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. 


  • Closed Recreation Sites -- Group Size Limited to 10
  • Caution Advised During Construction on Highland Scenic Highway
  • Status of Lake Sherwood Recreation Area
  • Bear Run Road Closed for Repairs
  • Status of Cranberry Backcountry Road
  • Caution Advised During Corridor H Project near Parsons
  • Weather Safety Tips
  • 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. 

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area Air Quality Cam

A vista from the Dolly Sods Wilderness from the air quality cam

The Dolly Sods Web camera system was installed in the Bearden Knob air quality monitoring compound in November 2003. The camera provides views of Canaan Valley and Mt. Port Crayon, 21 kilometers to the south. An aerosol sampler, ozone monitor and associated meteorological equipment are also located at the site.

Public Notices

09-21-20-10: Forest Road 223 - Bear Run Road

Prohibits motor vehicle use on Forest Road 223 (Bear Run Road), west of the Falls of Hills Creek on the Gauley Ranger District, while a bridge is installed.

09-21-20-05: Closed Recreation Sites -- Group Size Limitation

Specific recreation sites remain temporarily closed and groups are limited to 10 people or less across most of the forest, effective May 26, 2020.

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