Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Monongahela National Forest

Looking for the best pet-friendly campgrounds near Monongahela National Forest? Finding a place to camp with your dog in West Virginia has never been easier. Each pet-friendly campsite offers quick access to one or more of Monongahela National Forest's most popular destinations.

Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Monongahela National Forest, WV (89)

    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

    1.

    Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

    23 Reviews
    60 Photos
    227 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, camping and hiking. There is little to no cell service, so be ready to disconnect!

    Recreation

    Boating, canoeing, water skiing and relaxing on the beach are popular activities at the lake. Anglers fish for brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. A boat ramp is located at the Bolar Flat Marina, which has a modern dock with boat slips. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks: Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook. Looking for a more primitive experience? Hike or boat to Greenwood Point for dispersed camp sites.__

    Facilities

    Boating, canoeing, water skiing and relaxing on the beach are popular activities at the lake. Anglers fish for brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. A boat ramp is located at the Bolar Flat Marina, which has a modern dock with boat slips. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks: Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook. Looking for a more primitive experience? Hike or boat to Greenwood Point for dispersed camp sites.__

    Natural Features

    The campground sits on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, a manmade lake covering 2,530 acres along the Jackson River. The lake is held by Gathright Dam, constructed in the 1980's by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. The lake's average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline making it the second largest impoudment in western virginia.Bolar Mountain is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest which span 1.8 million acres across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. The forest protects 40 tree species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Hidden Valley is a short drive from the lake and has ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiast: Hike or ride your horse along the Jackson River, all the way to Poor Farm, cast a line for trout, and stay at the Hidden Valley Campground or even better the historic bed and breakfast. Warm Springs has restaurants, shopping and a Historical Society for Bath County in addition to other typical amenities.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest

    2.

    Seneca State Forest

    12 Reviews
    57 Photos
    106 Saves
    Dunmore, West Virginia

    Welcome to Seneca State Forest, nestled near Dunmore, WV. This place is a haven for those who crave a mix of seclusion and natural beauty. With a season running from April 1 to early December, it's a fantastic spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

    The campground offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options. One of the standout features here is the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. If you can snag a reservation, it's an experience you won't forget. Perched high up, the tower provides 360-degree views that are simply breathtaking. Imagine watching storms roll in or catching a sunrise from 65 feet up in the sky—it's worth every penny.

    For those who prefer a more traditional camping experience, the sites are well-shaded with plenty of tree cover, offering a sense of privacy and tranquility. Each site comes equipped with a picnic table and a unique stone "oven" fire pit. Firewood is available for a small fee, and there's hand-pumped water on-site. While the amenities are basic—think pitted toilets and pay showers at the ranger station—they get the job done.

    If you're into wildlife, you're in for a treat. Visitors have reported encounters with deer, bears, and various other critters. The nearby lake is perfect for a short drive or hike, offering boat rentals and fishing opportunities. The trails around the forest are great for hiking and mountain biking, providing plenty of ways to explore the stunning scenery.

    Just a heads-up: there's no cell service within 30 miles, so plan accordingly. Make sure to bring all your supplies, as the nearest grocery store is quite a trek. But hey, that's part of the charm, right? Disconnect and enjoy the peace and quiet.

    So, whether you're here for the rustic cabins, the unique fire tower, or just a simple tent site, Seneca State Forest has something special to offer. Enjoy your stay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground

    3.

    Douthat State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    86 Photos
    208 Saves
    Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Cabins

    To camp at Douthat State Park you must have with you either your reservation number(s) or confirmation letter at check-in. If you've arranged for someone else to check in for you, make sure that person has your reservation number as the number is needed to enter the cabin. All cabins are pet-friendly; there is a fee per pet per night. Camping and cabin guests should be prepared to show a valid ID if requested. Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m.

    Camping

    Douthat is known for delightful, inviting campsites and makes great camping near Richmond. Some offer a splendid view of Douthat Lake. Camping is available year-round in Whispering Pines campground. (Note: Water is unavailable at individual campsites from November through March because of freezing weather. As hot water is still available in the bathhouse, camping fees are not reduced.) The campgrounds are pet-friendly. Generators may not be used in any campgrounds.

    Lodges

    Please note that the cancellation fee for Douthat Main Lodge, Creasey Lodge and Beard's Mountain Lodge is higher than it is for cabins.

    Douthat Lodge (atop mountain): Six-bedroom, rents Saturday - Saturday

    This log lodge overlooks the park. It was built by the CCC. It sleeps 13 and allows 15. There are six bedrooms: one queen bed, one queen bed, one queen bed, four twin beds, two twin beds and one twin bed. It has a fireplace, two bathrooms, a washer and a dryer.

    Creasey Lodge (behind park's main office). Five-bedroom. Weekly rentals start on Friday when a week-long stay is required. Fully universally accessible.

    This one story wood-frame lodge is next to the park office. It accommodates up to 18 guests. There are five bedrooms: one queen bed, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds. It has a fireplace and three bathrooms.

    Beards Mountain Lodge: Six-bedroom, maximum occupancy is 16. Weekly rentals start on Sunday when a week-long stay is required.

    This frame-built facility is midway up the mountain and is universally accessible. It accommodates up to 16 guests. There are three bathrooms and six-bedrooms; queen, queen, two twins, two twins, two bunk beds, two bunk beds.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park

    4.

    Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park

    8 Reviews
    20 Photos
    61 Saves
    Hillsboro, West Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $23 - $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood

    5.

    Lake Sherwood

    7 Reviews
    44 Photos
    59 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is a complete family destination offering a wide variety of activities and camping options. Standard, tent-only and group camping facilities are perched along Lake Sherwood, the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest. Swimming beaches, a picnic area, boat ramp and several hiking trails are among the features of the area.

    Recreation

    Anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.

    Facilities

    Anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.

    Natural Features

    At an elevation of 2,600 feet, Lake Sherwood spans 156 acres. The recreation area is part Monongahela National Forest, which comprises about a million acres of forest in West Virginia, and attracts 1.3 million visitors each year. A variety of animals make their home here, including black bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, otter and mink.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is a 15 minute drive. The West Virginia State Fair, held in August each year, is located 30 minutes away in Lewsiburg, West Virginia.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Campground and Horse Stables
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground

    7.

    Morris Hill Campground

    9 Reviews
    41 Photos
    49 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Morris Hill is a peaceful, rustic campground for groups of family and friends. The family campground is a family-friendly destination perched on a ridge above Lake Moomaw. Kids can have fun at the playground while older generations sit back and relax in the shade. The group sites accommodate up the 25 guests with space for up to eight tents. Campers can enjoy the wonders of camping with simple pleasures like s'mores on the campfire, berry picking in the woods, and watching for waterfowl and wildlife like deer. The convenient location near Lake Moomaw and sandy swim beaches, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and hiking and biking trails makes Morris Hill a popular spot.

    Recreation

    An inviting swimming beach at Coles Point attracts many visitors. About less than a mile from the campground is a fishing pier where anglers seek brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. Back Creek is also nice for trout fishing. Hikers enjoy the Morris Hill Bike Trail and Fortney Loop Trail.

    Facilities

    An inviting swimming beach at Coles Point attracts many visitors. About less than a mile from the campground is a fishing pier where anglers seek brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. Back Creek is also nice for trout fishing. Hikers enjoy the Morris Hill Bike Trail and Fortney Loop Trail.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits on a ridge overlooking Lake Moomaw. It is about a half-mile from the south end of the lake. Lake Moomaw, which flows from the Jackson River, is a cold-water 2,530-acre lake with an inviting swimming beach. Morris Hill is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which spans across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 species of trees that are mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

    Nearby Attractions

    Head downstream of the Jackson River for fly fishing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking. A half hour east of the lake is Hot Springs, Virginia, a quaint village known as a rural resort town.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions group camping will not be open this season. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit www.cdc.gov for the latest information on the virus.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Holly River State Park Campground

    8.

    Holly River State Park Campground

    15 Reviews
    58 Photos
    109 Saves
    Hacker Valley, West Virginia

    Welcome to Holly River State Park Campground, a gem nestled near Hacker Valley, WV. This place is a haven for those looking to unplug and soak in nature's beauty. The campground is open from the first Friday in April to the last Monday in November, offering a perfect escape during the warmer months.

    The campground boasts a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and cozy cabins. Visitors have raved about the peaceful atmosphere and the well-spaced campsites. Whether you prefer a shaded spot under the trees or a more open site, there's something here for everyone. One of the highlights is the scenic trails that wind through the park, providing endless opportunities for hiking and exploring. The Upper Falls and Shupe’s Chute are must-see spots, with wooden stairs and boardwalks making the journey a bit easier.

    Amenities here are top-notch. You’ll find clean bathhouses with hot showers, electric hookups, and even a sanitary dump station. The park also has a small market for essentials, and firewood is available for those cozy campfires. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    One thing to note is the lack of cell service, which many visitors actually appreciate as it allows for a true disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rangers make regular rounds, ensuring a safe and pleasant stay for everyone.

    For those who enjoy a bit of wildlife, keep an eye out for deer and turkeys roaming the area. And if you're into horseback riding, there's a section of the campground dedicated to equestrians and their trailers.

    So pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and come enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of Holly River State Park Campground. You won't regret it.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca Shadows

    9.

    Seneca Shadows

    31 Reviews
    230 Photos
    285 Saves
    Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

    Overview

    Seneca Shadows Campground overlooks Seneca Rocks and is surrounded by mountains on both the east and west. Hiking and nature study at Seneca Rocks are just a couple of the popular activities in the area. The North Fork South Branch Potomac River is nearby, making fishing a popular pastime. Two local caves beckon ambitious explorers, and the 900-foot high Seneca Rocks can be viewed from most campsites.

    Recreation

    Rock climbers and hikers adore Seneca Rocks. Both sports will take visitors to the top of the impressive rocky tops with rewarding views of the mountains and valleys beyond. The hiking trail can be accessed across the street from the Seneca Shadows Campground. Seneca Rocks Visitor Center provides a catch-and-release fishing area, viewing platforms, educational displays and a gift shop.

    Facilities

    Rock climbers and hikers adore Seneca Rocks. Both sports will take visitors to the top of the impressive rocky tops with rewarding views of the mountains and valleys beyond. The hiking trail can be accessed across the street from the Seneca Shadows Campground. Seneca Rocks Visitor Center provides a catch-and-release fishing area, viewing platforms, educational displays and a gift shop.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits in the river valley within the Monongahela National Forest, which extends over the north central highlands of the state, straddling many of the region's highest peaks. Elevations range from 1,000 to 4,863 feet above sea level. Variations in terrain and precipitation have created one of the most ecologically diverse national forests in the country.

    Nearby Attractions

    Campers make Seneca Shadows a convenient base camp while traveling through the Potomac Highlands. Explore the scenic roadways, especially when fall colors are at their peak.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Little River Dispersed Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Little River Dispersed Campsites
    Camper-submitted photo from Little River Dispersed Campsites
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