George Washington National Forest

The George Washington National Forest is a popular stop for recreational enthusiasts taking Mountain Vacations in Virginia. It contains one million acres with all or some of six federally designated wildernesses that are home to 70 types of amphibians and reptiles, 200 species of birds, 100 species of freshwater fish and 55 species of mammals, small and large. The National Forest has more than 900 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail, and features more outdoor activities than you can imagine! In addition to hiking, it provides opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, cross-country skiing, Horseback Riding Trails George Washington National Forest, nature photography and orienteering.

History of the Forest

The George Washington National Forest has a long and colored history. It was once a home for Indians, a passage for pioneers in the early days of the country, and a battleground during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The forest was once almost completely barren of trees, but today it has grown a rich cover of second-growth hardwoods and hemlocks, which are indigenous to the region. It is home to 40 species of trees and 2,000 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants.

Make reservations to stay at the Natural Bridge Hotel today! Click here to book online now.Managed by the National Park Service, these lands provide locals and visitors to the area some magnificent Things To Do in Virginia and many ways to enjoy the scenic views and natural landscapes this area is known for. When coordinating your Virginia Vacation to the Virginia Natural Bridge, be sure to consider making a stop at the George Washington National Forest. Whether you take a quick drive through some of the lands or plan a more extensive visit with outdoor activities, the region surrounding the Natural Bridge VA provides a great playground for adults and children alike.