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West Virginia State Parks

USA Parks
West Virginia
Potomac Highlands Region
Monongahela National Forest
Monongahela National Forest Sherwood lake © Jeff Lee
Monongahela National Forest snowy bridge © Jeff Lee
Allegheny trailhead meadow creek crossing, near Sherwood lake
Monongahela National Forest meadow creek © Jeff Lee
shot meadow creek leaving Sherwood lake
Monongahela National Forest sherwood lake © Jeff Lee
late winter Sherwood lake, still frozen
Monongahela National Forest © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Glades © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Glades © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Glades © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Glades © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Falls of Hills Creek © Tori Buck
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. A three quarter mile trail leads visitors to spectacular views of the three waterfalls as Hills Creek descends 220 feet between the upper and lower falls. The first 1700 feet of trail is a paved, wheelchair accessible path to the upper falls viewing platform. The remainder of the trail is more strenuous with stairways and boardwalks leading to the lower falls. The complete trip takes about an hour, or longer, if you want to rest often or just enjoy the scenic beauty.
Monongahela National Forest © Dolly M. Woodell
Monongahela National Forest Falls of Hills Creek Lower © Jason Vickers
Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia 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.
Monongahela National Forest Falls of Hills Creek © Jason Vickers
Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia 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.
Monongahela National Forest Cranberry Glades © John Mueller
Monongahela National Forest Falls of Hills Creek Middle Falls © Jason Vickers
Tucked away in a narrow gorge just off the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia 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.
Monongahela National Forest © Jeff Lee
Meadow creek
MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST
MONONGAHELA NATIONAL FOREST
USDA Building
Elkins, West Virginia   26241-3962

Phone: 304-636-1800
Email:
Recreation ranges from self reliant treks in the wildernesses and backcountry areas to the challenges of mountain climbing to traditional developed site camping. There are 23 campgrounds, 17 picnic areas, and 500 plus miles of hiking trails. The extensive backwoods road and trail system is used for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. There are many miles of railroad grades that are a link in the recreation use of the Forest. The longest is the Glady to Durbin West Fork Railroad Trail which is 23 miles long. Hunting, trapping, fishing, and wildlife viewing are popular uses.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes


Location
Monongahela National Forest is


Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 20 Beautiful, well-maintained park!
My husband and I stayed at Lake Buffalo. The forest was beautiful and we saw lots of wildlife! It was just a short drive to Spruce Knob where we visited the highest peak in West Virginia! I would love to come back!
November 29
This park is the best I have been to in the Virginia and West Virginia area. The landscapes constantly change from meadow to deep forest or rocky water way. I definitely plan on taking many more hiking trips here.
November 15 Dolly Sods
Dolly Sods is an amazing park to visit. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a day trip or a week long adventure. I will definitely be making a return visit.
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Directions
From Elkins, State highway 55/92 south forks into two US highways, 219 and 250 which provide access to the forest.

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