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Kanawha County Parks

West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulKanawha County Parks & Recreation
2000 Coonskin Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone (304) 341-8000

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BEST Places to PicnicKanawha County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia taking its name from the Native term, Kanawha: "place of white stone". As of 2000, the population was 200,073. Its county seat is Charleston. Kanawha County is the most populous county in the state of West Virginia.

During 1974, Kanawha County became known for its textbook controversy. Conservatives wanted to purge material they considered unsuitable from school textbooks, leading to John D. Maurice writing his Pulitzer Prize winning editorials.

Kanawha County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area, with a 2006 Census population estimate of 305,526 people.

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Coonskin Park
The Park was created over 50 years ago by a dedicated group of Kanawha County residents. It has grown into one of the most beautiful parks in the region. 

Located 10 minutes from downtown Charleston, WV, the park includes over a thousand acres of woodland, hiking and biking trails, a handicapped accessible 18 hole par three golf course, an Olympic size pool, picnic shelters of all sizes, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, bike rentals, pedal boat rentals and a modern playground area. Meeting and reception room rentals are also available.

Directions: Exit 99 off I-64, Route 114 North (Greenbrier Street) 2.5 miles, turn left on Coonskin Drive, Park entrance 1 mile.

Shawnee Park
Shawnee Park is located on Route 25. Take I-64 from Charleston, WV. Exit at Dunbar and turn right. Then left onto Route 25.

Meadowood Park
Located on the Coal River in Tornado, WV. Take I-64 west from Charleston, exit at Institute and turn west onto Route 25. Take Rt. 25 to light, turn left onto the St. Albans Bridge. 

Continue straight after going over bridge and turn right onto 6th Street. Follow 6th Street until you reach West Main and turn right over bridge. Continue until the Fire Department and turn left onto Coal River Road. 

Go several miles, pass through Tornado and turn left onto Smith Road, crossing over Coal River. The Park is on the left after you cross the bridge.

Facilities include two soccer fields, shelters, and play equipment. Restrooms available.

Pioneer Park
This Park is located off Route 61 adjacent to East Bank Middle School in Kanawha County, WV

Picnic Shelter Area: 9:00 AM until dusk. There is one shelter available to reserve.

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