Features Monogehela National Forest in West Virginia

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Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of, recently visited Monogehela National Forest and is featuring this forest on their website., the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, recently visited Monogehela National Forest (WV). It is featuring the forest with detailed camping information, photographs and things to do.

Located in central West Virginia and just west of Virginia, in the Appalachian mountain range, the Monongahela National Forest (NF) was carved by ancient glaciers and rushing water, shaped by time, and shaded by ancient lush hardwoods. West Virginia’s only national forest offers a wide range of recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy everything from camping to fishing, hiking to scenic drives, brilliant autumn colors and more. In other words, just a few hours drive from major metropolitan area, such as Washington, DC, Richmond, VA or Pittsburg, PA, the Monongahela National Forest has something for just about everyone.

Camping in the Monongaleha National Forest ranges from dispersed campsites in one of the eight designated wildernesses to sites with electric hook-ups at Horseshoe, Seneca Shadow, and Stuart campgrounds. Each is surrounded by the glorious beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and recreational opportunities limited only by a camper’s abilities and equipment.

With more than a hundred miles of maintained hiking trails cris-crossing the Monongahela National Forest, there is a trail for everyone. These trails range from an easy 0.25 mile nature hike at Seneca Shadows campground to a number of challenging trails through a pristine wilderness area. There are a number of trails for equestrian riders and mountain bikes are permitted on most Forest Service roads. The Monongahela National Forest does not have any trails or areas designated for Off Highway Vehicle use. For trail maps and information on current conditions, contact the Monongahela National Forest.

One of the most popular recreation activity enjoyed by visitors to many national forests is taking a scenic drive. The Monongahela National Forest has a magnificent designated National Scenic Byway - the Highland Scenic Highway. This 43-mile scenic highway winds through the beautiful West Virginia countryside, over the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau, and passes waterfalls, wildernesses, and breathtaking vistas.

Within easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas, the Monongahela National Forest is an oasis of nature. Rugged mountains, deep valleys, beautiful lakes, rushing rivers, and the peace found in nature are enjoyed by visitors to the Monongahela National Forest.

About, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 18 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

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