Beartree Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed

Relax at this popular, yet peaceful recreation area beside Beartree Lake complete with campsites, a picnic area, nearby trails and a scenic lake. Campsites are popular with tent campers since there are no hookups, but RVs are welcome and easily accommodated. Group sites are available with reservations.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is closed for the season and the main gate is closed. The lake is open for fishing and kayaking.
Operational Hours: Gate open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Reservations: Beartree Recreation Area Reservation Information on
Rentals & Guides: The campground is a short drive to the Virginia Creeper Trail. Many shuttle, guide, and rental services are available for this popular trail. Learn more on the Virginia Creeper Trail page.
Fees: $24 per single site per night (max 2 tents, 8 people, 2 vehicles).  $48 per double site per night (max 4 tents 16 people, 4 vehicles.).  $5 dump station fee (non campers).  $55 group camping (reservation only).  Discounts available for most sites for Senior Pass Holders.
Permit Info: Commercial shuttles must have special use permit.
Open Season: late-April - late-October
Closest Towns: Damascus, VA
Water: Drinking water and warm water showers in campground during open season.
Restroom: Vault toilets and flush toilets in the campground. Port-a-johns at lake.
Passes: The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass provides a 50% discount to the base campsite fee (not hook ups). No other America the Beautiful Interagency passes are valid at this site.
Operated By: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (800) 628-7202

General Information


From I-81 Southbound: Take exit 29 at Glade Spring, turn left at bottom of ramp and go about ¼ mile to traffic light at intersection of Rt. 91 and Rt. 11.  Then proceed straight through the traffic light and follow Rt. 91 for 13 miles to the Beartree entrance on the left (paved FS 837).

From I-81 Northbound: Take exit 19 at Abingdon onto US 58 east. Go about 12 miles to Damascus. Continue on US 58 east another seven miles to the campground entrance on the left. From the entrance off US 58 to the entrance station is approximately one mile. The family campground loops are approximately three miles from the entrance station, and the group camping loops are approximately ½ mile from the entrance station.

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