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Profile of National Forest Lands per County, Page County:
George Washington National Forest (GWNF) acres within the County; percentage the forest land represents of all land in the county:
- Page County total acres = 206,000 acres
- GWNF acres in Page County = 27,081 acre or 13.15 percent
Special resources like wilderness, roadless areas, natural heritage sites, creeks and rivers
- Developed Recreation Sites: High Cliff Canoe Camp (boating access, camping, fishing, toilets); Batzell (toilet and boat access); DS Compton Warren; and Moody Landing (toilet, boat access)
- Other Features: Massanutten Trail, Lion’s Tale Trail; Storybook Trail; Browns Hollow Trail (unfinished trail); Waterfall Mountain Cliffs Site (no trail); Scothorn Gap Trail; Moreland Gap Bog; Indian Grave Ridge (trail); Indian Grave Ridge Shale Slope; Hebron Gap (trail and boat ramp); Kennedys Peak (trail and observation); Catherine Furnace Trail; New Market Gap trails.
- Wilderness Areas: None
- Roadless Areas: In Page County there are 5,328 acres of GWNF roadless areas. These areas include: Northern Massanutten (2,067 acres) and Southern Massanutten (3,261 acres).
- Special Biological Interest Areas: 1,138 acres – 2 areas – Browns Hollow and Scothorn Gap
- Special Historic Areas: – 1 area – Catherine Furnace
- Miles of Trails: GWNF lands in Page County provide 50 miles of trails.
- Streams and rivers: on the GWNF in whole or part include but are not limited to the following: South Fork of the Shenandoah River, Cub Run, Morgan Run, Roaring Run, Browns Run, Pitt Springs Run, Big Run, Passage Creek, Duncan Hollow tributary.
Water resources in the county
The water resources either on the GWNF or significant within Page County include two significant water supplies Hite Springs and Hudson Springs. Yager Springs is a productive potential future water supply. Headwaters for Yager Springs are on the GWNF. Another significant water resource in Page County is the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. A portion of the South Fork runs through the GWNF.
Miles of trout streams within the forest in the county
In Page County there are 19.8 miles of trout stream on GWNF land.
Hunting in the GWNF lands in the county
Between 1972 and 2007, a total of 1,493 bear were harvested on public lands in Page County. The annual average black bear harvest in Page, based on recent 10 years harvest reported, is 81 bear per year.
Turkey hunting on GWNF lands in Page County had a 10-year average spring gobbler harvest of 9, or 0.26 killed per square mile of GWNF land.
The 2007 deer kill (total of male, female, fawns) on the GWNF in Page County was approximately 180. The five-year annual average total deer harvest is 165 deer.
Eco-tourism industry in county:
(A variety of outfitting stores for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, bird watching, OHV/ATVs, and mountain biking exist in the county. These promote public use of the GWNF lands. Outfitting stores in the county are listed below, yet are not all-inclusive of such stores in the area.)
Long’s Hunting and Fishing (540) 743-7311; Shenandoah River Outfitters (540) 743-4159; Appalachian Outdoors Adventure and Evergreen Outfitters (540) 743-7400; Hawksbill Bikes Outlanders Inc (540) 743-2040; Predator One Cycles (540) 652-8831; Shenandoah Rods (540) 743-7169