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.
BIG SCHLOSS TRAIL (FT #1004A) - LeeRD, MILL MOUNTAIN TRAIL (FT #1004) - LeeRD, Wolf Gap Recreation Area
Date(s): May 14, 2013 - Jan 31, 2018
Lee Ranger District
Water at Wolf Gap Campground/Picnic Area Temporarily Suspended
Water service at the Wolf Gap Campground and Picnic Areas has been suspended due to a problem with the water pump at that site. Visitors must bring water from home or purify water from local sources. The Forest Service is determining whether to restore water to that site. Please call the Lee District Office to confirm the status of the water in at Wolf Gap (540) 984-4101.
Eastern Divide Ranger District 540-552-4641
Dismal Road (FS 201) between the White Cedar Campground and the Day Use Parking Area is in extremely bad condition and may be hazardous to some vehicles. The Campground will open April 1st as scheduled but the public is should use caution when traveling the road and be aware of the hazards.
The Forest Service has temporarily closed the upper gravel portion of the North Creek Road (FR #59) due to significant road damage and concern for public safety. For additional information, contact the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger District Office at (540) 291-2188.
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.