Welcome to Monongahela National ForestMonongahela National Forest, in the north-central highlands of West Virginia, is a place where visitors can enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many plants and animals that live here. This special place was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States, with elevations from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. The Monongahela is a ‘working’ forest, which provides timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities. Explore your Forest!

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Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership Initiative

Black cows meandering up a hillside.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service are working together in West Virginia to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. Find out more about how these partners work together to restore landscapes, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.


Highland Scenic Highway Audio Tour Now Available

A black and white photo of a lumber jack standing proudly, his 2-man hand saw bent over his shoulder

Buckle up and get ready for a guided journey through one of the Monongahela National Forest's most iconic landscapes. The Highland Scenic Highway Audio Tour takes you through the history, culture, and science behind many of places on this stretch of road that traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau. Along the way you will hear the spirit of West Virginia through the music and the voices of the residents of this land as they recount their favorites stories and memories of this nationally recognized Scenic Byway.


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“Travels with Darley” Visits Monongahela National Forest

Darney Newman walks along a trail new Seneca Rocks with representatives from Trout Unlimited.

The Monongahela National Forest is featured in an episode of "Travels with Darley" currently airing across the country. Find out how to watch it and how you can get involved. 

2018 Discover Nature Day a Success

Five kids smile big for the camera in the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Parking lot

Discover Nature Day was held on April 28th at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. Find out about accomplicshments from the  44 volunteers that attended this event. 

 




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. 

 

Timber Contracting

A neatly stacked pile of freshly cut timber.

Interested in how we manage timber sales? Our timber contracting page has been recently updated with details on timber management and guides for business with the Forest Service.