Extensive road work has begun on the Raven Cliff Road (FDR 4616). Weather permitting paving is expected to be done on Monday, August 1st. The road to the campground will be closed during that time. Expect delays if you plan on traveling to the Raven Cliff Campground or Day Use Area during road work times. There will be no road work on the weekend so there should be no delays on Saturday or Sunday, July 30th and 31st.
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.
Due to road damage on private land, adjacent land owners have gated and closed the private land portion of Garden Mountain Road/Round Mountain Road from all public travel. This is no longer a through road; approximately 2.5 miles of the road is inaccessible. The closed private section begins in Burke's Garden on Back Rd/666 and ends after approximately 2 miles. Approximately an additional half mile is closed on the National Forest in order to stop westbound traffic at the last safe turn around.
For additional information, contact the Eastern Divide Ranger District Office at: 540 552 4641.
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.
Storm damage has occurred on the last 2 miles of the Iron Mtn Trail #310 near the town of Damascus, VA. For safety reasons, this portion of the trail is temporarily closed to horseback riding and motorcycle riding until the repairs can be made. Hikers and mountain bikers should use caution. Mountain bikers should plan to carry their bikes thru some sections.
The USDA Forest Service has issued an emergency road closure order for Forest Road (FR) 69 Jerry’s Run, FR 600 Big Run, FR 366 So Big, FS 277 and 277A Crows Run and Crows Run Spur in Alleghany County due to the major storm event experienced by the region on June 23, 2016. This storm event has made these roads unsafe for vehicle travel.
The road will remail closed until further assessment can be made. If you have any questions, please contact the James River Ranger District office in Covington at 540/962-2214.
The Sandy Flats Shelter on the Iron Mountain Trail in Washington County, Virginia has been completely removed due to damage from a fallen tree. A sunken fire pit and composting privy will remain. The area can continue to be used for camping.
Beck Access Road (FSR 433) originally scheduled to open on 1 October will remain closed indefinitely due to unsafe road conditions. For more information contact the North River Ranger District at (540) 432-0187.