Scavenger Hunt Planned  with Door Prizes

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, the floating nature walk originally scheduled for October has been cancelled. In its place we are sponsoring a “socially distanced” dawn-to-dusk scavenger hunt. The hunt will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3 and finish before dark. Participants can obtain a checklist on our Facebook page or at the lower gate kiosk on Saturday morning, complete it by traversing the Orange and Blue Trails, and submit online by midnight.

HOW IT WORKS: Locate the items on the checklist and check them off. Then take a selfie with the Forks of Coal State Natural Area sign and your completed list. Submit the photo to our Facebook event page to be entered in our door prize drawing.


A large group of enthusiastic hikers joined us for our first annual First Day Hike on Wednesday, January 1 at 11:00 a.m. Two hikes were available: a wildlife hike led by DNR wildlife expert Art Shomo and a nature, stream ecology and Coal River history hike led by Master Naturalist Diana Green. Cloudy skies quickly cleared and it was a beautiful, cool day for a walk in the woods.

Hot chocolate, mulled cider and home baked cookies were available after the hike, plus  a warming area with patio fireplaces. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped make January 1 a memorable day.

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