Coonskin Park is located in Charleston,West Virginia. About a fifteen minute drive from my childhood home, I spent a lot of time there as a youth. While in town celebrating Christmas with my family, Jon and I decided to drive there to check out the park.
It had been nearly fifteen years since my last visit to the park. Not much has appeared to have changed. Roughly a thousand acres, there are hiking and biking trails, an Olympic-sized pool, a small skate park, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, and a pond.
Chilly conditions and no visible trail markers meant that we accomplished no hiking during this trip. Instead, we spent most of our time in the family section of the park . The playground area is quite impressive with a lot of modern equipment.
Across the parking lot from the playground is a pond. During the summer, pedal boats are available for rental. The pond is stocked with quite a few ducks and geese.
Coonskin makes for a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.