Niday Place State Forest

This 254-acre forest on John's Creek Mountain in Craig County has typical mountain hardwood stands. A gift to the commonwealth, the forest is a wildlife sanctuary and used as an outdoor laboratory, and for preservation of wildflowers.

Niday Place State Forest is managed by the Buckingham and Cumberland state forests. At Exit 141 on Interstate 81 near Salem, follow Route 311 for 19.2 miles to New Castle, and turn west onto Route 42 in New Castle. Niday Place is located on Rt. 658 approximately 1.5 miles from the intersection of Route 42 and Route 658.

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: 37° 23’ 14.9”, 80° 23’ 36.2”

Use Permit | Parking/Hours | Recreation | Regulations

State Forest Use Permit

A State Forest Use Permit may be required for visitors to the state forests.

Parking/Hours of Operation

  • Open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Email the forest personnel.

Recreation Opportunities

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited on all of the state forests.


Camping is not allowed.

Horseback Riding

Horses are permitted on the forest.

Coggins Test Certificates must be available for each horse on State lands.

We recommend that equestrians dismount and lead their horse over bridges and across streams.


Hunting is PROHIBITED on the Niday Place State Forest.

State Forest Regulations

To ensure your safety, read our complete state forest regulations before visiting a forest.

  • No removal of any tree, plant or mineral.
  • Remove all trash.
  • Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited
  • No camping or public display of alcohol.
  • No fireworks, campfires or open air fires of any type.
  • Lawful firearms are permitted.
  • Hunting is prohibited.
  • Fishing in designated areas only in accordance with state fishing regulations.
  • Gasoline motorized boats are not permitted.
  • Vehicular traffic on established roads only; not permitted on gated roads.

Last modified: Wednesday, 08-Apr-2015 11:43:51 EDT