Trout Pond Recreation Area


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, easy lakeside trails, and a children’s playground make this a perfect family destination.

At a Glance

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
Fees Day use fee is $5 per vehicle for up to 8 passengers and $1 per person for vans and buses carrying more than 8 passengers and walk-ins. $22 per single campsite per night. $40 per double campsite per night. $5 E-hookup fee. 
Open Season: Late-April through October
Restrictions: Alcoholic beverages prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Wardensville, WV
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets and warm water showers
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 SR 259/5 (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 SR 259/5, 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.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites50
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RV Camping

Hookups - Electric14
Dump StationsYes
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