Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend

Save the date and bring your family to the Best of Birthplace Weekend, May 20-21, 2017 in Slatyfork, WV!

Join West Virginia Rivers to explore some of the best West Virginia's public lands have to offer during our Best of Birthplace weekend in Monongahela National Forest! This weekend is designed to get families outside enjoying and learning about public lands!

Stay tuned to WV Rivers, we'll be sharing event registration and more information soon!

Best of Birthplace Weekend at a Glance:
Saturday, May 20 – The weekend kicks off Saturday afternoon with participant arrival and registration at our basecamp for the weekend, the Elk River Inn in beautiful Slatyfork, WV. After check-in we'll have fun family-friendly interactive programs. Learn about the natural wonder and beauty of West Virginia's forests and rivers. Then join a Leave No Trace Master Educator for a training on how to leave only footprints when exploring the great outdoors. We'll have an early BBQ dinner, then once the stars come out we'll gather around a campfire.

Sunday, May 21 On Sunday morning we'll gather back at the Elk River Inn to depart for professionally guided field trips into the Monongahela National Forest. You'll have the option to choose one of four excursions, which you can learn more about below. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday lodging and Sunday breakfast are NOT provided. Please plan accordingly, lodging is available at the Elk River Inn. Learn more about camping and alternative lodging here. If you plan on camping, you'll want to arrive to the area early to set-up camp before the Best of Birthplace Weekend begins. Looking for a camping recommendation? Try the Tea Creek Campground it's located about 30 minutes from the Elk River Inn.

Field Trips Options

Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing
. A valid WV fishing license with trout and conservation stamps will need to be obtained PRIOR to the Best of Birthplace Weekend.

Biking. Enjoy breath-taking views of the iconic Cranberry River as you bike along a gravel river road. 

Hiking: Explore the Highland Scenic Highway. This field trip's itinerary is still being finalized. Participants can expect excursions that include easy walking and gentle hiking.

Hiking: Explore Forest Biodiversity
This field trip's itinerary is still being finalized. Participants can expect a moderate to strenuous hike.