UPDATE: Virginia's Blue Ridge is Now Open in Phase Three

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George Washington & Jefferson National Forest

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Hiking, Camping, Fishing (pond, lake, river, & stream), Hunting, Horse Trails, ATV Trails, Picnicking, and Scenic Byways are available at The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Nearly 1.9 million acres offer one of the greatest concentrations in the Southeast. Recreation areas range from highly developed to the isolated solitude of the wilderness. Hours of Operation: With few exceptions, the forest is open 24 hours a day. Admission Fee: Admission cost varies depending on the area or facility.

  • 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