George Washington & Jefferson National Forest - Wildlife

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Located near Roanoke, VA, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and birding opportunities. Spanning over a million acres, this diverse wilderness boasts prime habitats for observing Virginia's native fauna and flora. Birdwatchers flock to the forest to spot a myriad of avian species, from colorful warblers to majestic raptors. With designated trails and viewing areas, both novice and experienced birders can enjoy optimal vantage points for observing and photographing these winged wonders. Beyond birds, the forest is home to a variety of mammals, including white-tailed deer, black bear, and elusive bobcats. Patient observers may also catch sight of smaller creatures like Eastern cottontail rabbits and Eastern gray squirrels. Whether strolling wooded trails or quietly observing from scenic overlooks, the forest's diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity make it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts. So grab your binoculars and camera, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the natural wonderland of George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

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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
  • RV Parking:
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Hunting, Horseback Riding
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open