Monongahela National Forest opening some recreation sites

Monongahela National Forest (USDA Forest Service photo by Kelly Bridges)

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is opening some recreation sites while continuing to monitor the coronavirus and follow public health recommendations, the park said.

Certain campgrounds and campsites, cabins and a picnic area are opening Thursday, officials said in a news release. Up-to-date information and a list of open areas is available online.

Most of the forest is open for public use, and more sites will be opened gradually during the next few weeks, Forest Supervisor Shawn Cochran said.

Visitors should avoid congregating at trailheads and parking areas and refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people, the release said.

Visitors should also stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and carry out everything they bring, especially trash, the release said. Also, follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health and safety guidance on what precautions to take.

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