The Monongahela National Forest is a national forest located in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA. It protects over 921000acre of federally owned land within a 1700000acre proclamation boundary that includes much of the Potomac Highlands Region and portions of 10 counties.The Monongahela National Forest includes some major landform features such as the Allegheny Front and the western portion of the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians. Within the forest are most of the highest mountain peaks in the state, including the highest, Spruce Knob (4,863 ft), also the highest point in the Alleghenies. Approximately 75 tree species are found in the forest. Almost all of the trees are a second growth forest, grown back after the land was heavily cutover around the start of the 20th century. Species for which the forest is important include red spruce (Picea rubens), balsam fir (Abies balsamea), and mountain ash (Sorbus americana).The Monongahela National Forest includes eight U.S. Wilderness Areas and several special-use areas, notably the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.AdministrationThe forest is administered from the main headquarters in Elkins, West Virginia, and four ranger districts. The forest has approximately 105 permanent employees, with this force augmented by senior citizens, temporary employees, and volunteers.To visit Monongahela National Forest and other attractions in Elkins, use our Elkins trip builder app .
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If you like remote wilderness, this is the place for you. Love to see a place where nature is maintained! We stayed at the Williams River Campground-Nice, quiet and remote-Just the way we liked it! more »
We drove through part of the Monongahela National Forest when leaving Elkins, WV. The forest is beautiful! more »
Absolutely beautiful! It’s definitely a hike but there are benches available on the way up if you need them. No bathroom at the top so take care of business beforehand so you can really enjoy the serenity and scenery.
It's a beautiful place so quiet only thing you hear is the river running down stream always have seen so many deer turkey and a on occasion a bear. The campground is full of friendly people near and far we have always had good luck fishing Cranberry is a ideal place to get away from the city and take the family if you love nature fishing hiking and especially camping we always go back twice a year
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