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BIG BEND (WV), WV

Photo: BIG BEND (WV)
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Bend is a family-oriented campground along a bend on the South Branch Potomac River in Smoke Hole Canyon. With its convenient position on the river, the campground creates a recreation hub for fishing, tubing, kayaking and swimming.

About 1.3 million people visit the Monongahela National Forest each year. The forest is a drivable distance from metropolises like Washington, D.C., and Pittsburg, yet still offers a remote and scenic camping getaway.

Natural Features:

Big Bend Campground is in the northern portion of the Monongahela National Forest, boasting beautiful old growth trees that become vibrant with color in fall.

The river runs north through the Smoke Hole Canyon, which bears a name of uncertain origin. One theory is Native Americans used the caves of the gorge for smoking meat, which created "smoke holes." Another is that misty fog often lies along the river and ascends in what looks like smoke from a hole.

Recreation:

The Big Bend Loop Trail is a one-mile nature trail that circles the campground. The majority of the trail follows along the river bend.

Thirty miles of maintained trails can be found nearby, and mountain biking is permitted on most trails.

Facilities:

Big Bend offers 46 sites; 18 sites are non-reservable. Twelve sites on the river loop have tent pads. All sites have a lantern holder, picnic table and fire ring. Drinking water is available. There are two pit toilets, one shower house, and flush toilet restrooms in each loop. There is also a dump and fill station.

Nearby Attractions:

The Highland Scenic Highway provides an unforgettable drive through narrow, steep valleys and rolling, tree-topped mountains. Estimated time to drive on this byway is two to four hours, and highlights include Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Summit Lake and Falls of Hills Creek.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Water
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
  • There are no electric site hook-ups at this facility
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Parking is permitted in developed areas only

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.89569, -79.24569
38°53'44"N, 79°14'44"W

Follow 28/55 from Petersburg, West Virginia, for 8 miles. Turn left onto Smoke Hole Road, Route 28/11, and travel for 13 miles to County Route 2. Turn left onto the Smoke Hole Road, County Route 2, and follow for approximately 3 miles to Big Bend Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG BEND (WV)
MONONGAHELA
WV

Phone Number:

Information: (304)358-3253
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