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)ell, (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

  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
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    Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
859 attraction is located outside of the park.
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Phone: 304-385-4255
Email: cabwaylingosf@wv.gov
Address: 4279 Cabwaylingo Park Rd, Dunlow, WV, 25511


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. These units reflect  the craft and workmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, however air conditioning has been added creating a more comfortable summer retreat. Cabin interiors continue to be updated with an watchful eye on history and a current demand for conveniences.  Satellite television service is forthcoming. 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.

Group Camping

Cabwaylingo has a 100-person, fully-equipped group campsite great for retreats, meetings, family reunions and other large social outings. A barracks-style facility with large kitchen, the complex will have air conditioning installed by early summer 2019. Group camping is open the first weekend in May through October 31. Reservations are recommended.

Additional Information


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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Nearby Attractions

Beech Fork State Park

Venture into Beech Fork State Park and Lake near Huntington for some recreation boating, fishing and wildlife watching experiences.

Camden Park

You’ll really want to bring the kids along for this one! West Virginia’s family-owned amusement park offers rides for kids and adults and smiles for all.

Chief Logan State Park

For more time in nature look no further than the 4,000-acre Chief Logan State Park in southern West Virginia. Chief Logan features a 25-site campground, outdoor amphitheater, and wildlife center.

Heritage Farm Museum & Village

Learn more about West Virginia in this unique and interactive space. The outdoor living museum showcases Appalachian history and culture for all ages to see. Grab some souvenirs from the gift shop to share with family and friends!


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