George Washington National forest

The George Washington National Forest. 

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest officials are temporarily shutting down all campgrounds, bathrooms, off-highway vehicle trails, trail shelters and many day-use areas due to the coronavirus.

"We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff, and are taking these actions in accordance with USDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19," a news release issued Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service said. 

The South Pedlar ATV Trail System in the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District is among areas where off-highway vehicle trails are temporarily shut down. 

Campgrounds and picnic shelters are temporarily unavailable for reservations. Those already holding reservations will be notified as soon as possible and refunds will be processed. Refunds may be delayed, however, due to the volume of cancellations. 

Officials are closely monitoring the situation and are responding to current conditions in efforts to minimize the effects and spread of the virus, according to the release. 

For updates visit www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation.

Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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