Cranberry River in the Monongahela National Forest

Discussion in 'West Virginia' started by Wardog07D, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Wardog07D

    Wardog07D New Member

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    20170730_120751.jpg 20170730_122402.jpg 20170730_143632.jpg 20170730_154818.jpg 20170730_154931.jpg 20170730_155145.jpg 20170730_162659.jpg We didn't actually camp here this weekend. We did a day trip to check out the campground situation in this area and to fish a little bit. We checked out a few campgrounds in this area.

    The first, Big Rock Campground, is situated on the left side of the Forest Road 76. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=6984
    The sites are rustic but shaded. They're pretty close together except the last two sites closest to the water pump and toilets. There's not much chance for privacy.

    The second, Cranberry River Campsites, run along the Cranberry River.
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=6988&actid=34
    They're very dispersed, with the last few sites being closer together.
    We thought that all the sites we saw were very spacious and private.

    We spent the day at site 14 which would accommodate our PUP and would be ideal for tent campers. The fishing was so-so with bites to be had by all and a couple small fish landed. There's a parking area with a picnic table and fire ring. This huge rock was fun for the kids and there was a surprise on the other side! A huge area for tents, games or ???

    We left Forest Road 76 and went back down the mountain to catch US 55 East from Richwood towards the Glades. We found Summit Lake along this route.
    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=6989&actid=29
    Summit Lake Campground has 33 sites with access to water but no electricity. Most of the sites seemed spacious and private. There are vault toilets situated around the campground. The lake itself has a large parking area, a long dock to fish from and a boat ramp. We didn't try our luck fishing here but perhaps next time, we'll get the kayaks and our lines wet!
     
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  2. joet

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    There also a nice GC at the Lower Gate on Cranberry. Its a dry GC with Vault toilets and hand pumped well water The CG's you listed
    are crowded March through June ( the end of trout stocking)
     

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