Otter Creek Wilderness


Otter Creek Wilderness is 20,698 acres in size. The Otter Creek Wilderness lies in a bowl formed by Shavers Mountain and McGowan Mountain. Most of the streams flow north into Otter Creek. Vegetation consists of second-growth timber, rhododendron, and a variety of mosses and lichens. Elevations range from 1,800 feet at the mouth of Otter Creek to 3,900 feet on McGowan Mountain.For trail information,

See Otter Creek Wilderness Brochure, Trail Map, and Expansion Map.

At a Glance

  • Practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics: do not build a camp within 200 feet of roads, streams and trails.
Information Center: For more information contact the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, PO Box 368, Parsons, WV 26287 (304) 478-2000 ext. 0

General Information


Otter Creek Wilderness is located on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest in Tucker and Randolph Counties, West Virginia. For additional information on this area contact the Cheat Ranger District, PO Box 368, Parsons, West Virginia 26287 at (304) 478-2000.

General Notes:

The gate on McGowan Mountain Road (FR 324) at the boundary with the Fernow Experimental Forest is closed to the public between April 15th and August 15th to reduce disturbance to wildlife.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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