Coming in at a massive 4,000 acres, Chief Logan State Park is located just a few miles north of Logan, WV right in the middle of the famous West Virginia coalfields. It tends to be one of the most frequently visited parks in the state due to its myriad events and activities throughout both the summer and winter months. Before you begin to check out the park itself, make sure to stop by the Chief Logan State Park Museum.
In addition to providing information about the once-booming coal industry that dominated the area, it also gives an excellent overview of the park's history. Included in the $4 admission are all interactive exhibits, as well as a guided park tour. Dogs are not allowed inside of the museum or on the guided tours unless otherwise noted.
Chief Logan offers over 18 miles of hiking trails. These trails vary from extremely easy and short, to full day uphill treks requiring supplies and skill. The West Virginia State Parks website offers a fully downloadable map for the entire trail complex, and these are updated yearly.
If you are looking to bring your canine, make sure to think critically about which trails you choose. Some of the more challenging routes are not so well suited for dogs. Make sure to keep your pet on a 6-foot leash or shorter if you do decide to go for a hike.
Water sports are another favorite past time in Chief Logan, with an indoor pool located on-site for guests. This pool includes two waterslides and plenty of deck chairs to work on your tan. Canines aren't allowed anywhere near the indoor facilities, nor are they allowed by the outdoor pool. If your visit is around the wintertime, Chief Logan has you covered as well with their annual "Christmas in the Park" holiday lights display. This display is for driving only.