Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of activities, including boating, fishing and hiking, as well as volleyball and a playground.


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.


Campsites are divided into three loops, the first of which has many sites with electric hookups. Picnic tables, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills are provided. Drinking water, flush toilets and showers are among the amenities at the campground.

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's average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline.

Bolar Mountain is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which span across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 tree species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

Nearby Attractions

Head to Warm Springs for restaurants, shopping and a visit to the Bath County Historical Society.

ADA Access: N

$16.00 - $165.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is located in Virginia
37.9836 N
-79.9669 W
Get Directions
From Covington, take 220 North to Hwy 39 and turn left on Hwy 39. Take Hwy 39 to Hwy 600 (Bolars Draft Road) and turn left on Hwy 600 to the campground. Turn right on Twin Ridge Drive. To store & marina, stay on Hwy 600 for 1 mile. Store and marina are on the right.
16 Reviews of Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
Nice Trip

Camped at Douthat State Park. Great area for swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, etc. Nice Lake Moomaw views ☀️ ⛵️🛶

The park is amazing with great hiking trails!

You can fish in the lake right from your campsite. We caught a couple of huge catfish! Though the park facilities are starting to show some wear(bathrooms and showers), the spacious camping sites are in great condition and offer excellent lake or forest views. This we stayed on Site 114 on the Sugar Ridge Camping loop. Our site 114 was nice, but sites on Campground 2 and 3 offer better lake views, especially site 51. The marina offers boat rentals and a small store for supplies. Very inexpensive to rent a canoe and explore the lake. 

The only drawback of this park is that campers are allowed to run generators from 6AM to 10PM and camper's dogs are left unattended to bark all day. Quite noisy at times!

Great place to go!!!

My friend and i went here and we had the best time. Great staff and great views. Cant wait to go back again.

Beautiful lake, large sites

It’s out of the way but the roads are good and it’s worth the trip. Huge sites, nice bathrooms, hot water, beautiful lake.

Serene with amazing views

I stayed here for 1 night. It was the perfect resting stop on my road trip to the Smoky Mountains. I stayed on campground 1 on a lake side site with access to the lake, the views from my tent were breathtaking! The campground is clean, it has shower and flushable toilets. The camp host sells firewood. The campground is quiet and provides a lot of privacy. The lake beach is within walking distance from campground 1, with picnic tables and a pavilion. There is also a small dock where you can fish. Loves this place, will definitely come back.

We had a lot of fun our second time

the water felt great it was a perfect 74 degrees weather


Set on a gorgeous lake, hiking trails, a nice clean beach for swimming. This place is perfect for a camping trip for th family. We stayed in campground 2, which had more privacy than the other campground loops. The sites were wooded and spacious, close to the other sites yet far enough apart with wooded separation to provide an element of privacy. Plus, it was about 15 degrees cooler on a 100 degree weekend at our home only 2 hours away.


my husband and I came for a day just to check it out. we actually stayed in the rv part, but the host was a really sweet older gentleman and he wanted to make sure we got the best view, we went in the beginning of June and it was kind cold that night, we had a fun time and will be back soon.

Excellent Mountain View on a lake

We’ve camped here for the second time. The campground Bolar Mountain Rec Area is on Lake Moomaw. We had the pleasure of having a campsite with lake view and access both times. Campground 2 site 53, has a nice private beach area where you can go fishing or swim. Bring water shoes, the rocks can be sharp. The campsite was spacious and shaded, they do offer doubles for larger groups. The bathrooms are flush toilets and have a shower. We like going during the week in the summer, it can get busy on the lake on weekends. Other than that it is quiet and we’ve never had a noise problem. There’s hiking, fishing and a beach. The marina has a store if you forgot something. Each campground has a host and they have firewood for sale, so bring cash.

Scenic Camping at Lake Moomaw

Spent a relaxing long weekend at Lake Moomaw's Bolar Mountain Campground. Our camp hosts were friendly and very helpful. The views were amazing and beautiful. I can't wait to go back again, we loved it.