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Large Group Pavilion closed for repairs: The Stuart Recreation Area: Large Pavilion will be closed September 8- 30, 2015. The other pavilions and the family day use area will be open during this time.


part ofMonongahela National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Oct 12 2015   Season Dates


Stuart Recreation Area is set in a mixed forest along the banks of the Shavers Fork River. The river provides excellent fishing and is regularly stocked with trout. Hiking trails lead to outstanding overlooks, local caves and Blackwater Falls.

Natural Features:

The campground is perched along a bend on the Shavers Fork River. Shavers is a tributary of the Cheat River, a popular rafting river with rocky rapids.

Stuart is in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The Monongahela Forest extends over the north central highlands of the state, straddling many of the region's highest peaks. Elevations here range from 1,000 to 4,863 feet above sea level.


River swimming is a lot of fun, and there are plenty of trout to tempt anglers of all skill levels. The 2-mile River Loop Hiking Trail is enjoyed by many visitors, and is a great way to watch for birds and wildlife.


The campground lies on a single loop with long spurs. Drinking water and accessible flush toilets and showers are provided, with a dump station is on-site. Each site comes with a campfire ring, tent pad, lantern post and electric hookups.

The day-use area has three picnic pavilions with maintained fields and a beach on the riverfront.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Elkins is a 14-minute drive from the campground. An annual Mountain State Forest Festival takes place here every October.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • Entrance gates are locked from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit 2 vehicles per single site; a daily fee is charged for extra vehicles
  • After Labor Day, the day-use area closes at 6 p.m.
  • 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):
38.9175, -79.77111
38°55'3"N, 79°46'16"W

From Elkins, West Virginia: Take Highway 219 to Highway 33. Travel east for approximately 4 miles, turn north on old Route 33 and travel for 2 miles. Turn left at Highway 6 (at the Stuart Recreation Area directional sign) and drive .25 miles to entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PARSONS  WV  26287

Phone Number:

Information:  (304)636-5070
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