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Glen Alton...

From the 1930s through the 1980s, Glen Alton was the farm and vacation retreat of a banker from nearby Pearisburg. The farm was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1999. The Forest Service has restored the farm and created a public recreation area that includes interpretive displays, picnic areas, trails and (coming soon!) overnight lodging.

The historic Glen Alton property, which is located north of Pembroke in the Eastern Divide Ranger District of the Jefferson National Forest, is an outstanding and underutilized natural and historic resource for our region. The Glen Alton site is characterized by a gently rolling terrain and possesses a variety of scenic, natural and cultural resources including mountain views, wetlands, rivers, ponds and streams and the historic lodge, barns and caretaker's house which date back to the early 20th Century.

The property is owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. It has been in use for many years by local residents for hunting, fishing, bird watching and, more recently, wedding receptions. It is now sufficiently developed to accommodate larger groups of visitors wishing to explore the pristine and rustic scenery which abounds in this county.



Eastern Divide Ranger District
USDA Forest Service
110 Southpark Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 552-4641

Mon-Fri   8:00 am – 4:30 pm


What To Do at Glen Alton...

Photos by Alisa Moody - Wild Country Studios



Giles County Pages...


  • Glen Alton is open dawn to dusk. There is currently no overnight use.
  • For those interested in camping, White Rocks Campground is only four (4) miles away. It is open May through November.
  • There is no charge to visit Glen Alton.
  • The house has been restored and there are bathrooms available.
  • There is no drinking water.
  • Parking is available outside the property gate.
  • Vehicles are not allowed within the gate.
  • Much of the property is wheelchair accessible.
  • Elevation : 2500'
  • U.S. Congressman Rick Bouchers notes on the recovery of Glen Alton

Learn about the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trails in Virginia

Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641



From Blacksburg: Follow US 460 west for about 15 miles. Turn right on Big Stony Creek Road (State Route 635). Go approximately 13 miles. Turn left onto Glen Alton Road (State Route 722), Nettle Hollow Road is on the right.


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