"Serving the County of Wise, the City of Norton, and the Towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, and Wise."

Jefferson National Forest

The Jefferson National Forest is Prize Appalachia country: tumbling waterfalls, rare wildflowers, and vividly colored hills. Jefferson spreads 690,000 acres of hardwood and conifer forest across west-central Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, including the Ridge Province of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 
Virtually every type of outdoor recreation activity you can imagine is available. Hiking, mountain bicycling, fishing, hunting, boating, and camping lead the way, but don’t forget bird watching, horseback riding, and nature photography.
 
Boating
 
Lake Keokee - 11 miles southwest of Appalachia, VA - Paved boat launch ramp - 92 acre lake for fishing and boating - Open: Year around
 
Pound Boat Launch - Pound VA - Access to the 154-acre North Fork of Pound Lake for fishing and boating - Paved boat launch ramp - Open: Year around
 
Wise Boat Launch - 5 miles west of Pound, VA - Paved boat launch ramp - Access to the 154-acre North Fork of Pound Lake - Open: Year around
 
Camping-Picnicking
 
Bark Camp Recreation Area - 12 miles southeast of Norton, VA - 12 picnic units - 30 camping units - Open: May thru Sept.
 
Cane Patch Camping Area - 6.5 miles west of Pound, VA - 34 camping units Open: May thru Sept.
 
Cave Springs Rec. Area - 9 miles west of Big Stone Gap, VA - 59 camping units - Small pond - Open: May thru Sept.
 
Flatwoods Group Picnic Area - 3 miles south of Coeburn, VA - 1 Large shelter, 53 picnic units - Open: May thru Sept.
 
Hanging Rock Picnic Area - 8 miles south of Coeburn, VA - 1 Large shelter, 18 picnic units - Open: April thru Oct.
 
High Knob Recreation Area - 7 miles south of Norton, VA - 14 picnic units - 14 camping units - 4-acre lake - Open: May thru Sept.
 
Lake Keokee - 11 miles southwest of Appalachia, VA - 4 picnic units - Open: Year around
 
Pound Boat Launch - North Fork of Pound Lake, Pound, VA - 4 picnic units - Open: Year around
 
TRAILS
 
Appalachia Loop Trail - Appalachia, VA - Trail Length: 4 miles - Trail Level: Difficult
 
Chief Benges’ Scout Trail - Norton, VA - Trail Length: 18.7 miles - Trail Level: Difficult
 
Devils Fork Trail - Northwest of Fort Blackmore, VA - Trail Length: 9.3 miles - Trail Level: Difficult
 
Guest River Gorge Trail - Coeburn, VA - Trail Length: 5.8 miles - Trail Level: Easy
 
Lake Keokee Loop Trail - 11 miles southwest of Appalachia, VA - Trail Length: 3.7 miles - Trail Level: Easy
 
Laurel Fork Trail - North Fork of Pound Lake, Pound, VA - Trail Length: 1.5 miles - Trail Level: Medium
 
Little Stony National Recreation Trail - South of Coeburn, VA - Trail Length: 3 miles - Trail Level: Medium
 
Phillips Creek Loop Trail - Pound, VA - Trail Length: 1.3 miles - Trail Level: Easy
 
Pine Mountain Trail - Pound Gap, Pound, VA - Trail Length: 110 miles - Trail Level: Difficult
 
Red Fox Trail - Pound, VA - Trail Length: 2 miles - Trail Level: Easy
 
Stone Mountain Trail - Appalachia, VA - Trail Length: 14.3 miles - Trail Level: Difficult
 
Sugar Hill Loop Trail - St. Paul, VA - Trail Length: 8 miles, linked with Guest River Gorge Trail to form an intermediate 16 miles - Trail Level: Medium
 
Green Belt Walking Trail - Big Stone Gap, VA - Trail Length: 5 miles - Trail Level: Easy