Walk away from the TV

If you’re like us, you’ve been spending a lot of time binging shows and movies. Now that summer is here, it’s time to put down the remote and get some fresh air and Vitamin D. Before you head out to work off the Quarantine 15, please take a moment to review the CDC’s recommendations for protecting yourselves and others from COVID-19 while visiting parks and recreational facilities.

Happy Trails!

Kanawha State Forest’s hiking and biking trails provide fresh air and plenty of space to clear your head. Bring the family: There’s loads of room for the kiddos to burn off energy.

The Carriage Trail is scenic and educational. Look for historical markers along the 0.65-mile gravel trail, including the graves of two female Civil War spies and a memorial to Christa McAuliffe, American teacher and astronaut.

Just a short drive to South Charleston, you will find great trails for the entire family at Little Creek Park. They have three main trails: Little Creek Park Loop Trail, Rock Ridge, and Little Creek Trail. These trails are mostly unknown in the area, so maintaining social distancing is an easy task. The Loop Trail is a favorite of locals. Keep your eye out for the Devil’s Tea Table. It is a beautiful rock formation on this trail. A great place to snap a couple of photos. Pro tip: Take extra shoes for the kids. They love playing in the creek that runs along the trails. You will find some little beaches, perfect for getting your feet wet and skipping rocks. Get more trail info here.

Game! Set! Match!

Tennis is a great sport because all you need to play is one other person, or even just a sturdy wall to hit against. Some of our public tennis courts have reopened, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Kanawha City Community Center and Edgewood. Courts at city facilities are open every day 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. As of right now, play is limited to singles only. Be sure to follow the city’s other social distancing guidelines surrounding tennis as listed here.