Hawks State Forest


The 121-acre Hawks State Forest is located in Carroll County. Virginia’s smallest state forest, the Hawks lies on the Blue Ridge Escarpment, the slope where the mountains meet the Piedmont.

Conservation of forest resources is this forest’s main purpose. Turkey Creek crosses the property. Mixed upland hardwoods and cove hardwoods predominate. The stand of yellow-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) that can be seen along Route 620 features trees well over 100 feet tall and still growing.

The forest adjoins the Stewarts Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is owned and managed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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At a Glance

Access Status: Open to the Public
Hours: Open daily from dawn until dusk

Physical Address:
36° 36’ 12”, -80° 46’ 20”
Route 620, Lambsburg Road, Lambsburg, VA 24351

Parking/Access: Access and road shoulder parking on Route 620

Restroom Facilities: None

Visitors are asked to adopt a “leave-no-trace” ethic when visiting the forest, as there are no restrooms or trash cans on the forest itself. ​ ​

Other Facilities: None
Seasonal Closures: None

Forest History
Hawks became a State Forest in 1996 through a donation from Guy and Louise Hawks.
Forest Management

The overall objective is to maintain healthy, high-quality timber and provide other use benefits to the public, and to manage the property for the best use of the resources to benefit the area. The Hawks State Forest is a living laboratory for managing a valuable timber resource, watershed, and aesthetics in such a manner that other public benefits are not permanently impaired.

Recreational Opportunities

Recreational uses of the Hawks State Forest are limited to nature study and wildlife watching.

Visitors are asked to adopt a “leave-no-trace” ethic when visiting the forest, as there are no restrooms or trash cans on the forest itself.

ATV/ORV use, camping, and swimming are prohibited on all State Forests.

A State Forest Use Permit* is required for individuals aged 16 and older to hunt, fish, trap, horseback ride, or mountain bike on state forest lands. The permit can be purchased online or where hunting licenses are sold.

Trails and Roads

  • No roads or developed trails on the forest.



Mountain Biking


Horseback Riding


Fishing and Boating


Hunting and Trapping


Other Recreational Opportunities

Passive recreational opportunities, such as wildlife watching and nature photography, are available.

Educational Opportunities
  • Self-learning opportunities are available.
Contact Us

For more information or questions, e-mail us or use our contact form.

State Forest Main Office
Located at Cumberland State Forest
751 Oak Hill Road, Cumberland, VA 23040-2511
E-mail | (804) 492-4121

Local Contact
Zach Olinger, Forest Manager and Education Specialist
106 Forestry Lane, Galax, VA 24333
E-mail | (276) 236-2322

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