Monongahela National Forest
Welcome to Monongahela National Forest
Scenic vistas, country roads, flowing streams and abundant plant and animal life
Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States. Elevations range from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. Monongahela National Forest is a working forest providing timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities. Explore your Forest!
Monongahela National Forest and Leave No Trace to Host Dolly Sods Hot Spot Events October 1 & 2
Release Date: Sep 19, 2022
Purchased by the Forest Service in the late 1980s, the 40,000-acre Mower Tract is located on Cheat Mountain and has been the focus of red spruce restoration for over 10 years. The goal of the Mower Tract restoration is to re-establish native red spruce forests, increase the water storage capacity of Cheat Mountain, improve water quality in the Shavers Fork watershed, and provide wildlife corridors for vulnerable and threatened species.
Lake Sherwood Campground will be renovated as a result of funding from the Great American Outdoors Act. The Forest held two virtual meetings in April 2021 to present information about current projects at Lake Sherwood, projects planned for the rest of 2021, and potential projects for 2022. We will continue to keep the public updated on the projects as they progress.
Monongahela National Forest celebrated its100th anniversary in 2020. Look back on the history and the special events that commemorated this achievement in land stewardship.
General Forest Rules
Planning a trip to Monongahela National Forest? Here is what you need to know to keep yourself safe and help us protect this special public land.
Interested in how we manage timber sales? Our timber contracting page has been recently updated with details on timber management and guides for business with the Forest Service.