George Washington National Forest



By Aneta Kaluzna (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests combine to form one of the largest areas of public lands in the eastern US with around 2,000 miles of hiking trails and cover 1.8 million acres.

It’ll take about 2 hours to get to the closest portion of the park.

Obviously, there is lots to see in this park, so we won’t be able to visit the whole thing. I’ll need to investigate more specific areas.

For example, one of the areas nearby is the Confederate Breastworks Interpretive Site that has the following description:

A popular scenic viewing area for fall foliage, this winding 0.5 mile interpretive trail meanders along the top of Shenandoah Mountain. Relive the events of April 1862 through the letters of Captain Shepherd Pryor, a member of the 12th Georgia Regiment, to his wife. This is also a popular access point to the gently rolling Shenandoah Mountain Trail, and Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness.

Or…we could visit something like the Brandywine Recreational area and have a picnic:

Residing on the 10 acre Brandywine Lake, this wooded recreation area affords access to multiple hiking and mountain biking trails, a swimming beach, and a campground with an onsite host.

Whenever we manage to make it there, I’ll post photos!


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