Sections of the Coal Road (Forest Road #42) in Augusta County, Virginia, will temporarily close for improvements and reconstruction on February 16, 2015. Work will be completed by May 10, 2015. Improvements include replacing 25 culverts, correcting drainage issues and replacing stone surfacing. Work will begin on the east end of the Coal Road at the intersection with the Mount Torry Road and progress west towards the St. Marys Road. Sections that are closed will be signed at locations where there is advance notice for turnaround locations.
The jeep trail is now CLOSED, as of January 10, 2015. The jeep trail is closed from January 10 until early April to protect the trail surface and surrounding environment during the winter months. Extremely wet conditions may delay the April opening. Contact the Eastern Divide Ranger District for updates.
The North end of Cub Run Rd from Catherine Furnace to the blacktop at State Road 685 is temporarily closed due to road damage. Please avoid this area due to safety concerns. For additional information, please contact the Lee Ranger District at (540) 984-4101.
For additional information, contact the North River Ranger District at 540-432-0187
Stoney Run Road (FSR 61) in Pendleton County, West Virginia is closed indefinitely to thru traffic due to storm damage and unsafe driving conditions. The closure is 4.5 miles south of the intersection with Schoolhouse Road (FSR 166) and approximately 3 miles north of the intersection with FSR 85.
In addition, a second closing is approximately 1 mile south of WV CR 25. This is approximately 3 miles north of Schoolhouse Road.
A section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) near Straight Branch and US-58 east of Damascus, VA, has been rerouted indefinitely due to the complete washout of the Straight Branch A.T. Footbridge during a high water event in May 2013. The reroute (detour) follows portions of the Beech Grove Trail (#4552) and Virginia Creeper Trail (#4575). This detour is expected to be in place for the foreseeable future, as A.T. management partners plan for the construction of a replacement footbridge.
Beginning January 29, 2015,The National Children’s Forest in Alleghany County will be temporarily closed to public use due to the presence of hazardous materials. The closure encompasses the parking area (located to the North of FSR 351) and the monument and trail system (located to the South of FSR 351). FSR 351 will remain open to public travel. More information is available by contacting the James River District Office at 540-962-2214.
Hot Springs, VA— Due to recent weather related storm damage, the Warm Springs Ranger District is delaying the opening of Neal Run Trail (handicapped hunter accessibility trail). Winter storms have caused water to run over the ATV trail eroding portions of the trail surface and creating unsafe conditions for ATVs. Warm Springs District Ranger Patrick Sheridan announced that Neal Run Trail will remain closed until repairs can be made and debris cleared. For current Trail status, please call the Warm Springs Ranger District at 540-839-2521.