About This Park
Moncove Lake State Park offers a peaceful setting for families to enjoy the outdoors. The park is a popular destination for outdoor social gatherings, quiet strolls, camping and water recreation. This 250-acre park contains a larger, 500-acre wildlife management area. Located in the hills of the southeastern edge of the state, near Union in Monroe County, the park offers many opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching and hiking.
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Spend a day on the lake here for breathtaking memories. Rowboats, kayaks and paddle boats may be rented and personal flotation devices are provided. Visitors are welcome to bring their own boats if they meet all state regulations and use less than a 5 hp gasoline motor. A boat ramp is available and guests may dry dock their boats near the boat launch.
Moncove Lake State Park’s campground includes 48 tent and trailer sites, 25 of which have electric hookups. There are picnic tables and fire rings with grill surfaces, drinking water, a dump station and a central bathhouse with showers. Firewood is available for purchase upon your arrival. West Virginia State Park campground reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
An angler’s paradise! Moncove Lake is 144 acres with excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill, trout, catfish, walleye, and yellow perch. A West Virginia fishing license is required, which you can purchase online.
Interested in going on a scavenger hunt? Grab your smartphone with GPS and hit the trails for this technological scavenger hunt. Find the 4 caches sites hidden around Moncove Lake.
There are five hiking trails in the park for you to enjoy, most of which are relatively short, with the longest being around 2 miles. Hikers looking for a longer trek, check the nearby Allegheny Trail on Peter’s Mountain, which runs the length of the state, the southern terminus of which connects to the Appalachian Trail. While hiking in the area, be on the lookout for wildlife – whitetail deer, turkey, fox, squirrels, chipmunks, beavers, and more!Download Park Pack & Map
Wildlife is abundant at Moncove Lake State Park with grouse, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, geese, whitetail deer and wild turkeys. Hunting is allowed on the 500 acres of land. The area is managed for small game, however deer and wild turkey are abundant. Ducks and Geese can be hunted during the regular migratory hunting season. While in the state park all guns, bows and broadheads must be in an approved case. The campground is open year round to accommodate hunters.
You can also hunt at the adjacent Moncove WMA. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, waterfowl, and grouse are the most common game available. Licenses are available online.
Museums & Historical Sites
A national historic district, history buffs will enjoy seeing buildings and landmarks that date back more than 200 years.
Old Rehoboth Church and Museum
This is an historic log cabin-style church in the countryside of Monroe County dating back to 1785. It is the oldest existing church building in West Virginia.
Jump in the pool for a quick cool down! The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes a wading/baby pool, bathhouse and a snack bar.
West Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the United States. Be sure to download your Park Pack for maps and other park information.Download
The Moncove Lake area was established in 1960, following the damming of Devil Creek in eastern Monroe County. The lake was built as part of the Moncove Lake Hunting and Fishing Area. In 1991, 250 acres were set aside as a state park. The remainder of the land continues to be managed as a wildlife management area.
Moncove Lake State Park’s campground includes 48 tent and trailer sites, 25 of which have electric hookups. There are picnic tables and fire rings with grill surfaces, drinking water, a dump station and a central bathhouse with showers. Firewood is available for purchase upon your arrival. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Three picnic shelters are available to reserve, fully equipped with grills and tables. Playgrounds, restroom facilities, and a swimming pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day will make your gathering complete!
Moncove Lake State Park is a great spot for a picnic! Three picnic shelters take reservations which can be made by calling the park office. There are also picnic areas for groups of varying sizes with grills and tables at each area and restroom facilities, water nearby and two playground areas in the picnic area.
More than 160 species of birds have been seen around Moncove Lake. The area is a birding hot spot due to nearby Peter’s Mountain and the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges act as funnels for birds migrating in the fall and present excellent chances to glimpse birds that are considered rare or unusual for this region. On Peter’s Mountain during peak days in September, Broad Winged hawks are counted by the hundreds, and migrating hawks of nearly every eastern species and numerous songbirds can be seen throughout the month of September and into October. Witness the annual migration of birds of prey as they travel the eastern flyway passing through Monroe County, WV. Migration typically begins in early September through October, however, late September usually brings the most sightings.
Devil’s Creek Trail
|An easy down and back forest trail beginning in the lower campground, paralleling the Devils Creek basin along flat terrain, and connecting to the intersection of both the Diamond Hollow Trail and the Roxalia Springs Trail. At this point you may turn around and double back on the same trail or add to your hike by picking a new trail at that point. This trail consists of mostly level terrain unless you continue on one of the other two intersecting trails.|
Diamond Hollow Trail
|This is a trail of varying difficulty beginning near the entrance of the lower campground and ending at the intersection of Devil’s Creek Trail. Mostly a moderate ridge top hike with both a downhill and an uphill regardless of which end you start. This trail meanders over both level and moderately sloping terrain.|
Roxalia Springs Trail
|A moderate to difficult loop trail beginning at the Moncove Lake Dam, progressing along the south side of Devil’s Creek for a time and eventually climb upwards to the top the ridge to initiate the loop. After hiking the beautifully forested ridge for just over a half mile, the trail will again intersect with itself after a moderately steep downhill walk. Be prepared for both a steep ascension and a steep descent regardless of which end of the trail you tackle first. Make sure your canteen is filled for this hike.|
Grouse Knoll Trail
|This trail begins at the northern entrance (back entrance) of the park, meanders through the forest and past the upper campground, runs up a shady hollow and, after a short climb, eventually connects to the Diamond Hollow Trail. This trail offers several short uphill and downhill change-ups and follows a beautiful creek bed for a portion of its course. This trail is of moderate difficulty with the hardest part being the last 50 yards uphill to the Diamond Hollow Trail at the top of the ridge.|
Greenbrier State Forest
Located in the southeastern corner of the state near the border of Virginia, Greenbrier State Forest provides over 5,100 acres of heavily forested, mountainous terrain for outdoor recreation, including cabins, campsites, a shooting range and trails.
Greenbrier River Trail
The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile long trail popular for hiking, bicycling, backpacking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. It closely mirrors its namesake, the Greenbrier River. These views can’t be missed!
Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
High atop Peter’s Mountain in Monroe County is Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory. It was originally an old fire tower, built in 1956, but now is one of the best spots to view migrating birds of prey.
History buffs will enjoy seeing this national historic district with buildings and landmarks that date back more than 200 years! Great local shops and dining spot make this a must-see town.
Lost World Caverns
Lost World Caverns, an underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites and other underground formations, is sure to evoke your sense of wonder and amazement.
Organ Cave, a national historic and national landmark, is a privately-operated attraction that offers underground views of fascinating rock formations and prehistoric fossils.
Old Rehoboth Church and Museum
This historic log cabin-style church in the countryside of Monroe County dates back to 1785. It’s claim to fame is the oldest existing church building in West Virginia!
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