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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: August 10, 2018

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Mark Wylie, District Administrator, West Virginia State Parks 304-558-2764 [email protected] 

Panther State Forest’s main access road closed due to flood-related slippage

PANTHER, W.Va. — Recent flooding has caused a slippage and closed the main access road to Panther State Forest in McDowell County.

Mark Wylie, district administrator for the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said the Division of Highways District 10 office in Princeton is beginning repair work to the damaged section of County Road 1 and hopes to have it reopened within the next 30 days. In the meantime, alternate routes into Panther State Forest are being assessed and soon will be made available to the public.

Before attempting to drive to Panther State Forest, visitors are encouraged to check with the forest office at 304-938-2252, the West Virginia State Parks pages on Facebook and Twitter, or the state parks website www.wvstateparks.com for updates on the closure.

Panther State Forest, located on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky, is the state’s southernmost state forest. It occupies 7,810 rugged acres and its heavily wooded surroundings offer a range of outdoor amenities like camping, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, fishing, picnicking, swimming and hunting.