Forest Service prepares for winter by closing down seasonal roads, limit services

Outdoors Bound

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service is preparing for the winter season.

The department has decided to close or reduce services at some campgrounds. Some campgrounds will be open, but with limited services meaning no camp hosts, no trash pick-up, no water, no electricity, and/or no restrooms available.

“Although some sites and roads close for the winter season, there are still many recreation destinations, roads, and trails that are open on forest lands for people to enjoy,” said Forest Supervisor Joby Timm. “Forest lands offer an opportunity for people to connect with the outdoors throughout the year.”

The Forest Service will also close seasonal roads on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests on Jan. 10 through April 1 in 2022 as a way to help protect road surfaces from damage and protect wildlife.

For a full list of which services are available, check out the Forest Service website.

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