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part ofPhilpott Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Philpott Park is nestled on the shores of Philpott Lake in the rugged foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The clear water and natural shoreline make Philpott Lake a unique place for visitors to enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping.

Click here for the Philpott Lake Virtual Tour: http://www.photographyoptions.net/images/usace/philpott/index.html

Natural Features:

Philpott Lake covers 2,900 acres and has 100 miles of shoreline. The lake's steep, rocky banks meet beautiful mixed forests of oak, maple, hickory, pine and cedar.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the area. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, and a variety of songbirds and waterfowl are commonly viewed.


The lake provides visitors with great boating and swimming opportunities. Anglers enjoy fishing for large and smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie and catfish.

Many miles of hiking and biking trails surround Philpott Lake, allowing visitors to get out and explore this scenic area.


The park features an overlook where visitors have spectacular views of Philpott Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It offers one group camping area and one day-use group picnic shelter.

Amenities include flush toilets, showers and drinking water. A boat ramp, playground, and hiking trail are on-site. The Powerhouse, Dam and Visitor Center are located in the park.

Nearby Attractions:

The lake is adjacent to Fairystone State Park and Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area, which includes 5,300 acres of public recreational lands.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • No alcohol is allowed
  • Group Camp Area: For reservations call (276) 340-0485 and visit PhilpottMarina.com for more information.

  • Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease. The best way to prevent a new infestation of these invasive pests is to get your firewood AFTER arrival at your destination. Click here for more information or to see if you are in a quarantined area.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.77611, -80.03694
36°46'34"N, 80°2'13"W

From HWY 220, take the Bassett, VA exit onto State Highway 57 West. Stay on 57 West for approximately 6 miles to Philpott Dam Road. Look for brown Philpott Dam sign, turn right and go one mile to the Philpott Park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BASSETT  VA  24055-8617

Phone Number:

Information:  (276)629-2703
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