Families will enjoy splashing or fishing in the cool water of Potts Creek, a stocked trout stream adjacent to this rustic campground. The campground has three unpaved and well-shaded campsites. They are situated along a single dirt road that parallels the creek. Historic Paint Bank, Virginia is a scenic three mile drive from here.

At a Glance

Reservations: Steel Bridge Campground Reservation Information at Recreation.gov
Fees No fees; however, reservations are required at recreation.gov  
Open Season: April 1 through December 7
Closest Towns: Paint Bank, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Pit toilets
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641
Information Center:
  • Sites are color-coded:  White, Red, and Blue. 
  • Maximum occupancy for “White” Campsite is 10 people and three vehicles. 
  • Maximum occupancy for “Red” and "Blue” Campsites is 25 people and 10 vehicles per site. 
  • Larger groups (over 25 people) must reserve more than one site.
  • There is no minimum occupancy.
  • The area adjacent to the creek is a day use area only.  The day use area is open to ALL permit holders of the three reservable campsites but is not for overnight use.

General Information

Directions: From I-81: Take Exit 141 onto SR 419 north to SR 311. Travel north on SR 311 36 miles to Paint Bank. Take right on SR 18, and then go 3.5 miles to campground on right. All roads are paved until you reach the campground. Driving distance from I-81 is about 40 miles; estimated driving time is 1 hour.

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Reservation Info For reservations, contact the Eastern Divide Ranger District at:  (540) 552-4641
Fire Information Campfires are allowed in designated campfire rings at each campsite.  Dead and down wood can be gathered on site.
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