Text reads Mon Forest TownsFall colors at peak off Route 33 in Randolph County A man walks down a path a Gaudineer Knob Text on a sign says Est. 1920 Monongahela National Forest Centennial.

Monongahela National Forest Continues to Offer Virtual Services

Monongahela National Forest continues to offer virtual services at this time. Most recreation sites are open. Please call your local Forest Service office for information and assistance. See our recreation conditions report for current conditions of trails and campgrounds.

Image that says Welcome to Monongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest provides visitors with scenic vistas, country roads, flowing streams and abundant plant and animal life. It 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!

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Recent News


Appalachian Conservation Corps Joins the Effort to Restore Minelands

2020 ACC crew poses for a photo on a mountain vista. They are all  wearing protective cloth masks.

Appalachian Conservation Corps is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that works on public lands throughout the greater Shenandoah Valley region. Members are 18-25 years old and work in crews. Each crew is tasked with conservation projects that they complete while camping onsite up to ten days at a time, known as a hitch. The Appalachian Conservation Corps provides members with a hands-on learning experience suitable for a wide range of skill levels, which attracts participants from diverse backgrounds and varied career paths.

Staff Creates Innovative Fix for Water-Shield Problem at Lake Sherwood

Siphon entering Lake Sherwood

When a native plant called water-shield threatened recreational use of the largest lake on Monongahela National Forest, the USDA Forest Service got creative to develop a solution. If this innovative plan is successful, visitors to Lake Sherwood can expect to see decreased levels of water-shield in the spring.

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Climbing Management Plan Meetings

The imposing Seneca Rocks of Monongahela National Forest

Attend a virtual planning workshop or submit comments, questions, or suggestions to our Climbing Management Plan (CMP) to address issues and concerns related to climbing.

Archaeology Activity Book

AmeriCorps members serving with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area recently developed an activity book to educate youth about archaeology and promote heritage resources on the Forest.


General Forest Rules

An image of trail signage at Seneca Rocks

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. 

Timber Contracting

A neatly stacked pile of freshly cut timber.

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.