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Old 03-01-2015, 08:37 AM
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Where to go in West Virginia

I'm looking for alternative locations in WV to do some weekend and overnight trips. The Cranberry Wilderness and Backcountry provide some great overnighters with a short drive time from my location (Charleston area). I would like to find some new venues for spring and late summer. Loops are preferable. Any ideas, please let me know. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 12-29-2015, 07:11 AM
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It is a little bit of a drive from Charleston, but the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) has numerous trails. I have done some loops around Otter Creek/ Yellow Creek and Laurel Fork near Elkins and Tea Creek (near Williams River/ Cranberry). If you get 1:24:000 maps from the MNF Headquarters or a visitor center, their maps are overprinted with trails and trail numbers (701, 350, 122, etc.). If you match up those maps with DeHart's Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide, you have a tremendous amount of information for planning trips. A couple of nice loops that are closer (but the other direction from Charleston) are Lake Vesusius and Symmes Creek/ Morgan Sisters Trails in Ohio. Those are about 1-1/2 hours from Charleston. By the way, I have looked for similar USGS maps (with overprinted trails) on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Chatooga, Nantahala, and Sumter Nationsl Forests. MNF is the only one I have found with those overprinted trails. I am talking USGS maps, not National Geo Maps of those areas.
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