We may occasionally close roads or parts of the forest for the safety of people or to protect natural resources. For more details, see the Public Notices or Closures section below or call one of our offices.
Snow is not removed from Forest Service roads on the Monongahela National Forest and many areas of the Forest are usually inaccessible due to seasonal snow accumulations. For more information on road conditions, please click here or contact the appropriate district office.
There is an aggresive bear at Summit Lake Campground. It is described as a large bear that doesn't have a lot of fear of people. There is also a mother bear and cubs roaming around the campground. WV Division of Natural Resources and Forest Service Law Enforcement are aware of the problem and working on it.
The Forest Visitor map includes a trail through Blackwater Canyon, listed as TR 115. The 5.5 mile section between the Forest Service gates crosses both public and private ownership. The boundary is roughly down the centerline of the grade but is not marked. To respect the rights of the private landowner, visitors are asked to stay on the uphill side of the grade.
The public portion is no longer part of the Monongahela National Forest trail system and no maintenance is performed.
The grade contains washouts, rough surfaces and large sinkholes, some of which extend onto the public ownership. Use caution if you choose to visit this area!
The U.S. Forest Service and West Virginia State Police
Need your Help
The U.S. Forest Service and the West Virginia State Police began an extensive search and rescue operation on June 27, 2011 within the Cranberry Wilderness for an overdue hiker. No sign or clues as to the hiker's whereabouts were found. Law Enforcement Officials are asking every hiker to be on the lookout for anything that may lead investigators to help close this case. Please click here for more information.
This order restricts entrance or use of the are encompassing the Lower Clover Timber Sale Area designated in Exhibit A for the protection of public health and safety during a helicopter logging operation.