Monongahela National Forest Opens Additional Recreation Sites

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges, Public Affairs Officer

ELKINS, W.Va., June 23, 2020 –Monongahela National Forest officials will open additional developed recreation sites Thursday, June 25. For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit the Monongahela forest website.   

“Most of the Forest remains open to the public for activities like hiking, bicycling, backpacking, and scenic driving. At this time more than 90% of developed recreation sites are now open,” said Roman Torres, Deputy Forest Supervisor. “We ask that visitors continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing wherever they choose to visit.” 

Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas, and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people. 

Developed Recreation Sites to Open June 25:  

  • Tea Creek Campground in the Marlinton area 
  • Cranberry Campground near Richwood 
  • West Shore Camping Loop at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area near White Sulphur Springs.  All other facilities, including additional camping loops, picnic area, swimming beach and restrooms, are closed.  

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:  

Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Certain services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and to remain flexible. 

Up-to-date information about Monongahela National Forest is available on our website.