George Washington & Jefferson National Forest

Beartree offers a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere and a variety of recreational activities. Located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, the campground boasts a sprawling layout with both group and individual campsites. A small creek flows through the campground, offering a refreshing spot to wade and fish.

Beartree Lake is also located within the recreation area, providing an ideal spot for fishing.

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Natural Features

The campground is located in diverse vegetation, and Beartree Lake is surrounded by dense trees that meet the shoreline.

The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway passes near the campground, highlighting the impressive valleys, mountains, forests and rural countrysides of western Virginia.

Nearby Attractions

Hike the Appalachian Trail, which extends more than 2,175 miles throughout the Appalachian Mountains across 14 states. The trail was designated as the first National Scenic Trail. The Virginia Creeper Trail, Hungry Mother State Park and Grayson Highlands State Park are nearby.


The campground offers a 14-acre lake with two fishing piers. Smallmouth bass, sunfish, rainbow and brown trout are all possible catches.  

Self-propelled or electric trolling-motor boats only.

State fishing and boating regulations and licensing requirements apply.

The Beartree Lake Trail, which circles the lake, is excellent for hiking. Half of the trail is paved for an easier walk.

Contact Information


20993 Beartree Gap Road Damascus VA 24236


20993 Beartree Gap Road Damascus VA 24236

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Driving Directions

From I-81, take exit 19 at Abingdon, Virginia. Turn onto Route 58 east and continue for about
20 miles, passing through Damascus. The Beartree Recreation Area entrance will be on the left.

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