JESS JUDY, WV

Jess Judy is a group camping facility located on the South Branch of the Potomac River, in West Virginia;s eastern panhandle, about 1.5 miles south of Big Bend. Canoeing, fishing and hiking are popular activities. About 1.3 million visitors come to the Monongahela National Forest...
Status: Open through Sat Oct 25 2014   Season Dates

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  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from the area after eating
  • A daily fee will be charged for each extra vehicle beginning with the 11th vehicle
  • No electric site hookups at this facility
  • Click here to learn more about the Monongahela National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.
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JESS JUDY GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC 40 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Jess Judy is a group camping facility located on the South Branch of the Potomac River, in West Virginia;s eastern panhandle, about 1.5 miles south of Big Bend. Canoeing, fishing and hiking are popular activities.

About 1.3 million visitors come to the Monongahela National Forest each year, and it's no surprise why. The forest is a drivable distance from cities like Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh, yet the density of flora, fauna and picturesque mountains seem like a world away from any city.

Natural Features:

Jess Judy is situated in the northern portion of the Monongahela National Forest, on the western banks of the river. The region boasts beautiful old-growth forests that become vibrant with color in fall.

the South Branch of the Potomac River runs north through Smoke Hole Canyon, which bears a name of uncertain origin. One theory is Native Americans once used the caves in the canyon for smoking meat, which created "smoke holes." Another is that misty fog often lies along the river and ascends in what looks like smoke from a hole.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy canoeing and fishing on the river, and hiking on local trails. Thirty miles of maintained trails can be found nearby and mountain biking is permitted on most of them. One highly recommended trail for hikers and backpackers is the North Fork Mountain Trail.

Facilities:

The campground has three primitive group sites that can accommodate up to 40 people each. No drinking water is available, so please bring your own supply. Accessible vault toilets are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Traverse through narrow, steep valleys and over rolling, tree-topped mountains on the Highland Scenic Highway. This 43-mile drive includes highlights like Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Summit Lake, and the Falls of Hills Creek.

Booking Window
Fri Sep 05 2014 - Tue Sep 01 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri Apr 04 2014 Sat Oct 25 2014
Peak Fri Apr 03 2015 Sat Oct 24 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Access
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 04 2014 -
Oct 25 2014
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $45.00
Peak Season
Apr 03 2015 -
Oct 24 2015
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $45.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.89569, -79.24625
38°53'44"N, 79°14'47"W

Follow 28/55 from Petersburg, WV, for 8 miles. Turn left onto Smoke Hole Road, Route 28/11, and travel for 13 miles to County Route 2. Turn left onto Smoke Hole Road, County Route 2, and follow for approximately 2 miles. Jess Judy Campground will be on the right.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

JESS JUDY
MONONGAHELA
  WV 

Phone Number:

Information:  (304)358-3253