Coldbrook Campground offers 22 shaded campsites* at the intersection of Coldbrook and Soldier Creeks that are open year round. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis, each campsite can fit up eight people and two vehicles (additional fee applies for the second vehicle). This campground is less populated then nearby Crystal Lake Recreation Area. However, it does reach capacity on most summer weekends. Each campsite has a fire pit and grill, and picnic tables are available on the grounds. Potable water is available on the campgrounds.
The trailhead for the 7-mile round trip hike to the summit of Smith Mountain is just 1/3 of a mile away and the popular Bridge to Nowhere hike is a short drive away. RV's are allowed up to 22 feet, but there are no hookups for electricity or waste.
*Note: Camping - $12 per night per site, $5 for extra vehicle. Day use - $5 per vehicle. Adventure Pass will be honored for day use. Campsites are first-come-first-served. Adventure Pass required for vehicles parked outside the campground. A California Campfire Permit is required.
Beautiful spacious and private campgrounds. We had a campsite next to the creek and it was beautiful to see and listen to.
Cons: The incessant number of bugs during the day- flies, gnats, wasps- you name it. People dont pick up after themselves or dogs. We had an excess of flies due to the overwhelming number of poop puddles left throughout just our campsite alone- ppl left trash, human waste, vomit puddles. Other than that- the campgrounds are beautiful with the natural vegitation mix of what seem to be some sort of large succulent with an abundance of beautiful trees and shrubs. The creek or stream is a good size- its not just a tiny trickle- you can hear the running stream while you sleep. At night, we camped during a no fire period so no campfires or outdoor propane gas stove fires. We sat in the darkness and took in the stars with the sound of the creek below us. Campsite comes with a picnic table, a small fire pit ring and bbq grill. We camped with five little dogs- crowds usually give me anxiety for fear of them barking and disturbing the peace but the space between each campsite was ample and private enough to put my mind at ease.
This is a great little campground. This is right up hwy 39, which is a quick getaway for us to do a 1 night trip. We absolutely love this place. I would give it 5 stars, but the toilets stopped me! Take your own TP and prepare for the worst. It's still doable though for a little gem of a campground. We are sad that they're closed right now during covid because i could use a quick getaway. Hopefully it'll be open soon.
Campground looks closed, so continued driving up the mountain to Crystal Lake which also seemed closed. I wish I would have stayed here though as it’s closer to town. No flame of any sort allowed including gas stoves.
We were looking for a place to plop the night before hiking Bridge to Nowhere and stumbled into this little campground. There wasn't a lot of options since it's first-come, but we found a great little spot right on a stream to set up. The ranger came buy to say hello and he ended up giving us some advice on the weather and a warning about the hike. If there's weather coming it can get dangerous fast! The skies were blue on the hike out but suddenly hail started and it down poured! I've never been so scared of a flashflood in my life so we ran the 5 miles out to safety. It was pretty memorable! Definitely do that hike if you stay here!
We have camped here a few times. Had an encounter with a bear both times. Lost our marshmellows. 1st come spots had us looking for a good one. Can get full on weekends. Not a bad spot really. Pit toliets. Campground not to far from crystal lake or town, for quik ice runs.
Very mellow and quiet camp area. Spots are first come first serve which was perfect for us
Nice place with decent people around. Mostly quiet campers except that one family we all know. Good bird-watching in the morning. Stream and faucets nearby. Good campground.
We left LA (Hollywood) on a Friday afternoon around 3, and were setting up camp by 5! Luckily a friend got to the campground before us though, as he snagged the last of the 20 or so sites there.
There is a great little creek that runs through the campground. Standard pit toilets. Friendly people.
Whoever had the site before us left trash all over. The dumpsters were also overflowing on Friday, but were cleaned out on Saturday.
Good hiking nearby- we walked from our camp site to the Smith Mountain trailhead. 7 mile out and back to the peak. Difficult hike though.
Biggest con: the loudness of cars driving by on the adjacent road. We were in site 16 and those guys who take their little Hondas or motorcycles through the mountain roads at night broke the serenity of the campground.