Sherando Lake Recreation Area


Sherando Lake

Sherando Lake Recreation Area is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Families enjoy picnicking in this shaded and woody area, while relaxing on the sandy beach of a 25-acre spring-fed lake. Access to multiple trailheads and rustic architecture provide numerous points of interest for families to enjoy.

Sherando Lake Campsite Sherando Lake Beach Bathhouse

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Main entrance gate open 6 am to 10 pm. Day use area open 6 am to sunset.
Reservations: Sherando Lake Recreation Area Reservation Information
Fees $8 per vehicle day use fee. $22 per single site per night, plus $6 electric fee (some sites). $40 for the double site per night, plus $6 electric fee (maximum 12 people). Group campsite: $50 per night per group site 1 - 15 people, (maximum 75 people). Group picnic shelter: $25 (maximum 50 people) (day use fee applies).
Open Season: Early April through late October
Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages prohibited in day use area. No combustible engines allowed; hand carry boats only. 
Closest Towns: Stuarts Draft, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets with warm water showers. Vault toilets.
Operated By: Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts: 540-291-2188

General Information


From I-64: Take exit 96 just east of Stuarts Draft. Turn south onto State Route (SR) 624 and continue. At Lyndhurst the road changes to SR 664 (Mount Torrey Road), but there is no distinct turn. Continue south on SR 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right.

From I-81: Take exit 217 for Mint Springs/ Stuarts Draft and continue east on State Route 654 (SR) to the stoplight. Turn left onto US 340 and continue into Stuarts Draft. Off US 340, take a right onto SR 662 at the third stop light. Continue on SR 662 to the stoplight at intersection with SR 608. Continue straight ahead on what is now SR 608 (Howardsville Turnpike) following the main road as it curves left and continue to the stop sign at the intersection with SR 610 (Mount Torry Road). Turn right onto SR 610 and continue 5 miles to the entrance to Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right.

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Group Camping

Group ShelterNone
Hookups - ElectricNone
Fire Information Campfires are permitted in designated campfire rings in each campsite.
Group Cooking FacilitiesNone
No. of Sites 5 group sites for up to 15 people per site
Reservation Info Group Campground Reservation Information
No. of Accessible sites 0
Sleeping ShelterNone

RV Camping

Hookup - SewerNone
Hookups - Electric29
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted in designated campfire rings in each campsite
Pavement Type for ParkingGravel
Dump StationsYes
No. of Sites29
Reservation InfoYes
No. of Accessible sites29
Hookup - WaterNone

Campground Camping

Fire Information Campfires are allowed in designated campfire rings at each campsite. Dead and down wood can be gathered on site.
No. of Sites 65
Reservation Info Campground Reservation Information
Sleeping ShelterNone
No. of Accessible sites 33


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