Hawk Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Hawk Campground sits nestled in the Alleghany Mountains surround by a spectacular nature setting. Experience an exciting hiking experience with easy access to the Tuscarora Trail right from the campground. In the fall, this inviting location offers hunters a secluded environment to stay overnight. Fall asleep to the mellow sounds of the trees gently swaying overhead and the simple harmony of nearby crickets.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site will close for the season on January 15, 2024. 
Reservations: First-come, first-served. 
Fees: No Fee
Open Season: Late April through mid-December
Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Wardensville, WV
Water: Drinking water unavailable
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Lee Ranger District: 540-984-4101

General Information

Directions: From I-81: Take exit 296 and turn west on VA 55. Drive 14.5 miles and cross into West Virginia at top of mountain (VA 55 becomes WV 55). Descend for 1.0 mile and make a sharp right turn onto Forest Road 502 (gravel road). After 2.7 miles, turn left onto Forest Road 347. Camp entrance is on the right.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15

Day Hiking

Big Game Hunting

Please note that hunting is not permitted in designated campgrounds or developed recreation areas. Hunting activities on National Forest land in Virginia are regulated by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.  Visit the Virginia DWR website for licensing information and for hunting regulations and detailed game unit information.

Viewing Wildlife


No. of Sites Picnicking sites available
Reservation Info No Reservations Required

Group Picnicking

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