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Cave Mountain Lake Campground
Status: Open through Fri Oct 30 2015   Season Dates


Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, offering a rustic and peaceful camping getaway. Easy interstate access, close proximity to historic Lexington and access to Natural Bridge make Cave Mountain Lake an ideal spot.

Natural Features:

Cave Mountain Lake covers seven acres and was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, using existing buttresses of natural rock to form a 35-foot dam. A grassy field extends from the lake's sandy beach, and hills lush with hardwood and conifer trees paint a scenic backdrop.


Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and relaxing on the beach at Cave Mountain Lake. Birding and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.

Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to a full day hike along the nearby ridges. Backpackers enjoy the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the James River Face and the Thunder Ridge Wilderness areas.


Cave Mountain Lake offers 28 reservable campsites and 13 campsites remain first-come, first-serve only. Amenities at each campsite include a picnic table, lantern post and campfire ring with grill. Flush toilets and water spigots are located throughout the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Lexington, Virginia, just 20 minutes away, is home to the gravesites of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. It's a charming town with conveniences like grocery stores and gas stations. Ice and other sundries can be found at small stores along State Route 759.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bath House
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Bears and other wildlife frequent the area; keep all food stored in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle
  • No hookups available
  • Entrance gates are locked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Maximum of two dogs allowed per site
  • No alcohol allowed in beach, picnic, swimming or parking areas
  • Day-use visitors must pay a fee
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.57583, -79.53417
37°34'33"N, 79°32'3"W

From I- 81 North, take Exit 175 just south of Natural Bridge. Go north on U.S. Highway 11. Turn right at the Natural Bridge parking lot onto Route 130 East. Continue for approximately 4 miles to Natural Bridge Station. Turn right onto State Route 759 and continue for about 3 miles, then turn right again onto State Route 781. Turn left into the recreation area, then bear left at the Y intersection and continue into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

811 Cave Mountain Lake road
Natural Bridge Station  VA  24579

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)291-2188
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