Welcome to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests


The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests stretch along the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and even cross into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky.  Welcome to your forests!


Discover the Forest

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Visitor Maps

Carry a map with you when you head out into the woods. Explore recreation opporunities on our interactive visitor map. 

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Passes and Permits

Check out our annual Recreation Pass options. Determine if your trip requires any forest product, recreation or other permits.

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Know Before you Go

Know how to stay safe and care for the land before your trip.

Contact the local district office for current information on conditions and restriction. 

Recent News


Pandapas Pond Project: GAOA in Action!

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The Pandapas Pond Project on the Eastern Divide Ranger District is one of the first Great American Outdoors Act projects to be completed in Region 8. Read more about this exciting project!

Forest Service Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

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The Great American Outdoors Act

Funding through the Great American Outdoors Act enables us to deliver an enhanced visitor experience through improved recreation facilities, trails and sites.

Special Places Page

Virginia Creeper Trail

Special Places on the GWJ National Forests...

Hazard Tree Safety Poster

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