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George Washington National Forest

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Location: in Hardy County, Hampshire County, Pendleton County

More than 6,000 acres of the million-acre George Washington National Forest are located in West Virginia in the state's eastern panhandle near Franklin and Moorefield, WV. Fishing and hunting are popular in this breathtaking mountainous area, which, though seemingly remote, lies only 30-miles west of Interstate 81 (I-81) near Strasburg, VA. The South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac drains the southern segment of the region; the Lost River and Cacapon River drain the northern segment. Both are popular tubing, fishing, and canoeing streams. The National Forest Service (NFS) maintains several campgrounds and recreation areas in this portion of the forest.


George Washington National Forest -- Hardy & Hampshire Counties Region

The northernmost segment of the forest in West Virginia, in Hardy County and Hampshire County, protects the westward flanks of Great North Mountain on West Virginia's eastern border with Virginia. One of the region's most famous attributes, Trout Pond, the only natural lake in West Virginia, is located alongside Rock Cliff Lake in the Trout Pond Recreation Area (NFS), which provides for camping and fishing. Hawk Campground (NFS), to the north, near Capon Springs, provides a popular campground 30 miles from Interstate 81 (I-81).


George Washington National Forest -- Pendleton County Region

The southernmost segment of the forest in West Virginia, in Pendleton County, protects the westward flanks of lofty Shenandoah Mountain, ascending to more than 4,000 feet above sea level, and the distinctive, lower knobs that rise to its west -- from southwest to northeast, Lick Run Knob (2,880 ft.), Shriner Knob (2,685 ft.), Marks Knob (2,820 ft.), Granddaddy Knob (2,590 ft), Evick Knob (2,682 ft.), Cowger Mountain (2,830 ft.), Heavener Mountain (2,837 ft.), Brushy Knob (2,780 ft.), Dunkle Knob (2,782 ft.), Round Knob (2,558 ft), Whetmiller Knob (2,832 ft.), Dug Knob (2,454 ft.), Little Cow Knob (2,500 ft.), Mitchell Knob (2,730 ft.), Fisher Knob (2,844 ft.), and Ant Knob (3,815 ft.). Camping and boating are popular at Brandywine Lake in the Brandywine Recreation Area (NFS), on U.S. Route 33 near Franklin, WV. The more remote Camp Run Campground, near Fort Seybert, is approximately 20 miles north of Brandywine.


National Forests -- Jefferson & George Washington: NFS Website