Campground
Jennifer B.
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2020

Large Family-Friendly Campground

     Bulltown Campground offers a couple hundred spaces, multiple playgrounds, and clean restrooms on the edge of Burnsville Lake, managed by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers. This area is popular for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, and hunting during the deer season.
     It was a beautiful place to camp in the month of October with the fall leaf colors reflected on the surface of the lake. I imagine it could be a bit of zoo during the peak summer months because nearly ever camper in the off-season arrived in a sizeable RV with dogs, children or both.
     Loop A and B are closed in the off-season and all other spaces are first-come, first serve. There’s a self-serve kiosk where you check-in and pay with cash or check. The bulletin board was loaded with lots of helpful posts, including a “boil water” warning on the night I was there.
     I was camping in my van and found a nice shady spot next to Burnsville Lake where I easily dropped my kayak into the water for a peaceful paddle. I was parked next to a group of hunters who bagged a couple of does during the bow season. I imagine the gun season could get a bit noisy. Wear orange, or bright colors if you’re hiking outside the “safety zone” during WV’s hunting season .  The 2020 bow season runs from September 26th to December 31st. The buck firearm season runs from November 23rd to December 6th.
     I particularly enjoyed visiting the nearby Bulltown Historic District, which is the location of a Civil Battle War battle where Confederate and Union soldiers fought to control a critical supply route, including a covered bridge over the Little Kanawha River. You can check out historic structures on the site and hike to the top of the hill where the Union soldiers ultimately withstood the Confederate attack. Pre-covid, there was a reenactment of the battle every other October. I picked up a map for the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trail, but found the more remote sections of the trail poorly marked. I didn’t see any official parking lots or trail markers, but I did see a lot of “private property” signs, so I was hesitant to accidentally trespass on a local landowner’s property. I’m guessing some of the access points may have been wiped out by pipeline construction… another reason not to anger the locals who may not be happy with this “invasion.”

  • Fall reflection on Burnsville Lake
  • Bulltown Camp is located on the edge of Burnsville Lake
  • Lots of RV's... Not many tents.
  • Space #C27, shady with electricity, firepit, picnic table, and lantern holder.
  • Campground entrance
  • Self-check kiosk
  • Firewood fundraiser $5 for 10-sticks.
  • There are multiple playgrounds, so very kid-friendly.
  • I was camping during the bow season and saw that my neighbors bagged a couple of does.
  • Got a kick out of my neighbors' campsite... LOL...
  • Bulltown Historic Area is definitely worth a visit.
  • Historic barn in the Bulltown Historic Area
  • The farmer who lived in this house got shot in the buttocks when he ran out and cheered for Jefferson Davis during the Bulltown Civil War battle.
  • Entrance to the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trail
  • Corn crib in the Bulltown Historic Area
  • Catholic church in the Bulltown Historic Area
  • View from the top of the Bulltown Historic Area
  • Bulltown Civil War battle field location
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