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Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area is a highly esteemed destination known for its family friendly atmosphere. Spend the day fishing from a stocked trout stream, grilling at one of the many picnic spots, or taking a stroll across the swinging bridge to view the historic cabin.

The campground was named for the Elizabeth Furnace, a blast furnace used to make pig iron in the 1800s. With water power from Passage Creek, the furnace purified iron ore to make high-carbon fuel used for forging.

Natural Features:

The charming group campground sits in the Shenandoah Valley along Passage Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Shenandoah River. The area is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which spans across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 species of trees that are mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.


Enjoy hiking the Pig Iron and Charcoal Trail to learn how iron was made in the area. Another great hike heads up to Buzzard Rock.

Passage Creek is seasonally stocked with trout to keep anglers entertained.


The campground is open year-round and allows tent camping only. Site pads, campfire circles, picnic tables, vault toilets and grills are provided.

Water is not available onsite, but campers have access to seasonal flush toilets and drinking water from a hand pump at the Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground.

Trash collection is not available so please pack-in and pack-out all trash.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
Know Before You Go
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack in-pack out" facility
  • No water onsite; please bring your own or visit the nearby family campground for water access
  • No electric hookups available
  • All equipment must fit on site pad
  • Warning: potential flash flood hazard around campground
  • For more information on George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, click here
  • 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):
38.93167, -78.32083
38°55'54"N, 78°19'15"W

From I-81: Take exit 296 off I-81. Turn east on VA 55 and continue for 1.4 miles. In center of Strasburg (traffic light), turn left to remain on VA 55. After 5.0 miles, turn right onto SR 678 in the small community of Waterlick. The recreation area will be on your left in about 3.5 miles. Entrance to the Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground is on your left.

From I-66: Take Exit 6 (Front Royal) off I-66. Take SR 340/522 South for 1.3 miles until you come to a stoplight. Turn right onto VA 55 west and continue for 5 miles to the small community of Waterlick. Turn left onto SR 678 and the recreation area will be on your left in about 3.5 miles. Entrance to the Elizabeth Furnace Group Campground is on your left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

15618 Fort Valley Road
Fort Valley  VA  22652

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)984-4101
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