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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…

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The Seasonal Day Use Passes are available at George Washington & Jefferson National Forests District offices as well as the Sherando Lake, Cave Mountain Lake and Bolar Mountain entrance stations. The passes can also be purchased by mail from any of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests…

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Reviewed Mar. 26, 2022

Need AWD and some ground clearance

Good little spot, used to go here a lot in college, the drive in can be done by a sedan but I’d definitely recommend AWD/4WD. Great views of the lake surround by pines, free access, drive through the stream to get to a few popular spots. Like most places, please leave it better than you found it,…

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Switzer Lake is located in Virginia

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Location: Skidmore Fork Rd/Switzer Lake Rd off of US 33, Hinton, VA 22831 From US-33 in Harrisonburg, travel west for 19.8 miles. Turn left on Skidmore Fork Rd/Switzer Lake Rd. Continue 1.1 miles to a parking area on the left. Further along the road there are also multiple pulloffs. Use caution on this road; during winter months it may be impassable. From the Previous Site on the North River Loop of the VBWT: From Paul State Forest, continue north on Rt. 613 for approximately 3.9 miles to US 33. Turn left on US 33 West and follow it 12.1 miles to FR 227. Turn left on FR 227 and continue 1.1 miles to parking area on the left. Use caution on this road; during winter months it may be impassable.


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79.146635685383 W

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