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 facilities and recreation sites are temporarily shutdown. Please see a list of facility closures on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests by visiting: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation


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


Forest Service Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Virginia Resource Advisory Committee seeks new members

Apply today to become a member of the Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (VA-RAC) and help secure funding for critical Forest Service projects.

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The Great American Outdoors Act

Funding through the Great American Outdoors Act enables us to deliver an enhanced visitor experience through improved recreation facilities, trails and sites.

Special Places Page

Virginia Creeper Trail

Special Places on the GWJ National Forests...