Virginia's Forests

Our State Forests

Welcome to Virginia's State Forests! The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) manages 22 state forests that total 67,920 acres.

Facts about Forests

National Forests and State Parks

Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Virginia

From the strong industrial base worth $25.4 billion in annual total economic output to a wide-ranging array of forest related values worth $5.1 billion annually, forests in Virginia are healthy and diverse.

Environmental Benefits of Forests in Virginia

Forests clean the air we breathe and prevent erosion and runoff from contaminating streams and lakes. Forests provide a full suite of goods and services that are vital to human health and livelihood, natural assets we call ecosystem services.

About Virginia State Forests

The formation of the State Forest System created a way for the commonwealth to:

The State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funds for operations. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products, demonstrating the value of good forestry practices. In addition, up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the revenue received from the sale of forest products is returned to the counties in which a forest is located.

The VDOF continues to acquire forest land, adding small interior holdings or adjoining land to align boundary lines.

Last modified: Thursday, 06-Nov-2014 10:36:40 EST

Walking, Hiking and Boating
A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who walk, hike or boat on a state forest.

Riding Bicycles and Riding Horses
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit is required for persons aged 16 years-old or older.

Hunting and Fishing
On forests where these activities are allowed, a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting or fishing license are required for persons aged 16 years-old or older in accordance with state regulations.

State Forest Use Permits
Permits cost $16 USD and are valid for one year from date of purchase. Permits can be purchased two ways: