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 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.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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