Awe-Inspiring Destinations and Unmatched Adventure. Your guide to the Monongahela National Forest.
570 miles of road. 825 miles of trails. 23 campgrounds. The Monongahela National Forest is home to some of the most incredible places the Mountain State has to offer. Make your way to the eastern mountains of West Virginia for the adventure of a lifetime to some of these iconic destinations that make the Monongahela National Forest such a desirable destination.
Seneca Rocks is arguably one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state. As you trace your way into the valleys of Pendleton County, you will be awed at the sight of the massive, towering rocks named after the Native American tribe that once inhabited the area. The rocks rise roughly 900 feet above the confluence of the Seneca Creek and the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. For years, hikers and climbers have flocked to Seneca Rocks for some of the best outdoor recreation in the country. If you visit Seneca Rocks, you have access to a 2.6 mile out-and-back trail that leads to one of the most jaw-dropping views the state has to offer. If you’d rather enjoy the view from the base of the mountain, you can visit the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and learn more about the history of the area or explore the gift shop.
Blackwater Falls State Park
Located in Davis, Blackwater Falls State Park is an Appalachian oasis filled with jaw-dropping views, outdoor recreation, lodging, dining and so much more. The falls from which the park received its name draws visitors from around the world, but the park is also home to several other waterfalls like Elakala Falls. Hikers also will be interested in hikes to the iconic Lindy Point, as well as Pendleton Point and trails around Pendleton Lake. Blackwater Falls State Park is home to the longest sled run on the East Coast – proving that it is the perfect place to visit no matter the season.
If you’re looking to truly go off the grid, there aren’t many places better than Green Bank. The residents of the cozy mountain town of Green Bank live within the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law. Located within Green Bank is the iconic Green Bank Observatory. The Monongahela National Forest and the surrounding mountains help to block outside transmissions and signals to the 485-foot Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, which is is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. A stop at Green Bank is one of the most unique ones you will find on the East Coast.
Located deep in Pocahontas County, Snowshoe Mountain has it all. No matter the season, you’ll find the adventure you’re looking for at Snowshoe. Snowshoe, otherwise known as 4848 (a reference to the highest point of elevation at Snowhoe), is actually located on Cheat Mountain, but the resort itself is known as Snowshoe Mountain. During winter, you will find 60 skiing and snowboarding runs, a snow tubing park, 14 chairlifts, several lodges, a shopping village and much more. During summer, many trails are open for hiking and mountain biking, and the mountain offers other summer activities like swimming and golf. No matter your interests, you will find your version of Almost Heaven at Snowshoe Mountain.
The Monongahela National Forest is full of other locations as well. Spruce Knob, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Dolly Sods Wilderness, North Fork Mountain, Cass Scenic Railroad and Watoga State Park can all be found within the vast forest. If there was an all-star team of West Virginia destinations, Monongahela National Forest would absolutely be it. With so many iconic destinations to choose from, you can’t go wrong when planning your getaway to the Monongahela National Forest.
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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020