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Sherando Lake
Status: Open through Fri Oct 30 2015   Season Dates


Sherando Lake Group Camp attracts groups of families and friends, as well as special interest clubs. It is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known locally as the jewel of the mountains, where visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach.

Natural Features:

The group camp located at the upper end of the Sherando Lake Recreation Area is just above the 7 acre upper lake. The group campsites are located around the outer portion of the loop with a large grass field on the interior of the loop for activities and games. Both the upper 7 acre lake and the lower 25 acre lake are fed by the South Fork of Back Creek as well as a number of natural springs, so the water is cool even in the warm summer months.


Upper Sherando Lake is a fisherman's haven that does not allow swimming. The Lower Lake is ideal for a mixture of swimming, boating and fishing. Fishing licenses are required to fish on either lake.

Many hiking opportunities abound, including the Blue Loop Trail, the Lakeside Trail and the Torry Ridge Trail that heads to Bald Knob.

Fun weekend campfire programs take place at the amphitheater in summertime.


The five tent-only group campsites are located along one loop. Each site can accommodate a maximum of 15 guests, or a large group can reserve all 5 sites to fit up to no more than 75 guests. Each site is delineated with fencing and is equipped with picnic tables, a grill, lantern poles, and a serving table. A bathroom with flush toilets and shower is located at the upper end of the loop and a vault toilet at the lower end of the loop. Drinking water is available at each site.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest groceries and fuel are located in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, about 15 minutes from the recreation area.

A golf course and ski resort with wonderful scenic overlooks are within 10 miles of Sherando Lake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • No electric, water or sewer hookups available
  • No boat ramp available
  • Boaters must wear approved life jackets
  • Gasoline engines not permitted on the lake
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.92972, -78.97972
37°55'47"N, 78°58'47"W

From I-64, take Exit 96 just east of Stuarts Draft. Go south on State Route 624, which becomes State Route 664 at Lyndhurst. Continue south on State Route 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to the Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right. The gatehouse is approximately 0.5 miles ahead. If the gatehouse is closed, continue through the recreation area to the group camping area at the end of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

96 Sherando Lake Road
Lyndhurst  VA  22952

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)291-2188
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