NATURAL BRIDGE STATION, Va. (WFXR) – The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have announced a temporary shutdown of the Spy Rock Trailhead as of Thursday, April 9.
The temporary shutdown corresponds with current federal, state and local guidelines for continued social distancing to protect the health and safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers.
Various other recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, and dispersed camping in both the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will continue to be available, though the United States Forest Service continues to urge all visitors to adhere to the guidelines set forth by national, state and local authorities which include:
- Avoid visiting the forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow CDC guidelines 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 cam 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
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