Craig Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Large grassy fields are the first things you’ll see when you enter Craig Creek Day Use Area, but the creek itself is the real highlight. Generations of families have enjoyed the swimming hole here and it’s still a great place to escape the heat of summer. Canoeists can use the area as a put-in or take-out point and enjoy an easy paddle on the warm waters of Craig Creek. A grassy field inside the day use area may be reserved for group camping

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day use area is open from sunrise to sunset. Group camping is by reservation only: Check-in is 1:00 p.m. and check-out 11:00 a.m.
Reservations: Craig Creek Group Campsite Reservation Information at
Fees No fee for day use area. $35 per night for group campsite. Reservations required at
Open Season: April 10 - October 25
Restrictions: Group camping site is limited to 25 people and 10 vehicles.
Closest Towns: New Castle, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: 540-552-4641

General Information

Directions: From I-81: From exit 141, take SR 419 north to SR 311. In New Castle, turn right onto SR 615 and go 11 miles to SR 817 in Oriskany. Turn right on SR 817, go 0.5 mile then take right at sign for Craig Creek. Driving distance from I-81 is 31 miles; estimated time 50 minutes.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE


No. of SitesPicnicking sites available
Reservation InfoNo Reservations Required

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW