Big Bend Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Big Bend Campground Campsite

Just south of Petersburg, West Virginia, Big Bend Campgound is located in the Smoke Hole Canyon along the South Branch of the Potomac River at the end of County Route 2. The camground sits 200 feet from the river and is popular for fishing and non-motorized boat use.  A one mile loop trail is available for hiking at the campground, but the nearby Smoke Hole Canyon and Seneca Creek Backcountry offer longer day hikes and approxiamately 60 miles of backcountry trails.  


At a Glance

  • Upper Loop Sites 13-30 are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The River Loop sites and double campsites can be reserved online or by calling (877) 444-6777
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees Camping
  • River Loop – Single: $23
  • River Loop Double : $40
  • Upper Loops – Single: $22
  • Upper Loops – Double: $35
Open Season: Late March - late October
Usage: Light
  • Camping is prohibited within 300 feet of the corridor of the South Branch of the Potomac River between U.S. Highway 220 and Big Bend Campground, except for lawful camping at developed campgrounds.
  • Maximum length of stay is 14 days and 8 people per site.
  • No camping allowed along County Route 2.
  • Park in developed areas only.
  • Pets must be leashed.
Closest Towns: Petersburg, WV
Water: Available
Restroom: Flush toilets and showers
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land and Leisure
Information Center: Contact Potomac Ranger District or contact American Land and Leisure.

General Information


Follow 28/55 from Petersburg, WV, for 8 miles. Turn left onto the Smoke Hole Road, Route 28/11, and travel for 13 miles to County Route 2. Turn left onto the Smoke Hole Road, County Route 2, and follow for approximately 3 miles to Big Bend Campground.

Optional Directions: Follow US Route 220 from Petersburg, WV to the Upper Tract Bridge at County Route 2. Take a right at the Bridge and follow County Route 2 for 10 miles into the campground.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Tent camping Tent pad
Camping trailer Dumping station