Cabwaylingo State Forest is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in the heart of Southern West Virginia in Wayne County. Built largely in the 1930's, the forest gets its unique name from the four surrounding counties: CABell, WAYne, LINcoln, MinGO.
Cabwaylingo State Forest is steeped in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's and 1940's. The CCC camps including Cabwaylingo, were established to rebuild forested acres which in turn marks the beginnings of the West Virginia State Park system.
The hard working members of the CCC built log cabins with stone fireplaces, the superintendent's residence, picnic areas, barracks, hiking trails and a fire tower. Many of these structures still exist, and are in use today. Examples of CCC labor is the kitchen section of the current barracks which now serves as a 100-person group camp.
A ranger cabin at Cabwaylingo State Forest can now be rented year-round. Overnight accommodations at the forest will now include 15 reservable cabin. The Ranger Cabin has two bedrooms and can sleep up to five persons. Located at McClintic Group Camp on Tick Ridge Road, registered guests will have an experience of park ranger housing in the mountains. The cabin is beside Twelve Pole stream running that runs through the forest. The cabin is fully furnished and has heating and air conditioning as well as many modern amenities. Reservations are available by calling 304-385-4255.