Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

The 17,371 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Grant, Randolph and Tucker Counties, West Virginia. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.  Dolly Sods Wilderness has 47 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad grades and logging roads.

 Cheat-Potomac Ranger District, HC 59 Box 240, Petersburg WV 26847

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Falls of Hills Creek

Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150 in Pocahontas County),  is a hidden treasure known as the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area. This popular 114 acre area contains three waterfalls – 25 feet, 45 feet, and 63 feet. The lower falls, at 63 feet is the second highest waterfall in West Virginia.

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George Washington National Forest

Located east of Lost River, Lost City, Mathias, Baker and Wardensville the George Washington National Forest offers, wonderful fishing, hiking, hunting and scenic opportunities.  Rock Cliff Recreation Area, Trout Pond Recreation Area and Wolf Gap Recreation Area all offer wonderful recreational activites.  Lee Ranger District


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Laurel Fork Wilderness Area

The Laurel Fork of the Cheat River is characterized by its narrow valley floor with regularly dissected slopes and long narrow ridges. The continuous forest cover of primarily Beech, Maple, Birch, and Cherry is occasionally broken up by beautiful meadows along the river. Within the combined 11,839 acre Wilderness Area the elevations range from 2,900 feet to over 3,700 feet.

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Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features  including an exhibit hall, auditorium, events and programs. The Cranberry Glades Botanical Area protects the largest area of bogs in West Virginia. Bogs are acidic wetlands more commonly found in the northern areas of this country and in Canada. The ground in a bog is spongy and consists largely of partially-decayed plant material known as peat.  The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres.  The boardwalk for this area is wheelchair accessible.

Monongahela National Forest Headquarters

The Monongahela National Forest established in 1920 is located in the north central highlands of West Virginia. Elevation ranges from just under 1000′ to 4863′ above sea level.  Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse National Forests in the country.  Enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest.

Otter Creek Recreation Area

Otter Creek Wilderness is 20,698 acres in size. The Otter Creek Wilderness lies in a bowl formed by Shavers Mountain and McGowan Mountain. Most of the streams flow north into Otter Creek. Vegetation consists of second-growth timber, rhododendron, and a variety of mosses and lichens. Elevations range from 1,800 feet at the mouth of Otter Creek to 3,900 feet on McGowan Mountain. Otter Creek Wilderness has 45 miles of trails, many of which follow old railroad grades, logging roads, or farm roads.

Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

Encompassing 100,000 acres, the scenic Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area (NRA) contains the highest peak in West Virginia, some of the best rock climbing on the east coast and outstanding views.  Seneca Rocks Discovery Center sits near the trail head for walkers and climbers.

For more information on the Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area please contact the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center at (304)567-2827 or the Potomac Ranger District at (304)257-4488

Stuart Recreation Area – Monongahela National Forest

This beautiful park within the Monongahela National F0rest offers tent and RV camping, swimming, picnic pavilions, and the beautiful Stuart Memorial Drive leading to Otter Creek Wilderness Area and Bickle Knob.

Trout Pond Recreation Area

Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two beautiful lakes: Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while kids splash in the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake. Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, easy lakeside trails, and a children’s playground make this a perfect family destination.

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