Due to construction of the new entrance, visitors are cautioned that Corridor G/Rt 119 will be restricted to 1 lane southbound for about a week. This is being done for the safety of the construction workers at the new gate to the Natural Area. The WVDOH will place barrels in the outside lane to keep motorists a safe distance from the workers as they complete the new access into the area. 

Upon completion of the new entrance, the old entrance will be permanently closed. 


Phase 1 of construction for the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center began with the  relocation of a existing gas pipeline. Shortly thereafter, the heavy equipment and new wastewater system components were moved in.

The week of March 18th, work commenced on relocation of the entrance gate (to a safer location) and upgrade of the existing frontage roadway. The new entrance should be completed by July 22nd. The new wastewater treatment system is due to be completed at about the same time.

Meanwhile, the soil disposal area at the entrance to the  Orange Trail has been graded out and reclaimed by volunteers from the Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation using native West Virginia wildflower seeds and grasses.

Work is ongoing to drill under Little Coal River to connect to the Lincoln County PSD water system. This should take about a week and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by August 8th.

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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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.


A representative of Girl Scout Troop #1839 attended the Foundation’s May meeting to present a proposal for her troop to build and donate two bat houses to provide additional habitat for the local bat population. The Forks of Coal Natural Area lacks ample habitat for bats and needs more places for these beneficial insect eaters to rest and roost. Bats help control mosquito populations, a very important ecological function. Her proposal was gratefully accepted and the Foundation will assist with installing the houses after consulting with experts on the best locations.

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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.

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