George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

Explore Your Forests

From lush forests and cold mountain streams to unique mountaintop balds, over 1.8 milllion acres of Appalachian forests in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky are yours to explore.

Recreation Guide

  • Visitor Map

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    Carry a map with you when you head out into the woods. Explore recreation opportunities on our interactive visitor map and download a map to carry with you.

  • Passes & Permits

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    Some activities require a permit or recreation pass. Check out your annual recreation pass options and learn about permits for recreation activities including OHV/ATV permits for special trail systems and forest products like firewood.

  • Forest Health

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    The Forest Service manages the national forests for multiple uses. We aim to protect, restore, and enhance forest ecosystems.