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Howell Run Picnic Area, WV

Photo: Howell Run Picnic Area
Status: Closed through Sun May 11 2014   Season Dates


The Howell Run Picnic Area is a day use facility overlooking Jennings Randolph Lake, providing a beautiful backdrop for picnicking, sightseeing and hiking. A nesting pair of bald eagles call Jennings Randolph Lake home. Bring binoculars for the lucky chance to spot a bald eagle.

Natural Features:

The Lake spans 952 acres in the rugged hills of the West Virginia Allegany Mountains.


At the Howell Run Picnic Area, enjoy the panoramic view of the lake. Walk the Lakeside trail which connects the picnic area with the Shaw Beach area.


Shelter #2 is handicap accessible and has running water. It is closest to the restroom and playground equipment. The Gazebo is located in the center of the picnic area. Shelter #1 is the first shelter as you drive in. Each shelter comfortably accommodates groups of up to 30 people in a lovely lakeside setting.

Nearby Attractions:

A mile down the road is Shaw Beach where you can enjoy swimming. The project offers facilities for hiking, fishing, biking, swimming, boating and camping.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Day Use Area
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Spigot
Within 10 Miles
  • Archery
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Concessions
  • Water Access
Know Before You Go
  • The shelters are available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. daily.
  • Flush toilets are present in the area.
  • Potable water is only available at Shelter #2.
  • Handicap Parking is available.
  • No electricity is available in the area.
  • Please be sure to bring your confirmation letter with you on the day of your reservation.
  • Do not attach signs, balloons, streamers, etc., to any signs in the recreation area.
  • No kegs of alcohol are permitted in the area.
  • One person shall be designated as the event leader and as such is responsible for the actions of the attendees and is responsible for insuring the conditions listed in the permit are adhered to during and after the event.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.41694, -79.12722
    39°25'1"N, 79°7'38"W

    From Cumberland, MD, take US 220 south to US 50W, go west to WV 42N, go north to WV 46E. Follow the signs to the Howell Run Picnic Area.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Howell Run Picnic Area
    PO Box 247
    Elk Garden WV 26717

    Phone Number:

    Information: (304)355-2346