Trout Pond Recreation Area


Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two beautiful lakes: Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while kids splash in the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake. Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, easy lakeside trails, and a children’s playground make this a perfect family destination.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Hours of Operation:  Gate open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day Use Area open 8 a.m. to Sunset.
  • Seasonal Openings:  Day Use Area opening is the third Tuesday of April.  Campground opening is the fourth Tuesday of April.  Entire Trout Pond Recreation Area closure is November 1.
Reservations: Trout Pond Reservation Information
Fees (See Lee District Fee Schedule Sheet)
Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Wardensville, WV
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and warm water showers
Operated By: Lee Ranger District: 540-984-4101

General Information


From Strasburg, VA:  Follow State Route 55 west for 18 miles to Wardensville, West Virginia.  Turn left on SR 23/10 (Trout Run Road) and travel for approximately 6.0 miles. Turn right on SR 259/5 (Thorny Bottom Road) and travel another 6.0 miles. Turn Left on Forest Service Road 500 (Trout Pond Campground Road) and continue 1.0 mile to the Trout Pond Recreation Area Entrance Station.  

From Broadway, VA:  Follow State Route 259 past Lost City, WV. Turn right on SR 259/5, and travel 6.0 miles to Forest Service Road 500. Turn right and travel approximately 1.0 miles to the Trout Pond Recreation Area Entrance Station.

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