Small, wooded 5 unit campground adjacent to the Cranberry River.
Located on Forest Road 76, approximately 7 miles north of Richwood, WV.
Big Rock Campground is a small heavily-wooded campground, with five-spaces, located next to the Cranberry River in Nicholas County, WV. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern pole.
This campground is popular for remote fishing when the Cranberry River is up and it gives hikers access to numerous trails in the Cranberry Wilderness. The water was very low when I visited in September, so I didn't have to compete for a camping spot.
No reservations, so it's first-come first-serve. Big Rock Campground uses the "honor system" where you self-register and pay a $10 fee.
If this campground if full, there are at least ten camping spots located next to the Cranberry River where the access to water and toilets is rather random, but the fee is only $5. Rangers describe these spots as the "Cranberry Bottom."
Big Rock Campground would be best for tent campers, but RV vans and small campers can fit in the spaces, just don't expect any electricity or deluxe hook-ups. There is a hand-pump to access well water and nearly odorless self-ventilating pit toilet. There's no firewood for sale, but you can gather wood from the ground and cut dead trees in all the campgrounds in the Monongahela National Forest.
If you have a larger trailer, or 5th wheel, continue down the gravel road another 4-miles to the much larger Cranberry Campground.
This is bear country, so food should be stored off the ground or inside your car/truck. Bear-proof trash cans are provided.
Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Directions from Richwood: Drive one mile east on State Route 39/55, then 6 miles north on Forest Road 76, a nicely-graded gravel road.
*Make sure you gas up and get any necessary supplies in Richwood because you won't find any services near this campground.