Closing Dates Announced for Monongahela National Forest Recreation Sites

Release Date: Oct 13, 2021

Contact(s): Julie Fosbender


Elkins, W.Va., October 12, 2021 — While most of Monongahela National Forest is open year-round, closing only when access roads are snow-covered, some developed campgrounds, picnic areas and both visitor centers routinely close from late fall through mid-spring. Visit the Forest’s Recreation Conditions Report at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/mnf/recreation for the most current information. 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District (304-478-2000) in the Elkins and Parsons areas: 

  • Bear Heaven Campground – Dec. 1 

  • Horseshoe Recreation Area – Already closed for season 

  • Lower Glady Dispersed Camping area – Area closes when snow-covered; toilets close Dec.1  

  • Stuart Recreation Area – Already closed for season 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District (304-257-4488) in the Petersburg and Seneca Rocks areas: 

  • Big Bend Campground – Oct. 31 

  • Dolly Sods Picnic Area – Dec. 1 

  • Forest Roads 19 and 75 in the Dolly Sods area – Dec. 31 

  • Gatewood Group Campground – Area available for pack it in, pack it out camping with no services provided and no fees charged 

  • Jess Judy Group Campground – Oct. 24 

  • Johnny Meadows in Gandy Creek Dispersed Camping area – Area closes when snow-covered; toilet closes Dec. 1 

  • Red Creek Campground – Dec. 1 

  • Seneca Rocks Discovery Center – Oct. 31 

  • Seneca Rocks Picnic Area – Dec. 1 

  • Seneca Shadows Campground – Oct. 30 

  • Spruce Knob Lake – Lake open year-round; toilets close Dec. 1 

  • Spruce Knob Lake Campground – Already closed for season 

  • Spruce Knob Observation Tower – Area open year-round; toilets close Dec. 1 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Greenbrier Ranger District (304-456-3335) in the Bartow area: 

  • Gaudineer Knob Picnic Area – Dec. 1 

  • Island Campground – Dec. 1 

  • Lake Buffalo – Lake open year-round; toilets close Dec. 1 

  • Laurel Fork Campground – Dec. 1 

  • Middle Mountain Cabins – Dec. 1 

  • Old House Run Picnic Area – Dec. 1 

  • Stonecoal Dispersed Campsites – Area closes when snow-covered; toilets close Dec. 1 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Gauley Ranger District (304-846-2695) in the Richwood area: 

  • Big Rock Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Bishop Knob Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Cranberry Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Cranberry Glades Boardwalk – Boardwalk open year-round; toilets close Nov. 30 

  • Cranberry Mountain Nature Center – Oct. 13  

  • Cranberry River Developed Dispersed Campsites – Area closes when snow-covered; toilets close Nov. 30 

  • Falls of Hills Creek – Area closes when snow-covered; toilets close Nov. 30 

  • North Bend Picnic Area – Oct.  31 

  • Summit Lake – Lake open year-round; toilets close Nov. 30 

  • Summit Lake Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Williams River Developed Dispersed Campsites (Sites #1 - #20 located downstream of Tea Creek Campground) – No services, no fees and non-motorized vehicle access only due to road construction. Area closes when snow-covered 

  • Woodbine Picnic Area – Oct. 31 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Marlinton-White Sulphur Ranger District (304-799-4334) in the Marlinton area: 

  • Day Run Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Highland Scenic Highway – Road closes when snow-covered; toilets serviced until roads are snow-covered 

  • Pocahontas Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Rimel Picnic Area – Dec. 31 

  • Tea Creek Campground – Nov. 30 

  • Williams River Developed Dispersed Campsites (Sites #21 to #30 located upstream of Tea Creek Campground) – Area closes when snow-covered; toilets serviced until roads are snow-covered 

  • Williams River Fishing Pier – Road closes when snow-covered; toilets serviced until roads are snow-covered 

 

Closing dates for recreation sites on the Marlinton-White Sulphur Ranger District (304-536-2144) in the White Sulphur Springs area: 

  • Blue Bend Recreation Area – Dec. 1 

  • Blue Meadow Group Campground – Already closed for season 

  • Lake Sherwood – Lake, boat ramp, trailhead, and vault toilets at beach and gatehouse – open year-round 

  • Lake Sherwood Recreation Area West Shore Camping Loop – Nov. 1 

  • Lake Sherwood Recreation Area remaining campground loops, group camping, picnic area, picnic pavilion and swimming beach – Already closed for season 

 

Roadside camping, also called dispersed camping or boondocking, is available in many areas of the Forest year-round. For more information about recreation facilities, contact the District Office near the location you would like to visit. Contact information is listed at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mnf/about-forest/offices





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