Located in the rugged hills near West Virginia's
southern border with Virginia and Kentucky, Panther
offers a small campground in heavily wooded
surroundings. Hiking trails to scenic overlooks,
trout fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting are
featured at the forest.
Swimming: Surrounded by beautiful mountains,
the Panther State Forest swimming pool provides an
ideal spot to cool off and relax from the summer
heat. A wading pool for children is also available.
The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor
Day. Evening pool rentals are available.
Picnicking: Picnic areas vary from areas with
playgrounds, shelters, volleyball court, grills,
picnic tables, and hand-pumps to picnic areas off by
themselves with a fireplace and picnic table. Picnic
shelter reservations are available by calling the
Hunting and Fishing: The forest offers
excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing.
During the spring months, a four-mile section of
Panther Creek within the forest is stocked with
trout. Excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse
hunting is permitted in-season on the forest and on
the 2,830 acres of wildlife management area that
connects to the forest. Hunting is not permitted in
designated safety zones. West Virginia state hunting
and/or fishing with trout stamp license is required.
Hiking: Miles of connecting trails and
unimproved roads are open for hikers and walkers.
All gated roads are open to foot traffic. Map and
trail guides are available at the forest office.
Camping: An improved rustic campground is
located beside the beautiful, trout-stocked Panther
Creek. All six sites have electrical hook-up,
fireplace, and picnic table. Pit toilets and a well
hand-pump are conveniently located for campers to
Group Camp: A 60-person barracks and modern
kitchen complex provides organized groups a well
designed overnight facility. The group camp is
rented by the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A
minimum of two nights rental is required in spring
and fall. Reservations are required.