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!



Partners Restore Habitat for West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel

A misty view through a well managed red spruce grove.

Thanks to innovative partnerships and a variety of landscape-scale restoration projects, the Monongahela is seeing a resurgence of the red spruce ecosystem and a thriving population of the once-endangered northern flying squirrel.

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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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