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


Sherando Lake Recreation Area's Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination. 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 campground sits between Sherando Lake and Upper Sherando Lake at an elevation of about 1,800 feet. Upper Sherando is the largest, encompassing 25 acres of cool waters. Both lakes are fed by the South Fork Back Creek.


Lower Sherando is the largest lake, encompassing 25 acres of cool, spring-fed waters. Upper Sherando Lake is the smaller lake at 7 acres, available for fishing only. The lower lake is available for swimming, fishing or relaxing on the sand beach.

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

Weekend campfire programs are held at the amphitheater Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other events include a kid's fishing day in May and Smokey Bear's Birthday Celebration in August.


The campground is divided into three loops: Meadow Loop has campsites with electric hookups; White Oak Loop is has non-electric campsites; River Bend Loop and the upper part of White Oak have first-come, first-served sites.

Each site is equipped with a picnic table, lantern post and campfire ring with grill. Modern showers, flush toilets and drinking water spigots are located throughout the campground. You are camping in the mountains with unleveled ground. Please be prepared.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest groceries, fuel, ice and firewood are located at convenience stores along the state road leading to the entrance to Sherando Lake.

A golf course and ski resort with wonderful scenic overlooks are within 10 miles of Sherando Lake. Other attractions include the Farm Implement Museum, a fish hatchery and horseback rides.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Campfire Programs
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Lantern Posts
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Recreation Programs
  • Showers
  • Vending Machines
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Bait Shop
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cultural Activities
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Trailhead Parking
Know Before You Go
  • No refunds for any reason
  • Campsites fit tents and medium-sized RVs only
  • No full RV hookups
  • No boat ramp available
  • Boaters must wear approved life jackets
  • Gasoline engines not permitted on the lake
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable
  • No campsite switching once you arrive at the campground.
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Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.91978, -79.01006
37°55'11"N, 79°0'36"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 White Oak Loop A, which is the first turn to the right after passing the lake. Meadow Loop C is the last loop on the left before reaching the play field.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

96 Sherando Lake Drive
Lyndhurst  VA  22952

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)291-2188
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