Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2021

Easy Access, Close to Town

Just across the Virginia state line, this national forest offers multiple dispersed camping areas along Beaver Dam Creek. Opportunities for hiking, cycling, fishing, and paddling are abundant. Most of campsites are large, very shaded, along a beautiful treelined road, and surrounded by mountains. 

There is no drinking water, picnic tables, or even pit toilet, so come prepared. The only major problem is that folks tend to leave a ton of trash around, so we often spend about 20-30 minutes cleaning these sites upon arrival. Please Leave No Trace! Our site had a good fire ring, and was on the edge of a creek that we could filter water from with ease.  Would not recommend for any vehicle larger than 20 feet as the potholed road and the tight turns to get up to the camp from the road would be tough.  4WD highly recommended, especially in mud season or winter.

We stayed at this camp for 10 days during the pandemic shutdown and it was a lovely place to ride out this crazy storm.  Some road noise from the motorcycles that cruise the road, but only occasionally. The closest town is Damascus, VA, about 5 miles away. The town is small, but draws thousands of tourists each year who are either hiking the Appalachian Trail or cycling the famous Virginia Creeper bike path. It is equipped with a decent sized grocery store, gas, and couple of restaurants, and a cute downtown area. There is absolutely no cell service at this camp, you have to go into town or hike a local mountain to get service up high.

  • Spacious sites with fire ring.
  • No wifi, but what a view!
  • Someone had put straw down to keep the mud down...thankful cause it was MUD season!
  • Backbone Rock, the shortest tunnel in the world.
  • Waterfalls within walking distance of these sites.
  • It rained and rained on Easter night and the creek came way up, but didn't overflow our camp.
  • There's nothing like spring in the Blue Ridge.
  • Spring was springing all around.
  • Fiddleheads in the spring bring smiles every time.
  • Baking sourdough bread on the fire!
  • Just one tent pad but several areas for tents.
  • With solar and a clean creek, everything is possible!
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