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BLUE BEND REC AREA, WV

part ofMonongahela National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BLUE BEND REC AREA
Status: Closed through Fri Mar 06 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Blue Bend Recreation Area is a quaint wooded area filled with plenty of hiking, picnicking and camping opportunities. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the rustic wood tables and shelters appeal to many day and overnight visitors.

The recreation area, along Anthony Creek, has a selection of single family campsites and 2 picnic shelters. The large group picnic shelter accommodates 75 people and can be reserved in peak season.

Natural Features:

At an elevation of 1,860 feet, the campground is in a pleasant, wooded valley facing Round Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest. The forest comprises about a million acres of forest that attracts 1.3 million visitors each year.

A variety of animals make their home here, including black bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, otter and mink.

Recreation:

Swimming is nice and refreshing in Anthony Creek, and anglers can find trout here.

Hikers enjoy the 5-mile Blue Bend Loop Trail, which connects to the Anthony Creek Trail. Blue Bend Loop Trail offers 3 scenic overlooks and a trail shelter for overnight use.

Facilities:

Flush toilets and showers are available in summer, and vault toilets can be used through the spring and fall seasons. Running water is also seasonal, but a hand pump is available through spring and fall.

Each site is on a parking spur with a picnic table, campfire ring, trash bin and lantern post.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • For more information on Monongahela National Forest, click here
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.92028, -80.27111
37°55'13"N, 80°16'16"W

From White Sulphur Springs, travel 8 miles north on State Route 92. Turn left (west) at Alvon, West Virginia, onto State Route 16. Travel 4 miles to the recreation area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BLUE BEND REC AREA
MONONGAHELA
  WV 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (304)536-2144
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