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Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Appalachian Trail Open Open You can find Appalachian Trail status updates at https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/.  
Bark Camp Recreation Area None None The day use area remains open year-round. The campground is closed for the season and is planned to reopen the 3rd Saturday in May.
Beartree Recreation Area Closed Closed The campground is closed for the season and the main gate is closed. The lake is open for fishing and kayaking.
Birch Knob Observation Site Open Open This site is open and will close for the season on Jan 1.
Blacksburg Shooting Range Open Open This site is closed on Mondays for cleaning.
Bolar Flat Marina None None Day use area amenities are closed for the season. Access to the boat launch remains open year-round. Snow is not plowed from Forest Service roads in winter, which could limit access. The marina dock is closed to all access due to storm damage and will reopen when repairs are completed.
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area Closed Closed Campground and Day use area amenities are closed for the season.
Braley Pond Day Use Area Open Open
Brandywine Recreation Area Open Open This site will close for the season on December 19.
Briery Branch Day Use Area Open Open
Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area Closed Closed This site is closed for the season.
Camp Run Campground Open Open
Cane Patch Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed This site is closed until further notice.
Cascades Day Use Area Open Open
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen April 1.
Cave Springs Recreation Area Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed This site is closed until further notice.
Coles Point Day Use Area Closed Closed Day use area amenities are closed for the season. Access to the boat launch remains open. Snow is not plowed from Forest Service roads in winter, which could limit access.
Crabtree Falls Day Use Area Open Open
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area Open Open Campground open with reduced services. Day use area will open April 19.
Elkhorn Lake Day Use Area Open Open
Green Cove Station Visitor Center Closed Closed This site is closed for the season.
Greenwood Point Campground Open Open
Hanging Rock Day Use Area Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen April 1.
Hawk Recreation Area Open Open Water is currently unavailable through December.
Hidden Valley Recreation Area Open Open This site will close for the season on December 6.
High Knob Recreation Area Closed Closed Campground and day use area are closed for the season and are planned to reopen Memorial Day weekend.
High Knob Tower Open Open
Hite Hollow Shooting Range Open Open This site will close for the season on December 31.
Hone Quarry Campground Open Open
Hurricane Campground Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen April 15.
Hussy Mountain Horse Campground Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen April 15.
Lake Keokee Day Use Area Open Open This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Lake Moomaw Recreation None None Many recreation activities at Lake Moomaw are open year-round. Some amenities open only for the summer recreation season.
Morris Hill Campground Closed Closed This site is closed for the season.
Mountain House Day Use Area Open Open This site will close for the season on December 1.
North Creek Campground Open Open This site will close for the season on Nov 30.
North Fork of Pound Boat Launch Open Open
North River Campground Open Open This site will close for the season on December 15.
Pat Jennings Visitor Center Open Open
Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV System Open Open This site will close to motorized use on January 15.
Shaws Fork Campground Open Open This site will close for the season on December 15.
Sherando Lake Recreation Area Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen on April 1.
South Pedlar ATV Trail System Open Open This site will close for the season on November 30.
Spy Rock Trail (Forest Trail #732) None None Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. The Spy Rock Trail can no longer be accessed from the Montebello Fish Hatchery. The parking lot and access trail behind the Montebello Fish Hatchery is closed.
Staunton Dam Day Use Area Open Open
Stony Fork Campground Closed Closed This site is closed for the season and is planned to reopen on April 1.
Todd Lake Recreation Area Closed Closed This site is closed for the season.
Tomahawk Pond Day Use Area Open Open This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Trout Pond Recreation Area Closed Closed
Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail Open Open This site is open for recreation, however some restrooms are closed for the season.
Whitetop Station Visitor Center Closed Closed
Wythe Shooting Range Open Open

Spotlights

Appalachian Trail

A trail winds through a summer forest

The Appalachian Trail, also known as the A.T., is America’s footpath and first National Scenic Trail. The trail traverses 14 states and is marked with two-inch by six-inch white vertical paint blazes. Virginia hosts more A.T. miles than any other state with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests home to 325 of the trail’s 2,190 total miles. The Virginia section of the A.T. passes through a variety of ecosystems, including the “high country” of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the ridge and valley area of the Eastern Divide Ranger District, and atop the Blue Ridge of the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District. Elevation ranges from 265’ at the James River Footbridge to 5500’ at Pine Mountain.

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

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area offers 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.  

 

Sherando Lake Recreation Area

A path leads to a lake surrounded by green mountains

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.

Recreation Areas