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Lake Sherwood

ROAD TRIP: Lake Sherwood

Description: Lake Sherwood , a 165-acre impoundment, is the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest . Eight trails cross the area and lead hikers and wildlife watchers around the lake and up nearby mountains through a variety of habitats and offer sweeping views of the countryside.

Viewing Information: White-tailed deer are best seen during spring and fall along any of Lake Sherwood ’s trails. Waterfowl are often present in spring and fall on Lake Sherwood . Ruffed grouse and wild turkeys inhabit the forested areas away from the lake. Because this is a popular recreational spot, seek out the quieter areas to view these species.

Beavers, primarily a nocturnal species, are present. Great blue herons are present during cooler months, and green herons summer here. Search for three species of owls (barred, eastern screech, and great horned) by looking for owl pellets (undigested remains of prey in coughed up pellet form) under pine trees. Four species of squirrels can be seen: gray, red, fox and the nocturnal southern flying.

Directions: From the intersection of state Route 92 and county Route 14 in Neola, travel east on county routes 14 and 14/1 (Lake Sherwood Road) for 11 miles to the recreation area.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service (304) 536-2144

Size: 165 acres

Closest Town: Neola