the mountain to the swimming pool. Points of interest to notice are the rock formations running the top of the ridge.|
|Indian Trail begins near the Group Camp and ends at Tick Ridge Fire Tower location (built in 1934).|
Martin Ridge Trail
|Martin Ridge Trail begins in Doane Hollow Picnic Area and ends on Martin Ridge Road. The trail connects Sleepy Hollow Trail at approximately 1 mile.|
Sleepy Hollow Trail
|Sleepy Hollow Trail begins across from Cabin No. 1 off the side of Sweet Water Road. It connects after two miles with Martin Ridge Trail.|
Spruce Creek Trail
|Spruce Creek Trail begins in Spruce Creek Picnic Area and connects with Tick Ridge Road.|
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