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!

Some forest recreation areas and roads remain closed for public safety due to Hurricane Florence.  

View the closure order with a list of forest recreation areas and roads that are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Florence and the expected date they will reopen.  Our primary concern is visitor safety. 


Choose an adventure

Know before you go

Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sit

Check with a local district office to learn about current conditions and restrictions. 


Recent News


US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee

Logo for Recreation Resource Advisory Committee

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking nominations to fill four positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee

North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration and Management Project

Several people stand in a wooded area listening to a forester speak

The Forest Service, the public, communities, and partners are working together to identify restoration and management opportunities in Rockingham County, VA and Pendleton County, WV.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, proposes to cross 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline, proposes to cross 5 miles of the Monongahela National Forest and 15 miles of the George Washington National Forest.


Special Places Page

Virginia Creeper Trail

Special Places on the GWJ National Forests...