Top Free Dispersed Camping near George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

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Best Dispersed Sites Near George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, VA (18)

    Camper-submitted photo from Braley Pond Dispersed Camping & Day Use Area
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    1.

    Braley Pond Dispersed Camping & Day Use Area

    11 Reviews
    6 Photos
    368 Saves
    West Augusta, Virginia

    Braley Pond Day Use Area is a very popular access to multiple trailheads including Ramsey's Draft Wilderness. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this universally accessible area perfect for family picnics, or plan to stay overnight in the adjacent dispersed camping site.

    No dispersed camping allowed in picnic area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Spy Rock
    Camper-submitted photo from Spy Rock
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    Camper-submitted photo from Poor Farm Dispersed Recreation Area

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    Poor Farm Dispersed Recreation Area

    4 Reviews
    1 Photo
    73 Saves
    Warm Springs, Virginia

    Hiking and fishing opportunities are abundant at Poor Farm Dispersed Recreation Area. Enjoy hiking trails that meander along the Jackson River, or break out that rod and reel as the trout stocked waters are popular amongst fly and traditional fishermen alike.

    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from George Washington National Forest off 812
    Camper-submitted photo from George Washington National Forest off 812
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    Camper-submitted photo from Flagpole Knob
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    Flagpole Knob

    6 Reviews
    37 Photos
    213 Saves
    Brandywine, West Virginia

    Forest Road 85 travels 3.6 miles to the summit of Flagpole Knob, wobbling along the top of the Alleghany Mountains following the border between Virginia and West Virginia. This high elevation access route brings the wildlife watcher into habitats not encountered elsewhere on the North River Loop of the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
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    Camper-submitted photo from Switzer Lake Dispersed Camping
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    Switzer Lake Dispersed Camping

    9 Reviews
    57 Photos
    379 Saves
    Brandywine, West Virginia

    This colossal lake is a sight to behold. The surrounding forested mountains appear to just drop into the lake, making for scenery reminiscent of majestic paintings by the late Bob Ross. The lake should be checked during migration and winter for waterfowl. At other times of the year, it could host great blue and green herons and, on occasion, a bald eagle or osprey may drop in to pick out a bass for dinner. The neighboring hillsides are heavily wooded and host many woodland birds. Pileated woodpeckers can be heard as their loud raucous call reverberates across the lake. American goldfinch twitter overhead and ruffed grouse and wild turkey stalk the roadsides. Careful exploration is sure to reward the butterfly enthusiast; tiger and spicebush swallowtail, question mark, silver-spotted skipper, and American painted lady have been spotted here. There is little reason to doubt why they frequent this site as Black Eyed Susan, milkweed, wild columbine, and Queen Anne’s lace abound.

    Note that because this lake serves as the main water supply for surrounding towns, swimming and gas motorboating are prohibited. Camping is restricted to areas further down Skidmore Fork Rd/Switzer Lake Rd with less accessible sites past the second river crossing. Be sure to secure any food overnight as black bears are known to frequent campsites in this area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Site off FR 812
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Site off FR 812
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Site off FR 812

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    Dispersed Camping Site off FR 812

    2 Reviews
    3 Photos
    104 Saves
    Glasgow, Virginia

    The best way to find out what areas are open to dispersed camping is to contact the nearest District Office to the area you wish to visit. Dispersed camping is not allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, or trailheads. Many people drive out on Forest Service roads and look for a clearing or a spot with a view. Do not drive on meadows to access your camping site. Drive on existing roads to prevent resource damage. Dispersed camping is allowed in a one-mile perimeter away from campgrounds and 200 feet from any stream. To prevent resource damage please keep your campsite within 150 feet from a roadway.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
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    Reservoir Road Dispersed Campsite

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    15 Saves
    Buena Vista, Virginia

    The best way to find out what areas are open to dispersed camping is to contact the nearest District Office to the area you wish to visit. Dispersed camping is not allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, or trailheads. Many people drive out on Forest Service roads and look for a clearing or a spot with a view. Do not drive on meadows to access your camping site. Drive on existing roads to prevent resource damage. Dispersed camping is allowed in a one-mile perimeter away from campgrounds and 200 feet from any stream. To prevent resource damage please keep your campsite within 150 feet from a roadway.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
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According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular dispersed campground near George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is Braley Pond Dispersed Camping & Day Use Area with a 5-star rating from 11 reviews.

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