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Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia – Volunteer Vacations 2022

September 18 - September 24

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Monongahela National Forest provides visitors with scenic vistas, country roads, flowing streams and abundant plant and animal life. It was established in 1920 and encompasses one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the United States. Elevations range from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet above sea level. Monongahela National Forest is a working forest providing timber, water, grazing, minerals and recreational opportunities.

On this trip, volunteers will work on tread restoration, building rolling dips, and removing berm to out slope tread on segments of the Blue Bend Loop Trail located in the Big Draft Wilderness on the Monongahela National Forest. There are various segments of this trail that require work varying from less than 50 feet to several hundred yards. The project is within a Congressionally designated wilderness so use of hand tools required. Tools including Pulaskis, fire rakes, shovels, rock bars, adze hoe, Mcloud, soil tamper, and gravel bags will be used and provided by the Forest Service. Forest Service staff will provide a safety briefing and training prior to crew engaging in work.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) and Moneton peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Host

Forest Service

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day.

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

10

Area and Attractions

The Monongahela National Forest is located in the Allegheny Highlands. The project area is located adjacent to Anthony Creek which is a stocked trout stream as well as the Greenbrier River that in addition to fishing opportunities is popular with kayakers and canoeing enthusiasts. The Greenbrier River Trail is within a mile of the project site and is a great rail trail for bicyclists. The Greenbrier Resort is within 15 minutes of the project site. Lewisburg is 20 minutes from the site and was named "Coolest Small Town in America". Both White Sulphur Springs and Lewisburg offer fine dining establishments, antique shops, a distillery, two microbreweries, tours of the Greenbrier Resort, golf, and Civil War history.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in a campsites with picnic tables, campfire combination grills/fire rings, lantern posts, and parking spurs. There is a toilet/shower building with hot showers and flush toilets. Drinking water is available at the campground. There are two picnic shelters at the campground, a playground, swimming area, and fishing area all within walking distance of campsites. The campsites can accommodate tents and/or camping RVs. There are no electric hookups, but electricity for charging iPhones, etc. can be arranged at the picnic shelter area or campground host site. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) in Lewisburg, West Virginia is the closest airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Location

White Sulphur Ranger Station
1079 East Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 United States + Google Map
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