Tent Camping Heaven
By now you have noticed Horseshoe Run. There is a nice swimming hole here by the field. It's a great place to cool off. Trout fishermen will want to get a little bit away from the swimming hole to vie for trout in Horseshoe Run. If you want to try another watery experience, canoe the Cheat River. Nearby is the Blackwater Outdoor Center (304-478-4456, www.raftboc.com), which will provide canoes and shuttle for a fee on a 35-mile stretch of paddle-able river. Pick the length of your trip. The bass fishing in the Cheat is said to be good.
For more suggestions about what to do in the Horseshoe Run area, visit GORP's guide to Monongahela National Forest.
Trails leave the campground if you want to hike. The Two Camp Trail (Forest Trail #111) leaves the campground near the pay station. It heads downstream for a level 0.4 mile before intersecting the Losh Trail (Forest Trail #155). Take the Losh Trail across Horseshoe Run on a footbridge to climb 1.8 miles to a trail shelter in the high country. Turn on the Dorman Ridge Trail (Forest Trail #153) for a ramble through open areas with mountain panoramas. Return the way you came.
Up McKinley Run, the side stream by the main campground, is another footpath (Forest Trail #154) that climbs along its namesake stream toward Close Mountain. If you want to see some waterfalls, try the Maxwell Run Trail (Forest Trail #157). It starts about a mile back down the road toward Parsons and climbs 2 miles up Maxwell Run in a narrow valley. Return the way you came. And after you come to Horseshoe Run Campground, odds are you will return.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication