Bear Creek Lake State Park

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Bear Creek Lake Road Cumberland, VA 23040 804-492-3606

GPS: 37.533, -78.274

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Overview of Bear Creek Lake State Park

Reservations yes

Elevation 262 ft / 79 m

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VA 20' Pleasure-Way Lexor TS
32 reviews
“Nice small park”

Reviewed 10/17/2016

Nightly rate: $35
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 19
Overall Rating

This is a nice park inside of the Cumberland State Forest. The spots are small and the 35 foot limit includes any tow vehicle. The spot I had was not very level.

Everything was clean and well maintained. The rangers were nice and the roads are in good condition.
The trails are great for walking around the park - very well labeled. They go all the way around the lake.
There is a swimming "beach" on the lake that we did not use, and an archery range that we did not use also.

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BoardGamesOnBoard would stay here again

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VA 18' Keystone Springdale Toyota Highlander
55 reviews
“Great state park with outdated campground.”

Reviewed 5/8/2016

Nightly rate: $36
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 31
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The rate listed is for in-state resident and includes online reservation fee and taxes.

The good: Bear Creek Lake State Park is a nice park adjacent to Cumberland State Forest. It is a wooded old growth park with some infrastructure dating back to the days of the CCC. The park has hiking trails including a shared mountain bike/equestrian trail. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the Bear Creek Lake. The park rents canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and SUP by the hour, half day, or full day. Fishing is also common recreation at the park. There is a swimming beach and a playground. In the summer a concessions stand is run at the beach. As a family we enjoy these activities so the park is likable for these reasons.

The bad: The campground. Or at least most of it. The campground is best suited for tent camping. The best area is Acorn Loop (sites 1-18.) Most of these sites have lake views and tent sites 4-12 have the best views. Only sites 16 and 17 are suited for small RVs in this loop and they have partial lake views through the trees. In my opinion these are the best sites for (small) RVs in the entire campground. There was a sign posted that said Acorn Loop would be available for site specific reservations in March 2017. Right now the entire park is non-site specific reservation. We would return next year of we could snag site 16 or 17.

We camped in site 31 in Black Oak Loop. The set up in this loop is terrible in that sites are tiny and right on top of each other. There are 9 RV sites mixed in with tent sites. Three are pull through, 4 are back in, and 2 are where you park along side your campsite. It looked like sites 33 and 38 could handle large RVs.

The third loop, Chestnut Loop, is the overflow loop. These are all tent sites. Ten years ago we tent camped in site 42. This site and site 40 have the most privacy. We were happy with our site, however, we were camping with two toddlers at the time. Our (lowered) expectations didn't go much beyond surviving the weekend with two injury free kiddos.

I had two bars on my Verizon phone. There is wifi in the campground. I didn't try it but my tween was thrilled to IMessage with friends.

20 and 30 amp electricity and water are available at each campsite. There is a dump station inconveniently located at the entrance where folks are parking to check in.

In spite of all my complaints about this park my tween age kids really did like the things to do there. I think it would be very enjoyable during the week in the spring and fall when things are quieter. When we left at 2:30 on Sunday in May there were only 4 campers left. During the weekend there were 4 empty sites.

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ReneeC would stay here again

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  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • dump station
  • showers
  • water available
  • pets


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