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 contact your local district office if you have questions about the status of a site not listed here

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will be reopening some of the recreation sites that were temporarily shut down. Please see the recent news release for a schedule for recreation site reopenings. All re-openings will consider health and safety recommendations, including state-wide orders, employee safety, and the availability of personal protective equipment and trained personnel, as reflected in CDC, state, and local guidance. We appreciate your patience. 

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests afford virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine. Hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing are the most popular activities; but don’t forget bird watching, horseback riding, photography, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. Or just spend a lazy day sunning yourself on a beach or warm rock. If you have questions or need suggestions for places to explore, just ask us. We’re here to help make your visit an enjoyable one!

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bark Camp Recreation Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Beartree Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Birch Knob Observation Site Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Blowing Springs Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Blue Springs Gap Cabin Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Bolar Flat Marina Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area    The Day Use Area is open. The campground is temporarily shut down.
Boley Field Group Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Caldwell Fields Group Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Camp Run Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Cane Patch Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Cave Springs Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Comers Rock Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Craig Creek Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Creek Junction Accessible Fishing Trail Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
DRAGONS TOOTH TRAIL (FT# 5009) - EDRD Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Trailheads and access points to the Triple Crown section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail are closed. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Flatwoods Group Picnic Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Fortney Branch Boat Launch Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
GUEST RIVER GORGE TRAIL (FT #216) - ClinchRD Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Green Cove Station Visitor Center Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Greenwood Point Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Grindstone Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hanging Rock Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Hawk Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hidden Valley Recreation Area    The Hidden Valley Campground is temporarily shut down. This Day Use site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
High Knob Observation Site Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
High Knob Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hone Quarry Campground Closed to Visitor Hone Quarry Campground and Day Area are temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hopper Creek Group Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hurricane Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail are temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Hussy Mountain Horse Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
LIONS TALE (FT #407) - LeeRD Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
LITTLE STONY NAT'L REC. TRAIL (FT #331) - ClinchRD Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Lake Keokee Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Lions Tale Accessible Trail Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Little Fort Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Locher Tract (Glenwood & Pedlar) Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Locust Springs Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Low Moor Shooting Range Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
McClintic Point Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Morris Hill Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
North Creek Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
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 Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Pat Jennings Visitor Center Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Phillips Creek Day Use Area Open to Visitor This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Poor Farm Dispersed Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Raccoon Branch Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Shaws Fork Equestrian Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Sherando Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Steel Bridge Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Stony Fork Cabin Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Stony Fork Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Sunrise Cabin Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
The Pines Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Todd Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
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 Trout Pond Campground, Day Use Area including Rockcliff Lake is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Walnut Flats Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
White Cedar Horse Camp Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
White Rocks Campground Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Whitetop Station Visitor Center Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.
Wolf Gap Recreation Area Closed to Visitor This location is temporarily shut down. Access to Big Schloss Trail remains open. Limited parking is available. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our department and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

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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