This primitive campground is a favorite among fisherman for being adjacent to Long Run and the East Fork of the Greenbrier River.
For hikers, this campground is located close to the East Fork Trail #365. This is an 8 mile trail with some difficult terrain to traverse. Also close by is the shorter Smoke Camp Trail #324. It is 1.8 miles in length for those looking for more of a day hike.
Island Campground is located approximately 5 miles north and east of Bartow, West Virginia.
Camped here a few times and also used it as a base camp for backpack fishing into the nearby tributaries. Easily accessible from the road and has well maintained campsites, each with their own fire ring. Even better that there’s ZERO cell service!👍🏻
We went on a weeknight in the middle of June and it was the perfect spot to start our cross country trek. We were one of two people there so we went to the other end of the campground and had complete privacy. We stayed in spot 13 it’s awesome, right on the creek. If you have a smaller vehicle use spot 16 it’s the largest and on the best part of the creek, but unfortunately there are two large boulders at the entrance of the site that made it impossible to get our large camper van down to it. Since no one was occupying it though we used it to swim! Clean bathroom and a place for trash. GREAT SPOT!
Pretty nice sites varying in sizes, with the largest sites capable holding 5 or 6 tents. We went in early November and we had the whole place to ourselves. Most of the sites have parking, with 3 or 4 up on a hill requiring a little leg work. I think there are 15 campsites overall
Creeks and streams cut through the campground sending everyone to seep peacefully and diffusing other noises well. I would imagine high water may close the campground so be weary in the spring.
Overall an amazing site, lots of wood for fires, 1 toilet for the campground, some sites I read said there was water accessible but we never found it and filtered river water. super serene and very peaceful place. Also close to some solid trails and the highest point in WV (Spruce Knob) isn’t far away.