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.
The Williams River Road (Forest Road 86) on the Gauley Ranger District in the Monongahela National Forest is open to motor vehicle use from Tea Creek Campground to Three Forks Bridge. Campsites along the river are also open. However, no through traffic is possible on the Williams River Road due to a significant slip just downstream of the Three Forks Bridge. That section of road, from the Three Forks Bridge downstream to the Spice Run Road (Forest Road 787), remains closed to motor vehicle use.
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!