Running water and plumbed bathroom facilities are not available at Trout Pond Campground due to a major renovation of the campground’s waste treatment system. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but we are very excited about renewing our infrastructure and improving our services to the public. During the period of reduced service, the campground will remain open and camping rates will be half price. Trout Pond will close for the season on December 1, 2014.
Rain has delayed construction completion at the Blacksburg Shooting Range. The range will be closed Monday-Thursday while construction is taking place. The range will be open to the public Friday morning through Sunday evening throughout the construction period, which is estimated to end in early November.
Forest Road #644 in Smyth County will temporarily close due to recent storm damage. The road is accessed through Overbey Hollow off Kiawana Road. The temporary closure will remain in place until the road is determined to be safe for travel. For additional information, please contact the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area at 276 783 5196.
North River Ranger District (540) 432-0187
UPDATE 10/21/14: Work continues on the Slate Lick Reservior project. Plans are to restock in the Spring of 2015.
The Slate Lick Reservoir was drained so the dam could be repaired. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will not stock fish during the repairs. Check this website or Call the North River Ranger District for actual dates and length of repairs (540) 432-0187.
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.
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.
The White Oak Flats Road (FSR 337) in Alleghany County will be temporarily closed to public motor vehicle traffic due to storm damage. The Forest Service will have the road closed for public safety while repairs are being made. The Forest Service will be repairing the road surface to allow for safe travel and improving water drainage structures on the road to aid in reducing further damage to the road. Once repairs are made and safe for travel, it will be reopened. Thank you for your patience and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
The Hidden Valley/Poorfarm road(FSR 241) in Bath County, Virginia is closed indefinitely to traffic due to storm damage and unsafe driving conditions. The gate closure is .3 miles North of the Jackson River low water bridge in Hidden Valley. This does not effect the recreation areas of Hidden Valley Campground or Poor Farm Rec Area. Road work is currently scheduled to commence as soon as weather allows. For additional information, contact the Warm Springs Ranger District at 540-839-2521