Bolar Mountain Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Picnic tables sit under the shade of trees overlooking a lake.

Bolar Mountain Recreation Area at Lake Moomaw offers visitors 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

Operational Hours: When open for the season, day use area hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations: Reservations can be made 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. Day use fee is $5. See for reservations and fee details. 
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 is available
Restroom: Flush toilets and showers are available
Passes: The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass provides a 50% discount to the base campsite fee (not hook ups) and the day use fee. No other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at this site. The George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Seasonal Day Use Pass are accepted here and cover day use fees. 
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

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Campsites are divided into three loops, the first of which has many sites with electric hookups. Picnic tables, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills are provided. Drinking water, flush toilets and showers are among the amenities at the campground.

A bathhouse stands in a forest setting

No. of Sites 140

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:
Dump Stations Yes
Hookups - Electric 33

Group Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Anglers here fish for Steelhead, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Bass, Catfish, and Panfish. 

Types of fishing available include: shore, motorized boat, fly, spin, and bait.

This site can be accessed by passenger car and ADA accessible fishing access is available from the fishing pier and boat launch.

Fishing Regulations and Permits.

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Nearby Attractions: Head to Warm Springs for restaurants, shopping and a visit to the Bath County Historical Society.

Big Game Hunting

Recreation areas with activity Big Game Hunting:

Hunting Regulations and Permits.


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:
No. of Sites Picnicking sites available
Reservation Info No Reservations Required

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:

A group picnic shelter is available at the Bolar Mountain Day use area.

A picnic shelter overlooks a lake.

No. of Sites Group picnicking sites available
Reservation Info Picnic Shelter Reservation Information

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

A boat ramp located at the Bolar Flat Marina is open year-round and has a modern dock with boat slips. 


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