18,175 acres in West Virginia (690,000 acres total). Most of Jefferson National Forest’s acreage is in Virginia, but there’s a small tract in the mountains of southeast West Virginia.
Camping and campfires are allowed freely in the region, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary. Low-impact practices are encouraged. For more information see the listing for Jefferson National Forest in the Virginia chapter.
JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST MAP WEST VIRGINIA Photo Gallery
Waders are so called because they have long legs to walk in the shallow water searching out tiny crustaceans and worms. There are a number of waders that visit the islands, such as dunlins, redshanks, turnstones and purple sandpipers, but only two species breed on them: the ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula), a small bird of 72 in. (19 cm) of which there are up to 24 pairs, and the oystercatcher (Haemmatopus ostralegus) at 17 in. (43 cm), with up to 40 breeding pairs. The oystercatcher sports a bright scarlet bill and is glossy black on its head, back and upper breast, with a white underneath. The 3-4 yellowish eggs, blotched with dark brown, are simply laid in the shingle. The bird’s main diet consists of lugworm, limpets, small shellfish and shrimps. The ringed plover’s food, eggs and nest are very much the same, while the main islands they visit are the Inner Farnes, Brownsman and Staple Island. The sleek and majestic gannet is part of the Sulidae or pelican family and can be seen on a daily basis all around the Farne Islands. They make regular forays down from their huge colonies, high up on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, about 50 miles to the north of the Farne Islands.