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Places to Camp near Hot Springs, VA

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Hot Springs, VA has a lot to offer. Enjoy the scenic camping, fun activities, and sights and sounds of Hot Springs. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Hot Springs camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Hot Springs, VA (125)

    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground

    1.

    Douthat State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    86 Photos
    208 Saves
    Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Cabins

    To camp at Douthat State Park you must have with you either your reservation number(s) or confirmation letter at check-in. If you've arranged for someone else to check in for you, make sure that person has your reservation number as the number is needed to enter the cabin. All cabins are pet-friendly; there is a fee per pet per night. Camping and cabin guests should be prepared to show a valid ID if requested. Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m.

    Camping

    Douthat is known for delightful, inviting campsites and makes great camping near Richmond. Some offer a splendid view of Douthat Lake. Camping is available year-round in Whispering Pines campground. (Note: Water is unavailable at individual campsites from November through March because of freezing weather. As hot water is still available in the bathhouse, camping fees are not reduced.) The campgrounds are pet-friendly. Generators may not be used in any campgrounds.

    Lodges

    Please note that the cancellation fee for Douthat Main Lodge, Creasey Lodge and Beard's Mountain Lodge is higher than it is for cabins.

    Douthat Lodge (atop mountain): Six-bedroom, rents Saturday - Saturday

    This log lodge overlooks the park. It was built by the CCC. It sleeps 13 and allows 15. There are six bedrooms: one queen bed, one queen bed, one queen bed, four twin beds, two twin beds and one twin bed. It has a fireplace, two bathrooms, a washer and a dryer.

    Creasey Lodge (behind park's main office). Five-bedroom. Weekly rentals start on Friday when a week-long stay is required. Fully universally accessible.

    This one story wood-frame lodge is next to the park office. It accommodates up to 18 guests. There are five bedrooms: one queen bed, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds. It has a fireplace and three bathrooms.

    Beards Mountain Lodge: Six-bedroom, maximum occupancy is 16. Weekly rentals start on Sunday when a week-long stay is required.

    This frame-built facility is midway up the mountain and is universally accessible. It accommodates up to 16 guests. There are three bathrooms and six-bedrooms; queen, queen, two twins, two twins, two bunk beds, two bunk beds.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

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    Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

    23 Reviews
    60 Photos
    224 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, camping and hiking. There is little to no cell service, so be ready to disconnect!

    Recreation

    Boating, canoeing, water skiing and relaxing on the beach are popular activities at the lake. Anglers fish for brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. A boat ramp is located at the Bolar Flat Marina, which has a modern dock with boat slips. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks: Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook. Looking for a more primitive experience? Hike or boat to Greenwood Point for dispersed camp sites.__

    Facilities

    We have four campgrounds here at Bolar Mountain Recreation area; Sugar Ridge, Campground 1, Campground 2 & Campground 3 respectively. Each campground has "Prime" sites which have a view and/or direct access to the lake, those seeking electric sites will find most of their options at Campground 1 followed by 2 & 3. Potable water taps can be found throughout each camp along with flush toilets and showers. Individual camp sites have a picnic table, lantern post, a fire ring and a Camp Host to answer any questions/concerns you may encounter.____ Campers can empty their waste tanks at one of the two dump stations at Campground 1 or Campground 2.__

    Natural Features

    The campground sits on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, a manmade lake covering 2,530 acres along the Jackson River. The lake is held by Gathright Dam, constructed in the 1980's by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. The lake's average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline making it the second largest impoudment in western virginia.Bolar Mountain is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest which span 1.8 million acres across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. The forest protects 40 tree species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Hidden Valley is a short drive from the lake and has ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiast: Hike or ride your horse along the Jackson River, all the way to Poor Farm, cast a line for trout, and stay at the Hidden Valley Campground or even better the historic bed and breakfast. Warm Springs has restaurants, shopping and a Historical Society for Bath County in addition to other typical amenities.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA

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    Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA

    28 Reviews
    111 Photos
    138 Saves
    Natural Bridge, Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Morris Hill Campground

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    Morris Hill Campground

    9 Reviews
    41 Photos
    48 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Morris Hill is a peaceful, rustic campground for groups of family and friends. The family campground is a family-friendly destination perched on a ridge above Lake Moomaw. Kids can have fun at the playground while older generations sit back and relax in the shade. The group sites accommodate up the 25 guests with space for up to eight tents. Campers can enjoy the wonders of camping with simple pleasures like s'mores on the campfire, berry picking in the woods, and watching for waterfowl and wildlife like deer. The convenient location near Lake Moomaw and sandy swim beaches, a fishing pier, boat ramp, and hiking and biking trails makes Morris Hill a popular spot.

    Recreation

    An inviting swimming beach at Coles Point attracts many visitors. About less than a mile from the campground is a fishing pier where anglers seek brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. Back Creek is also nice for trout fishing. Hikers enjoy the Morris Hill Bike Trail and Fortney Loop Trail.

    Facilities

    An inviting swimming beach at Coles Point attracts many visitors. About less than a mile from the campground is a fishing pier where anglers seek brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. Back Creek is also nice for trout fishing. Hikers enjoy the Morris Hill Bike Trail and Fortney Loop Trail.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits on a ridge overlooking Lake Moomaw. It is about a half-mile from the south end of the lake. Lake Moomaw, which flows from the Jackson River, is a cold-water 2,530-acre lake with an inviting swimming beach. Morris Hill is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which spans across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 species of trees that are mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

    Nearby Attractions

    Head downstream of the Jackson River for fly fishing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking. A half hour east of the lake is Hot Springs, Virginia, a quaint village known as a rural resort town.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions group camping will not be open this season. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit www.cdc.gov for the latest information on the virus.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Sherwood

    5.

    Lake Sherwood

    7 Reviews
    44 Photos
    59 Saves
    Hot Springs, Virginia

    Overview

    Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is a complete family destination offering a wide variety of activities and camping options. Standard, tent-only and group camping facilities are perched along Lake Sherwood, the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest. Swimming beaches, a picnic area, boat ramp and several hiking trails are among the features of the area.

    Recreation

    Anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.

    Facilities

    Anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.

    Natural Features

    At an elevation of 2,600 feet, Lake Sherwood spans 156 acres. The recreation area is part Monongahela National Forest, which comprises about a million acres of forest in West Virginia, and attracts 1.3 million visitors each year. A variety of animals make their home here, including black bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, otter and mink.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is a 15 minute drive. The West Virginia State Fair, held in August each year, is located 30 minutes away in Lewsiburg, West Virginia.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $24 - $34 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Seneca State Forest

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    Seneca State Forest

    12 Reviews
    57 Photos
    106 Saves
    Dunmore, West Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park

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    Riverside Campground — Watoga State Park

    8 Reviews
    20 Photos
    58 Saves
    Hillsboro, West Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $23 - $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground

    8.

    Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground

    17 Reviews
    61 Photos
    132 Saves
    Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Overview

    Cave Mountain Lake Group Camp is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and welcomes visitors to enjoy the rustic beauty and peacefulness of the area. Easy access from the interstate and close proximity to historic Lexington and Natural Bridge State Park make Cave Mountain Lake an ideal destination. Cave Mountain Lake covers seven acres and was built in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, using existing natural rock buttresses to form the 35-foot dam. A grassy field extends from the lake's sandy beach to forested hills that paint a scenic backdrop.

    Recreation

    The 7 acre lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area which includes a sand beach. Fishing for youth only (ages 15 and under) is open from April 1st through June 15th, then fishing is open to anglers of all ages with a valid Virginia fishing license for the remainder of the season. There are several piers around the lake for better fishing access. A number of opportunities for photography, birding, and wildlife viewing are available along the trails and water's edge. Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to an all-day hike along the nearby ridges. The Panther Knob Trail starts beside the group picnic shelter and skirts the edge of the lake to the dam. Visitors may also enjoy a day hike or backpacking trip on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the James River Face Wilderness, or the Thunder Ridge Wilderness.

    Facilities

    The 7 acre lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area which includes a sand beach. Fishing for youth only (ages 15 and under) is open from April 1st through June 15th, then fishing is open to anglers of all ages with a valid Virginia fishing license for the remainder of the season. There are several piers around the lake for better fishing access. A number of opportunities for photography, birding, and wildlife viewing are available along the trails and water's edge. Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to an all-day hike along the nearby ridges. The Panther Knob Trail starts beside the group picnic shelter and skirts the edge of the lake to the dam. Visitors may also enjoy a day hike or backpacking trip on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the James River Face Wilderness, or the Thunder Ridge Wilderness.

    Natural Features

    Cave Mountain Lake covers seven acres and was built in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, using existing natural rock buttresses to form the 35-foot dam. A grassy field extends from the lake's sandy beach to forested hills that paint a scenic backdrop.

    Nearby Attractions

    Lexington, Virginia, just 20 minutes away, is home to several historic sites including the Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall Museum, and the Virgnia Military Institute Museum. It's a charming town with horse drawn carriage rides through the streets. Ice and other sundries can be found at small stores along State Route 759 as you drive to Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area. Natural Bridge State Park is a short 8 mile drive away and offers visitors views of the 215 foot tall Natural Bridge and limestone gorge, 6 miles of hiking trails, a Monacan Indian village, and the 30 foot cascade of Lace Falls.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (540) 291-2188.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sherando Lake Campground

    9.

    Sherando Lake Campground

    33 Reviews
    171 Photos
    311 Saves
    Tyro, Virginia

    Overview

    Sherando Lake Recreation Area's Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination. It is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where visitors enjoy hiking, picnicking in the shade, fishing in the lakes, or swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach.

    Recreation

    The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water's edge, and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area of the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area. Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access - hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake. Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond.

    Facilities

    The campground is divided into three loops: Meadow Loop (Loop C) and River Bend Loop (Loop B) have campsites with electric hookups which are suitable for larger camping units and RV's; White Oak Loop (Loop A) has non-electric campsites, suitable for tents and camping units less than 20 feet in length. All camping requires a reservation prior to arriving. Campsites can be reserved via Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. No first-come, first-serve sites. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, serving table, lantern post, and campfire ring with grill. The designated tent pads are covered with a fine brown sandy gravel. Showers, flush toilets and drinking water hydrants are located in each loop. The water hydrants are not threaded for hose hook-ups. Most campsites are equipped with a food storage locker for securing your food due to bear activity. It is mandatory that all food be either stored in a food storage locker or secured in a locked vehicle. Violators are subject to a fine. You are camping in the mountains with unlevel ground. Please be prepared.________ A trailer dump station is located along the main road between the entrance station and the road to the lower lake parking. A potable water station with threaded hose (to fill RV tanks) is located within the campground, opposite of the Day-Use parking area near the Williams Branch picnic area bathroom. Both the dump station and fill station are signed.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits between Lower Sherando Lake and Upper Sherando Lake at an elevation of about 1,800 feet in the shadows of Torry Ridge. The Upper Lake is 7 acres and is fed by the waters of the North Fork of Back Creek. The Lower Lake is 25 acres and is fed by springs, the North Fork of Back Creek, and Williams Branch, so the water stays refreshingly cool all summer long.

    Nearby Attractions

    There are opportunities for gas, groceries, and firewood at convenience stores and local vendors along the state road to Sherando Lake. Ice can be purchased at the Sherando Lake Visitor Center during operating hours, which vary seasonally. Additional supplies can be obtained in Stuarts Draft, about a 15 minute drive away.The Blue Ridge Parkway, with its scenic overlooks and ridgetop views, is a short 3 mile drive up State Route 664 from the Sherando Lake entrance. The Wintergreen Resort offers a golf course and ski area within 10 miles of Sherando Lake. Cabin rentals are available near Sherando Lake from local private vendors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $32 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge

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    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge

    13 Reviews
    37 Photos
    96 Saves
    Natural Bridge Station, Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $39 - $241 / night

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