Goshen Boy Scout Reservation

Notice: The area between the Beltway and Lake Merriweather (labeled as archery only hunting) will be closed to hunting on October 6, 2018. Please be respectful of the special event occurring in that area and stay clear.

Located in the western portion of Rockbridge County and adjoining the Goshen Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area, the Goshen Scout Reservation provides an excellent opportunity to hunt, fish, hike, and view wildlife.

The property is own and managed by the National Capital Area Council, Inc. Boy Scout of America.  Thanks to a lease agreement with the Department, the public may now access more than 2,700 acres of prime forestland and the 450 acre Lake Merriweather to hunt, fish, hike and enjoy wildlife.  The areas eastern and southern boundary adjoin the Department’s Goshen and Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area.  Lake Merriweather is located in the center of property, surrounded by forestland and Scout facilities, providing an excellent and rather unique opportunity for angling on flat, open water.

Public Access Lands for Sportsmen

The PALS program has opened more than 30,000 acres of private land to public use including this 2,700 acre portion of the Goshen Scout Reservation.  A PALS permit is required to hunt, fish, view wildlife or access the public portions of the property in addition to all other applicable hunting or fishing licenses.  Proceeds from the purchase of the PALS permit will be used for the on-going lease payment to the Boy Scouts and to provide additional public access opportunities in the future.

PALS permits can be acquired through license agents or online.

Buy Your Permit Now


The property provides an excellent opportunity to hunt for deer, bear, turkey and squirrel.  Other species including waterfowl and even grouse can be found on the property.  Hunting seasons follow regulations for the adjoining Goshen WMA, please refer to the current Hunting Digest for specific hunting seasons.

The area is open for scouting/hunting from September 4 – May 31:

  • No Sunday hunting
  • Refer to the attached map for hunting zones on the area
  • Vehicles must stay on developed roads with parking along the road – do not block gates or the road.
  • Hunting stands/blinds must be temporary and removed with the hunter at the end of the day
  • No horses or ATVs
  • No hunting with hounds for deer, bear, raccoon or fox
  • Refer to the Hunting Digest for specific hunting season.
  • Goshen Boy Scout Reservation Hunting Map (PDF)


Lake Merriweather is a fairly shallow reservoir, with depths averaging four feet throughout much of the lake and max depths near the dam measuring 20 feet. There are a variety of sportfish to target.

Learn more about Lake Merriweather, including regulations, maps, and tips for anglers

Miscellaneous Information

Please remember that public access is provided by an annual lease agreement with the Boy Scouts of America.  We ask that you pay particular attention to the rules for hunting and fishing on the area and be respectful of the Boy Scout’s property: clean any trash that you or others have left, report any violation that you witness, and be kind and courteous to Scout employees and staff. If you have any questions about public access to the property please contact DGIF’s Region 4 office, 540-248-9360.