Recreation

Kids Fishing Day

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests afford virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing are the most popular activities; but don’t forget bird watching, horseback riding, photography, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. Or just spend a lazy day sunning yourself on a beach or warm rock. If you have questions or need suggestions for places to explore, just ask us. We’re here to help make your visit an enjoyable one!

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Spotlights

Sherando Lake Recreation Area

Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake Recreation Area is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Families enjoy picnicking in this shaded and woody area, while relaxing on the sandy beach of a 25 acre spring-fed lake. Access to multiple trailheads and rustic architecture provide numerous points of interest for families to enjoy.

Cascades Day Use Area

Cascade Falls

Cascades Day Use Area is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in southwest Virginia. It features shady picnic spots, a native trout stream, and a 4-mile scenic loop trail. The main attraction is the scenic 66 foot Cascade Falls, a dramatic waterfall located two miles from the parking area. A natural pool at the base of the falls provides a chilly reprieve from the heat of a summer day.