Text on a sign says Est. 1920 Monongahela National Forest Centennial.A team of employees work to clear invasive plants along a trail. An image of the Canaan Valley from the Dolly Sods air quality camera.

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


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.

New Research on Rubbleland Provides Insight on Surprising Soil Characteristics

Image of a shovel that has dug down to a depth about as deep as its handle.

Many people have the opinion that the term Rubbleland means a pile of rocks with nothing growing or even able to grow there. After more than 5 years of shovel-breaking, rock- breaking, and back-breaking work, soil scientists in West Virginia know this is just not true. It might appear to be a pile of rocks on the surface, but there are a plethora of soil, plants, and animals found within the nooks and crannies between these rocks!

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Flood Recovery Updates

In early 2017 the Federal Highway Administration approved $25 million to repair roads, bridges, culverts, and trails in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. 

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.


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. 


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. 

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