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part ofJennings Randolph Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates


The Robert W. Craig Pavilion is located inside the Robert W. Craig Campground off Route 46. The pavilion overlooks Jennings Randolph Lake, providing a beautiful backdrop for fishing, water skiing and exploring the eight miles of nature trails.

A few bald eagles have been known to breed at Jennings Randolph Lake. Bring binoculars for the lucky chance to spot an eagle's nest.

Natural Features:

The lake spans 952 acres in the rugged hills of West Virginia's Allegheny Mountains.

The pavilion overlooks the lake, which is 600 feet below.


At the pavilion, shoot some hoops on the basketball court or play a game of horse shoes. Birders will love the Songbird Trail and the High Timber Trail provides 28 varieties of labeled tree species. With the trailhead adjacent to the pavilion, visitors can try out the new 3D Archery Range.

Hiking trails can be accessed from the campground.


The pavilion includes a 30' by 40' canopy to protect you from the weather and is equipped with lights, electrical outlets, running water and approximately nine picnic tables. A handicap accessible portable toilet is also located nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

A short mile away from the campground is the North Branch of the Potomac River, renowned as one of the finest trout fisheries on the East Coast.

The river is also an excellent location for whitewater rafting.

The city of Cumberland, with pleasant cobblestone pedestrian streets and boutique shops, makes for a nice visit.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Amphitheater
  • Archery
  • Bait Shop
  • Basketball Courts
  • Birding
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Ice
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Lights
  • Paved Parking
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trailheads
  • Water Spigot
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Water Activities
  • Whitewater Rafting
Know Before You Go
  • The pavilion will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on the date of reservation.
  • The pavilion must be vacated by 8:00 p.m.
  • No kegs of alcohol are permitted in the area.
  • One person shall be designated as the event leader and as such is responsible for the actions of the attendees and is responsible for insuring the conditions listed in the permit are adhered to during and after the event.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.41677, -79.11611
39°25'0"N, 79°6'58"W

From Cumberland, MD: Take US 220 south to US 50W, go west to WV 42N, go north to WV 46E. Follow the signs to the Howell Run Picnic Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 247
ELK GARDEN WV 26717-0247

Phone Number:

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