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Sunrise Cabin Exterior and Lawn
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Visitors at Sunrise Cabin enjoy outstanding views from the front porch and warm, cozy evenings beside the stone fireplace. Sunrise cabin provides visitors with unique opportunity to enjoy the natural features of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests while still having many of the conveniences of home.

The cabin was constructed in 1980 and offers many modern amenities such as electricity, kitchen appliances and showers. The property was acquired in an effort to help preserve the land around the beloved Virginia Highlands Horse Trail in southwest Virginia.

Natural Features:

The cabin features a large grassy lawn that meets a dense stand of pine and hardwoods. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, the front deck provides scenic mountain views of the Blue Ridge Highlands Region.

The cabin is located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a 200,000-acre stretch of land with two lakes, 50 miles of streams and multiple historic sites.


Recreation opportunities abound, with easy access to hiking, fishing, biking and canoeing. The cabin is right across from the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, a 68-mile trail through mountains and valleys of the Appalachians.

The New River Trail State Park has been designated an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. It is located less than 5 miles from the cabin and parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world's oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north.

In addition to hiking, biking and horseback riding, the park offers opportunities for anglers to fish for just about every major freshwater game fish in the state. While there are no designated swimming locations, tubing, canoeing and kayaking are all popular ways for visitors to get in and enjoy the river.


The modern, two-story house can accommodate up to eight people. It has four furnished bedrooms including one full bed and six twin beds, two bathrooms with bathtubs, a living room, dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a front porch and back patio with a built-in fireplace and picnic table. Limited dishes, pots and pans are included.

Electricity and hot water are provided, but the unit does not have air conditioning, a phone or television. Campers are expected to bring their own bed linens, pillows, towels, flashlight, food, dish detergent, laundry detergent, a first aid kit and trash bags. For outside enjoyment, visitors can bring lawn furniture, firewood for the fireplace and charcoal for the grill.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Fireplace
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Lights
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Stove
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go

    Please note: This Facility is not a Walk Up Facility

  • Cell phone coverage is limited; nearest pay phone is 4 miles away
  • No smoking allowed
  • Please bring food, flashlight, bedding, bath towels, firewood, charcoal and first aid kit
  • Limit 8 people and 8 vehicles
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in-pack it out" facility
  • No pets or horses allowed
  • Facility does not meet accessibility standards
  • When leaving, ensure all doors and windows are locked, and all lights and appliances are turned off
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Note where the closest hospital is located and bring basic first aid supplies.
  • Click here for more information on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • 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):
36.80222, -80.99917
36°48'8"N, 80°59'57"W

From I-81, take exit 80 (Fort Chiswell) and go east on US 52 for about 1 mile. Turn right and drive south on VA 94 for about 12 miles to the intersection of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail. Turn right onto a gravel road marked with orange diamonds (this is also the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail). This road is called Cha Cha Ridge Road. About 0.3 miles down Cha Cha Ridge Road, bear right onto the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail. A short distance later, turn left at the Sunrise Cabin sign.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

576 Cha Cha Ridge Road
Ivanhoe  VA  24350

Phone Number:

Information:  (800)628-7202
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