Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Forest · Hidden Gem · Scenic Drive
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.
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  • Best national Forrest we visited in two weeks hiking. Our favorite hike was Dolly Sods , it is a breathtaking experience that stays with you for months to come. Will go back  more »
  • Our party of 8 started a 48-hour stay in the park at the Red Creek Trailhead. We eventually hiked up to the top of the ridge for a great view of the valley, then made our way down and followed the...  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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