Alerts & Notices

National Forest visitors are required to follow rules designed to protect the natural environment, ensure health and safety of visitors and promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreational experience for all. Forest Officers are empowered to enforce Federal Regulations applicable to National Forest use. The rules described in 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 apply to all National Forests all the time. 

Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors may issue additional special orders closing or restricting the use of certain areas, if the need arises. These orders are posted at the closed area, on the forest webpage, and paper copies are available in Forest offices and Visitor Centers.

This list shows current orders specific to Monongahela National Forest. If you have additional questions, please call your local Forest Service Office for clarification. 


  • Public Advised to Avoid Downed Power Lines Near Holcomb
  • Status of Cranberry Backcountry Road -- 05/06/2021
  • Forest Road 251 Open in Pocahontas County - Caution Advised
  • Weather Safety Tips
  • Williams River Road Update-- 06/15/2021
  • Caution Advised During Corridor H Project near Parsons
  • Firewood Restrictions in Effect


Road Condition Cameras

The state of West Virginia Department of Transportation and Pendleton County in West Virginia each maintain road condition cameras that include roads popular with Monongahela National Visitors. These cameras are not maintained by the Forest Service, but can be used to assess conditions on the Forest prior to your visit. 

Public Notices

09-21-21-03: Williams River Road (Forest Road 86)

Restricts access on and along FR 86, the Williams River Road, between the gate downstream of Laurel Run to the barricade at Highland Scenic Highway (FR 150)

09-21-21-02: Holcomb Downed Power Line

Prohibits all public entry to a swath of National Forest System land near Holcomb WV due to a live downed power line.

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