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Explore the Outdoors in Elkins, West Virginia


West Virginia has made a name for itself as an outdoor paradise, and Elkins is the perfect place to stage your adventure. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Elkins is no stranger to small-town charm, with delectable dining and cozy lodging. The mountain town proudly regards itself as “the gateway to the Monongahela National Forest.” 

The 919,000-acre forest is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the nation according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Six hundred miles of coldwater streams—in addition to four man-made lakes—make the “Mon” an ideal destination for trout fishing year-round. In the warmer months, the forest's waterways are a popular spot for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Read the entire article at Southern Living