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PLEASE NOTE: After September 2, 2014 running water and plumbed bathroom facilities will not be available as we renovate the campground's waste treatment system. During this time, the campground will remain open and camping rates will be half price. The last night of camping for the season will be November 30, 2014. Additionally, the 2015 Seasonal Closure for Trout Pond will be on November 1, 2015. .

Trout Pond Recreation Area, WV

Trout Pond - Canoe on boat ramp at Rockcliff Lake
Status: Open through Sun Nov 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two bodies of water, Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while relaxing along the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake.

Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, easy lakeside trails, and a children's playground make this a perfect family destination.

Natural Features:

Rock Cliff Lake is a 17-acre man-made lake with a maximum depth of 36 feet and an average depth of 12 feet. Trout Pond, the naturally formed lake, was created by a sinkhole that filled with mountain stream water and run-off from Long Mountain.

Recreation:

A trail surrounding the entire lake provides bank fishing access at Rock Cliff Lake. All types of boating from motor to sailboats are welcome.

Hike the Trout Pond Loop trail, an easy 4-mile excursion, with an optional 2-mile side route, to an overlook of Rockcliff Lake. For a more challenging hike, a connecting trail provides a steep climb up Long and Devil's Hole Mountains.

Facilities:

Campsites come with a campfire ring and picnic table, and some of have electric hookups. Hot showers and flush toilets are an easy walk away from each site.

The day-use area includes a white-sand swim beach, boat ramp, showers, playground and 30 picnic sites.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Water Spigot
Know Before You Go
  • Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of invasive insects and disease; http://dontmovefirewood.org/ Click here for more information
  • No gasoline-powered boats allowed on lake
  • This facility has first-come, first-serve single sites
  • A life jacket is required for all boater
  • Please check-in with campground host upon arrival
  • No off-road vehicles allowed
  • No dogs allowed on beach
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance gates locked from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For more information on Willamette National Forest, click here
  • 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):
38.95278, -78.73472
38°57'10"N, 78°44'5"W

From Strasburg, VA, follow State Route 55 west for 18 miles to Wardensville, WV. Turn left on SR 23/10, and travel for about 6 miles. Turn right on SR 259/5, and travel for 6 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 500, and drive about 1 mile to the Trout Pond Recreation Area entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Trout Pond Recreation Area
814 Trout Pond Campground RD
Lost City  WV  26810-8382

Phone Number:

Project Office: (304)897-6450
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