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Outdoor Recreation inGreater Elkins

The gateway to the Monongahela National Forest, the Greater Elkins region is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Rock climbing at Seneca Rocks, hunting, fishing, and foraging, finding solitude on hiking trails, and mountain or gravel biking–the adventure opportunities are endless here. From solo fishing trips along the Middle Fork River or family getaways in a cozy cabin at Kumbrabow State Forest, in the Greater Elkins region, adventure is just around the corner.


Almost Heaven Awaits

Hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing and so much more, you’ll find it all in the Greater Elkins community. With a national forest, state forest, state parks and wildlife management areas close by, you’ll find countless fishing streams, scenic trails, quiet campsites and waterways here to explore.

Couple walking in the forest

Into the Forest

The one-million-acre Monongahela National Forest is headquartered in Elkins, and its trails, creeks, and mountaintop vistas are just minutes from your doorstep. Visit the observation at Spruce Knob, West Virginia’s highest point at 4863′, just a short drive from Greater Elkins. Explore wilderness areas like Otter Creek, Laurel Fork, Roaring Plains and the iconic Dolly Sods on the highest plateau east of the Mississippi River.

Cabin in the Woods

Escape the Hustle & Bustle

Kumbrabow State Forest is situated on top of Rich Mountain along the Western edge of the Allegheny Highlands in Randolph County. Made up of 9,474 acres at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet above sea level, it is West Virginia’s highest state forest. At Kumbrabow State Forest you’ll find cozy cabins, scenic campsites, fishing, hunting, hiking and more.

Person fishing on a creek

Cast a Line

World-class fishing awaits in the Greater Elkins area. The Shavers Fork of the Cheat is one of the longest trout streams in the area ideal for fly fishing, as well as an abundance of swimming holes. Gandy Creek passes through the well-known cave known as Sinks of Gandy and joins the Dry Fork, which is popular for catching smallmouth, brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Itching to ice fish? Spruce Knob Lake near WV’s highest point is ideal for ice fishing in the coldest part of winter.

Kids on a ski lift

Hit the Slopes

The Greater Elkins area is a dream location for the snow sports enthusiast. Timberline Mountain Resort and Canaan Valley Resort State Park are 45 minutes away with some of the best snow and vertical drop in the Mid-Atlantic. Snowshoe Mountain and Silver Creek are just over an hour’s drive, with world class ski runs and accommodations. For the Nordic skier, White Grass Ski Touring Center is a local favorite with over 30 miles of groomed trails.

Night sky

See the Stars in Almost Heaven

Home to one of the largest and darkest skysheds on the East Coast, West Virginia is the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the beauty of the star-studded skies. The Greater Elkins community is surrounded by stunning stargazing spots including Blackwater Falls State Park, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and Dolly Sods. Or visit Green Bank Observatory, world’s premier single-dish radio telescope. Here, radio astronomers listen to the remote whispers of the universe. Tours are available at Green Bank Observatory and are perfect for schools, small groups or anyone who wants to learn more about astronomy.