Visitors from all over come to Strom to get to the rock slide in the Roaring Run, in the George Washington National Forest. 

Four national forests, including George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia, will be reopening trailheads and access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail today.

In a news release Thursday announcing the reopenings, the USDA Forest Service asked visitors to maintain 6 feet of distance, avoid congregating in parking areas and refrain from large gatherings.

The release also warned some bathroom facilities may not be open, shelters will remain closed and limited staffing could mean a delay in rescue operations.

“It is not recommended that visitors engage in risky recreation activities at this time,” the release said.

Other national forests participating in the coordinated reopening are the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, and Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.

— Richmond Times-Dispatch

Venue Cinemas to begin drive-in movie screenings

Venue Cinemas in Lynchburg is preparing to host weekly drive-in movie screenings in its parking lot, beginning with “The Wizard of Oz,” according to a Facebook post from the cinema.

The Venue soon will announce a start date for the outdoor screenings. The plan is to show movies Fridays and Saturdays for now, with possible expansion to other days depending on audience response.

— Shannon Kelly

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