Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides opportunities for plenty of activities, including camping, boating, fishing and hiking, as well as volleyball and a playground. The recreation area sits on the northern end of Lake Moomaw, a manmade lake covering 2,530 acres along the Jackson River. The lake's average depth is 80 feet and it has 43 miles of wooded shoreline. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks: Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is seasonally closed and will reopen May 23.
Operational Hours: When open for the season, day use area hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations are through  Reservations must be made at least two days ahead of arrival. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites, or 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees Campground fees range from $16 - 37 for standard sites.  Group sites are $165 per night.  See for reservations and fee details.
Open Season: Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day Weekend; Bolar Flat Marina boat launch is open year-round.
Restrictions: Boats must be less than 25 feet in length. Camping in designated sites only; no camping on shorelines, islands, or boats. 
Closest Towns: Hot Springs, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets with warm water showers
Operated By: James River and Warm Springs Ranger Districts: 540-839-2521
Information Center: For more information contact: James River and Warm Springs Ranger District 422 Forestry Road Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-2521 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.98361, -79.96694
37°59'1"N, 79°58'1"W

From Covington, take 220 North to Hwy 39 and turn left on Hwy 39. Take Hwy 39 to Hwy 600 (Bolars Draft Road) and turn left on Hwy 600 to the campground. Turn right on Twin Ridge Drive. To store & marina, stay on Hwy 600 for 1 mile. Store and marina are on the right.


An accessible fishing dock is available.

Recreation Map

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