Trout Pond Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two beautiful lakes: Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while kids splash in the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake. Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, and easy lakeside trails make this a perfect family destination.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trout Pond is a natural lake with a varying water flow. The lake currently has a low water level.  The children's playground is no longer available.  Water is off for the season in the day-use area. Campground is closed for the season. 
Operational Hours: Gate open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day Use Area open 8 a.m. to Sunset.
Reservations: Trout Pond Reservation Information on
Fees: Day use fee is $8/vehicle up to 8 passengers and $2 per person for vans and buses carrying more than 8 passengers and walk-ins. $25 per single campsite per night. $40 per double campsite per night. $7 E-hookup fee. We currently do not accept credit/debits cards at this campground.  Cash or checks only
Open Season: early-May - October
Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Wardensville, WV
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and warm water showers
Passes: The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass provides a 50% discount to the base campsite fee (not hook ups) and day use fee. No other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at this site.
Operated By: Lee Ranger District: 540-984-4101

General Information


From Strasburg, VA:  Follow State Route 55 west for 18 miles to Wardensville, West Virginia.  Turn left on SR 23/10 (Trout Run Road) and travel for approximately 6.0 miles. Turn right on CR 16 (Thorny Bottom Road) and travel another 6.0 miles. Turn Left on Forest Service Road 500 (Trout Pond Campground Road) and continue 1.0 mile to the Trout Pond Recreation Area Entrance Station.  

From Broadway, VA:  Follow State Route 259 past Lost City, WV. Turn right on CR 16, and travel 6.0 miles to Forest Service Road 500. Turn right and travel approximately 1.0 miles to the Trout Pond Recreation Area Entrance Station.

Recreation Map

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Sand Play

Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 50
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RV Camping

Dump Stations Yes
Hookups - Electric 14
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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Day Hiking

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Reservation Info No Reservations Required

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