Monongahela National Forest

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The Monongahela National Forest protect more than 921,000 acres in eastern West Virginia (WV), including vast areas near the cities of , , , , ,  and . Much of the range of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia is located within the forest. Many of the highest summits in West Virginia are also found here. Many West Virginia rivers source among the mountains within the forest.


Hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and wildlife observation are primary recreational pursuits accommodated in the forest, though caving, rock climbing, and snowmobiling are notable activities in regionally specific areas. More than 800 miles of trail wander through the forest. Eight U.S. Wilderness Areas are located within the territory of the Monongahela National Forest.

Counties in the National Forest

The Monongahela protects one of the largest contiguous areas of land in West Virginia, including parts of the following counties: Grant County, Tucker County, Randolph County, Greenbrier County, Webster County, Preston County, Nicholas CountyPendleton County, and Pocahontas County.

National Forest Nearby

The Monongahela National Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, often in concert with adjacent areas of the  of Virginia and eastern and southern West Virginia.

Monongahela National Forest

Regional Information

Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation in the Monongahela National Forest may be found in our guide to travel in the Allegheny Highlands Region of eastern West Virginia, in which much of the national forest is located. Further information may also be found in our information for adjacent regions, including the Greenbrier Valley Region, the Potomac Branches Region, the New River Gorge Region, and the Monongahela Valley Region, all of which adjoin or include parts of the Monongahela National Forest.