George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are temporarily shutting all their campgrounds, bathrooms, off-highway vehicle trails and trail shelters in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced in a Thursday email.

Also included in the closure list are many the national forests’ day-use areas.

Those who made reservations to hold campgrounds and picnic shelters will be notified and refunds will be processed, the release said.

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests combine to form one of the largest areas of public land in the Eastern United States, covering 1.8 million acres in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.

-- Staff Report

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