Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

George Washington National Forest

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756 Twin Ridge Dr.
Covington, VA 24426
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GPS: 37.9856, -79.9678

Last Price Paid: $19
Number of Sites: 140
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 1585 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Roanoke, VA 20' Airstream Flying Cloud 2011 Ford Expedition
24 reviews
Nightly rate: $19
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 87
“Lakeside Camping”

Reviewed Jun 29, 2016

Overall Rating

This campground is on the banks of Lake Moomaw, a gem of a large lake in western Virginia, surrounded by NF land. This means the only boats are those towed in, so it is relatively quiet and empty even on the weekends. A kayaker's dream. The campgrounds fill on the weekends, although somehow the lake stays magically fairly empty, even on a holiday weekend. There are 4 campgrounds in a row: 1,2,3 and Sugar Ridge. The majority of the sites are boondocking. Campground 2 and 3 are right beside the water with a boat launching area at 3. Sugar Ridge is higher up above the water (still places to launch boats), more spread out and has a lot of sun for those of us using solar. Campground 1 is heavily shaded and more spread out than 2 and 3. There are 2 beaches and picnic area, small marina with a small store and ice machines. All other civilization (including gas and groceries) is 25 minutes away in Warm Springs or Hot Springs, where the Homestead Resort is. The photos I uploaded are Sunday evening after the crowds left. But during the weekend, campground 2 and 3 are very lively so bring your earplugs (crying babies, people snoring, dogs barking, frogs croaking). Very well maintained with wonderful hot showers. This is an ideal destination for lake sports and fishing. But you are up in the mountains, so don't expect straight roads or cell service. (I was able to text.) Do NOT follow GPS to the campground if it tells you to take Switzerland Trail, because it takes you over a tough windy forest service road. Expect very windy roads with sharp turns even on the legit roads.

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  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • volleyball
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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