Stuart Recreation Area
PO Box 368
Parsons WV 26287
Phone: (304) 478-2000
From Elkins take US Route 33 east for
approximately 4 miles. Turn north on WV 33/8 (old US
Route 33) and follow signs. Turn north on WV Route 6
and drive 1/2 mile to the entrance.
Constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian
Conservation Corps, Stuart Recreation Area is
nestled in the mountains of West Virginia along the
Shavers Fork River. The area is open yearly from
mid-May through mid-October.
Hiking: There is a hiking trail in the
recreation area: River Loop Trail - #119 which is 2
miles in length. a
Fishing: Fishing is allowed in the Shavers
Fork River. A state fishing license, National Forest
Stamp, and trout stamp are required. Please contact
the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for
more information on fishing and hunting licensing
Camping: It is available at the Stuart
Campground. Each campsite has a parking spur, table,
fire ring, tent pad, lantern holder, and electric
hookup. There are 26 campsites available with 8
persons per site and 1 double site.
All campsites are suitable for both tent and
trailer camping and can accommodate a 53-foot
tow/vehicle combination. A shower facility is
A large grassy area for group tent camping is
located just north of the entrance on State Route 6.
It is open mid-May through mid-October and has
picnic tables, fire rings, accessible vault toilets,
and a hand pump for water.
Picnic Area: Each picnic site has a table, grill,
and waste receptacle.
You can reserve three pavilions -
the large electric, small non-electric, and the
Alpena - available for family outings. Pavilion
reservations may be made online or by calling
(877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be made at
least 5 days prior to your arrival or can be made
360 days in advance.
Other: There is a large playing field for
volleyball and horseshoe games.
Stuart Memorial Drive (Forest Road 91) offers a
10.7 miles scenic graveled road that can be driven
in a passenger car in good weather. It is located
just north of the entrance to the recreation area
and ends on Shavers Mountain at US Route 33. The
road travels past the Bear Heaven Campground and
follows along a portion of the Otter Creek
Wilderness. Access to trailheads for the Condon Run
Trail, Middle Point Trail, and Shavers Mountain
Trail are possible from this road. It also provides
access to the Bickle Knob Observation Tower.
There is a fee to enter the day use recreation
area for vehicles with up to five occupants. The day
use fee is waived for those reserving the pavilions.
In addition, there is a charge for renting the
pavilions and camping. A seasonal day use pass is
Individual picnic sites are not reservable.
Pavilion reservations may be made online or by
calling (877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be
made at least 4 days prior to your arrival or can be
made 360 days in advance.
Camping reservations for Stuart Campground sites
7-15 can be made online or by calling (877)444-6777.
Camping reservations must be made at least 5 days
prior to your arrival or can be made 240 days in
Notes: All dogs must be leashed. This area is
operated under permit by American Land and Leisure
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