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Monongahela National Forest Delays Campground Openings Due to Hazardous Weather Conditions

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges, Public Affairs Officer (304) 636-1800 x220

Marlinton, W.Va., March 9, 2018 – Several campgrounds in the southern portion of Monongahela National Forest won’t be opening as planned March 12. High winds and heavy snow have made conditions unsafe for camping.

“The safety of our visitors and employees is our main priority,” said Matt Edwards, South Zone Recreation Manager. “Downed trees and icy, snow-covered roads in the higher elevations have made it difficult for crews to prepare campgrounds for public use, but we hope to have the sites open by March 19, weather permitting.”

The forecast for the weekend of March 10 and 11 includes more snow, adding to difficulties accessing the recreation sites. Call your local ranger district office before heading out to camp in the Forest.

The following sites are expected to be open March 19:


Marlinton Ranger District

Day Run Campground

Pocahontas Campground

Tea Creek Campground

Williams River Campsites


Gauley Ranger District

Big Rock Campground

Cranberry Campground

Williams River Campsites