About Williams River Sites
There are 30 separate, rustic campsites located along the Williams River Road, designated as Forest Roads 86 and 216. Many of these sites are close to the river, and are very popular with anglers. Campsite #7 is designated as a double site. These campsites, as well as Tea Creek and Day Run Campgrounds, are the only places camping is permitted along the Williams River. These campsites are scattered along the Williams River Road, from the Three Forks area upstream to a point near the river's headwaters. ACTIVITIES Hiking: These campsites are located close to the Tea Creek Area and Cranberry Wilderness, which provides over 100 miles of hiking trails. Motorized off-road vehicles are not allowed on these trails. Recreational Vehicles: Campsites are suitable for tent or trailer camping. Each campsite has a parking spur, picnic table, fire ring with a grill, a waste receptacle and a lantern hanger. Several campsites also have a tent pad, although all sites are suitable for tent or trailer camping. Several vault (pit) toilets are provided along the Williams River Road.
USDA Forest Service
Williams River Sites is located in West Virginia
From Cowen, West Virginia, follow State Route 46 to the start of the Williams River Road, designated as Forest Road 86. The first campsites are about 10 miles upstream from Cowen. Twenty-one campsites (administered by the Gauley Ranger District) are located along the river up to the Highland Scenic Highway bridge (State Route 150). Ten campsites (administered by the Marlinton Ranger District)are scattered along the Williams River Road upstream from State Route 150. The Williams River road becomes Forest Road 216, about three miles from State Route 150. Please Note: The Williams River Road (Forest Road 86) was heavily damaged during the 2016 June floods. The Forest has opened a segment of the road, from Tea Creek Campground downstream to the Three Forks Bridge, to motor vehicle use. Through traffic (between Cowen/Dyer and the Highland Scenic Highway) is not possible due to a large road slip just south of the Three Forks Bridge. See Williams River Information and Williams River Map for the latest information.
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