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Status: Open through Tue Dec 01 2015   Season Dates


Hopper Creek Group Camp offers a serene setting along Hopper Creek under a canopy of mixed hardwood trees. The area welcomes visitors to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere complete with hiking and bird watching opportunities.

Natural Features:

Hopper Creek stems from Elk Creek is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and is a tributary of the James River. The campground sits at an approximate elevation of 1,100 feet.


A mowed, grassy field is located in the group camp area for games and organized activities like Frisbee and capture the flag. Various hiking trails are nearby, including one that loops around Cave Mountain Lake.

The nearby James River Face and Thunder Ridge Wilderness areas are popular destinations for backpackers.


The group camp can accommodate up to 50 people. It is designated for tent camping only, and tent pads are provided. The site is equipped with 12 picnic tables, a pedestal double grill, a large campfire circle and a vault toilet. Drinking water is not provided; campers must bring their own supply.

Nearby Attractions:

Hopper Creek is 3 miles from Cave Mountain Lake, which offers a day use area with sandy beach, and swimming and shoreline fishing opportunities. Showers are available on-site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Circles
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Pads
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach Access
  • Fishing
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Bears and other wildlife frequent the area: keep all food stored in appropriate containers or locked inside your vehicle
  • Entrance gate on State Route 759 is locked; make entry arrangements with Ranger District prior to arrival
  • Tent camping only; RVs are not permitted
  • Drinking water is unavailable; campers must bring their own supply
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable
  • No hookups available
  • No horses allowed
  • Use of Cave Mountain Lake facilities requires a day use fee; no boats allowed
  • For more information, call (540) 291-2188, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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  • 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):
37.56028, -79.50889
37°33'37"N, 79°30'32"W

From I-81 North, take Exit 175 just south of Natural Bridge. Go north on U.S. Highway 11 toward Natural Bridge (left turn facing the Exxon station). From Natural Bridge, follow Route 130 East at the intersection with U.S. Highway 11 (right turn at the Natural Bridge parking lot). Continue east on Route 130 for approximately 4 miles to Natural Bridge Station. Turn right onto State Route 759 and continue for approximately 3 miles to the intersection with Route 781 and Petites Gap Road. Continue 1.6 miles ahead on Route 759/Hopper Creek Road. Turn left into the recreation area entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

725 Hopper Creek Group Road
Natural Bridge Station  VA  24579

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)291-2188
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