Virginia's State Forests

Map of Virginia's State Forests.

Read and download our brochure about all of the Virginia State Forests (PDF, 2 pp., 2.2MB, July 2012).

Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

This 19,808-acre forest is located in the piedmont of Virginia. Learn more about the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest > > >

  • Forest tree types: oak-hickory and pine forest.
  • Primary Use: a geocache, hiking.
  • Hunting: Permitted on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest.

Big Woods State Forest

This 2,200-acre forest was acquired in 2010. Learn more about the Big Woods State Forest > > >

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Big Woods State Forest.

Bourassa State Forest

This 288-acre forest is in Bedford County, north of Smith Mountain Lake. Learn more about the Bourassa State Forest >>>

  • Forest tree types: mixed hardwood forest.
  • Primary Use: timber production, an outdoor laboratory, wildlife sanctuary and watershed protection.
  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: 37° 4’ 45.5”, 79° 31’ 26.5”

Browne State Forest

This 129-acre forest is located in Essex County. Learn more about the Browne State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Browne State Forest - Hunter's Map.

Channels State Forest

This 4,836-acre forest is located in Washington and Russell Counties, 15 miles north of Abingdon. The Channels Natural Area Preserve is located on the crest of the mountain and includes The Great Channels of Virginia sandstone outcrop. View our brochure on the Channels State Forest [ PDF format ]. Learn more about the Channels State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Channels State Forest.
  • Lat-Long: 36° 49’ 40.9”, 81° 57’ 43.5 ”

Chilton Woods State Forest

This 397-acre forest is the first State Forest located on the Northern Neck of the Commonwealth of Virginia. By integrating best management practices on this land, we're ensuring that this forest is helping keep the Chesapeake Bay alive and productive. Learn more about the Chilton Woods State Forest >>>

  • Primary Use: bird watching, demonstration of timber-growing techniques and conservation practices to protect wildlife habitats and streams during logging.
  • Hunting: Archery and Black Powder only
  • Lat-Long: 37° 49’ 25.3”, 76° 32’ 7”

Conway Robinson State Forest

This 444-acre forest is a mixture of pine and old growth hardwood stands in Prince William County, adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield and Route 29. View our brochure on the Conway Robinson State Forest [ PDF format ] [Spanish PDF format ]. Learn more about the Conway Robinson State Forest > > >

  • Hunting: Permitted, by lottery permit only. Read the Hunter Protocol if you were selected to hunt.
  • Map: Trail map for the forest (English; PDF format)
  • Lat-Long: 38° 48’ 12.6”, 77° 35’ 16.7”

Crawfords State Forest

The 258-acre forest is located in New Kent County, near Providence Forge. Learn more about the Crawfords State Forest >>>

  • Primary Use: Demonstration and education for forestry, ecology, history, forestry research, hiking, and canoeing.
  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Parking and access: A small grass parking lot 1.75 miles west of Providence Forge on the south side of Rt. 60, puts you at the only trailhead on the property.
  • Lat-Long: North 37° 27’ 12.6", West 77° 4’ 48.6" | 37.4535 -77.080167

Cumberland State Forest

This 16,222-acre forest is located in the piedmont of Virginia. View our brochure on the Cumberland State Forest [ PDF format ]. Learn more about the Cumberland State Forest > > >

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Cumberland State Forest.

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. Learn more about the Devil's Backbone State Forest >>>

  • 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.

Dragon Run State Forest

The 9,562-acre Dragon Run State Forest is located in King and Queen County, 15 miles north of West Point, and 20 miles southeast of Tappahannock. The property protects a significant water resource (Dragon Run Swamp) while allowing for traditional forest management activities. Learn more about the Dragon Run State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Dragon Run State Forest.
  • Lat-Long: 37° 42’ 34.8”, 76° 48’ 26.9”
  • Map: Download a map of the Dragon Run State Forest (English; PDF format)

Hawks State Forest

Located in Carroll County, this 121-acre area is used to demonstrate and manage forestry species indigenous to Southwest Virginia. Hawks State Forest offers watershed protection and wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Hawks State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Prohibited.

Lesesne State Forest

This 422-acre forest is located in the piedmont of Virginia. Learn more about the Lesesne State Forest > > >

  • Hunting: Archery and Black Powder deer hunting are permitted on the Lesesne State Forest.
    • 2014/2015 Season:
      November 30 – January 3: Late Archery Season
      December 13 – January 3: Late Muzzle Loader Season
  • Lat-Long: 37° 50’ 9.3”, 78° 58’ 14.6”

Matthews State Forest

This 566-acre forest is located in Grayson County near the town of Galax. View our brochure on the Matthews State Forest [ PDF format ]. Take me to the Matthews State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Bow-hunting permitted on the Matthews State Forest in designated areas. Handicapped hunts on the forest mean not all dates are available for hunting.
  • Lat-Long: 36° 38’ 34”, 80° 57’ 27.4”

Moore's Creek State Forest

This 2,353-acre forest is in Rockbridge County. Purchased from the City of Lexington, the tract features mountain vistas, scenic trails and abundant wildlife, including black bear, wild turkey and a host of migratory songbirds. Learn more about the Moore's Creek State Forest >>>

Niday Place State Forest

This 254-acre forest on John's Creek Mountain in Craig County has typical mountain hardwood stands. A gift to the commonwealth, the forest is a wildlife sanctuary and used as an outdoor laboratory, and for preservation of wildflowers. Learn more about the Niday Place State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: 37° 23’ 14.9”, 80° 23’ 36.2”

Old Flat State Forest

The Old Flat State Forest is 320 acres of highland meadows and upland forest with species typical of the northeastern US. It is located near the summit of Mount Rogers in Grayson county near the village of Whitetop, VA. Learn more about the Old Flat State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: TBD

Paul State Forest

This 173-acre forest has a variety of hardwood species in Rockingham County. A gift to the commonwealth, the forest's primary uses include hardwood research and demonstration, timber production, hiking, and wildlife habitat protection. Learn more about the Paul State Forest.

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: 38° 26’ 6.7”, 79° 2’ 10.4”

Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest

The 6,461-acre Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest is located in the piedmont of Virginia. The forest is located 15 miles southeast of Farmville, 5 miles southeast of Burkeville along state route 696 and 613. Take me to the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest.

Sandy Point State Forest

The 2,043-acre Sandy Point State Forest is located in King William County, approximately 13 miles southeast of Central Garage off Route 30 at the end of Route 641. Take me to the Sandy Point State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Permitted on the Sandy Point State Forest.

Whitney State Forest

This 148-acre forest, located in Fauquier County, is used for timber production, horseback riding, hiking, research and demonstration and as a wildlife sanctuary. Learn more about what we're doing on the Whitney. Learn more about the Whitney State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Parking and access: One parking lot is available, which can accommodate ten cars. Parking is not allowed on the road.
  • Map: Trail map of the forest (English; PDF format)
  • Lat-Long: 38° 40’ 20.1”, 77° 48’ 19.4”

Zoar State Forest

Zoar State Forest, near Aylett in King William County, was established in 1987 when 378 acres were donated to the VDOF. This land is used to grow timber and agricultural crops, maintain habitat for various species of wildlife, and to provide educational and recreational opportunities. View our brochure on the Zoar State Forest [ PDF format ]. Learn more about the the Zoar State Forest >>>

  • Hunting: Prohibited.

State Forest Use Permit

As of July 1, 2009, a State Forest Use Permit is required for those persons aged 16 or older to practice the following activities on a state forest:

  • ride horses
  • ride mountain bikes
  • hunt
  • fish
  • trap

A valid Virginia hunting license or fishing license in addition to a State Forest Use Permit ($16 per year) are required for hunting, trapping or fishing on the forest.

A State Forest Use Permit is not required for forest visitors who practice the following activities on a state forest:

  • walking
  • hiking
  • boating

Permits can be purchased two ways

  • Go to any location where you purchase a hunting license. Ask the clerk for the "State Forest Permit" to be added to your license.
  • Use your credit card and purchase a permit online from the Virginia Department Of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) website. After signing in, find “Special Licenses” and then “State Forest Use Permit” $16.

About Your State Forests

The State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funds for operation. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products and hunting stamp sales. In addition, up to 25 percent of the revenue receive from the sale of forest products is returned to the counties in which the forests are located. You can support educational programs on your State Forests by donating a portion of your state tax refund to Virginia’s State Forests Fund.

All State Forests are managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) for multiple-use purposes, including watershed protection, recreation, timber production, hunting, fishing, and applied forest research.

Additional information

Last modified: Monday, 06-Apr-2015 18:06:02 EDT

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: