About This Park

Located on top of Rich Mountain along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands, Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County is West Virginia’s highest forest. With 9,474 acres of forest at an elevation of more than 3,000 feet above sea level, Kumbrabow is used for recreation, watershed protection, commercial forestry and wildlife management.

Kumbrabow State Forest

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • 859
    Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • 859
    Museums & Historical Sites
  • 859
    Outdoor Adventures
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History

The area now known as Kumbrabow State Forest was once covered with magnificent stands of red spruce and hemlock. During a logging boom in the 1880s, four major sawmills cut timber from the forests. Then, in the 1920s, wildfires ravaged the land. The area’s high elevation, abundant rainfall and forest management promoted rapid forest regrowth. Kumbrabow State Forest was established in 1934. The distinctive name “Kumbrabow” comes from the surnames of the park’s earliest supporters: Governor Herman G. (Kum)p, Spates (Bra)dy and Hubert (Bow)ers.

Accommodations

Cabins

Kumbrabow State Forest features six completely furnished pioneer cabins, open from April to the first week of December. The cabins are equipped with cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens, towels and outdoor charcoal grills.

Trails

Clay Run Trail

Beginning at Forest Headquarters, Clay Run Trail crosses Mill Creek then follows an old logging railroad grade north alongside Mill Creek. Approximately .5 mile downstream, this trail turns east and ascends to the top of Mill Ridge. Once reaching the top of Mill Ridge, the Clay Run Trail ends at the Mill Ridge Fire Trail.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Easy

Meatbox Run Trail

Beginning in the picnic area, Meatbox Run Trail is a steady incline following a hollow leading up to the Rich Mountain Fire Trail. Hikers may return by way of Raven Rocks or Potato Hole Trail.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Mill Ridge Fire Trail

Mill Ridge Fire Trail follows the top of Mill Ridge between Clay Run and Mowry Run. A picnic table overlooks Tygart Valley to Cheat Mountain.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Easy

Mowry Trail

The Mowry Trail begins just south of Forest Headquarters, crosses Mill Creek and ascends to the top of Mill Ridge. Mowry connects to the Mill Ridge Fire Trail.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Easy

Potato Hole Trail

Starting behind Forest headquarters, Potato Hole Trail gradually climbs to the top of Rich Mountain, following Potato Hole Fork. The trail ends at the remains of a forest fire lookout tower on a branch road of the Rich Mountain Fire Trail.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Raven Rocks Trail

Beginning just north of the picnic area, Raven Rocks Trail starts as a sharp incline leading up to a rock overlook surrounded by lush rhododendron. The trail then gradually climbs to the top of Rich Mountain to the end of the Rich Mountain Fire Trail.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Moderate

Rich Mountain Fire Trail

Beginning from Turkey Bone Road, the trail follows the top of Rich Mountain to the northern border of the forest. This fire trail takes you along the highest point in the forest (Buck knob: Elevation 3855 feet) and will lead you into the most remote sections of the forest. Potato Hole, Meatbox Run and Raven Rocks trails connect to this trail.
Distance 3.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Whitman Trail

Whitman Trail connects Turkey Bone Road to Kumbrabow State Forest Road. The suggested route is to begin from Turkey Bone Road; the trail then gradually descends off Rich Mountain.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Difficult
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Additional Information

Picnicking

Change pace and enjoy a picnic at one of the forest’s picnic sites, equipped with tables, fireplaces, drinking water and toilet facilities. Furnished with tables, fireplaces, drinking water and toilet facilities, numerous rustic picnic sites are provided for forest guests. Playground equipment is located at the picnic area for the little ones to enjoy!

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Monongahela National Forest

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Visitors to this beautiful place will enjoy breathtaking vistas, peaceful country roads, gently flowing streams and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest.  You will  also see a ‘working’ forest, which produces timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities for the region and nation.

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