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USFS Reopens North Fork of Pound Boat Launch in Clinch Ranger District
Norton, VA, August 5, 2022— The North Fork of Pound Boat Launch will reopen Friday, August 5, so visitors can access the Pound Lake in Wise County, Virginia. The following recreation sites on...

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Storm hazards close road and recreation sites on Clinch Ranger District
%3Aimg alt="A map shows a red line around four recreation sites which are closed" src="/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/fseprd1046434.jpg" style="float: right; width: 375px; height: 205px;" /%3ANorton, VA, July 29, 20...

Fri, 29 Jul 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Saint Mary’s River Trail will be intermittently closed in August and September during trail improvement projects
%3Aimg alt="Map of St. Mary%3As River Trail closure area" src="https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/fseprd1046254_tn.jpg" style="float: right; width: 400px; height: 309px;" /%3ANatural Bridge, VA, Jul...

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:00:00 CDT

Alerts & Notices


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North Fork of Pound Boat Launch reopens
North Fork of Pound Boat Launch on the Clinch Ranger District will reopen Friday, August 5, 2022, so that visitors can access the Lake. Cane Patch Campground remains closed due to buildup of flood debris and damaged road Phillips Creek Picnic Area remains closed due to buildup of flood debris and damaged road Wise Boat Launch remains closed due to buildup of flood debris

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Saint Mary’s River Trail will be intermittently closed in August and September
Saint Mary’s River trail %3AForest Trail #500%3A in Saint Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County will be intermittently closed for public and worker safety during trail repair work in August and September. The tentative dates of closure are: %3Aul%3A %3Ali%3AAugust 3-4%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3AAugust 8-12%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3AAugust 24-31%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3ASeptember 7-14%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3ASeptember 21-28%3A/li%3A %3A/ul%3A Visitors may still access fishing opportunities at the Saint Mary’s River trailhead up to the point of trail work, less than one-half mile from the parking lot. Visitors can continue to access Saint Mary’s Falls via the Mine Bank Creek trail, a 9-mile round-trip hike. Hikers should be prepared for a strenuous hike. See the news release for more information.

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Some recreation sites in SW Virginia temporarily closed due to storm impacts
For public health and safety following recent flooding and damage from storm events, the following sites on the Clinch Ranger District are closed: Cane Patch Campground, Phillips Creek Day Use Area, Wise Boat Launch, and Mullins Road %3AForest Service Road 616%3A which accesses Birch Knob Observation Tower. Re-opening dates will be determined following the completion of condition assessments and any necessary repairs.

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Current Lake Moomaw Information
Bolar Flat Day Use Area %3Aul%3A %3Ali%3AThe picnic area and concrete boat launch is open.%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3AThe marina dock remains closed to all access.%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3APortable restrooms are available.%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3AThe bathhouse remains closed and power to the area is shut off. Marina store and fuel services remain closed.%3A/li%3A %3A/ul%3A Bolar Mountain Recreation Area %3Aul%3A %3Ali%3ACamping at Bolar Mountain Recreation Area remains closed until further notice due to substantial maintenance needs at the wastewater treatment plant.%3A/li%3A %3Ali%3ABolar Mountain day use area and swim beach and McClintic Point Campground are open.%3A/li%3A %3A/ul%3A Additional camping is also available at the Blowing Springs and Hidden Valley campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis. Lake Moomaw recreation areas on the south side of the lake are fully open to visitors, including Fortney Branch Boat Launch, Coles Point Day Use Area, and Morris Hill Campground.

Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 CDT


Effective July 1, 2022, Virginia law permits hunting on Sunday
Effective July 1, 2022, Virginia law permits hunting on Sunday on public or private land including National Forest System lands, so long as it takes place more than 200 yards from a place of worship. See the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website for detailed information about the new regulations and other restrictions.

Mon, 13 Jun 2022 00:00:00 CDT