Williams River Dispersed Campsites Campground

Cowen, West Virginia
(View camping near Cowen, WV)

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Ownership: US Forest Service
Official website: fs.fed.us
Posted by: Jeff Barber on December 14, 2005

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Campground Description

There are 30 separate, rustic campsites located along the Williams River Road, designated as Forest Roads 86 and 216. Many of these sites are close to the river, and are very popular with anglers. These campsites, as well as Tea Creek and Day Run Campgrounds, are the only places camping is permitted along the Williams River.


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Campground Activities

Fishing: The Williams River is known for its great fishing. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocks catchable size trout in March, April, May and October. A state fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp are required.Hiking: These campsites are located close to the Tea Creek Area and Cranberry Wilderness, which provides over 100 miles of hiking trails. Motorized off-road vehicles are not allowed on these trails.Biking: Mountain biking is allowed on all hiking trails, as well as all forest roads. Bicycles are not permitted within the Cranberry Wilderness.Hunting: The Williams River area is a popular destination for hunting. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on hunting licensing requirements.

Campground Amenities

Each campsite has a parking spur, picnic table, fire ring with a grill, a waste receptacle and a lantern hanger. Several campsites also have a tent pad, although all sites are suitable for tent or trailer camping. Several vault (pit) toilets are provided along the Williams River Road.

Reservation info

Sites are on a first come, first served basis.

Camping Fees

All dispersed campsites are free.

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