With its 349,000 acres of national forests and state parks, Pocahontas County abounds with great camping opportunities.
Camping in Pocahontas County is fast becoming the main outdoor recreation for visitors to the area. No matter what season you choose –spring with its brilliant wildflowers, summer with hot days and cool nights, or autumn with its blanket of saturated reds and golds – camping brings you close to Mother Nature.
With more than half of the county within the Monongahela National Forest, Pocahontas County draws thousands of visitors each year to explore the natural wonders, outstanding scenery, diverse wildlife, and vast open spaces.
In the Monongahela National Forest, a few particular areas are restricted, but for the most part you can pitch your tent almost anywhere in the forest. The maximum number of campers per site is 10 and officials request campers not stay more than 14 days at any one site. Campfires are encouraged only in existing fire rings.
Individual camp sites provide special features such as a fire ring, lantern pole, cooking grill and picnic table. Most campgrounds feature handicap-accessible vaulted toilets, pump drinking water and tent foundations.
The fees are nominal, usually $8 or less, and are paid at the volunteer fee station at the entrance to the campgrounds.
The largest state park in West Virginia, Watoga State Park, has over 10,000 acres of sprawling woodlands. The Park offers a variety of camping options, including two sites for tent camping.
Seneca State Forest, located on WV Route 28 four miles south of Dunmore, is an ideal place to enjoy tent camping along with great outdoor recreation. Bordering the beautiful Greenbrier River, Seneca offers over 11,000 acres of lush woodlands, 23 miles of hiking trails and 40 miles of forest roads for biking.
The Handley Wildlife Management Area, located 7 miles northwest of Edray on Route 17 and County Route 17/1, provides 13 primitive campsites with nearby public water and restroom facilities. A five acre pond allowing only electric motors is stocked each spring with trout.
The Calvin Price State Forest offers 9,400 acres of some of the best fishing and hunting in the entire county. Located south of Hillsboro, it has no recreational facilities but hours of uninterrupted peace and tranquility are guaranteed.
Pocahontas County is unmatched for outstanding camping experiences. What better way to end a day of adventure than to doze off watching shimmering stars, smelling the faraway scent of apple trees, and hearing whispers of tall pines and murmurs of a nearby babbling brook?