GREENBRIER STATE FOREST
Located in the southeastern corner of the state near the border of Virginia, Greenbrier State Forest provides over 5,100 acres of heavily forested, mountainous terrain for outdoor recreation. Magnificent views of the surrounding countryside are afforded by the impressive and imposing 3,280 high Kate's Mountain.
Greenbrier State Forest, located in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, has a rich and diverse history. The forest was established in 1935 as the first state forest in West Virginia and covers an area of approximately 5,100 acres.
Prior to the establishment of the state forest, the land was heavily logged and used for farming. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program, played a significant role in the creation and development of Greenbrier State Forest. In the 1930s, the CCC constructed many of the forest's infrastructure and recreational facilities, including roads, trails, cabins, the swimming pool, picnic areas, and a man-made lake named Anthony Creek Pond.
During World War II, Greenbrier State Forest was used as a training ground for the U.S. Army. Soldiers would utilize the forest's rugged terrain and facilities for various training exercises. After the war, the forest returned to its recreational use.
The state forest has been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. The forest's abundant natural resources, such as its diverse hardwood forests, provide a scenic backdrop for visitors.
Greenbrier State Forest has also seen some natural disasters. In 2016, a devastating flood struck the nearby town of White Sulphur Springs, causing significant damage to the forest and its infrastructure. However, with ongoing efforts, the forest has been restored and continues to be a beloved recreational area for both locals and tourists.
Vacationers may select from among 12 standard, one and two bedroom cabins and one, two-bedroom accessible cabin. Each cabin features electric lighting, a wood-burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances, and bath with shower. Cabins are equipped with linens, towels, cookware, utensils, flatware, dishes, drip coffee maker and microwave oven.
Cots and cribs may be rented at an additional charge and may be reserved in advance to avoid a handling fee.
Greenbrier State Forest cabins open the second Friday in April and close October 31. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 10 a.m. No pets are allowed in cabins or cabin area.
Greenbrier State Forest offers a 16-unit campground, suitable for tents, trailers, and other recreational vehicles. Each site features electric hookup, a picnic table and stone fireplace with a grill. A central bathhouse provides guests with hot showers and restroom facilities. Water is available at a central location. Facilities are fully accessible. Firewood and ice are available from the attendant on duty.
The campground opens the second Friday in April and closes November 30th. Only one tent or trailer is allowed per site, and check-out time is noon.