CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A number of campgrounds, visitor centers, trails and offices on federally managed land across West Virginia remain closed due to damage from the past several days' storms.
In Greenbrier County, the Lake Sherwood Recreation Area, home of the largest lake and biggest and busiest campground in the Monongahela National Forest, is closed until further notice because of damage from overturned trees and windblown branches.
Ordinarily, hundreds of July campers can be found relaxing in the recreation area's 94 family-sized campsites, or casting for fish in 165-acre Lake Sherwood.
Several other developed campgrounds in the Monongahela still lack power and water as a result of the storm, but have reopened to accommodate primitive camping, according to the forest's website.
In the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Trout Pond Recreation Area near Wardensville in Hardy County remains closed indefinitely due to storm damage. The area contains Rock Cliff Lake, a popular trout-fishing water with a swimming beach, and Trout Pond, West Virginia's only natural lake, as well as 64 campsites.
In the National Park Service's New River Gorge National River, the park's headquarters building in Glen Jean remained closed on Monday due to a lack of power. "We hope to have power restored in the next couple of weeks," said park spokeswoman Robin Snyder.
Power was restored to the Canyon Rim, Thurmond and Grandview visitor centers on Monday, and all were expected to reopen today, Snyder said.
"Park crews continue to work clearing trees on roads, campgrounds and trails," she said.