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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NRS Podcast: A Window of Resurgence for Red Spruce

An eastern red hemlock hangs in front of a vista of the rolling hills of West Virginia.

Our partners at the Northern Reaseach Station recently released a podcast on their work studying the resurgence of red spruce on Monongahela National Forest. In the 1970s, red spruce was the forest equivalent of a canary in the coal mine, signaling that acid rain was damaging forests and that some species – especially red spruce – were particularly sensitive to this human induced damage. In the course of studying the lingering effects of acid rain, scientists came up with a surprising result – decades later, the canary is feeling much better. View this feature and listen about this important work. 

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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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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