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Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the swimming pool at Panther provides an ideal spot to cool off and relax from the summer heat.  A wading pool for children is also available.

Hours and days vary during the summer.  Rental of the pool is available in the evenings by advance reservation during the operating season.

Pool Operation Notices

Pool hours during the operational season, typically are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 6:00p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Weekends and Holidays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; other days hours fluctuate. If there are no swimmers by 4:00 p.m., the pool closes. Please call if you have questions about swimming pool hours or evening reservations, 304-938-2252.

Note: Open hours for June 6 – Noon – 5:00 p.m.; June 7 – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; June 8 – Noon to 6:00 p.m.; June 9 – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; June 10 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; June 11 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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 office.

Shelters and Picnic Areas

Bonner Field - large parking area, large shelter, medium size field for activities various picnic spots around the area, two pit toilets, playground equipment/horseshoe pit, shelter has power and water.

New Picnic Ground - Secluded in the trees overlooking the creek, is graveled and is wheelchair accessible, small parking lot next to it, has a large picnic table and grill

Sandy Bottom - medium sized parking area, largest of the shelters, large fields for activities, playground equipment/horseshoe pits, shelter has electricity and running water, wheelchair accessible pit toilet.

Pine Grove - Small parking area, no shelter, several grills/picnic spots around large field, pit toilets.

Cow Shed - Small parking area, small gazebo type shelter, pit toilets, small field for activities

Georges Fork - large parking area, largest of the fields for activities, playground equipment/horseshoe pits/volleyball net, pit toilets, shelter has electricity and is our most heavily used picnic area.

Hurricane Bottom - no shelter and limited parking, two small picnic spots and small playground, large open field for activities.

Hunting and Fishing

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 area.  Hunting is not permitted in designated safety zones.  West Virginia hunting license and/or fishing license with trout stamp 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 office.

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