Monroe County is abundantly blessed with open spaces for outdoor recreation. Click on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources links for complete information on hunting and fishing seasons and regulations.
Hanging Rock Observatory
Situated atop Peters Mountain, the site was once manned as a fire observation post of the national forest. Now used by hawk watchers to observe migrations in the autumn, the vantage point rests at an elevation of 3,812 feet, nearly 2,000 feet above the valley floor below. The lookout offers an outstanding panorama of Monroe County, and on clear days views can extend well into Mercer, Summers, and Greenbrier Counties in West Virginia, and Allegheny, Craig, Roanoke, and Giles Counties in Virginia. The observatory is reached via a 40 minute walk along the Allegheny Trail from the mountaintop parking lot along Monroe County Road 15.
Monroe County has one state park, 428 acres of the George Washington and 18,530 acres of the Jefferson National Forests, a one-of-a-kind Nature Conservancy protected area, and a corner of a large wildlife management area.
Miles of country trails are available for family hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Whether for a short day trip or a week-long stay, you'll enjoy the swimming, camping, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and boating opportunities offered in the outdoor public areas in beautiful Monroe County.
Parks and Forests
State Park - Moncove Lake
Tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state, Moncove Lake contains 250 acres designated as a state park as well as an adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Management Area and a tranquil lake. Local groups and individuals have been using the park for years as a location for social outdoor gatherings, a place to do some quiet reading, take a stroll, or to put a fishing line in the water. The 144 acre impoundment provides a warm water fishery for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Campers have discovered the quiet, easy-paced life in this area and have been returning on a regular basis.
- HC 83, Box 73A
Gap Mills, WV 24941
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Conserved Lands - Slaty Mountain Preserve
Owned by the Nature Conservancy, a national organization which attempts to preserve wild lands world-wide. This 153 acre area in Eastern Monroe County is comprised of a dry hardwood and pine woodland including a globally rare shale barren community. Open year-round for hiking and nature study.
National Forest - George Washington & Jefferson
These national forests extend into West Virginia, along the ruggedly beautiful Appalachians, after stretching from one end of Virginia to the other. Virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine is available. Of course hiking, fishing, mountain bicycling and camping lead the way, but don't forget hawk watching at the Hanging Rock Tower, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, nature photography, and orienteering. Whether you are driving a back-country road, enjoying glorious fall colors, using binoculars to spot colorful neo tropical birds, or savoring the peacefulness of wilderness, remember that national forests are special places.
- 110 Southpark Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Wildlife Management Area -
Location of the old ferry crossing of the New River; now a part of the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area. Visitors offered a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities on 17,632 acres. Being adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state's second largest body of water, the area offers guests boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Hunting is offered due to the wildlife management area status, and Bluestone has over 330 primitive campsites and picnic sites. Avid fishermen can enjoy float fishing and stocked trout fishing in Indian Creek. Hiking and equestrial trails are also popular.
- HC 65
Indian Mills, WV 24935
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Fishing is extremely popular in the countless streams that flow out of the mountains! Many of these cold and clear streams are on the state trout stocking program.
Potts Creek & S. Fork Potts Creek
Regular stocked put and take streams. Stocked with trout once each month February through May.
Second Creek Fly Fishing
Catch and release fly fishing in an isolated setting, along a little-used county road.
- 2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV 25801
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Serenity Now Outfitters
Specializing in guided fly fishing trips in the Greenbrier Valley and southwestern Virginia. Fly tying instruction and adventure planning also available.
- 207 W. Washington Street
- Lewisburg, WV 24901
This region has long been a favorite of hunters of whitetail deer, black bear, ruffled grouse, and wild turkey. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest lands are open to hunting during legal seasons, as is the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area (see above for listing). Private hunting preserves are also choice destinations.
Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve
Hunting preserve situated on 600 acres of beautiful rolling mountain meadows and hardwood forests. Offering trophy white tail deer, fallow deer, red stag, buffalo, and wild boar hunts. There are various lodging opportunities on the property, all the comforts of home. The setting affords a beautiful view in all directions of the surrounding mountains. Take time to relax on multi-level decks or in a rockin' chair on the expansive porches. Special attention has been paid to handicapped accessibility with accessible tree stands and accessible rooms in the lodge.
Fountain Springs Golf Course
Discover the splendor of southern West Virginia's finest scenery where Russell Breeden's 6500 yard championship public golf course stretches across rolling hills with every level of golfer in mind. Eighteen hole course, putting greens, driving range, pro-shop, and snack bar. Open year-round. All major credit cards accepted. Tee times required.
- 93 Fountain Springs Drive
Peterstown, WV 24963
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