Recreation

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See the Recreation Conditions Report below for the status of some of the recreation sites on the Forests.

This is not a comprehensive list of all sites and trails. Please use the left- and right-side bars to navigate to the Areas & Activites you are interested in.  

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Appalachian Trail Open to Visitor You can find Appalachian Trail status updates at https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/.  The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is open. Trail shelters located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are available. Hikers are advised to bring a personal tent and face coverings. Shelters might not be frequently maintained at all locations. Dispersed camping is also available. Not all privies are open or maintained. Guidance is available on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) website for trip planning, hiking safety and COVID-19 precautions.
BIG SCHLOSS TRAIL (FT #1004A) - LeeRD Open to Visitor
Bark Camp Recreation Area    The day use area is open. The campground is temporarily closed.
Beartree Recreation Area Open to Visitor The chipmunk circle portion of the campground is open with bathhouse and running water. Other campground areas and the day use area remain closed. Water, restrooms, and access to the swim beach are currently unavailable. The lake is open for fishing and kayaking. Port-a-johns are available.
Birch Knob Observation Site Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Blacksburg Shooting Range Open to Visitor This site is closed on Mondays for cleaning.
Bolar Flat Marina    The Bolar Flat Marina boat launch is open for day use, however, the bathrooms are closed. A porta-pottie is available. The Marina Store is currently closed and boat rental are unavailable until a concessionaire is selected to operate the store and associated facilities.
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Bolar Mountain Campgrounds 1, 2, 3 are closed for the season.
Braley Pond Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Brandywine Recreation Area Open to Visitor Brandywine Campground is temporarily closing on Sept. 7, 2021 for road repair. The day use area will remain open.
Briery Branch Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Closed for the season due to a water leak.
Camp Run Campground Open to Visitor
Cane Patch Campground Open to Visitor
Cascades Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Cave Springs Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Coles Point Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Crabtree Falls Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground Open to Visitor The campground is open. Flush toilets and showers will be open until October 24, 2021. As of October 25, 2021 only the handpump and vault toilets will be available until next spring. 
Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area Open to Visitor The day use area is open. It will close for the season on October 25, 2021.
Fenwick Mines Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Glen Alton Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Green Cove Station Visitor Center Closed to Visitor
Greenwood Point Campground Open to Visitor
Guest River Gorge Trail (Forest Trail #216) Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Hanging Rock Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Hawk Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Hidden Valley Recreation Area Open to Visitor
High Knob Observation Site Open to Visitor
High Knob Recreation Area Closed to Visitor The day use area and campground are closed for the season.
Hite Hollow Shooting Range Open to Visitor
Hone Quarry Campground Open to Visitor
Hussy Mountain Horse Campground Open to Visitor Drinking water is temporarily unavailable.
Lake Keokee Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Little Stony Trail (Forest Trail #331) Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down. A two-mile section of the trail is temporarily closed due to landslides.
Locher Tract (Glenwood & Pedlar) Open to Visitor
Morris Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Mountain House Day Use Area Open to Visitor
North Creek Campground Open to Visitor
North Fork of Pound Boat Launch Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
North River Campground Open to Visitor
Pandapas Pond Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Pat Jennings Visitor Center Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down.
Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV System Open to Visitor
Roaring Run Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Shaws Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Sherando Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor Camping and Williams Branch Group Picnic Shelter available by reservation only. Day-Use open first-come-first-served and may be limited based on parking lot capacity.
South Pedlar ATV Trail System Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Staunton Dam Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Stony Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Todd Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Tomahawk Pond Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Trout Pond Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Walton Tract Canoe Access Point Closed to Visitor The access road to the canoe launch (Forest Road 637G) is temporarily closed to motorized traffic due to damaged, unsafe road surface. Access to hiking is still available.
Whitetop Station Visitor Center Closed to Visitor This site is temporarily closed. A vault toilet is available.
Wythe Shooting Range Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.

Spotlights

Cascades Day Use Area

Cascade Falls

Cascades Day Use Area is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in southwest Virginia. It features shady picnic spots, a native trout stream, and a 4-mile scenic loop trail. The main attraction is the scenic 66 foot Cascade Falls, a dramatic waterfall located two miles from the parking area.

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area offer unique recreation opportunities in a 5,000ft high area with large rock formations, mountain balds, and spruce-fir forests. Within Mount Rogers, there are four wilderness areas, 400 miles of trail, eleven campgrounds, three rental cabins, and beautiful scenic roads, such as the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway and road to Whitetop Mountain. Mt. Rogers is home to 60 miles of Appalachian Trail and 18 miles of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Motorcyclists and cyclists can enjoy the beautiful Iron Mountain Trail, and horseback-riders can enjoy the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, one of the marque saddle trails in the region. In addition, visitors to Mount Rogers have the opportunity to go hunting, trout fishing, bird watching, sight-seeing, swimming, cross country skiing, and nature-viewing of animals such as wild ponies. The closest towns to the district are Abingdon, Chilhowie, and Marion, Virginia.  

The US Forest Service partners with the Friends of Mount Rogers, a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area through educational and interpretative programs, visitor center assistance, and volunteer efforts. Learn more by visiting the Friends of Mount Rogers website.

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Sherando Lake Recreation Area

Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake Recreation Area is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Families enjoy picnicking in this shaded and woody area, while relaxing on the sandy beach of a 25-acre spring-fed lake. Access to multiple trailheads and rustic architecture provide numerous points of interest for families to enjoy.



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