The region surrounding Vault 76 was known as "the Forest" to the survivors of Appalachia.
Still rich in plant and animal life, it is an ideal place to scrounge for food and water. Although relatively untouched by the bombs, the Forest is still home to the mutated beasts that now roam the countryside. Survivors even reported finding mutated plants with unusual properties. Near the Vault 76 construction site is the small town of Flatwoods, which was home to a local motel, tavern, and church. Vault-Tec projections for the survivability of the area's residents were not optimistic.
Farther to the northeast is the larger settlement of Morgantown, which was home to Vault-Tec University and experienced something of a revitalization before the war. The townspeople all knew the harsh truth: that Vault entrance was not guaranteed. To the south is the old West Virginia capital of Charleston, one of the largest cities in the area. Prior to the Great War, it was a hotbed of political dissent and saw countless protests for workers' rights.
An Event Quest can be started in the area of Flatwoods called "Fertile Soil." Complete it for a decent beginner reward.
The Forest is a region of Fallout 76