Kumbrabow State Forest RV & Campground Guide

West Virginia

Kumbrabow State Forest

, atop Rich Mountain in the Eastern Allegheny Mountains, is rife with history as early colonists avoided the peak of the mountain as it was too high to be of use as farmland. Then during the Civil War, the mountain was the site of one of the first armed campaigns. Today, the entire peak of the mountain is a state forest covering 9,474 acres. Hiking trails run through a forest of black cherry and red spruce crowded so close in some places as to make progress through them impossible. Mill Creek runs down the mountain slopes, pooling here and there, surrounded by thick patches of rhododendron and mountain laurel. Wildlife abounds here, and fishing among the pools sitting beneath waterfalls draws hikers and anglers from the nearby community of Huttonsville, WV, and more distant urban areas like Lewisburg and Charleston, WV. 

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Spring 26-68 F
Summer 53-78 F
Fall 28-72 F
Winter 17-39 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Kumbrabow State Forest

An RV allows you to explore an area rich in views, fishing, hunting and hiking trails, and knowing that you are returning to a comfortable RV after a whole day of activity encourages you to expend more energy and time on your adventures. You can find the perfect RV rental for your West Virginia vacation with RVshare.

Mill Creek Campground

Mill Creek Campground is the only RV camping facility located in Kumbrabow State Forest. The campground offers 13 short primitive RV campsites and one large campsite that can accommodate an RV up to 60 feet in length. Mill Creek Campground is as primitive as it gets as far as RV camping is concerned. The sites are spaced with enough foliage between the RVs to create a sense of privacy. Though the sites can accommodate any slide-outs your RV may feature, vehicles longer than 25 feet will find only one campsite at this park. Firewood is available for purchase.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electric hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables
  • Fee: $17 per night

Camp Pioneer

Located 12 miles northeast of Mill Creek Campground in the Kumbrabow State Forest lies Camp Pioneer. The facility serves as a 4-H campground during specific dates but is generally open to the public. With 57 established large RV campsites, this campground offers plenty of room for any camper. The camp allows primitive camping almost anywhere else on the 97 acres of farmland on which it sits. Located near the ranch house headquarters is a basketball/volleyball court, an ADA accessible walking trail and a playground. Fully stocked fishing ponds are spaced throughout the 97 acres. These fishing ponds are open to campers with a stringent catch-and-release policy.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electric hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station
  • Fee: $15 to $25 per night

Pegasus Farm Campground

Just 18 miles north of Mill Creek Campground is Pegasus Farm Campground, a privately owned RV facility. As the name indicates, the RV campgrounds are located on former farmland. Pegasus Farm offers 20 RV campsites, one of which is pull-through. The sites have gravel pads with a spacious lawn on which you can spread out. With six restrooms and bathhouses, there are plenty of facilities for any event that may take place here. The campground is closed during the winter months, but it provides a quiet rest far from any highway noise when it is open.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electric hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $40 per night

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Kumbrabow State Forest

Inside Kumbrabow State Forest

Kumbrabow State Forest offers a rich panorama of activities, the favorite of which is hiking and biking. With 12.5 miles of trails ranging from easy to difficult, this forest provides views from pathways and overlooks that challenge the imagination. Licensed hunters use these trails to access elusive game such as deer, bear, turkey, ruffed grouse and bobcat during the appropriate seasons. The shade created by the dense canopy makes a perfect habitat for the native brook trout found in Mill Creek. State forest personnel maintain a geocaching game with two cache sites that are moved every week to challenge visitors looking for a valuable prize.

Outside Kumbrabow State Forest

The towns that surround Kumbrabow State Forest host a variety of restaurants and shops that complement the natural beauty of the forest. Museums, family playgrounds and cultural venues are peppered throughout the area. Most vacationers return home after a stay at Kumbrabow State Forest with a mix of natural and community memories that last a lifetime.

Restaurants

Appalachia Kitchen

Appalachia Kitchen is a restaurant with an emphasis on local fare. All its meats are from local farms and, when the season permits, so is the produce it uses in its plates. The potato-horseradish-encrusted salmon is delicious.

Type: American

Location: 5811 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV 26209

Smoke on the Water

Though Smoke on the Water specializes in barbeque, its menu is eclectic. Along with the barbeque favorites, the restaurant serves fresh-caught fish, seafood, pasta and enough food varieties to satisfy the different preferences that occur in any family. Try a mixed order of pulled pork platter and fettuccine alfredo to explore the variety of tastes.

Type: Barbeque, Italian, American

Location: 1455 Allegheny Highway, Elkins, WV 26241

Mama Mia Pie Pasta

For some of the best Italian food you will enjoy in West Virginia, visit Mama Mia Pie Pasta. The restaurant offers a traditional Italian menu. Along with pizza, calzones and stromboli, it features unusual meals, such as baked ziti or chicken and eggplant over spaghetti.

Type: Italian

Location: 121 3rd Street, Elkins, WV 26241

Shopping

Beverly Heritage Center — Crawford Store

At the Beverly Heritage Center — Crawford Store, the focus is the history of the Rich Mountain region. The Crawford Store brings that heritage home with current products from local artists and farms. Here, you find locally sourced food products; silk-screened T-shirts; children’s toys; and Beverly Heritage Center-branded mugs, dishes, crystal, and other souvenirs.

Location: 4 Court Street, Beverly, WV 26253

Robert’s Antiques

Robert’s Antiques is a special place to visit when looking for antiques in the region surrounding the Kumbrabow State Forest. Though it is a day trip from the forest, this store recognizes the value that some items hold regardless of the current trends.

Location: 1055 East Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901

Sightseeing

Rich Mountain Battlefield

When you visit Rich Mountain Battlefield, it is hard to imagine how lines of soldiers fought side by side in this tightly packed region of forest. The site sits astride a stream and amidst many boulders where Confederate forces took shelter from the Union's attack early in the Civil War. The battle here determined the establishment of West Virginia as a state two years later.

Location: 4 Court Street, Beverly, WV 26253

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

The steam-driven locomotive at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a rebuilt engine that was used to haul lumber by rail. There is an 11-mile railway that takes visitors through a reconstructed lumber town where you visit the general store, church, retailers, the livery and much more. Take the family on a hike along the interpretive trail that explains how a lumber town worked during the heyday of timber processing in West Virginia.

Location: 12363 Cass Road, Cass, WV 24927

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How to Get to
Kumbrabow State Forest

The quickest route to Kumbrabow State Forest from Charleston, WV, the state’s capital, is to get onto Interstate 64 West (I-64 W) and drive for 0.29 miles. Take the right ramp to get onto Interstate 77 North (I-77 N) and go for 1.89 miles. Keep right at Exit 104, and get on Interstate 79 North (I-79 N). Stay on I-79 N for 97.84 miles. At Exit 99, turn right to get onto United States Highway 33 East (US-33 E). Go 31.45 miles on US 33 E, and then turn right onto West Virginia Route 92 South (WV-92 S). Travel WV-92 S for 23 miles until you get to Huttonsville. Turn left on Main Street. Kumbrabow State Forest is 0.4 miles ahead.

Entering Kumbrabow State Forest

Kumbrabow State Forest is a day-use area open from April to the first week in December during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Entry fee : $0

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