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Shenandoah Valley Region
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
756 Twin Ridge Drive
Warm Springs, Virginia   24484
(lat:37.9848 lon:-79.9696)

Phone: 540-839-2521
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, camping and hiking. There is little to no cell service, so be ready to disconnect

Boating, canoeing, water skiing and relaxing on the beach are popular activities at the lake. Anglers fish for brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. A boat ramp is located at the Bolar Flat Marina, which has a modern dock with boat slips. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook. Looking for a more primitive experience Hike or boat to Greenwood Point for dispersed camp sites.

We have four campgrounds here at Bolar Mountain Recreation area Sugar Ridge, Campground 1, Campground 2 Campground 3 respectively. Each campground has Prime sites which have a view and/or direct access to the lake, those seeking electric sites will find most of their options at Campground 1 followed by 2 3. Potable water taps can be found throughout each camp along with flush toilets and showers. Individual camp sites have a picnic table, lantern post, a fire ring and a Camp Host to answer any questions/concerns you may encounter.

Campers can empty their waste tanks at one of the two dump stations at Campground 1 or Campground 2.

The campground sits on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, a manmade lake covering 2,530 acres along the Jackson River. The lake is held by Gathright Dam, constructed in the 1980's by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. The lake's average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline making it the second largest impoudment in western virginia. Bolar Mountain is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest which span 1.8 million acres across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. The forest protects 40 tree species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

Hidden Valley is a short drive from the lake and has ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiast Hike or ride your horse along the Jackson River, all the way to Poor Farm, cast a line for trout, and stay at the Hidden Valley Campground or even better the historic bed and breakfast. Warm Springs has restaurants, shopping and a Historical Society for Bath County in addition to other typical amenities.
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Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is located near Covington

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Area Campgrounds
Buckhorne Country Store and Campgrou
3508 Douthat Road
Clifton Forge, VA
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Bait Place
707 E Morris Hill Rd
Covington, VA
(540) 965-0633
Area Cabins and Lodges
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn
410 Friels Dr
Covington, VA
(540) 962-2200
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Cottages and Cabins
Deluxe Log Cabins Rental, Tree Houses rental and Glamping Yurts cabins. All located a a remote scenic wooded area, near the New River national River and Gauley River National recreational area. Only 10 minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge Each cabin has a Hot tub and 3 cabins have a Red Heart Shaped Jacuzzi tub and gas fireplaces - Great for Romantic Get-a-Ways.
57.1 miles from park*
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Know your route ahead of time, cell service will be intermitten if available at all.

From Covington, take 220 North to Hwy 39 and turn left on Hwy 39. Take Hwy 39 to Hwy 600 Bolars Draft Road and turn left on Hwy 600 towards the campgrounds. After about 7.5 miles turn right on Twin Ridge Drive for all campgrounds. Stay straight to head towards the store marina, an overlook of the lake and McClintic Point.

strong/strongGPS often routes vehicles to take Richardson Gorge rd. via the Jackson River tpk. This route isstrong NOT SUGGESTED/strong for travel, especially when towing. It's a narrow dirt road with steep soft edges. Multiple accidents occur on this road each year.strong/strong


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