George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

From lush forests and cold mountain streams to unique mountaintop balds, over 1.8 milllion acres of Appalachian forests in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky are yours to explore.

Explore Your Forest

  • Visitor Map

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    Carry a map with you when you head out into the woods. Explore recreation opportunities on our interactive visitor map and download a map to carry with you.

  • Passes & Permits

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    Some activities require a permit or recreation pass. Check out out your annual recreation pass options and learn about permits for forest products like firewood.

  • Forest Health

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    The Forest Service manages the national forests for multiple uses. We aim to protect, restore, and enhance forest ecosystems.

Recent News


Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership funds awarded

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We are working to restore forest health. The Eastern Divide Restoration Project will be funded over the next 3 years through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership.

Volunteers & Service Leadership award

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Forest Service announces 2021 Volunteers & Service award winner, Janida Bonham, long-term Mount Rogers National Recreation Area volunteer.


Partnership mitigates climate change impacts in Virginia Wilderness streams

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With funding from the National Forest Foundation, the Forest Service is working with multiple partners to reverse acidification in the streams of Saint Mary's Wilderness. 

Implementing the North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration Project

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We are working to improve forest health in the North Shenandoah Mountain project area. See 2021 accomplishments funded by the Joint Chief's Landscape Restoration Partnership.!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKAfDlZggAM4GuhHEaMfj4Io_MaH60dhtSLMB2ECITMKckMjDDIdFQEHHRNG/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=George%20Washington%20&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=110808&pnavid=null&navid=091000000000000&ttype=main&cid=FSE_003853