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.