George Washington and Jefferson National Forests announce temporary shutdown of recreation areas on the North River Ranger District

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 campgrounds and restroom facilities for the safety of visitors and staff.

This change affects the following facilities on the North River Ranger District:

Hone Quarry Campground and Day Use Area

North River Campground
Brandywine Campground and Day Use Area
Todd Lake Campground and Day Use Area
Shaws Fork Equestrian Campground

Camp Run Campground

Briery Branch Day Use Area

Elkhorn Lake Day Use Area

Staunton Dam Picnic Area

Blue Hole Day Use Area

Braley Pond Day Use Area
Mountain House Day Use Area
Hite Hollow Shooting Range

West Side Shooting Range

August Springs Wetlands Interpretive Trail Restroom

Confederate Breastworks 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