Both adjacent to and along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway is one the largest blocks of public land in the eastern United States - The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. These forests include 1,664,110 acres in Virginia as well as an additional 124,000 combined acres in West Virginia and Kentucky. Travel through this forest area from the northern entrance of the Parkway to approximately Milepost 106 - where the Parkway meets the junction of U.S. Hwy. 460.
Within this approximately 100-mile section, the Appalachian Trail more or less follows a parallel course with the Parkway in adjacent forest areas. Completed in 1937, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (or ?the AT? by which it is commonly referred) was the nation?s first National Scenic Trail - extending more than 2,175 miles through the Appalachian Mountains in fourteen states. While there a few adventurers who attempt the entire length of the trail at one time (known as thru-hikers) the AT offers many rewarding section hikes for the rest of us seeking to experience part of this historic trail for a day or weekend.
Southwest Virginia is also home to Mount Rogers (elevation 5,729 ft.) the highest point in Virginia. The surrounding Mount Rogers Recreation Area, within Jefferson National Forest, offers nearly 200,000 acres of wilderness areas for bird watching, trout fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and swimming.
Additional information about the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Appalachian Trail and Mount Rogers Recreation Area is available here or by contacting the office below.
Forest Supervisor’s Office
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019
Toll Free: *1-888-265-0019
*Please note that this office is not affiliated with the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can always contact Parkway Headquarters at 828-271-4779 for Parkway-related information and questions.