Maps & Publications
2015 Has been another fantastic year, we want to thank the many volunteers throughout the year who took the time to give back!!

News & Events


Latest Top (5) News


Forest Service repairs Patterson Creek Road in Botetourt County
Blacksburg, Va. – October 15, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service will temporarily close a section of Patterson Creek Road %3AForest Service Road #184%3A in Botetourt County, Virginia, to ensure vi...

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Forest Service to host virtual public meeting to discuss new planning approach for upcoming Forest-wide project  
%3AOctober 14, 2020%3A Roanoke, Va. - The USDA Forest Service invites you to attend a virtual public meeting to discuss the new planning approach we intend to take for the Forest-wide Oak and Woodland Res...

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Forest Service Firewood Permits for Sale by Mail, Email or Phone
Roanoke, Va—October 9, 2020— The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are selling firewood permits by mail, email or phone while the Forest Service offices are closed due to Co...

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Forest Service Road 2470 Open for Woodcutters October 9 through November 15
NORTON, Va., October 9, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service is providing access to Selcer Branch Road %3AForest Service Road 2470%3A from October 9 to November 15, 2020 to those holding permits to obtain...

Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT

Alerts & Notices


Latest Top (5) News


Temporary Closure: Section of Patterson Creek Road (FSR #184) in Botetourt
A section of Patterson Creek Road %3AFSR #184%3A in Botetourt County, VA, will be temporarily closed from Oct 19 through mid-Dec as we replace a culvert that frequently becomes blocked. The new culvert is designed to allow fish and other aquatic organisms to travel up and down the stream more easily. A half-mile section of the road beginning one mile north of the intersection with State Route 612 near New Castle will be temporarily closed while the culvert is being replaced. Although the road will be closed to thru-traffic, visitors and hunters will still be able to access Forest System lands from Forest Service Road #5020 via State Route 818 to the north. For more information, please contact the Eastern Divide Ranger District office at %3A540%3A 552-4641

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Iron Mountain Trail (FST 301) Repair Work Has Started
Trail repairs have begun on the Iron Mountain Trail %3AFST 301%3A going from the Town of Damascus for approximately 5,000 feet. Please use extreme caution when in the area. There may be portions of the trail that will be temporarily closed during this time. Repairs are expected to be finished by the middle of November. We will update this alert as needed.

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Lime Kiln Road in Bath County temporarily closed for culvert replacement
A quarter-mile portion of Lime Kiln Road %3AForest Service Road #194%3A in Bath County, Virginia, will be temporarily closed beginning September 9, 2020 for a culvert replacement project. During the project work, the road will be closed to thru traffic at milepost 3.0. Travelers may still access the majority of Lime Kiln Road by entering either from the north end or south end via State Route 629 %3ADouthat State Park Road%3A. The project is expected to be completed by mid-November 2020. For more information, contact the James River Ranger District at 540-962-2214.

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Appalachian National Scenic Trail Shelters/Privies Temporarily Shut Down
The Appalachian Trail is open, however trail shelters and privies are temporarily shut down.

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 CDT


Sherando Lake Recreation Area open by reservation only
The Sherando Lake Recreation Area in the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests remains closed to all visitors except for campers with reservations. We anticipate this reservation-only use of the Sherando Lake Recreation Area -- including the swim beach, fishing access and picnic area -- to remain in place for the remainder of this recreation season. Please visit recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a camping reservation, which will allow you to use the area for swimming, fishing, etc. See the press release for additional information.

Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 CDT