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HORSESHOE RECREATION AREA, WV

part ofMonongahela National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Aug 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Horseshoe Recreation Area is located in north-central West Virginia, 7 miles from the town of St. George. The campground is tucked in a valley along the Horseshoe Run River, providing excellent opportunities for fishing and wildlife viewing.

Natural Features:

Within the recreation area, open fields are mowed and gravel roads are maintained along the river. The Monongahela Forest extends over the north central highlands of the state, straddling many of the region's highest peaks. Elevation ranges from 1,000 to 4,863 feet above sea level.

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

Recreation:

Day hiking options include the 1.8-mile Losh Trail, the Dorman Ridge Trail at 1.3 miles, and Two Camp, a short 0.3 mile hike. Fishing for trout is a popular pastime and hunting is allowed in an area about a mile beyond the recreation area.

Facilities:

Each site offers picnic tables, grills, and waste receptacles and standard sites have electric hookups. There are accessible vault toilets and non-accessible flush toilets. Hand pumps and a drinking fountain with faucet are available. The camp store sells firewood, ice and snacks.

The two group picnic shelters are accessible. The large electric pavilion has an occupancy limit of 75, and the small non-electric pavilion has an occupancy limit of 10.

Nearby Attractions:

Take a scenic drive throughout the forest. Fall brings incredible foliage colors to the region.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Picnic Shelters
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • There is a non-discountable $5/night fee for Electric sites in addition to the $15/night use fee
  • 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
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • 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):
39.18028, -79.60056
39°10'49"N, 79°36'2"W

From Parsons, take State Route 72 northeast to State Route 5 to St. George. In St. George, turn south on State Route 1. Follow State Route 1 to the intersection of State Route 7. Turn left on State Route 7 and continue past the YMCA Camp Horseshoe to the Horseshoe Recreation Area entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HORSESHOE RECREATION AREA
3309 Horseshoe Run Rd
Parsons  WV  26287

Phone Number:

Project Office: (304)478-2481
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