Within the border of Pocahontas County is more than one-third of the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest, a vast paradise of forest land and natural wilderness areas. It is home to literally hundreds of miles of trails and back roads for people to explore and enjoy.
The Monongahela provides a wide range of recreational opportunities, from back country camping and hiking to mountain biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Developed campgrounds, picnic areas, and visitor centers are located throughout the forest.
Many outstanding Pocahontas County attractions are a part of the forest, including the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, Cranberry Backcountry, Cranberry Wilderness Area, Falls of Hills Creek and the Highland Scenic Highway.
From every entry point into Pocahontas County, thick canopies of pine, White and Chestnut Oak, along with maple, sycamore, birch, and Mountain Ash hang over the roadways.
During spring, summer and fall, thousand of visitors witness the dense forests of Pocahontas County where they fish pristine streams, hike serpentine trails and sweeping wilderness, mountain bike exhilarating ledges, and drive along breathtaking panoramas to view spectacular scenery.
For the ardent hiker there are hundreds of trails within the Mon (as the locals call it) just waiting to be challenged. Day hikes are popular in the region as there are many loop trails which provide moderate climbs and offer outstanding views. Bring your binoculars and cameras for there are many opportunities for dazzling photographs.
What better way to end a day of adventure than to doze off watching shimmering stars? Campers have their picks of primitive camp grounds. Regulated areas are posted but you still have the vastness of almost three-hundred-thousand acres to camp and enjoy the outdoors.
No matter what activities your family enjoys, the Monongahela National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities at varying levels.
The Monongahela National Forest is over 919,000 acres and lies within 10 counties in West Virginia, making it the fourth largest National Forest in the Northeast.