About This Park

Chief Logan State Park is a 4,000-acre recreational area with lodging, conference facilities, campgrounds, hiking trails and a variety of outdoor activities and attractions. Located four miles north of Logan in the heart of West Virginia’s southern coalfields, Chief Logan State Park is one of the most visited facilities in the West Virginia State Parks System. It is known for its annual “Christmas in the Park” drive-thru holiday light display. One item of note, the lodge and the surrounding state park are within a few miles drive from each other. Separated by a scenic mountain, guests can stay and enjoy the amenities at Chief Logan Lodge, and then take a short drive to explore the surrounding state park.

Activities

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  • ATV
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • DeerViewing
    Hunting
  • Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Swimming
Attraction is located outside of the park.
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History

Like the surrounding town and county, Chief Logan State Park is named after Chief Logan, a leader of the Native American Mingo tribe who lived in the area before the American Revolutionary War. The park was designated a recreation area in 1960 and became part of the state parks system in 1968. The park also has historical ties to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. A Kanawha 2700 Class locomotive, donated by the C&O Railroad in 1961, remains on display today.

Dining

Chief Logan Lodge has a full-service restaurant that’s open daily. The conference and special event center can cater for groups using the event spaces. Food and beverage service for all groups, whether overnight or day-use, is available year-round with pre-planned breaks, meals, and special events.

Trails

Backbone Trail

The starting point is near the park office.

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Buffalo Trail

The starting point is across from shelter 1. The trail has a short but very steep climb.

Distance: 2.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Cliffside Trail

The starting point is near the park office. The trail begins with a short climb and levels off.

Distance: 1.1 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Coal Mine Trail

This trail starts in the campground behind campsite 2. It follows a mine tram road, passing old mine openings and a tipple site. Because of steep drops, children should not take this trail unsupervised.

Distance:  1 mile

Difficulty: Moderate

Fitness Trail

This trail starts across from the multipurpose building and has a series of exercise stations along it.

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: Moderate

Guyandotte Beauty Trail

The trail starts at the head of Mud Lick Hollow. Sights along the trail include abandoned coal mines and the endangered wildflower species the Guyandotte beauty, which blooms in May.

Distance:  1.1 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Lake Shore Trail

The trails starts at the lower end of the lake. Many spring wildflowers may be seen along the trail.

Distance:  1.1 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Shawnee Trail

This trail starts at the amphitheater. It is a great location for viewing spring wildflowers.

Distance: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Waterfall Trail

This trail begins at the first bridge on the left above the park office and makes a loop. In the rainy season, it is possible to see a small natural waterfall.

Distance: 0.75 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Wilderness Trail

The trail begins at the campground. It is mostly easy walking, but due to the length of this trail it is considered moderate.

Distance:  6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Wild Turkey Trail

The trail begins between campsites 16 and 17. It follows an old timber road and intersects with the Wilderness Trail, ending at the water tank near the conference center.

Distance: 1.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Woodpecker Trail

The trail starts at the first parking area on the right, past the park office. Many spring wildflowers may be seen along the trail.

Distance: 2.3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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