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
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