Because my town, Richwood WV, sits at the edge of the Monongahela National Forest, it is surrounded by natural beauty. A drive along Route 39 through the forest offers numerous natural attractions suitable for hiking, camping, fishing, picture taking as well as painting, and just stretch-your-legs adventuring. Well-marked forest trails, lake and riverside camp sites, deep water and fly fishing opportunities, along with waterfalls, Canadian-type bogs, and a scenic highway (Route 150) which cuts across mountain tops and ridges like a two-lane expressway are there for enjoyment. Offering assistance along the way are the Gauley Ranger Station and the Cranberry Mountain Nature. Center. All in all, these wonders lie along a 43-mile byway. Of course, seasonal restrictions apply, so it is always wise to check with 1-800-CALL-WVA in late fall and winter.
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