The Monongahela National Forest is located in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.
Where is this Forest?


Water flowing over rocks in a stream surrounded by green trees.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.

Recent News


Smoke Hole Fire on the Monongahela National Forest

Smoke Hole Fire on Nov. 12, 2013

A wildfire on the Monongahela National Forest was first reported on adjacent private land on Sunday, November 10, 2013.  The fire is in the Smoke Hole Area of the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, approximately 11 miles southwest of Petersburg, and 3 miles northeast from the community of Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, WV. 

West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel Partnership and Habitat Protection

Monongahela National Forest is working with The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to protect and enhance WV Northern Flying squirrels and habitat.  Additional information at

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