Monongahela National Forest (with Map & Photos)

Monongahela National Forest is a national forest located in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA. It protects over 921,000 acres (3,727 km; 1,439 sq mi) of federal land within a proclaimed 1,700,000 acre (6,880 km; 2,656 sq mi) boundary that includes most of the Potomac Highlands and parts of 10 counties.

Monongahela National Forest includes some major landform features such as the Allegheny Front and the western Appalachians with ridges and valleys. The forest is home to most of the highest mountain peaks in the state, including the highest, Spruce Knob (4,863 feet), also the highest point in the Alleghenies.

Monongahela National Forest
Monongahela National Forest

There are about 75 species of trees in the forest. Almost all of the trees are second-growth forest, which grew after the land was heavily cut down around the beginning of the 20th century. Species for which forest is important include red spruce (Picea rubens), balsam fir (Abies balsamea), and mountain ash (Sorbus americana).

Monongahela National Forest includes eight US. Wildlife and several areas of special use, notably the Spruce-Nob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.

Monongahela National Forest Map