Area Campgrounds Extend Seasons and Make Repairs
According to a press release from the Forest Service, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will offer an extended season at several campgrounds on the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts in Alleghany and Bath Counties in Virginia.
Morris Hill campgrounds are available by reservation only, with an extended season through October 4. Blowing Springs and Hidden Valley campgrounds are currently open on a first-come, first-served, cash fee availability through December 6. The Bolar Mountain campground loops closed as scheduled after Labor Day.
Visitors can make reservations at www.recreation.gov for campgrounds where reservations are required.
Many recreation sites, including hiking and biking trails, are open year-round. The boat launches at Bolar Flat, Coles Point, and Fortney Branch on Lake Moomaw are open year-round, though services are limited during the winter months. Annual Day Use Passes are available for $30.
For more information, please contact the James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts at (540) 839-2521.
Also, the Brandywine Campground in Pendleton County, West Virginia is temporarily closed for road repairs and campsite improvements. The Brandywine Day Use Area will remain open based on normal operating conditions.
Several factors such as weather conditions and asphalt supply may affect timelines. Road and culvert repair work are scheduled to be completed by early November. As normal operations dictate, the recreation area is scheduled to close its gate for the winter in mid-December.
Visitors should use caution if using the Brandywine Day Use area. Be alert to heavy equipment traveling to and from the campground.
For more information, contact the North River Ranger District at (540) 432-0187.