Explore Virginia's National Forests

One of Virginia’s greatest assets for visitors and locals is our vast amount of public land. Along with our national and state parks, Virginia is also home to more than 1.6 million acres of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Protected and maintained by the federal government, these lands offer a myriad of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, paddlesports, and more.

In Southwest Virginia, 200,000 acres of Jefferson National Forest is designated as Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. You’ll find Virginia’s highest peak at 5,729 feet and incredibles views of the high country along the way. Plan your next visit to these national forests and recreation areas with the resources below.