Jennifer B.
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2020

Hidden Gem--Unplug and Unwind

This was my first visit to Kumbrabow State Forest, but not my last!
     Kumbrabow State Forest offers lots of great trails, rustic cabins, and a primitive campground. This historic recreation area, carved into this 9,500-acre forest by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, is a wonderful place to unplug and unwind. It’s located at 3,000 feet above sea level on the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands, so it’s the highest state forest in West Virginia.
     I stayed in space #7, located next to Mill Creek, where I enjoyed the relaxing sound of this gurgling stream all night long. Each camping spot has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern holder. There are pit toilets and a pump for fresh spring water in the campground. Two-miles down the road, there’s a bathhouse next to the Kumbrabow forest headquarters.
     If you hike the 2-mile Potato Hole Trail, you'll arrive at the top of Rich Mountain and an overlook with a fantastic view. You can also park at the Kumbrabow gun range and hike the longer, but less strenuous, Rich Mountain Fire Trail which intersects with the Potato Hole Trail.
     Make sure you check out Mills Creek Falls and admire the really cool CCC-built rustic cabins. The cabins don’t have water or electricity, but offer gas lights, gas refrigerator, fully-equipped kitchen, wood fireplace, and outside grill and firepit. My 99-year old mom and her siblings stayed here for their "sister parties" years ago and loved the cabins at Kumbrabow.
     I suggest a side trip to the Highland Scenic Highway where you can admire the Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades, and colorful foliage during the fall season.

  • Camping loop
  • ADA camping spot
  • Vented pit toilet
  • Handpump for fresh spring water
  • Playground at the center of campground loop.
  • #1 is the only camping spot with pull-through parking. CCC-built sandstone fireplace still standing.
  • Space #7 next to Mill Creek.  This is the superintendent's favorite and I highly recommend it.
  • Bring across Mill Creek to additional camp sites.
  • Picnic table and firepit at each site
  • Customized firepit with Kumbrabow cut into the side of the steel
  • Cool fungi
  • CCC-built superintendent's home
  • One of six rustic CCC-built cabins
  • Spring house and water pump
  • Historic cabin near the top of Mill Creek falls
  • Mill Creek Falls
  • Mill Creek Falls looks like a good place to take a dip during the warmer summer months.
  • Bathhouse near the Kumbrabow forest headquarters.
  • Toilet sink and shower in the same room for easier ADA access.
  • Washer/Dryer available.
  • Viewing platform at the location of a former fire tower
  • View from the overlook at the top of Rich Mountain

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