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BEARTREE, VA

part ofGEORGE WASHINGTON/JEFFERSON NF-FS, US Forest Service
Photo: Beartree Lake
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Beartree offers a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere and a variety of recreational activities. Located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the campground boasts a sprawling layout with both group and individual campsites. A small creek flows through the campground, offering a refreshing spot to wade and fish.

Beartree Lake is also located within the recreation area, providing an ideal spot for swimming and fishing.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in diverse vegetation, and Beartree Lake is surrounded by dense trees that meet the shoreline.

The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway passes near the campground, highlighting the impressive valleys, mountains, forests and rural countrysides of western Virginia.

Recreation:

The campground offers two fishing piers, and smallmouth bass, sunfish, rainbow and brown trout are all possible catches. Canoe rentals are also available, and a sandy lakeside beach is perfect for swimming.

The Beartree Lake Trail, which circles the lake, is excellent for hiking. Half of the trail is paved for an easier walk.

The 14-acre lake hosts an annual fishing derby for kids in May.

Facilities:

Tent and RV campers are welcome. Drinking water and a water fill-up station are provided. Each site has a grill and picnic table, and most are secluded from other sites. The group picnic shelter accommodates 50 guests and most group sites fit 24 guests.

Nearby Attractions:

The Appalachian Trail, which extends more than 2,175 miles throughout the Appalachian Mountains and across 14 states, is accessible nearby.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Scenic Drive
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • No hookups are available
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • There is a fee for day-use visitors
  • Limit one RV per parking spur
  • Click here for more information on George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.68472, -81.64722
36°41'5"N, 81°38'50"W

From I-81, take exit 19 at Abingdon, Virginia. Turn onto Route 58 east and continue for about 20 miles, passing through Damascus. The Beartree Recreation Area entrance will be on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BEARTREE
JEFFERSON
  VA 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (276)388-3642
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