Kumbrabow State Forest
Kumbrabow State Forest is a
state forest in southern Randolph County, West
Virginia. It is 9,474 acres in size.
PO Box 65
Huttonsville, WV 26273
Phone: (304) 335-2219
Kumbrabow State Forest is located
off US 219, 24 miles south of Elkins and seven miles
south of Huttonsville. On US 219, you want to turn
onto Rt 219-16 (Kumbrabow Forest Road) at Elkwater
and follow to forest. Coming north on 219, this
turn-off is eight miles from Valley Head. Another
access to the forest is from WV 15, turning onto a rockbase road at Monterville.
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State Forest is located
along the western edge of the Allegheny Highlands
atop Rich Mountain. The 9,474 acres of forest range
from 3,000 to 3,930 feet above sea level, making Kumbrabow the state's highest forest. Acquired in
1934, the forest derives its unusual name from the
three prominent families, KUMp-BRAdy-BOWers, who
were instrumental in the purchase of the land.
The forest is operated by the
multiple-use concept that provides recreation and
watershed protection, while practicing the
principles of forestry and wildlife management.
Kumbrabow is a showcase for stands of black cherry
and red spruce. Diverse habitat has made black bear,
turkey, deer, grouse, and bobcat sightings common to
visitors throughout the year. Mountain laurel and
rhododendron are abundant and surround the majority
of several pristine streams, creating beautiful
scenic views throughout the forest.
Picnicking: Furnished with
tables, fireplaces, drinking water and toilet
facilities, numerous rustic picnic sites are
provided for forest guests. Playground equipment is
located at the Meatbox picnic area.
Hiking: A variety of scenic
trails are available for forest visitors. Certain
trails lead to beautiful overlooks of the mountain
Hunting: Deer, bear, turkey,
bobcat and ruffed grouse are the most prevalent game
in the forest. A state license is required for
hunting which is permitted in the forest in season.
Fishing: Mill Creek is a
native brook trout stream whose swift cold waters
provide many hours of good fishing with proper
Cabins: Overnight guests at Kumbrabow State Forest may select from among six
completely furnished Pioneer cabins and cottage.
Five cabins were built in the late 1930's by the
Civilian Conservation Corps, the cabins feature:
Camping: Another option for
overnight visitors is the Mill Creek Campground. The
beautiful campsites lay in pristine settings near
patches of Rhododendron and a native brook trout
stream. Features at the 13 site campground
include: picnic tables, fireplace, drinking water,
pit toilet facilities, coin operated shower and
laundry located at forest headquarters, and firewood
and ice are available at headquarters during office