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.
The U.S. Forest Service has marked several areas for the collecting of firewood. The trees are painted with a green paint which are available to be cut. These areas are along several roadways to aid in the daylighting of the roads. Maps and more information can be obtained at the district office in Covington, VA.
The James River Ranger District is planning road repair work on the Sweet Road, FSR 350, and the Children's Forest, FSR 351, this fall. Repair work will include culvert replacement and road resurfacing. These roads will be periodically closed during the fall months of 2015. For additional information, please call the James River Ranger District at 540-962-2214. Thank you
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.
Shoe Creek Road (Forest Road #263) is no longer a through road for public travel. The private land the road travels through has been gated by the private landowners. The north end of the road is open for approximately 1.5 miles from the end of State Route 826 at Crabtree Meadows. The south end of the road is closed approximately 1.4 miles from the intersection with Piney River and State Route 827, at the private gate.
For additional information, contact the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger District Office at: 540 291 2188.
Todd Lake Recreation Area, including the campground, day use area, and loop trail, is temporarily closed for 2015 due to the reconstruction of the Todd Lake Dam. The entire recreation area is expected to re-open to the public in 2016. Additional information can be found on the official news release, or by contacting the North River Ranger District at 540 432 0187.
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 Forest Service will close Narrow Passage Road (FDR 88) in Shenandoah County, Virginia on November 30, 2015 to replace culverts. The project should take approximately two weeks to complete. During this time, the Bread Road (FDR 88A), also called the Hunter Shanty Road will be closed. The east entrance to Little Stony Road (FDR 92) and access to the Cedar Creek Trail from FDR 88 will also be closed. Forest users may still access FDR 92 from SR 675. To minimize conflicts with heavy equipment and protect public safety, the public is discouraged from visiting the area during this time.
“We are fully invested in completing these road repairs as quickly as possible so forest users can once again have access to these areas.” states Lee District Ranger, Katie Donahue. “This is a popular area and the needed road repairs will make this road better for years to come”
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.