Beartree Lake Trail (Forest Trail #4563)

This paved and gravel-surfaced trail encircles Beartree Lake, an area popular for fishing and swimming. Fishing platforms and a beach area are also provided at the Beartree Recreation Area

Trail Open to: 


At a Glance

Restrictions: No Bicycles, No Horses, No Motorized Vehicles.
Closest Towns: Damascus, VA, Washington County
Water: Drinking water seasonally available
Restroom: Porta-john
Operated By: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area: (276) 783-5196; (800) 628-7202
Information Center: Trail information is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #318.  We recommend that all trail users carry a reliable map.

General Information

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  0.8 miles
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  FT # 4551 - Beartree Gap
  • Elevation:  3000-3100 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
    • LAT 36.659547 LONG -81.687978


From Damascus, VA: Take US 58 east for 8 miles. Turn left onto FR 837 entering Beartree Recreation Area. Take the first right to free parking. Or continue on for 1 mile, throug the fee station, and turn right to reach the beach area of Beartree Lake.

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Map of Beartree area trails 


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 39

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Regulations and Permits

Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.8 miles

  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
3000 - 3100