Welcome to Monongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest, in the northcentral highlands of West Virginia, is a place where visitors can enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many plants and animals that live here. This special place was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States, with elevations from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. The Monongahela is a ‘working’ forest, which provides timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities. Explore your Forest!

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Recent News


Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative

Black cows meandering up a hillside.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service are working together in West Virginia to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. Find out more about how these partners work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

Making it Shine on the Monongahela

A group of seven volunteers stand proudly in yellow caution vests, smiling in front of bags of trash

The Making it Shine program is a partnership with West Virginia Department of Protection and civically minded groups from across the state who take their time to improve the Forest. We thank these volunteers for putting in the work to help make our Forests look their best. 

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“Travels with Darley” Visits Monongahela National Forest

Darney Newman walks along a trail new Seneca Rocks with representatives from Trout Unlimited.

The Monongahela National Forest is featured in an episode of "Travels with Darley" currently airing across the country. Find out how to watch it and how you can get involved. 

2018 Discover Nature Day a Success

Five kids smile big for the camera in the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Parking lot

Discover Nature Day was held on April 28th at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Find out about accomplicshments from the  44 volunteers that attended this event. 


Atlantic Coast Pipeline Updates

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, proposes to cross 5 miles of the Monongahela National Forest and 15 miles of the George Washington National Forest. 


Wyatt Nature Trail Repair Near Marlinton

A wide bed of new gravel is laid along a trail under a green canopy.

Marlinton’s Wyatt Nature Trail was damaged during the June 2016 flood. See more about this summer's repairs to this community-oriented trail.

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