Monongahela National Forest
The Monongahela National Forest  is in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. There are campgrounds, picnic areas, and over 500 miles of hiking trails, in addition to mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, boating, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing.
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986, 304-536-2144
The MNF is more than 900,000 acres and encompasses several wilderness areas, including Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob. Within the forest are many small communities that have limited lodging, restaurants and small shops. Before hiking, camping, fishing, etc., be sure you are not trespassing on private land.
Flora and fauna
The MNF is is about an hour east of Elkins. Take US-33 West.
The Monongahela National Forest covers an enormous area, therefore any list of restaurants serving the MNF will include food from numerous locations. Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Smokehole Caverns (north-west section of the MNF) will find sustenance nearby in Petersburg, while hikers or hunters in the northern most reaches of the park will find great dining options near Davis.
There are more than 20 campgrounds in the MNF. Accessibility of campgrounds varies.
Backcountry camping is allowed in most areas, provided you stay so far off the road and leave-no-trace.
Be careful while driving on mountain roads. The weather can be unpredictable and can change very quickly. The current weather may be fine in the valley, but the weather in higher elevations can be much different. Rain, snow, fog, and high winds can catch you off guard when you reach the top of a local mountain in the Potomac Highlands, and windy roads can combine with treacherous weather to create difficult driving. Additionally, high winds and just a small snowfall may create large snowdrifts. If you do get stuck in a bad snowstorm the residents of the Potomac Highlands are generally very helpful and will do what they can to get you back on the road.
Understand that given the large size of the Monongahela National Forest a short get away in one location may be pretty far from another location. Therefore, giving directions are tough and distinguishing approximate drive times would be inaccurate. Here are some relatively close destinations. Check elsewhere for more detailed drive directions and drive times.