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Unread 04-10-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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Anyone go to George Washington National Forest

hey guys, i was wondering if anyone has gone to this park. Are the trails worth checking out? My jeep is basically stock, so i dont want something extreme, but i also dont want just a flat dirt road.

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Unread 04-10-2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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One, it's not a park.

Two, it's mostly fire roads and scenic trails.

There have been several issues lately with folks tearing up the trails and several trails being shut down. If you do not want flat roads, might want to check out someplace else. But if you are still interested, I'd call the ranger station to see what is still legal and open to you.

Have fun.
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Unread 05-15-2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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There have been several issues lately with folks tearing up the trails and several trails being shut down.
Details or links? I was planning on going a second time but not if it's all shut down and lame!
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Unread 05-16-2009, 02:00 PM   #4
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Closed:
Old Log Run
Dictum Ridge
Kephart Run
Dry River Run
Second Mountain

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/northriver/index.shtml
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Unread 05-17-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Closed:
Old Log Run
Dictum Ridge
Kephart Run
Dry River Run
Second Mountain

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/northriver/index.shtml
Isn't that Dictum trail supposed to be the best one there? Is there anywhere else that offers a decent challenge for near stock rigs (33s or smaller)?
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Unread 05-18-2009, 04:15 AM   #6
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Yep. About 5-6 years ago GW had a great network of trails. But overuse, illegal wheeling and trash dumping led to almost all of them to close down. As far as open trails, your best bet is to run up FR227 to the top of Flagpole Knob. 33"s are overkill for GWNF.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 07:11 AM   #7
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Yep. About 5-6 years ago GW had a great network of trails. But overuse, illegal wheeling and trash dumping led to almost all of them to close down. As far as open trails, your best bet is to run up FR227 to the top of Flagpole Knob. 33"s are overkill for GWNF.
Well I'm locked all around with 33s but I do have some friends with basically stock jeeps (31s, 32s, open diffs) so I'd like to find something that will at least require them to be in 4wd, even if I don't have to be. In November, we camped at Elizabeth Furnace and hit some trails around there, they were really boring and even the guy in a cherokee with bald street 29s had no problem.

Oh and I looked around at the GWNF site for a while and found this page
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/newsroom.../closure.shtml

Stuff like this is sad...


That looks like something people should do in their back yard, not at a national forest.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 07:28 AM   #8
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Old Log Run
Dictum Ridge
Kephart Run
Dry River Run
Second Mountain

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/northriver/index.shtml
Can I ask where you are getting your info from? I didn't see anything at that link about any closures.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 08:04 AM   #9
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I don't think the site specifically names trails, but they are probably in the closed districts.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/conditions/index.shtml
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj/conditio...ed_roads.shtml

HUBDEEP's sources would be nice to know though.
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Unread 05-19-2009, 11:07 AM   #10
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Last I checked I know for sure that Dictum, Dry River, and Second Mountain are still open, and I've received no notification of the other trails....
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Unread 05-19-2009, 01:36 PM   #11
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Last I checked I know for sure that Dictum, Dry River, and Second Mountain are still open, and I've received no notification of the other trails....
If I wanted directions to dictum, what town or whatever would i be looking for? GWNF is a pretty big place.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 08:50 AM   #12
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It might be a stretch, but our club would invite you to wheel on our playground. If you are interested, we are about 2.5 hours from winchester va. Plenty of trails over here, we enjoy "impassable" county roads the most. I run 31's with open dif's on the wifes jeep and mine, which leads to alittle recovery now and then. You could check out tygart lake cabins/motel or camp. Would be glad to meet ya and swap trails.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 05:16 PM   #13
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I'll be checking out GWNF from the 13th to the 20th of June, I remeber on one of the sites it did say something about some trails being down, there was also maps you could print out.
We are camping at a place called "Trout Run" outside of Wardensville
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Unread 05-31-2009, 04:00 PM   #14
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Last I checked I know for sure that Dictum, Dry River, and Second Mountain are still open, and I've received no notification of the other trails....
Negative. Dry River is closed fo sho.

Although the 'salt shack' trail (Dry River) is on City property and not within the National Forest, by order of the City of Harrisonburg it is now officially closed to vehicular traffic. The city has decided to post the property as closed and then log the 100 acres of Hemlock trees.

http://www.dnronline.com/details.php?AID=36222&CHID=2
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