Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**
Hiking trails to scenic overlooks, trout fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting are featured at the forest.
- An improved rustic campground is located beside the beautiful, trout-stocked Panther Creek. All six sites have electrical hook-up, fireplace, and picnic table. Pit toilets and a well hand-pump are conveniently located for campers to use.
A 60-person barracks and modern kitchen complex provides organized groups a well designed overnight facility. The group camp is rented by the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A minimum of two nights rental is required in spring and fall. Reservations are required.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the Panther State Forest swimming pool provides an ideal spot to cool off and relax from the summer heat. A wading pool for children is also available. The pool opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day. Evening pool rentals are available.
Picnic areas vary from areas with playgrounds, shelters, volleyball court, grills, picnic tables, and hand-pumps to picnic areas off by themselves with a fireplace and picnic table. Picnic shelter reservations are available by calling the park office.
The forest offers excellent opportunities for hunting and fishing. During the spring months, a four mile section of Panther Creek within the forest is stocked with trout. Excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse hunting is permitted in-season on the forest and on the 2,830 acres of wildlife management area that connects to the forest. Hunting is not permitted in designated safety zones. West Virginia state hunting and/or fishing with trout stamp license is required.
Miles of connecting trails and unimproved roads are open for hikers and walkers. All gated roads are open to foot traffic. Map and trail guides are available at the forest office.
Recreation - Swimming,
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
Panther State Forest is located in the rugged mountains near the southern border of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. From Route 52, one mile north of Iaegar, turn at forest sign to Panther. At the Panther Post Office, turn left at sign and follow road approximately 3.5 miles to forest entrance. The 7,810 acre state forest offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.