Running water and plumbed bathroom facilities will not be available at Trout Pond Campground or Day Use Area starting September 2, 2014, 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 October 27, 2014.
The Forest Service will temporarily allow access behind the second gate on Peterfish Gap Road, FDR 65-A, for firewood gathering. The gate will remain open until October 1, 2014. After October 1st, the gate will be closed and vehicle access will be restricted in this area.
Wood cutters must obtain a valid permit from the Lee District office in order to cut wood. Terms on the permit must be observed at all times.
If you have any questions or need a wood permit, please contact the Lee District Office at (540) 984-4101.
The Blacksburg Shooting 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 late September.
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Starting on or about July 16th, Hite Hollow Road will be closed for approximately 6 to 8 weeks for a culvert replacement. The road will be closed between the rifle range access road and Phillips Lick Road.
The Roaring Branch section of the Stone Mountain Trail (FT #207) on the Clinch Ranger District will close until further notice. Downed trees from recent windstorms have blocked the trail, making it unsafe for the public. This trail section is found between Big Stone Gap and Appalachia, Virginia off of State Route Alternate 58. For additional information or to find alternate hiking trails, contact the Clinch Ranger District at 276 679 8370.
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
Slate Lick Reservoir will be drained while the dam is repaired. Virginia Dept. of Fish and Game 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.
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