If you like hiking, the Monongahela National Forest has trails for all levels of experience and ability for you to enjoy. One good hiking area is the Blackwater Canyon. Located in the Blackwater Falls State park and part of the larger National Forest, it has many great trails for hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing and has a bike path across the center of the canyon as well. Another is the North Fork Mountain. It has an approximately 22 mile trail along the ridge of the mountain with breathtaking views of the German Valley and mountain ridges beyond. There is also the famous Dolly Sods Wilderness, which can be seen from the North Fork Mountain, and is another wonderful place to explore. It has a few trails for hikers to use, but its lush, scenic beauty is great of off trail backpacking.
While you enjoy the rough beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, with all its forests, rivers, and wildlife, remember to tread lightly and pack out what you bring in. As they say, “Take only pictures and leave only memories.” The Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is a treasure that belongs to us all, so it’s up to us to maintain its pristine splendor.