George Washington and Jefferson National Forests announce temporary shutdown of off-highway trails and recreation areas on the Lee Ranger District

Release Date: Apr 1, 2020

Contact(s): Mary Yonce (540) 984-4101

April 1, 2020 - To protect public health and safety and align with federal, state and local guidance, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests officials are announcing the temporary shutdown of off-highway trails and developed recreation areas for the safety of visitors and staff.

This change affects the following trails and facilities on the Lee Ranger District:

Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex 
Wolf Gap Campground and Picnic Area
Little Fort Campground
Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground, Day Use Area and Group Camp
Camp Roosevelt Campground and Picnic Area
Trout Pond Recreation Campground, Day Use Area, and Rockcliff Lake
Hawk Campground and Group Camp
Lions Tale National Recreation Trail Restroom

National Forest trails and roads remain open for public use. 

The USDA Forest Service is taking necessary measures to safeguard the health of employees and the public. The health and safety of employees and the nearby communities is always our top priority at the USDA Forest Service. Visitors, however, are primarily responsible for their own safety. Keep in mind, trails and roads may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities such as rock climbing or motorized activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments. For status updates, please check

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