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part ofMonongahela National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 03 2015   Season Dates


Gatewood Group Campground is ideally located just two miles from Spruce Knob Lake in the Monongahela Forest, creating an ideal base camp for hikes and wildlife watching.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on a ridge in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The Monongahela Forest extends over the north central highlands of the state, encompassing many of the region's highest peaks. Elevations range from 1,000-4,863 feet, and Gatewood sits at 4,300 feet.

Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse national forests in the country.


With over 500 miles of hiking trails, visitors are have many options in the forest, including the Gatewood Nature Trail.

With some of the most beautiful overlooks in the area, Spruce Knob Lake offers fishing and boating opportunities (fish are stocked). No swimming is allowed.

Unobstructed views of the night sky bring stargazer clubs to this spot all summer long.


Three group sites are available that can accommodate up to 20 people each. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are accessible pit toilets. Drinking water is NOT available in the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Spruce Knob, West Virginia's highest peak, lies just 9 miles from the campground. It overlooks forested ridges and grassy open pastures. Visitors can drive or hike to the top. Rock climbing is also a popular activity.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pit Toilets
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Star Gazing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive Trails
Know Before You Go
  • Check in at Spruce Knob.
  • Gates are locked; before arrival, call 304-567-3082 to obtain combination to access the campground
  • 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
  • No electric hookups at this facility
  • Bring your own water
  • Click here for more information on Monongahela National Forest
  • 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):
38.7175, -79.58417
38°43'3"N, 79°35'3"W

From Riverton, WV, take US Route 33 south 2 miles to Briery Gap Road, County Route 33/4. Turn right and go 3 miles to Forest Road 112. Continue 13.5 miles to Forest Road 131. Turn right and open gate. Campground is at the end of Forest Road 131.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HC 59 BOX 240

Phone Number:

Information:  (304)567-3082
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