The Thunder Hill Shelter and Campsites on the Appalachian Trail is closed as of Monday, May 16, 2016, due to problem bear activity. Hikers may use the Harrison Ground Spring dispersed campsite 3.2 miles north of the Thunder Hill Shelter or Marble Spring dispersed campsite 6.8 miles north of Thunder Hill Shelter. Water is available at both alternative campsites.
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.
The USDA Forest Service will reopen Trout Pond Day Use Area and boat ramp in Hardy County, West Virginia on May 7, 2016. Due to continued upgrades to the area water system, the opening of Trout Pond Campground is delayed until Friday, May 27, 2016. Join us for Kids Fishing Day on May 7th this year to kick off the reopening of the day use portion of the recreation area.
To learn the status of Trout Pond Recreation Area, call the Lee District office at (540) 984-4101 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make your campsite reservations for Trout Pond Campground for dates on or after May 27, 2016 at www.recreation.gov.
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.