The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are temporarily closing all forest recreation areas and some forest roads for public safety due to the anticipated heavy rainfall, high winds, and potential for flooding and downed trees.
All forest campgrounds, cabins, day use areas, and some trailheads and roads will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, September 12.
They encourage you to avoid all trails, roads and travel in and across the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests over the next few days as there is a serious risk of potential road blockages due to flooding, downed trees, and landslides.
For a list of recreation areas and roads that are temporarily closed due to Hurricane Florence, go here.
Over 166 recreation sites across the forest will be closed, including Sherando Lake Recreation Area in Augusta County, the South Pedlar ATV Trail System in Amherst County, the Peters Mill Run and Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex in Shenandoah County, Cascades Trail in Giles County, Lake Moomaw in Alleghany and Bath Counties, and all recreation sites within the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will temporarily close all forest recreation areas and some forest roads ahead of Hurricane Florence. https://t.co/qk0NoTbtUD pic.twitter.com/KgpnoWOGTy— ABC 13 News - WSET (@ABC13News) September 12, 2018