Whitney State Forest

This 148-acre forest, located in Fauquier County, is used for timber production, horseback riding, hiking, research and demonstration and as a wildlife sanctuary. Learn more about what we're doing on the Whitney.

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: 38° 40’ 20.1”, 77° 48’ 19.4”
  • Map: Trail map of the forest (PDF format)

Use Permit | Parking/Hours | Recreation | Regulations

Forest Features

  • Forest tree types: The Whitney State Forest is primarily a natural hardwood forest with yellow poplar, northern red oak, white oak, pignut hickory, red maple, and Virginia pine. There are two pine plantations, one loblolly pine and one white pine.
  • Hunting: Permitted by lottery permit only. Applications accepted until October 4, 2020. Hunter Protocol/Rules. Application. Email Questions

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.
  • Parking and access: One parking lot is available, which can accommodate ten cars. Parking is not allowed on the road.
  • 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.


  • Permitted, by lottery permit only.

    • Information and applications for the 2020 hunting season are found under the Forest Features section of this page.

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: Friday, 18-Sep-2020 15:09:56 EDT