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Jefferson National Forest

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Location: Monroe County near Union and Petersburg, WV. Eighteen thousand acres of the Jefferson National Forest are located in West Virginia, in a small, isolated portion of Monroe County on the state's southern border with Virginia. Protecting the vast wooded valley between Potts Mountain and Peters Mountain, the forest here is best known as site of part of the Allegheny Trail, an extension of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Mountain Lake Wilderness.


Mountain Lake Wilderness

The Mountain Lake Wilderness region of the Jefferson National Forest protects 8,314 acres in Virginia and 2,721 acres in West Virginia. Highland bogs and virgin stands of spruce and hemlock highlight this region of towering mountain forest. Deer, bear, squirrel, and grouse are common wildlife. Several trails provide access to primitive wilderness. Backcountry hiking and camping are unrestricted.


Jefferson National Forest -- Mountain Lake Wilderness: NFS Website