Big Bend Campground

Area Status: Open
Big Bend Campground Campsite

Big Bend is located in the Smoke Hole Canyon next to the South Branch of the Potomac River at the end of County Route 2. Located 10 miles south west of Petersburg, West Virginia. The river is located 200 feet from campground and is open for fishing and non-motorized boat use.  A one mile loop trail is available for hiking at the campground and 60 miles of backcountry trails are located close by in the Seneca Creek Backcountry  as well as the trails located in Smoke Hole Canyon.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: April 12 is first night of camping.
Operational Hours: 24/7, during open season.
  • 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: Early-April - 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Campsites are suitable for tent camping. Each site has a picnic table, tent pad, lantern holder, and fire ring. 

RV Camping

Campsites are suitable trailer camping.  Each site has a picnic table, tent pad, lantern holder, and fire ring.  A dump station is available.

Dump Stations Available


Camping trailer: Dumping station
Picnic tables: Picnic Table
Tent camping: Tent Pad, Fire Ring, Lantern Holder

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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