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!

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


Fees are increasing at some Forest recreation sites this year

Fees are increasing at some recreation sites on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests beginning in 2019.  See what sites are affected. 

US Forest Service seeks applicants for recreation advisory committee

Logo for Recreation Resource Advisory Committee

We are seeking nominations to fill seven positions on the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to serve national forests across the Southeast. The committee is tasked with reviewing and recommending fee changes for the forests in 13 southern states and Puerto Rico.

Nominations are due by Friday May 31, 2019.

Nomination packets are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/recreation/racs or by contacting Caroline Mitchell, 501-321-5318, r8_rrac@fs.fed.us

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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...