Devil's Backbone State Forest
This 558-acre forest, located in Shenandoah County, was a gift to the commonwealth and is used for education and demonstration, research, timber production, watershed protection and a wildlife sanctuary. The main research focus has been for the restoration of the American Chestnut.
- Forest tree types: The Devil's Backbone State Forest tree species include: white oak, chestnut oak, scarlet oak, black oak, Virginia pine, red maple, tablemountain pine, black gum, pignut hickory and black birch. The other distinct forest cover is a Southern Pine forest containing mainly loblolly pine and Virginia pine.
- Hunting: Not permitted on the forest.
- Horseback Riding: Not permitted on the forest.
- Parking and access: The Devil's Backbone
State Forest is not open to the public.
About the State Forest System
State Forests provide a working demonstration of forests and forest management
techniques. The Virginia State Forest System follows these forest management
- Contribute to the conservation of biological diversity of the forest and
the landscape in which it resides.
- Maintain or improve the productive capacity of the forest.
- Maintain the health and vigor of the forest, its landscape and its watershed.
- Provide resources for cleaner air by absorbing carbon dioxide, known as
- Provide socioeconomic benefits.
- Protect soil productivity and water quality.
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