Forest Service seeks help discouraging graffiti at Bear Rock

Contact(s): Michelle Davalos (276) 220-1670

spray paint graffiti covers a rock

Norton, VA – The USDA Forest Service has recently seen an increase in graffiti at Bear Rock near the Little Stony Falls Trailhead in Scott County.

A significant amount of new graffiti was recently discovered at Bear Rock. Bear Rock is a unique rock outcropping that provides visitors with beautiful views overlooking the Little Stony Creek Gorge and is one of the most visited overlooks on the Clinch Ranger District.  

Graffiti is extremely difficult to remove from natural stone surfaces. Graffiti removal products are typically very caustic chemicals that cannot be utilized in this natural setting. Graffiti remains on natural stone surfaces for decades and severely degrades the natural setting and the experience of individuals who wish to take in the natural beauty of Bear Rock and the surrounding area. 

“It is unfortunate that our limited staff and dollars must be diverted from managing and maintaining our recreation sites to address the damage caused by those who choose to vandalize our Forest, and negatively impact the experience of Forest visitors” stated District Ranger Michelle Davalos.

We need your help to prevent damage to public resources. Help us by discouraging vandalism and reporting vandalism when you see it. If you see something, say something. Call our Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer, David Ford, at 276-679-8370 x225 to report activities that are damaging public lands. Purposely damaging public resources could result in fines of up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail.  

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests connect people to a diversity of outdoor recreational opportunities through 2,160 miles of trails, 200 developed recreation areas, and vast hunting, fishing, camping, and educational experiences, attracting nearly 2.2 million visitors annually.  These public lands and opportunities are yours to enjoy. The Forest Service manages recreation opportunities on the Clinch Ranger District at four campgrounds, four lakes and many rivers and streams for whitewater kayaking and fishing, and over 100 miles of hiking trails, the iconic High Knob Tower in 

Wise County, and Birch Knob Observation Tower in Dickenson County.  We need your help taking care of these special places so that we can continue to provide high quality recreation opportunities. 

Contact the Clinch Ranger District office in Norton, Virginia at (276) 679-8370 for more information.