The Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920. Located in the north central highlands of West Virginia, the Monongahela straddles the highest ridges in the State. Elevation ranges from just under 1000' to 4863' above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse National Forests in the country.
Visitors to this beautiful place will enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest. You will also see a 'working' forest, which produces timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities for the region and nation.
We hope you'll explore our web site to learn more.
The Red Creek Fire was discovered on Friday, September 16, 2016 burning in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. A second wildfire was discovered on Wednesday, September 22, 2016 just north of the first fire. Although both fires remain small in size, the danger is elevated due to the possibility of the heat igniting unexploded ordinance in the wilderness area. For the safety of the public, a Closure Orders is in effect to close trails and the area to the public. A fire ban is also in effect for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Red Creek Campground and Dolly Sods Picnic Area prohibiting all campfire and charcoal use. Gas fueled backing and camp stoves are allowed.
The Monongahela National Forest Plan was revised in 2006 and updated in 2011. It was developed under the authority of the 1982 Planning Rule. In 2012, the US Forest Service adopted a new planning rule that will direct future forest plan revisions. The 2012 Planning Rule (26 CFR 219) requires us to modify our forest monitoring program by May 9, 2016 to meet the Planning Rule’s monitoring requirements. Forest Service staff are currently reviewing the monitoring program to determine what is needed to comply with the new rule.