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.
Extreme flooding across parts of southeastern West Virginia June 22-24, 2016 affected numerous communities and roads, as well as Forest Service facilities. At this time the following locations are closed until further notice:
The Williams River Road is closed between Tea Creek and the Forest boundary near Dyer. The Cranberry River Trail from Holcomb to the mouth of the Gauley River is closed.
In addition trailhead bridges off Route 39 for the Pocahontas Trail and Eagle Camp Trail are washed out.
All other Forest facilities, trails, and roads are considered open but there may be hazards. Not all areas have been extensively evaluated yet. Visitors to the flood affected areas are encouraged to be extra aware of their surroundings as there may still be trees falling due to loosened soils; shoulder damage on roads; gravels displaced; and heavy equipment working on restoration efforts.
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!