Recreation on Virginia's State Forests

The State Forests provide exceptional recreational opportunities. All of the forests in their beauty and splendor are available free to passive recreational activities throughout the year. There are hundreds of miles of forest trails available for non-motorized use such as hiking, cross-country skiing or observing nature. Cable-suspended footbridges offer unique experiences crossing the Willis River on the Cumberland State Forest. Lakes provide opportunities for fishing, and rivers located within the forest provide fishing and canoeing opportunities. There are shelters within the forest that offer picnicking while enjoying the beauty of nature.

Biking, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and hunting are available on many of the state forests. A State Forest Use Permit is required for some activities, in addition to appropriate licenses. You can also find geocaches on some of the forests.

Hunting continues to be one of the major recreational uses of the forests during the late fall or early winter. A State Forest Use Permit is required, in addition to valid licenses.

State Forest County Acres Trails
(miles)
Vehicle Roads
(miles)
Gated Vehicle Trails
(miles)
Ponds / Lakes Hunting/
Fishing/
Trapping
Picnic Shelter Biking Horse
Riding
Comments
Appomattox-Buckingham
Trail Map
Appomattox &
Buckingham
19,808 20.4 22 92.5 2 yes 2 yes yes  
Big Woods Sussex 2,220 0 3.8 5.9 0 yes 0 yes yes  
Bourassa Bedford 288 0 0 .6 1 no 0 no no  
Browne Essex 128 0 0 .5 0 yes 0 yes no No parking.
Channels Washington & Russell 4,836 0 0 38.8 0 yes 0 yes yes Hiking trails; no parking.
Chilton Woods Lancaster 397 0 0 .5 0 no 0 yes no  
Conway Robinson Prince William 444 4 .2 1.4 0 no 1 yes yes  
Crawfords New Kent 258 0 0 .8 0 no 0 yes no  
Cumberland
Trail Map
Cumberland 16,222 30.5 24.8 74.8 4 yes 1 yes yes  
Devils Back Bone Shenandoah 517 0 0 2 0 no 0 no no Not open to the public.
Dragon Run King & Queen 9,563 0 17.8 21 2 yes 0 yes yes No parking.
Hawks Carroll 121 0 0 0 0 no 0 no no No parking.
Lesesne Nelson 422 0 0 1.5 0 no 0 no no No parking.
Matthews Grayson 566 1.3 0 4.5 2 yes 0 yes yes Hunting Archery Only
Moore's Creek Rockbridge 2,353 5 0 5 0 yes 0 no no
Niday Place Craig 254 0 0 .4 0 no 0 no no No parking.
Old Flat Grayson 320 0 0 0 0 no 0 no no No parking.
Paul Rockingham 173 0 0 1.2 0 no 0 yes yes  
Prince Edward Gallion Prince Edward 6,461 8.4 11.9 28 0 yes 0 yes yes  
Sandy Point King William 2,043 0 0 12 1 yes 1 yes yes  
Whitney Fauquier 148 5.8 0 1 0 no 0 yes yes  
Zoar King William 378 1.5 .2 .6 1 no 0 yes no  

Last modified: Tuesday, 02-Aug-2016 12:48:29 EDT

Walking, Hiking and Boating
A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who walk, hike or boat on a state forest.

Riding Bicycles and Riding Horses
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit is required for persons aged 16 years-old or older.

Hunting and Fishing
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting or fishing license are required for persons aged 16 years-old or older in accordance with state regulations.

State Forest Use Permits
Permits cost $16 USD and are valid for one year from date of purchase. Permits can be purchased two ways: