Monongahela National Forest

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Check out our Recreation Guide for information about hiking, camping and more.

Recreation Guide

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!



Mower Tract Restoration Project

Forest Service employees plant a red spruce seedling on the Mower Tract

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.

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Lake Sherwood Rehabilitation Project

A view from the banks of Lake Sherwood with mountains lining the distance.

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.

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