Monongahela National Forest - Fall Colors
Monongahela National Forest is part of America's Most Scenic Natural Treasures.
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Marlinton Road
Marlinton Road at the Monongahela National Forest Sign
From Richwood travel east on State Route 39/55 approximately 1 miles.
The Monongahela National Forest was established in 1920. Located in the north central highlands of West Virginia, the Monongahela straddles the highest ridges in the State. Elevation ranges from just under 1000' to 4863' above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse National Forests in the country.
Visitors to this beautiful place will enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest. You will also see a 'working' forest, which produces timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities for the region and nation. To learn more go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/.
Summit Lake
Summit Lake
The Monongahela National Forest comprises roughly a million acres of National Forest System lands in West Virginia and lies within 400 miles of an estimated 96,000,000 people. An approximate 1.3 million visitors come to the Monongahela National Forest each year.
The national importance of the recreation resource of the Monongahela has been recognized through the designation of the Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, the first NRA in the Forest Service, National Scenic Byway status for the Highland Scenic Highway, and eight Wilderness Areas.
The landscape goals for management of the Monongahela are for a largely natural appearing and diverse forest, which provides outstanding dispersed recreation opportunities and supporting developed facilities. Dispersed recreation opportunities abound for hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking and so on. Developed sites provide the tourism destination facilities and base camps so important to the efforts of local Convention and Visitor Bureaus, local communities, and other non-government agencies. Forest Plan Management Prescriptions favor non-motorized recreation for ecological reasons
Hinkle Mountain Methodist Church
Hinkle Mountain Methodist Church

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Where:                 Nicholas County, West Virginia   
When:                  Autumn of 2003   
Photographer:          Bill Gardner  
Photos submitted by:   Bill Gardner

Some of America's Most Scenic Natural Treasures is the Monongahela National Forest and the Mountains surrounding Nicholas County.
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Some of America's Most Scenic Natural Treasures is the Monongahela National Forest and the Mountains surrounding Nicholas County.