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Trip Highlights

Nights
Hiking Areas
Cabins Nearby

Day 1

Bowden

Climb a Fire Tower and take a hike in the Mon Forest

Breakfast

Start your day with donuts and coffee from Byrds House of Donuts–arguably the best donut you’ll find (we aren’t biased or anything).

Morning

  1. Stop by the Elkins Depot Welcome Center for maps, information, and everything you need for your trek into the Monongahela National Forest.
  2. Grab a fresh to-go lunch from Clementine’s Cantina to enjoy later on while you’re on the trail. Clementine’s freshly made burritos, salads, and taco bowls are always a hit. Don’t forget the guacamole.
  3. Head East on Route 33 out of Elkins and take the left onto Old Route 33. Follow the Monongahela National Forest Signs and make your way up the mountain along Stuart Memorial Drive or Forest Road 91.
  4. Built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers 360-degree panoramic views of Randolph County. It is one of the few remaining observation towers in the Monongahela National Forest. From the parking lot, it is less than a 5-minute walk to get to the tower.

Lunch

Enjoy your delicious packed lunch atop Bickle Knob, or dig in once you drive down the mountain to the next trailhead at Stuart Recreation Area.

Afternoon

  1. Head down into the Day Use area or park before the Campground near the River Loop Trail, which is a 2-mile jaunt along the Shavers Fork River. If you prefer to drive down into the Day Use area to park, picnic, or swim in the river, it is $5/car.

Dinner

The Alpine Lodge is located a short drive from the Bowden recreation area. Continue out Route 33 East to dine at this hidden gem of a restaurant. Enjoy lamb, lobster, steaks, and more, cooked fresh and hot in a cozy atmosphere.

Day 2

Huttonsville, Beverly

Hike or Bike at Kumbrabow State Forest & Experience History in Beverly

Kumbrabow State Forest
The Southern Kitchen in Beverly, WV

Breakfast

Grab a latte and enjoy sausage biscuits and gravy, a breakfast sandwich, fruit and yogurt or delicious pastries from Great Harvest Baking before heading up the valley to Kumbrabow State Forest.

Morning

  1. Head South on 219 and travel to Kumbrabow State Forest, where you’ll find hiking trails, and Mill Creek Falls, one of the waterfalls on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. Make sure to check in at the waterfall and snap some photos of this picturesque attraction.
  2. Hike or bike some of the trails and explore the Forest around you.

Did You Know?

Perched along the Allegheny Mountains in Randolph County, Kumbrabow State Forest is West Virginia’s highest forest and the only state forest located in the county.

Afternoon

  1. Travel back to Beverly, a hidden treasure of history in West Virginia. Take a walk through the historic downtown with a self-guided tour brochure – you can pick one up at the Beverly Heritage Center where you can learn more about local history and culture of Randolph County.
  2. If you’re up for a fun challenge, experience the Escape Room at the 1841 Randolph County Jail Escape Room.
  3. Meander through the town and make sure to check out the many antique shops.

Dinner

Choose from one of our unique restaurants, The Southern Kitchen for down-home cooking, or Mi Fiesta for Mexican cuisine in Beverly.

Kumbrabow State ForestThe Southern Kitchen in Beverly, WV

Day 3

High Falls Trails

Hike to a Remote Waterfall–the High Falls of Cheat

Smoke on the Water BBQ

Breakfast

Since you’ll be burning those calories today, indulge a bit this morning. Grab some donuts from Byrd’s House of Donuts. Yeast or cake, filled or maple topped, you’ll be thinking about these donuts long after your vacation ends.

Morning

  1. Pack your lunch to enjoy at the High Falls before the trek back to your car. May we suggest more donuts?
  2. Drive to FS Road 44 High Falls Trail Trailhead
  3. The High Falls trail passes through old growth forest, and large hemlock as it winds through the saddle on Shavers Mountain. This is a beautiful yet challenging hike in the backcountry of the Monongahela National Forest. This 7-mile hike is not for the faint of heart due to the steady grade.
  4. Keep in Mind – The High Falls is a stopping point for The New Tygart Flyer excursion train so be careful hiking along the railroad tracks.

Pro Tip

This is a great trail to backpack and camp out overnight by the rushing falls. There are a couple of good camping sites before you cross the ridge and a few more at the bottom by the river.

Afternoon

  1. Hike back to Trailhead
  2. Drive back to Elkins

Dinner

Relax on the porch into the evening at Smoke on the Water BBQ and enjoy some delicious BBQ and a cool beverage. Scroll through your photos from the past few days and start planning your next getaway to Randolph County.

Smoke on the Water BBQ

Itinerary Map

Mon Forest Adventures (NEEDS EDITED)