Bolar Mountain Recreation Area


Bolar Mountain Recreation Area is a great destination for visitors looking for a fun getaway on Lake Moomaw. The area provides plenty of activities, including boating, fishing and hiking, as well as volleyball and a playground.

Natural Features: The campground 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 is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which span across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 tree species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

Recreation: Boating, canoeing, water skiing and relaxing on the beach are popular activities at the lake. Anglers fish for brown and rainbow trout, bass and crappie. A boat ramp is located at the Bolar Flat Marina is open year-round, which has a modern dock with boat slips. Bolar Mountain boasts 11 miles of hiking trails that lead to two impressive scenic overlooks: Islands Overlook Spur and Grouse Point Overlook.

Facilities: 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.

Nearby Attractions: Head to Warm Springs for restaurants, shopping and a visit to the Bath County Historical Society.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Steelhead, Trout, Bass, Catfish, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Motorized boat, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier and boat launch

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use Area - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Reservations: Bolar Mountain Recreation Area Reservation Information Reservations can be made at  Reservations must be made 2 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites or 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees Fees range from $16 - 37 for standard sites.  Group sites are $165 per night.  See for details.
Open Season: Mid May - Campgrounds closed for the season
Restrictions: Boats must be less than 25 feet in length. Camping in designated sites only; no camping on shorelines, islands, or boats. Bolar Marina Boat Launch is open year-round.
Closest Towns: Hot Springs, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets with warm water showers
Operated By: Royal Elk Park Management (540) 279-4186
Information Center: Gasoline Station at the Bolar Mountain Marina is now open. Gasoline is available off the water only! Hours vary so please call the store at (540) 279-4144. Additional first-come, first-served sites may be available Additional parking is remote Full RV hookups are not available

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.98361, -79.96694
37°59'1"N, 79°58'1"W

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.


Accessible fishing dock

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Beaches & Dunes

Show detail SHOW

Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:
No. of SitesPicnicking sites available
Reservation InfoNo Reservations Required

Group Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Group Picnicking:
No. of Sites Group picnicking sites available
Reservation Info Picnic Shelter Reservation Information

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW