Monongahela National Forest

View from Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.

The Monongahela National Forest is in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. There are campgrounds, picnic areas, and over 500 miles of hiking trails, in addition to mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, boating, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing.


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The MNF is more than 900,000 acres and encompasses several wilderness areas, including Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob. Within the forest are many small communities that have limited lodging, restaurants and small shops. Before hiking, camping, fishing, etc., be sure you are not trespassing on private land.

Get in

The MNF is about an hour east of Elkins. Take US-33 West.



The Monongahela National Forest covers an enormous area, therefore any list of restaurants serving the MNF will include food from numerous locations. Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Smokehole Caverns (north-west section of the MNF) will find sustenance nearby in Petersburg, while hikers or hunters in the northern most reaches of the park will find great dining options in Thomas or Davis.



There are more than 20 campgrounds in the MNF. Accessibility of campgrounds varies.


Backcountry camping is allowed in most areas, provided you stay so far off the road and leave-no-trace.

Go next

Understand that given the large size of the Monongahela National Forest a short get away in one location may be pretty far from another location. Therefore, giving directions are tough and distinguishing approximate drive times would be inaccurate. Here are some relatively close destinations. Check elsewhere for more detailed drive directions and drive times.

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