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.


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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 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.

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Copley Trail

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.

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Indian Trail

Indian Trail begins near the Group Camp and ends at Tick Ridge Fire Tower location (built in 1934).

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Difficult

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.

Distance:  1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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.

Distance:  2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Spruce Creek Trail

Spruce Creek Trail begins in Spruce Creek Picnic Area and connects with Tick Ridge Road.

Distance:  1 mile

Difficulty: Difficult

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