Maps showing mines, quarries, prospects, and exposures in the Cheat Mountain Roadless Area, Randolph County, West Virginia

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 1271-C




The Wilderness Act (Public Law 88-577, September 3, 1964) and related acts require the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Mines to survey certain areas on Federal lands to determine their mineral resource potential. Results must be made available to the public and be submitted to the President and the Congress. This report presents the results of a mineral survey of the Cheat Mountain Roadless Area in the Monongahela National Forest, Randolph County, West Virginia. The area was designated as a further planning area during the Second Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II) by the U.S. Forest Service, January 1979.

The Cheat Mountain Roadless Area is in the Greenbrier Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest, east-central West Virginia. It is located in Randolph County about 10 mi southeast of Elkins, W.Va., and is accessible there via U.S. 219-250 to Beverly, W.Va., and then southeastward along an improved country road. From the east, the study area can be reached via U.S. 33 and by a paved country road that extends from Alpena, W.Va. to the village of Bemis. Unimproved Forest service roads, abandoned logging railroad grades, and primitive trails provide access by foot or horseback into the interior of the study area.

Physiographically, the Cheat Mountain Roadless Area is in the Allegheny Mountain section of the Appalachian Plateaus province and is situated at the eastern edge of the Appalachian coal region. Cheat Mountain, a northeast-trending ridge, is bordered on the west by the right fork of Files Creek and on the east by Shavers Fork and its tributaries. Most of the area occupies an elevated plateau capped by resistant sandstone and conglomerate. Altitudes range form 2,320 ft on Lime Kiln Run to more than 3,900 ft on Cheat Mountain. The topography ranges from relatively flat in the uplands to very steep in the canyons along tributaries of Shavers Fork. The area is heavily forested with vegetation varying from mixed hardwoods on the western slope of Cheat Mountain to thickets of conifers in the uplands. Hemlocks are sparsely interspersed and red spruce, the dominant tree at higher elevations prior to logging in the mid 1920's, is again reforesting upland areas. Rhododendron and laurel flourish in moist protected areas along drainage courses and in coves.

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Maps showing mines, quarries, prospects, and exposures in the Cheat Mountain Roadless Area, Randolph County, West Virginia
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Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
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U.S. Geological Survey
32.93 x 39.62 inches
United States
West Virginia
Randolph County
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Cheat Mountain Roadless Area, Monongahela National Forest
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