Blue Bend Recreation Area is a quaint wooded area filled with plenty of hiking, picnicking and camping opportunities. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the rustic wood tables and shelters appeal to many day and overnight visitors. The recreation area, along Anthony Creek, has a selection of single family campsites and 2 picnic shelters. The large group picnic shelter accommodates 75 people and can be reserved in peak season.
Blue Meadow is a group campground.In the event that this campground has not been reserved, it may beopened for overflow. At this time, sites 1-17 may be claimed as individualcampsites on a first come, first serve basis.
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of activities, including boating, fishing and hiking, as well as volleyball and a playground.
Head to Bulltown Campground to experience the scenery and historic significance of this central West Virginia region. The large campground is on the edge of Burnsville Lake, just beside the Bulltown Historic Area. This spot occupies the site of a Civil War battle, where reenactments of the historic event take place twice a year.
Burnsville Lake Shelters create a wonderful setting for daytime gatherings on Burnsville Lake. The six group picnic shelters are scattered across two ends of the lake. Shelters 1-4 are near the dam while shelters 5 and 6 are upstream near the inflow from the Little Kanawha River.
Coles Point Picnic Shelters are tucked in a small opening surrounded by a hardwood forest. Opportunities abound for hiking, photography, nature study, birding and viewing wildlife. Best of all, Coles Point is perched along Moomaw Lake, providing convenient access to boating, fishing, swimming and relaxing on the beach.
Gerald Freeman Camp is nestled in the headwaters of Sutton Lake in central West Virginia, 70 miles north of Charleston. The area provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.
Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is a complete family destination offering a wide variety of activities and camping options. Standard, tent-only and group camping facilities are perched along Lake Sherwood, the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest. Swimming beaches, a picnic area, boat ramp and several hiking trails are among the features of the area.
Enjoy the easygoing, peaceful vibe of McClintic Points rustic campground set among scattered trees and open fields. This anglers paradise provides plentiful shoreline fishing and some lakefront campsites.
Morris Hill is a peaceful, rustic campground for groups of family and friends. The family campground is a family-friendly destination perched on a ridge above Lake Moomaw. Kids can have fun at the playground while older generations sit back and relax in the shade. The group sites accommodate up the 25 guests with space for up to eight tents. Campers can enjoy the wonders of camping with simple pleasures like smores on the campfire, berry picking in the woods, and watching for waterfowl and wildlife like deer. The convenient location near Lake Moomaw and sandy swim beaches, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and hiking and biking trails makes Morris Hill a popular spot.
Sutton Lake Picnic Shelters overlook Sutton Lake and the Elk River in central West Virginia, 70 miles north of Charleston and 60 miles south of Clarksburg. The area provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.
Back Creek Trail travels along Back Creek, which is a stocked trout stream with several deep pools that are inviting for fishing and swimming.
This recreation area is part of Sutton Lake
This recreation area is part of Sutton Lake
The 5,144 acre Big Draft Wilderness is located on the Southern tip of the Forest, just south of Blue Bend Recreation Area and about five miles north of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Slopes within the area range from 10 to 60% and are typically long ridges with narrow summits and mountain slopes. The primary vegetative type is oak and hickory, with pockets of hemlock and white pine. The understory consists of rhododendron, mixed shrubs, grasses and ferns. The elevations range from 1,800 feet to over 3,100 feet.
Small, wooded 5 unit campground adjacent to the Cranberry River.
A 60-unit wooded, semi-primitive campground centrally located on a ridgetop between the Cranberry and Williams Rivers.
Offering both sunny and shaded camping sites, visitors to Blowing Springs Campground will be amazed by the phenomenon for which this site is named. A unique geological feature creates a duct that blows air out of the rocks at a constant 58 degrees, which may feel warm or cool depending on the season. Direct access to trails leading to swimming holes, and a stream stocked with trout are a few of the many reasons to visit this campground.
A local hub of activity, people at Bolar Flat Marina arrive from all over Virginia and West Virginia to launch their boats on Lake Moomaw. Don’t have a boat? No problem. Boat rentals are available ranging from motorized, to pontoon, to canoes. Grab your lunch before heading out to the lake, or shop on site for groceries, bait, supplies, and gas.
Follow this trail across a stream and through mixed Appalachian hardwood forest as you climb Beards Mountain. Large rocks along the trail provide an intriguing setting and place for a good rest stop. If hiking in the summer remember to bring a container to pick the abundant blueberries and huckleberries. The trail ends on Nature Conservancy land at Trappers Lodge.
This recreation area is part of Burnsville Lake
A popular semi-primitive campground adjacent to the Cranberry River and the "lowergate" entrance to the Cranberry Backcountry. This campground receives very high use during trout stocking from the beginning of spring through the end of June and again in the fall from September through October. During these high use times there are usually more campers waiting than there are sites available. During high use, the centrally located Bishop Knob Campground can usually accommodate campers when no sites are available along the Cranberry or Williams River Corridors.
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. Because of its unique conditions, some unusual plants grow in bogs, including carnivorous or insect-eating plants. The Botanical Area encompasses 750 acres. Read full article...
The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center has many interesting features that appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds, including an exhibit hall, auditorium, events and programs. One of the most popular features is the live snake display and program. Live snake shows are held most Sundays at 1 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to early October. Following the snake show is a guided tour of Cranberry Glades at 2:30 p.m. Cranberry Mountain Nature Center is open, hours for 2016 season are: Thursdays through Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Tuesdays/Wednesdays).
Fourteen primitive and separately numbered campsites dispersed along a 5-mile section of the lower Cranberry River.
The 47,815 acre Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is located in Pocahontas and Webster Counties, West Virginia. The area includes the entire drainage of the Middle Fork of the Williams and the North Fork of the Cranberry Rivers. Elevations range from 2,400 to over 4,600 feet.
Day Run Campground (CG) is a small developed camping area with 12 spacious sites located along the scenic upper Williams River on Forest Road 86, via the Highland Scenic Highway (State Route 150), south of the Williams River Bridge turnoff.
Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway 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.
Access Lake Moomaw from Fortney Branch Boat Launch. With a floating dock and two concrete boat launch ramps, boaters will spend less time waiting, and more time on the water. Popular amongst night fishermen, this site contains a well lit parking area complete with security lights.
The half-mile loop trail leads to several somewhat secluded picnic sites within impressive old growth stands of Virgin Red Spruce as well as the Gaudineer Scenic Overlook.
This scenic area will be managed to feature an undisturbed condition for study and enjoyment by the public. Maintaining the natural appearance of the area is essential.
The Gauley Ranger District is located in Richwood, WV.
The Greenbrier Ranger District is located in Bartow, WV.
Those who enjoy the solitude of an isolated and remote location will be drawn to Greenwood Point Campground. With no road access, the adventure is just getting there! Strap on that pack and take the 3.3 mile hike, or paddle a canoe directly to the shores of the campground. Wooded campsites encircle an open and grassy common area, and lakeside views make this a popular private and quiet camping destination.
With vast fields of wildflowers that attract countless butterflies, birds, and other wildlife, the Hidden Valley Recreation Area is appropriately named due to its secluded and hidden feeling. Drawing visitors for hundreds of years, the valley is a historic Civil War site with a mansion still on location. Stocked with trout, the Jackson River flows through the valley, and movie buffs will recognize the area as the setting for the movie Somersby.
The Highland Scenic Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway, is a beautiful corridor through the National Forest. This Byway extends 43 miles from Richwood to US Route 219. It has four developed scenic overlooks. Each site provides a comfortable rest stop, with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Highway traverses the mountainous terrain of the Allegheny Highlands and Plateau, and rises from Richwood, elevation 2,325 feet, to over 4,500 feet along the Parkway.
Situated below Gathright Dam, this access point is one of 5 canoe boat launches along the Jackson River. Fishermen will find interest in the utilization of a unique cold water release for trout into the river.
Recreational opportunities in the James River Ranger District.
This site contains both rifle and handgun shooting ranges, and offers a covered bench for shooting lanes.
The Marlinton Ranger District is located in Marlinton, WV.
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