Lake Sherwood Recreation Area and Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is a complete family destination offering a wide variety of activities and camping options. Standard, tent-only and group camping facilities are perched along Lake Sherwood, the largest lake on Monongahela National Forest. Swimming beaches, a picnic area, boat ramp and several hiking trails are among the features of the area.

At an elevation of 2,600 feet, Lake Sherwood spans 156 acres. A variety of animals make their home here, including black bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, otter and mink.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of July 27, 2020, the West Shore Camping Loop is open, along with the showers and flush toilets. The swimming beach and family restroom are open, with a shower and flush toilet available. There are four portable toilets on site. The boat launch and boat rental are also open. The Lake Sherwood Gatehouse is staffed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dump station is open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other facilities at Lake Sherwood are closed. For more information, call the Marlinton-White Sulphur Ranger District at 304-536-2144.
Reservations: Campground and Pavilion reservations available at recreation.gov.   Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made 6 months in advance for standard sites and 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees Day-Use Fees:
  • Day Pass - $5/vehicle each day
  • Season Pass - $30. Allows one vehicle entry per pass. 
Peak Season Campground fees
  • West Shore, Pine Run, and Meadow Creek Loop Single Site - $20/night
  • Cales Knoll Loop Single Site - $16/night
  • West Shore Loop Double Site - $40/night
  • Group Camping Site - $100/night
Fees are reduced after water systems are shut down in the fall until they reopen in the spring. Non-Peak Campground Fees:
  • West Shore Loop Single Site - $14/night
  • West Shore Loop Double Site - 36$/night
Pavilion rental fees:
  • Picnic Pavilion - $50/day
 
Open Season: Mid-March - Late November
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: White Sulphur Springs, WV and Rimel, WV
Water: Drinking water available May to October.
Restroom: Accessible flush and vault toilets
Information Center: White Sulphur Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From White Sulphur Springs: Head northeast on E Main Street toward Mill Hill Avenue. Turn left onto WV-92 N/Pocahontas Trail (15.4 mi). Turn right onto Lake Sherwood Rd (3.8). Continue straight to stay on Lake Sherwood Road (6.4 mi). Turn right to reach the Lake Sherwood Recreation Area.

From Rimel: Head southwest on WV-92 S (15.7 mi). Turn left onto Lake Sherwood Rd (3.8 mi). Continue straight to stay on Lake Sherwood Rd (6.4 mi). Turn right to reach the Lake Sherwood Recreation Area.


Accessibility:

Accessible fishing access, flush toilets, vault toilets, and showers.


General Notes:

Fishing

Within the recreation area, anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek

Camping

The campground has 104 individual campsites and 10 group campsites. Each has a parking spur, tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Showers are accessible. All camping areas are served by restrooms with running water, flush toilets, hot showers and electricity (available during the summer season only). In the spring and fall, vault toilets and a hand pump well are available. 

The parking aprons are gravel and some are up to 20 feet wide. No electrical, sewage or water hook-ups are available, but there is a dump station on-site. Other amenities include a playground, picnic shelters and volleyball courts.

Additional Resources


General Notes:

Fishing

Within the recreation area, anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek

Camping

The campground has 104 individual campsites and 10 group campsites. Each has a parking spur, tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Showers are accessible. All camping areas are served by restrooms with running water, flush toilets, hot showers and electricity (available during the summer season only). In the spring and fall, vault toilets and a hand pump well are available. 

The parking aprons are gravel and some are up to 20 feet wide. No electrical, sewage or water hook-ups are available, but there is a dump station on-site. Other amenities include a playground, picnic shelters and volleyball courts.

Additional Resources

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area Campground  Map.

Lake Sherwood Area Hiking Trails Brochure and Map


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


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Boating - Motorized

Boats and canoes are available for rent from at the lake. Three boat launches and a dock are available for public use. One dock is near the concession stand and two are in the campgrounds. Electric boat motors may be used, however, due to the small size of the lake, no other types of motors may be used.

General Info:

General Notes

Fishing

Within the recreation area, anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well. Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek

Camping

The campground has 104 individual campsites and 10 group campsites. Each has a parking spur, tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Showers are accessible. All camping areas are served by restrooms with running water, flush toilets, hot showers and electricity (available during the summer season only). In the spring and fall, vault toilets and a hand pump well are available. 

The parking aprons are gravel and some are up to 20 feet wide. No electrical, sewage or water hook-ups are available, but there is a dump station on-site. Other amenities include a playground, picnic shelters and volleyball courts.

Additional Resources

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area Campground  Map.

Lake Sherwood Area Hiking Trails Brochure and Map


Motor TypeElectric only

Boating - Non-Motorized

Boats and canoes are available for rent from a concessionaire at this 165 acre lake. Three boat launches and a dock are available for public use. One dock is near the concession stand and two are in the campgrounds. Electric boat motors may be used, however due to the small size of the lake, no other types of motors may be used.

Swimming

One of the most beautiful swimming areas in West Virginia is found at Lake Sherwood. There are two sand beaches, one on the "mainland" and one on an island, which are connected by a scenic footbridge. The swimming area contains a bathhouse complete with showers and flush toilets. Water fountains are dispersed throughout the swimming area. Lifeguards are not provided.


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