GOOD NEWS! Thanks to the WV DNR maintenance crew, the trails have been cleared of the trees that fell during the recent tornado. The Yellow Trail had already been cleared by a neighbor volunteer, so the crew was able to focus their work on the large trees blocking the Blue Trail and Orange Trail.  Additional trail maintenance will be done this month.

MORE GOOD NEWS:  The new entrance with turn lanes and a two-way lane to the main parking area and trail heads are now open. The old entrance no longer exists. In addition, there is now a new, highly visible stone wall sign that says, “Forks of Coal” at the top of the front slope facing Corridor G.


Phase 1 of construction for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center began with the  relocation of a existing gas pipeline in March. Work began in April and the project was completed by August 8.

The pipeline relocation, new water line, new entrance, new driveway into the property and a new, high tech wastewater treatment system have been completed, along with closure of the old entrance.

The DNR is moving ahead with preparations to receive bids on Phase 2, the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center.


Welcome, Chris Bartley!

The Forks of Coal Natural Area and Kanawha State Forest have a new Superintendent. His name is Chris Bartley, a native of Clifton Forge, VA, and he transferred here from his position at Watoga State Park. With his educational background and work experience in nature education in the State Park system, Chris is an excellent addition to the Forks of Coal “family.”


Scouts from Cub Scout Pack #168 from Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Kanawha City and their leaders planted native trees at the Forks of Coal Natural Area on Monday, May 6th. They planted Sugar Maples (our state tree) and White Pines in the open area above the parking lot. About 18 people participated in the project.


The Girl Scouts of Troop #1839 have built and donated two bat houses to provide additional habitat for the local bat population. They presented the very well built bat houses to the Foundation at the September 16 meeting. Suitable habitat for bats is scarce at the Forks of Coal. Bats help control mosquito populations, a very important ecological function.

The Foundation and the Scouts collaborated on the installation of the bat houses at the wildlife viewing area near Little Coal River.

Thanks to Carol Stevens of Alum Creek who donated two additional bat houses which were installed at the opposite end of the wildlife viewing area. Our local bats will now have lots of good options for resting and roosting.


A Special Building Fund for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center is Now Underway! Click Here to support the center by purchasing your very own personalized commemorative brick for the center and be a part of building a legacy.

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Design Renderings for Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center: Front (above) and rear (below)

Forks of Coal Rear

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The Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation gratefully accepts gifts and donations from individuals, families, groups of friends, businesses and community organizations for Forks of Coal State Natural Area. The Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. For more information about the park bench sponsorships contact Kim McCluskey at 304/982-2008.

Donations may be made through our website.

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