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SHERANDO LAKE GROUP CAMP (VA)



Created: 2010/09/24 08:27 AM        Last Updated: 2010/09/24 08:27 AM


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Camp Details Camp Name: SHERANDO LAKE GROUP CAMP (VA)
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Sherando Lake Group Camp is part of the Sherando Lake Recreation Area. The recreation area is situated around a 25 acre spring-fed lake and first opened to the public in 1936. There is also a 7 acre lake - Upper Sherando Lake - a short walk from the group camp area.

The group camp area can accommodate up to 125 people at one time. The group area is for tent camping only. Facilities and improvements include picnic tables (2 per site), fire rings with grills, lantern poles, and serving tables for each designated group site. The bathhouse offers flush toilets as well as a men's and women's shower. Water spigots for drinking water are located throughout the area. The area also features a centrally located large grass area for games and activities.

The 25 acre lake - Lower Sherando Lake - offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with sand beach, fishing and boating. The swimming area has no lifeguards, so visitors swim at their own risk. Fishing is in stocked waters in spring and fall and visitors are responsible for having the appropriate state licenses and National Forest stamp prior to fishing. These are not sold at Sherando Lake, but can be obtained in the local area. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks or similar type boats only. You must bring your own boat, there are none for rent. Fishing only is available in the Upper Sherando Lake with the appropriate state licenses and National Forest stamp. No swimming in the Upper Lake.

Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake to a full day hike along the nearby ridges to backpacking trips along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

During the season between Memorial Day to Labor Day, evening campfire programs are conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings at the amphitheater for campers and area visitors.

Visitors to the National Forest are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the Forest and the area they are visiting. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts office at (540) 291-2188. Office hours are 8 am through 4:30 pm (Eastern time) Monday through Friday.

The nearest groceries and gas are located in nearby Stuarts Draft, Virginia about a 15 minute drive from Sherando Lake Recreation Area. Ice and vending machines are available on site. Cellular phone service is not reliable due to the area location, but a pay phone is available on site.

America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes are not applicable for group camp fees.



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Latitude:38.0293036
Longitude:-78.9450242

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From Interstate 64: Take exist 96 off Interstate 64 just east of Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Go South on State Route 624. The road number changes to State Route 664 at Lyndhurst, Virginia, but there is no distinct turn. Continue South on State Route 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to the Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right. The gate house is approximately 1/2 mile ahead. If the gatehouse is closed, continue through the recreation area to the group camping area at the end of the road.


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96 Sherando Lake Road Lyndhurst VA USA

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