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Monongahela National Forest, Durbin

4.5
#47 of 61 in Nature in West Virginia
Forest · Hidden Gem · Scenic Drive
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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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  • We spent the past weekend at Sherwood, and we felt more like criminals than relaxed campers by the time we left. We found out that our dog was not permitted at the swimming area when a forest... 
    We spent the past weekend at Sherwood, and we felt more like criminals than relaxed campers by the time we left. We found out that our dog was not permitted at the swimming area when a forest...  more »
  • We went to the Otter Creek area of the park. We walked the roads and trails for a couple of miles. The campsites looked well-maintained, and the compost toilet had plenty of paper. We'd go back to....  more
    We went to the Otter Creek area of the park. We walked the roads and trails for a couple of miles. The campsites looked well-maintained, and the compost toilet had plenty of paper. We'd go back to....  more »
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  • We had a wonderful time hiking the Red Spruce Knob Trailhead. This was a fairly easy 3 mile hike through the Spruce Trees to an opening and looping back. We only had a limited amount of time & chose this trail head. We had a great hike and we saw snakes, mushrooms, and beautiful trees
  • Smooth ride from the main road. Nice pit stop for a day trip. Campsites all along the river with bathhouses. Sites are secluded with rock fire pits and some are in a gathered area. It is my understanding camping is free which is pretty awesome. There was a parking area for people that were fishing next to the bridge. We seen the most beautiful rocks, trees, rivers edge, mountain ridge along river, tree trunks, native plants and fall foliage. We were able to find a tree that a bear had clawed up and you can clearly see this was a good sized bear from the damage done to the tree. This tree was located next to a campsite close to the road. The sounds of nature were most amazing. Lots of people were camping during our visit. 11/20/21

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