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Skiing/Winter Recreation

Snowshoe Mountain 877.441.4FUN
Elk River Touring Center 866.572.3771
Monongahela National Forest
Marlinton Ranger Station
304.799.4334
Greenbrier Ranger Station
304.456.3335
Gauley Ranger Station
304.846.2695

Experience the beauty and magic of winter when it comes alive at Snowshoe Mountain and in the Allegheny Mountains and the Monongahela National Forest.  

Winter brings new meaning to vacationing in Pocahontas County.  The cold powdery white stuff provides a new perspective to the beauty of the area and the playful things we enjoy.

Each winter, people make their way to Snowshoe Mountain for the best downhill skiing and snowboarding in the East and to enjoy all of the recreational opportunities the popular resort provides.

Mother Nature sugar coats the mountain with 180” of fresh snow each year. Over fifty trails and 11,000 acres of backcountry provide endless adventure.

Adventure Guides can provide fun activities like snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  But Snowshoe Mountain is only one of our fun winter adventures.  For some, the snow covered road less traveled can be quite enjoyable as well.

Monongahela National Forest
In winter, the Monongahela National Forest is enchanting as ever.  It becomes a virtual wonderland for snowshoeing and winter hiking.

Miles and miles of trails and unplowed forest roads change character when coated with snow and become a stage for special winter outings.  Winter recreation opportunities can be found near every community and are easily accessible to the major highways that cross the mountains.

  • A few popular choices include these areas:
         The beautiful and scenic Highland Scenic Highway, the highest major roadway in West Virginia, is unplowed in winter and offers a great cross-country skiing experience.
         The Shavers Fork Area which includes FR 92 (on Cheat Mountain north of US Highway 250) and FR 47 (off of FR 92).
         The Old Spruce Area on Cheat Mountain south of US Highway 250
         The Cranberry Backcountry Area offers trails and Forest Service Roads ranging from the easier, gentle rolling trails to the more difficult, steeper slopes.

To purchase a Forest Visitor map or a USGS Topographical Quad map, contact one of the Forest Ranger stations in the area or the county Visitor Center, 800.336.7009.

Elk River Touring Center
The Elk River Touring Center, located on Rt. 219 five miles south of Snowshoe, specializes in teaching and guiding cross-country skiers on the beautiful Highland Scenic Highway or on trails in the Elk River area.  Visit their Web site with the link on this page.

Enjoy Winter in Pocahontas County!
During winter, the cultural and historic uniqueness of our county and small communities is still here to experience.

An Opera House performance can still be enjoyed.  A walk on a footprint-free winter trail can be just as exhilarating and stimulating as at any other time of the year.

At the end of the day, you can nestle down for the night in one of our many quaint bed & breakfasts, rustic cabins, condos or motels. 

Make your winter escape to Pocahontas County, West Virginia!