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Kumbrabow State Forest

Kumbrabow State Forest is a state forest in southern Randolph County, West Virginia. It is 9,474 acres in size.

PO Box 65
Huttonsville, WV 26273
Phone: (304) 335-2219

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Kumbrabow State Forest is located off US 219, 24 miles south of Elkins and seven miles south of Huttonsville.  On US 219, you want to turn onto Rt 219-16 (Kumbrabow Forest Road) at Elkwater and follow to forest. Coming north on 219, this turn-off is eight miles from Valley Head.  Another access to the forest is from WV 15, turning onto a rockbase road at Monterville.

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Kumbrabow State Forest is located along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands atop Rich Mountain.  The 9,474 acres of forest range from 3,000 to 3,930 feet above sea level, making Kumbrabow the state's highest forest.  Acquired in 1934, the forest derives its unusual name from the three prominent families, KUMp-BRAdy-BOWers, who were instrumental in the purchase of the land.

West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulThe forest is operated by the multiple-use concept that provides recreation and watershed protection, while practicing the principles of forestry and wildlife management. Kumbrabow is a showcase for stands of black cherry and red spruce.  Diverse habitat has made black bear, turkey, deer, grouse, and bobcat sightings common to visitors throughout the year.  Mountain laurel and rhododendron are abundant and surround the majority of several pristine streams, creating beautiful scenic views throughout the forest.

Picnicking: Furnished with tables, fireplaces, drinking water and toilet facilities, numerous rustic picnic sites are provided for forest guests. Playground equipment is located at the Meatbox picnic area.

Hiking: A variety of scenic trails are available for forest visitors. Certain trails lead to beautiful overlooks of the mountain terrain.

Hunting: Deer, bear, turkey, bobcat and ruffed grouse are the most prevalent game in the forest. A state license is required for hunting which is permitted in the forest in season.

Fishing: Mill Creek is a native brook trout stream whose swift cold waters provide many hours of good fishing with proper licensing.

Cabins: Overnight guests at Kumbrabow State Forest may select from among six completely furnished Pioneer cabins and cottage. Five cabins were built in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the cabins feature:

Camping: Another option for overnight visitors is the Mill Creek Campground. The beautiful campsites lay in pristine settings near patches of Rhododendron and a native brook trout stream.  Features at the 13 site campground include: picnic tables, fireplace, drinking water, pit toilet facilities, coin operated shower and laundry located at forest headquarters, and firewood and ice are available at headquarters during office hours.

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