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 closed for the season and will reopen in late-May. We are working to address issues with the new water system which may delay the opening.
Beartree Recreation Area Open to Visitor The chipmunk circle portion of the campground is open. Other campground areas and the day use area remain closed. Water, restrooms, and access to the beach are currently unavailable. The lake is open for fishing. 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 and no fees are required. The marina store is closed. 
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This site is seasonally closed and will reopen May 23.
Brandywine Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season and will reopen in mid-May.
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 This site is closed for the season and will reopen in late May.
Camp Run Campground Open to Visitor
Cane Patch Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season. Will reopen on May 16
Cascades Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor This is open for campers with reservations only. Facilities are limited.
Cave Springs Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season and will reopen in late May.
Coles Point Day Use Area    The boat ramp remains available for day use, however, the bathrooms are closed and no fees are required. 
Crabtree Falls Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground Open to Visitor The Family Campground is open year round, but is currently operating on reduced services. Bathhouse is closed. Vault toilets are available.
Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground Open to Visitor Reservation only
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area Open to Visitor The day use area is open.
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 Open to Visitor This site is closed for the season. The porch and a vault toilet will open May 1.
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 This site is currently open. Water is not available until late May.
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 and are planned to reopen in June.
Hite Hollow Shooting Range Closed to Visitor This site is closed for the season and will reopen May 1.
Hone Quarry Campground Open to Visitor
Hussy Mountain Horse Campground Closed to Visitor This site is temporarily closed and will not open in 2021.
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 This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down. Restrooms will reopen May 15.
Morris Hill Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season. Will reopen May 23 by reservation only.
Mountain House Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open, however restrooms are temporarily unavailable.
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 This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Shaws Fork Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms are temporarily closed.
Sherando Lake Recreation Area    This site is open to campers with reservations only. The Day Use area is closed. Opening date for the Day Use area will be posted when available.
Staunton Dam Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Stony Fork Campground Open to Visitor
Todd Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This recreation area is closed for the season and will reopen in mid-May. 
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 Closed to Visitor The boat ramp is open. The campground will open in early May.
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 will open at this site May 1.
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

Explore recreational opportunities in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area:

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 interpretive programs, visitor center assistance, and volunteer efforts.  Learn more by visiting the Friends of Mount Rogers website.

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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