Botetourt County offers hiking for both novices and experts, and features access to the Appalachian Trail.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

The George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest were administratively combined in 1995 to form the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The two National Forests contain nearly 1.8 million acres of public land, representing one of the largest blocks of public land in the eastern United States.

The Jefferson National Forest is comprised of lands located in Virginia (690,106 Acres), West Virginia (18,526 Acres) and Kentucky (961 Acres). The George Washington National Forest is comprised of lands located in Virginia (956,222 Acres) and West Virginia (104,858 Acres). The totals for the combined George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are 1,646,328 acres in Virginia; 123,384 acres in West Virginia; and 961 acres in Kentucky.

The Jefferson National Forest contains four Ranger Districts: Clinch, Glenwood, and the Eastern Divide. Also on the Jefferson National Forest is the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The George Washington National Forest contains Ranger Districts: North River, James River, Lee, Pedlar, and Warm Springs.

The George Washington & Jefferson National Forest borders two sides of Botetourt County providing visitors with opportunities to enjoy natural and recreational sites. There are two Ranger Districts within the county, the Eastern Divide (Formerly the New River Ranger District and New Castle Ranger District) and the Glenwood Peddler. Each offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and biking. Few places offer a better way to experience nature firsthand and to enjoy the solitude of the mountains.

Establishment Location

The Wine Trail of Botetourt County
Visit three family-run wineries with breathtaking mountain views on your own or take a guided tour


Appalachian Trail
Approximately 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine


Blue Ridge Parkway
MP 90.9 and MP 106


Andy Lane/Tinker Cliffs Trail
6.6-mile (round trip) day hike, strenuous


Apple Orchard Falls Cornelius Creek Loop
A beautiful waterfall hike with 90% views of streams


Greenfield Trail System
125 acre trail system for walking, bicycles, mountain bikes, and horseback.


Roaring Run Falls Trail
An easy trail for the whole family, featuring natural rock slides.

Eagle Rock

North Creek Campground
Primitive campground operated by the US Forest Service.