Jefferson National Forest
Park Overview
Our two forests stretch from one end of Virginia to the other, as well as extending into West Virginia, along the ruggedly beautiful Appalachians.

Virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine is available. Of course hiking, fishing, mountain bicycling and camping lead the way, but don't forget hawk watching, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, nature photography, and orienteering.

Whether you are driving a back-country road, enjoying our glorious fall colors, using binoculars to spot colorful neo tropical birds, or savoring the peacefulness of wilderness, remember that national forests are special places.

The George Washington & Jefferson's developed campgrounds are within easy reach of many of the forests' recreational opportunities. The campground season runs from early April to about October 31.

Campground fees are determined by the amenities provided. Reservations for Morris Hill, Trout Pond and Grindstone campgrounds are made by calling the National Recreation Reservation System at 1-877-444-6777. Group campsites are available in several areas. Contact the district offices for reservation information. Non-fee sites are generally more primitive and remote. Camping is also permitted outside of developed campgrounds. Please practice the "leave No Trace" ethic. There is a 21-day limit for camping.

The forests' developed day-use areas offer picnic sites and, in many cases, picnic shelters for larger groups. Seasonal day use parking permits are available, allowing unlimited parking at most day-use picnic and swimming areas. Please check our fee schedule for the current cost.
With diverse habitats, the national forests feature some of the highest populations of wild turkey, white-tail deer, black bear, squirrel and ruffed grouse in Virginia.

The forests offer excellent opportunities for both bait and fly fishing. Native brook trout are found in more that 500 miles of streams. Many streams and most lakes are stocked with rainbow trout. Anglers also catch bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.

State regulations govern hunting and fishing. Wildlife and fish populations are managed by the Forest Service in cooperation with the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries and West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources. State license and a National Forest Stamp are required for both hunting and fishing.

The Forests have approximately 2,000 miles of hiking trails. The internationally famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail extends for more than 330 miles across both Forests. In addition, there are ten National Recreation Trails covering nearly160 miles. Whether it's hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking or riding an OHV, the forests have something for you to enjoy.
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March 4, by Abraham
Cant wait to try my luck this archery season in wise county. plan on heading into the woods with tent and backpack for three days in early october. would like game warden to take me in somewhere good if possible. cant wait!!!
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