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
The Jefferson National Forest contains five Ranger Districts: Clinch,
Glenwood, New Castle, and the New River Valley. Also on the Jefferson
National Forest is the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The George
Washington National Forest contains six Ranger Districts: Deerfield, Dry
River, James River, Lee, Pedlar, and Warm Springs.