Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
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
|Current Conditions:||Campgrounds, 1, 2, and 3 are open. Amenities are limited due to repair and commissioning process of site infastructure. Portable restrooms will be available in campgrounds and day use areas. Standard restrooms will remain closed. Showers and dump stations in the area of the campgrounds will be open to public use between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Users are requested to practice water conservation techniques and to please limit showers to 5 minutes or less to reduce wastewater system strain while the wastewater treatment plant completes its commissioning process.|
|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 Recreation.gov. 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 Recreation.gov 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 currently unavailable|
|Restroom:||Flush toilets currently unavailable, portable toilets are on site.|
|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|
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Sand PlayRecreation areas with activity Sand Play:
Campground CampingRecreation 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.
|No. of Sites||140|
RV CampingRecreation areas with activity RV Camping:
|Hookups - Electric||33|
Group CampingRecreation areas with activity Group Camping:
Lake and Pond FishingRecreation 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.
Nearby Attractions: Head to Warm Springs for restaurants, shopping and a visit to the Bath County Historical Society.
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
- Bolar Loop Trail (Forest Trail #722)
- Bolar Picnic Trail Spur (Forest Trail #725)
- Island Overlook Spur Trail (Forest Trail #726)
- Roadside Trail (Forest Trail #724)
Big Game HuntingRecreation areas with activity Big Game Hunting:
Hunting Regulations and Permits.
PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Picnicking:
|No. of Sites||Picnicking sites available|
|Reservation Info||No Reservations Required|
Group PicnickingRecreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:
A group picnic shelter is available at the Bolar Mountain Day use area.
|No. of Sites||Group picnicking sites available|
|Reservation Info||Picnic Shelter Reservation Information|
Boating - MotorizedRecreation 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.