Steel Bridge Campground

Area Status: Open
A picnic table sits in a small clearing in a forest

Enjoy splashing or fishing in the cool water of Potts Creek, a stocked trout stream adjacent to this rustic campground and day use area. The campground has three unpaved and well-shaded campsites situated along a single dirt road that parallels the creek. A parking area is available for day-use visitors. Historic Paint Bank, Virginia is a scenic three mile drive from here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site opens April 1, 2024. 
Operational Hours: Check-in for campers is 1:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.
Reservations: Steel Bridge Campground Reservation Information at
Fees: No fees; however, camping reservations are required at  
Open Season: April 1 - November 1
Closest Towns: Paint Bank, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Pit toilets
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641
Information Center:
  • Sites are color-coded:  White, Red, and Blue. 
  • Maximum occupancy for “White” Campsite is 10 people and three vehicles. 
  • Maximum occupancy for “Red” and "Blue” Campsites is 25 people and 10 vehicles per site. 
  • Larger groups (over 25 people) must reserve more than one site.
  • There is no minimum occupancy.
  • The area adjacent to the creek is designated as day-use only and is open to all forest visitors. It is not for overnight use.

General Information

Directions: From I-81: Take Exit 141 onto SR 419 north to SR 311. Travel north on SR 311 36 miles to Paint Bank. Take right on SR 18, and then go 3.5 miles to campground on right. All roads are paved until you reach the campground. Driving distance from I-81 is about 40 miles; estimated driving time is 1 hour.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Group Camping

No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info Steel Bridge Campground Reservation Information at
Fire Information Campfires are allowed in designated campfire rings at each campsite.  Dead and down wood can be gathered on site.

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Regulations and Permits.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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