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Crabtree Falls, Spy Rock, and MP 0-13 Blue Ridge Parkway Closed

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests Temporarily Shutting Down Spy Rock Trailhead

Roanoke, VA., April 8, 2020 – In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will temporarily shut down the Spy Rock trailhead effective April 9, 2020.

This temporary shutdown is in addition to those previously announced, such as the shutdown of the Crabtree Falls trailhead.

Other recreation opportunities, such as hunting, fishing and dispersed camping on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, remain available to the public. To protect public health and safety all visitors to the forests are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forests.
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes litter and can be harmful to wildlife and attract predators.
  • Please make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forests. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for our employees and for other visitors.
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forests during high-use periods.

The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

For up-to-date information on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, visit fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation.

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