Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area offers forested trails, campsites and open grassy picnic areas along the tranquil Passage Creek. Enjoy hiking the Pig Iron and Charcoal trail and learn how iron was historically mined and smelted. Spend the day fishing from a stocked trout stream, grilling out at a picnic spot, or taking a stroll across the swinging bridge to view the historic cabin.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||This site is open for the season, starting October 30, 2023 water will be off and only pit toilets will be availble.|
|Operational Hours:||Day use area open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Reservations:||Day use area and family campground is first-come first-served. Group campground by reservation only. Make reservations for the group sites at recreation.gov.|
|Fees:||No fee for day use. Camping fees apply.|
|Open Season:||Campground open year-round. Day Use area open mid-April - October|
|Restrictions:||Alcoholic beverages prohibited.|
|Closest Towns:||Strasburg, VA|
|Water:||Hand pump available year round in the family campground. No water at group campground.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilets available year-round; Flush toilets and warm water showers: late May-October 30th|
|Passes:||The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass provides a 50% discount to the base campsite fee (not hook ups). No other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at this site.|
|Operated By:||Lee Ranger District: 540-984-4101|
|Information Center:||Bicycle use near Elizabeth Furnance: Bicycle use on State Route 678 is allowed according to Virginia State Law. Please use caution as this road contains blind curves, narrow lanes and heavy traffic. All cyclists should be aware of and follow state laws regarding bicycle use and safety including Virginia State Law 46.2-905 which indicates cyclists should ride no more than two abreast. Read more information on bicycle safety in the Forest here.|
From I-81: Take exit 296 and turn east, on VA 55 for 1.4 miles. In center of Strasburg (traffic light), turn left to remain on VA 55. After 5.0 miles, turn right onto SR 678 in small community of Waterlick. The recreation area will be on your left in about 3.5 miles. There are three entrances, about a half mile apart: Entrance to the group campground appears first, followed by the entrance to the day use area, and finally the entrance to the campground.
From I-66: Take Exit 6 (Front Royal) and proceed south on SR 340/522 for 1.3 miles until you come to a stoplight. Turn right onto VA 55 West for 5 miles to the small community of Waterlick. Turn left onto SR 678 and go approximately 6 miles. Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground will be on your left.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Enjoy an overnight stay at the Elizabeth Furnace Campground or, if you are travelling with a larger group, reserve a spot at the group campground.
|No. of Sites||32|
|No. of Accessible sites||15|
|Fees:||$20 per site per night. We currently do not accept credit/debits cards at this campground. Cash or checks only|
|Reservation info:||Individual campsites do not require a reservation and are first-come, first-served. Group campsite do require a reservation.|
The Elizabeth Furnace group campground, located about a half mile from the day use area, is ideal for larger group up to 50 people in size.
|No. of Sites||2|
|Fees:||Site A $55 (max 50 people). Site B $30 (max 25 people).|
|Reservation info:||Reservations are required for group camping and cam be made at Recreation.gov|
River and Stream Fishing
Use the Interactive Visitor Map to plan your hiking activities.
|No. of Sites||Picnicking sites available|
|Reservation Info||No Reservations Required|
|No. of Sites||Group picnicking sites available|