Fall colors at peak off Route 33 in Randolph County Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area Climbing Management Plan 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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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.

Climbing Management Plan Meetings Scheduled

The imposing Seneca Rocks of Monongahela National Forest

In response to this increased demand, the Forest Service is developing a rock Climbing Management Plan (CMP) to address issues and concerns related to climbing, and to develop a shared vision for the future of climbing on Monongahela National Forest. We want to hear your thoughts, and you don’t even have to leave home! Attend a planning workshop or submit comments, questions, or suggestions.

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Boardwalk Repairs Continue at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

Before and after pic of a rpaired boardwalk shows signifcant progress in flatness and durability.

Gauley District Youth Conservation Corps and the residential Youth Conservation Crew expected to continue boardwalk repairs at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area until late September.

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. 


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