Marion County, West Virginia

Top Five Picks for a Guys’ Weekend at Chief Logan State Park

Grab your friends and explore the outdoors in Logan, West Virginia

By Jacob Fischer

Located in the heart of West Virginia coal country, Chief Logan State Park is a guys’ paradise. Close to many cities but far from everything you know, Chief Logan offers 4,000 acres of Appalachian woodlands beckoning you to find your own adventure. Here, you and your friends can fish, camp, hike, hunt, ride ATVs/UTVs and experience the state’s heritage of hard work and outdoor living. The park is open year-round, but go in the summer and fall for the best weather and the most outdoor opportunities. Don’t miss these five must-do activities while you’re exploring the park.

Fishing at Chief Logan Lake

West Virginia’s rivers get most of the attention, but Chief Logan Lake is gaining a reputation of its own for top-notch fishing. Stocked annually with rainbow trout and hungry catfish, the lake offers good fishing three seasons a year. You and your buddies can sit on beachside benches with your fishing poles, or try your hand at casting a fly line. After the day is over, you can all cook a fresh fish dinner over an open fire.

The park has 40 campsites, all nestled amongst the trees and the park's lush landscape.

Camping under the West Virginia sky

With warm days to soak up the sun and cool nights surrounded by fireflies underneath star-filled skies, Chief Logan is an ideal location for traditional tent camping. The park has 40 campsites, all nestled amongst the trees and the park’s lush landscape. You can choose to rough it and pitch your tent on the ground, or bring an RV and stay at a site with electric and water hookups. If camping isn’t your thing, you can also opt to stay at Chief Logan Lodge, a mountain-style resort and conference center just a few miles down the road. At the lodge, you’ll find an on-site restaurant, laundry, Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and more.

Need some nighttime entertainment? Find it at The Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre, an open-air venue for music and theatre. Each weekend during the summer and fall, local musicians gather for Pickin’ in the Park, a concert series that draws locals and tourists alike. Or, if musicals and plays are more your style, see a production by The Aracoma Story, Inc.

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The park has 40 campsites, all nestled amongst the trees and the park's lush landscape.

Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains

From dark hollows to rocky ridges, Chief Logan offers 18 miles of maintained hiking trails for all abilities, from novice trekkers to hiking pros. There are 10 different trails in the park, each with differing levels of difficulty. You can take a relaxing evening stroll or test your legs climbing the steep mountainsides—here, you can choose your own hiking adventure.

Some trails lead to historic landmarks of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud. Others, like the Coal Mine Trail, show off ruins of old-fashioned coal silos and other mining artifacts. The Lake Shore Trail is an easy, one-mile hike along Chief Logan Lake with scenic views of blooming wildflowers and the calm water. Or, get your blood pumping along the Fitness Trail, where you can try out a variety of exercise stations along the path. Stay a few days and explore all the hiking trails that wind through the park.

There are 10 different trails in the park, each with differing levels of difficulty.

There are 10 different trails in the park, each with differing levels of difficulty.

Hunting in the Earl Ray Tomblin Wildlife Management Area

With 42,000 acres of mixed woods and fields, the Earl Ray Tomblin Wildlife Management Area is full of deer, bears, turkey and small game. In fact, the region surrounding Chief Logan is known to have some of the biggest bucks in the state. Hunting season begins in early September and lasts through the fall. Make sure to contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to inquire about licenses and regulations.

More interested in shooting photographs? You can take in the awe of the area’s newest residents, a herd of Rocky Mountain elk that were introduced to the region in 2015. Look for these massive, majestic animals on exposed ridgelines and grazing in grassy meadows.

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Getting muddy on the Hatfield-McCoy ATV/UTV Trails

If you really want to leave civilization in the dust, rent an ATV/UTV and hit the Hatfield-McCoy trail system. With more than 600 miles of trails zigzagging through nine counties, it’s the second-largest network of off-road trails in the world and is regularly ranked as the best ATV/UTV system in the U.S. Bring your own ATV/UTV, or rent from one of the many local outfitters.

Bring a camera to capture the stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains while you’re riding. But there’s no need to pack a lunch; many of the trails connect to nearby towns, so visitors can catch a glimpse into small-town mountain life while they fuel up and grab a bite of local fare.

Find the freedom to have fun and get back to nature at Chief Logan State Park. Take a break from your everyday routine. Discover a place where you can kick back, relax and sit around the fire with your favorite people after a day of fishing, hiking, hunting and riding ATVs/UTVs. What are you waiting for?

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Get your friends together for an adventure in Chief Logan State Park.