John McCoy is the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette’s award-winning outdoors writer. His "Woods & Waters" page appears weekly in the Sports section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
In 32 years of outdoors writing, John has had articles published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Bowhunter, North American Whitetail, Hatches and other publications. His works have earned more than 50 state, regional and national awards for writing and photography.
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One of the most popular stretches of one of West Virginia’s most popular trout streams won’t be accessible by vehicle for a while. The U.S. Forest Service has closed a good-sized chunk of the road that parallels the river.
Here’s the Forest Service news release:
(Elkins, West Virginia) – Due to a sinkhole discovered in the driving tread of the Williams River Road in Monongahela National Forest, the popular road is temporarily closed between Tea Creek Campground to a location near Dyer until repairs can be made. The presence of the hole presents an obvious safety issue to vehicular traffic in the area. Until engineers can fully assess the situation, the extent of damage underlying the road surface is unknown, as is the length of time it will take to implement repairs. Every effort will be made to have the road repaired as soon as possible,especially since the spring fishing season usually brings heavy traffic to this area.
Signs will indicate the closed section of the road. Visitors are requested to not drive around these signs, as there are no suitable turn around locations near the damaged area, and it is possible additional holes will appear in the road as the ice melts.