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About Cave Mountain Lake
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Cave Mountain Lake is located in George Washington & Jefferson National Forests in Virginia
37.574 N
-79.534 W
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7 Reviews of Cave Mountain Lake
Friendly - Quiet - Peaceful

My wife, my 2 yr. old, and I enjoyed our weekend here. The campground was clean and staff was very friendly. Other campers were quiet and respectful. There is ample hiking and the lake is something different to do.

Great time

Stayed at camp site 17. Near bathrooms and water. The creek was near by and enjoyable. Bathroom and showers were clean.

The host and hostess were amazing. They suggested great places to visit and enjoy. They take family camping seriously! The host had to make several families leave due to an agressive dog, and, loud and disruptive behavior. It definitely makes the camping experience awesome when it could have been ruined.

We got a flat tire and they have a tire pump on campus which was awesome, we thought we'd have to drive a distance before we could fill the tire up.

A definite two thumbs up for our Host "Slick" and Hostess JoAnn.

Premium Virginia Camping

This is hands-down my favorite campground in Virginia.

To start--it's very well maintained, but has a lot of personality. The bathrooms are simple but clean, there is potable water convenient to all sites, and most sites you can park you car right at your site, but the absence of a paved road or sectioned off tent sites, and the creek that runs through the entire campground, gives a feeling of peace and wilderness that can be hard to find in front country camping. None of the sites at this campground have electric or water hookups, but all sites have picnic tables and fire rings.

Sites 1-27 are in the main loop. The creek winds through this loop providing the sound of water and a place to splash in. The inner ring is still fairly wooded but has less privacy, and the outer ring on the eastern side has long driveways to accommodate larger campers/RVs.

Sites 28-35 are on a spur off the main loop, and have a higher degree of privacy. These sites are slightly more rugged, and best for smaller tents; site 35 however is both large, flat, and private, and is next to the trailhead to one of the campground's hiking trails. The bathroom in this leg has multiple stalls, electricity, and flush toilets.

Sites 36-38 are walk-in only, though the walk is very short, and crosses a lovely bridge over the creek. Sites 37 and 38 are very small; a 1-4 person tent should be fine, but anything larger than that is unlikely to fit. The sites are bordered by a small meadow on one side, and a hill on the other. Site 36 is arguably the best site in the entire campground if you are comfortable carrying your gear a few dozen yards from the parking lot. This site has a high degree of privacy, especially from late spring to early fall when the trees have their leaves, it can accommodate 6+ person tents, and is right beside the creek which gives you a wonderful sound to fall asleep to. This one is especially great for kids!

Sites 39 and 40 also border the meadow at the back of the campground but you can park directly at the site so they work for campers, and sites 41 & 42 form a double site; because it is a double site it is more expensive to book, but you are set back from the remainder of the campground, as well as being beside both the creek and next to a trailhead. Group campsites are available closer to the day-use area.

The hosts at this campground are some of the nicest we have ever encountered, and we have been going here for years. They also frequently pile logs from downed trees next to the dumpsters in early spring, providing ample firewood if you have the means to split it yourself.

There is a lake and picnic grounds for day-use, along with a few hiking trails, however the day use areas are not regularly monitored; the lake is swim-at-your-own-risk, and there are no boat or fishing gear rentals. There is no camp store to purchase firewood or provisions, but there is a privately owned way-station a few miles before the entrance of the campground. Plan on bringing in everything you will need for your trip, unless you want to add time driving on the winding roads leading to the campground to and from the local stores.


Very close to natural bridge and caverns. The lake is very cold but fun. Sites are pretty private with half on a cute creek.

Quiet, dog friendly

Very nice, clean and quiet camp ground. Can self check in and leave money which is nice for late arrivals. There is a stream that runs through the camp ground and a beautiful lake, definitely recommend this. No dogs allowed at the lake

Unplugged and reconnected

This place is beautiful! It was peaceful and full of wildlife! There was zero phone or data service so there was no choice but sit down and take it all in. The facilities are clean. There are water pumps placed around the campground for your needs. The fire pits and grills were wonderfully maintained and many of the sites back up to a running creek. It was really quite a pleasant experience! The only reason I give 4 stars is because of the generators from a few sites with campers. They are suppose to only be allowed to run them for 2 hours a day but we found that some went longer. It really took from the tranquility of the property. Aside from that, it was a perfect, perfect vacation!

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Cave mountain lake

There are a total of 41 campsites, 28 can be reserved. The water is just beautiful here. Great for swimming and fishing. Very peaceful and amazing in the blue ridge mountains.