George Washington & Jefferson National Forest - Hiking

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Discover the stunning hiking opportunities in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests near Roanoke, VA. With over 2,000 miles of trails, adventurers can explore diverse landscapes, from tranquil woodlands to rugged mountain ridges. Iconic trails like McAfee Knob and Dragon's Tooth offer thrilling challenges and breathtaking views. McAfee Knob, approximately 8.8 miles round trip, presents a moderately difficult hike with rewarding panoramas. Dragon's Tooth, a 4.6-mile round trip rated as difficult, features rugged terrain and a memorable summit scramble. For a more moderate experience, try the Tinker Cliffs via Andy Layne Trail, spanning about 7.4 miles round trip with gradual ascents and stunning cliffside views. Additionally, the Appalachian Trail provides options for all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a beginner, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer unforgettable experiences. Check trail conditions and plan ahead for a memorable adventure in this captivating wilderness.

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  • Directions: The George Washington & Jefferson National Forest is located north of Roanoke and runs parallel to Interstate 81.
  • Major Access Routes: I-81
  • Additional Information: We feature hundreds of hiking trails, ranging from all levels of difficulty. With few exceptions, the forest is open 24 hours a day. Fees are charged for various uses in developed areas such as campgrounds, group picnic facilities and the swimming area.
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
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  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Hunting, Horseback Riding
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open