Cabwaylingo State Forest, in southwestern West Virginia, protects 8,150 acres of mountainous woodland drained by the west fork of Twelvepole Creek. Its terrain descends rapidly from the summits of Tick and Martin ridges, at more than 1,250 feet above sea level, to the margins of the west fork of Twelvepole and its branches, at roughly 700 feet above sea level.
Cliffs and rock overhangs outcrop in the coves of many small streams, and some of these sheltered native hunters and European settlers. Much of the original area was wooded or in farmland when the West Virginia Conservation Commission purchased tracts for the forest in 1933. In 1935, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps began to work on improvements, including the construction of its rock-work picnic shelters. Hunting is permitted in outlying areas of the forest away from recreation areas. The forest also includes campgrounds, rustic cabins, a swimming pool, and hiking trails. The fork is stocked with trout from February until April. “Cabwaylingo” is a portmanteau of the names of three counties — Wayne County, Cabell County, Mingo County.
Cabwaylingo State Forest
4279 Cabwaylingo Park Road
Stonewall, WV 25511