Monongahela National Forest Opens More Recreational Sites

In a press release dated June 23rd, Monongahela National Forest officials announced they will open additional developed recreation sites Thursday, June 25.


Developed recreation sites set to open are:


  • Tea Creek Campground in the Marlinton area
  • Cranberry Campground near Richwood
  • West Shore Camping Loop at Lake Sherwood Recreation Area near White Sulphur Springs.  All other facilities, including additional camping loops, picnic area, swimming beach and restrooms, are closed.


Roman Torres, Deputy Forest Supervisor said “Most of the Forest remains open to the public for activities like hiking, bicycling, backpacking, and scenic driving. At this time more than 90% of developed recreation sites are now open. We ask that visitors continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing wherever they choose to visit.”


Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Certain services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and to remain flexible.

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Please remember to avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas, and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance.



For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit the Monongahela forest website at

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Scott Smith

Scott is the News Director for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan, and also is a member of the boards of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau , Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Sheep and Wool Association. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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