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Blue Springs Gap Cabin - Exterior
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Blue Springs Gap Cabin is located high on a mountaintop near Camp, Virginia, giving visitors the feeling of being on top of the world. The space has three comfortable bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room with a large stone fireplace. Electricity and flush toilet add modern comfort to this rustic mountain setting.

Accessible hiking and biking trails pass near the cabin and Hale Lake is just 2 miles away, providing combined opportunities for bird watching, hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking.

Natural Features:

Blue Springs Gap is situated in a grassy clearing atop a mountain peak in southwest Virginia. From the cabin's front porch campers have views of the impressive Appalachian peaks and valleys. Beyond the clearing is a dense stand of mixed hardwoods and pines.

The cabin is located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a 200,000-acre stretch of land that includes two lakes, 50 miles of streams and multiple historic sites. During the fall months, visitors are treated to an incredible showing of autumn colors, as the foliage display in the area is known as some of the best in the region.


The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area features four Congressionally designated wilderness areas; the Virginia Creeper Trail; the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway; the 5,000 acre Crest Zone, featuring elevations over 4,000 feet, large rock formations and a herd of wild, free-ranging ponies; and last but not least, the highest elevated road in the state of Virginia leading to the summit of Whitetop Mountain.

The Blue Springs Trout Fishing stream is just over a mile from the cabin and Hale Lake is about 2 miles away. Hale Lake is popular among anglers who come to these quiet mountainside waters in search of a good day of fishing.

The Hale Lake Trail, 0.58-mile loop trail is an easy hike around that lake, occasionally veering away from the shoreline and into the surrounding hardwood forests. Birders will probably find this site most productive during migration.

In spring, it should be easy to spot several species of warblers and flycatchers. In fall, the lake is likely to invite migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Wood duck breed in the area and can occasionally be seen on the lake. White-tailed deer and wild turkey roam through the surrounding woodlands, and might be found approaching the lake to quench a thirst.


The cabin and grounds can fit a maximum of eight people. The single-story cabin comes with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and living room. One bedroom has a queen bed, the other has a full sized bunk bed, and the third has a twin bunk bed.

The large stone fireplace provides heat, but there is no other heat source, and no air conditioning either. Electricity and a flush toilet are available from April 1-October 31, and a portable toilet is used from November 1st to November 30th.

Outside there is a porch with a porch swing, a grill and picnic table. No linens, blankets, pillows, dishes, pots or pans are provided, so campers are recommended to bring their own to ensure a comfortable stay. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for your use.

Most importantly, there is no drinking water available at the cabin. Visitors must bring plenty of their own for drinking, washing and cooking. Garbage bags, firewood, a flashlight and a first aid kit are also recommended.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest access to drinking water is 4 miles east at Comers Rock Campground. The nearest phone is 12 miles in Speedwell, Virginia.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Fireplace
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grill
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Table
  • Stove
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Scenic Overlooks
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
Know Before You Go

    Please note: This Facility is not a Walk Up Facility

  • No drinking water available; campers must bring their own
  • Entry is by combination lock; confirm combination on your confirmation letter prior to arrival
  • No pets or horses allowed
  • Bring a flashlight, food, bedding, cooking pots and utensils, and all other necessary supplies
  • Cell phone service is unreliable; nearest pay phone is 12 miles away
  • Limit 8 people and 8 vehicles
  • No smoking allowed
  • Facility does not meet accessibility standards
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Note where the closest hospital is located and bring basic first aid supplies
  • Click here for more information on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Access to Blue Springs Gap Cabin along VA 798 is not suitable for low clearance vehicles
  • Reservations are no longer accepted locally; use Recreation.gov for reservations.
  • Snow and ice are possible on the access road in the spring and fall. Please check the forecast prior to your arrival or call the headquarters office for a weather update at (800) 628-7202.
  • 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):
36.75806, -81.27056
36°45'29"N, 81°16'14"W

From Marion, VA: Take I-81 to exit 45 and proceed south on VA Route 16 for about 10 miles to VA 695 (Slemp Creek Road) at Sugar Grove, VA. Turn left onto VA 695 (Slemp Creek Road) and go 1 mile before turning left onto VA 614 (Cedar Springs Road) towards Cedar Springs. Drive 4 miles and turn right onto VA 612 (Camp Road) before Cedar Springs, VA. Continue for 5 miles and turn right onto VA 798 (a gravel road - Hale Lake Road). Continue about 3 miles to the top of the mountain and a "T" intersection. Turn right onto VA 672 (Blue Springs Road). After about 0.3 miles, take the first gravel road on the right. This road leads to the cabin gate. Access to Blue Springs Gap Cabin along VA 798 is not suitable for low clearance vehicles

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

3158 Blue Spring Road
Rural Retreat   VA  24368

Phone Number:

Information:  (800)628-7202
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