ROANOKE — The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have reopened more than 20 recreation sites
These sites opened Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, across the forests.
Forest leadership is making every effort to expand access to recreation sites within the context of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and state and local government orders while prioritizing employee and public health and safety.
The forests are revisiting closure decisions and are opening some sites while working closely with state and local partners and permitted recreation providers. The decision to reopen recreation areas is being made on a case-by-case basis.
Information about recreation sites status can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation.
The Forest Service is reopening sites in phases using a site-by-site approach that includes an assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety. The agency is committed to maximizing public access while ensuring the safety and well-being of employees, partners and volunteers.
Responsible recreation will help expand access. Avoid crowded areas; be careful with campfires and wildlife; and bring extra food, water and clothing in case of an emergency. Trash services and restrooms are not available in many areas, so be prepared to take your waste home with you. Visitors are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance.
For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like COVID-19 caused by the novel Coronavirus, go to: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention. html.
Listed are national forest sites in the area, including:
• Blowing Springs Campground, Bath County, reopened June 12;
• Bolar Flat Marina, Bath County, reopened June 12;
• Bolar Mountain Recreation Area, Bath County, day-use area is open; campground reopened June 12;
• Coles Point Recreation Area, Alleghany County, reopened June 12;
• Craig Creek Group Campground, Botetourt County, reopened June 11;
• Dragon’s Tooth Trailhead, Craig County, trail shelters and restrooms remain closed;
• Fenwick Mines Picnic Area, Craig County, restrooms are unavailable;
• McClintic Point Campgrounds, Bath County, reopened June 12;
• Morris Hill Family and Group Campground, Alleghany County, reopened June 12;
• Roaring Run Day Use Area, Botetourt County, restrooms are unavailable;
• Steel Bridge Group Campground, Craig County, reopened June 11;
• The Pines Campground, Craig County, reopening June 18;
Contact the local district office or check the website prior to you trip as this reopening schedule is subject to change.
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