Photo's and Review submitted by Cliff Maurand
Directions: Exit 100 off of I-64, head south on Blue Ridge Parkway. Exit the Parkway at Mile post 16.0, head west down the mountain to the campground (follow the signs)
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Sherando Lake Recreation Area, part of the George Washington National Forest, is located east of Staunton at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 15 miles south of I-64 via Virginia Route 664. It offers opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, swimming and boating. Its main, 24-acre lake has a 200-yard beach and a bathhouse at its swimming section. There is a smaller, 7-acre lake in addition. Both lakes are open to fishing, with the smaller, upper lake used almost exclusively for fishing. Private boats are welcome.
For camping, there are 65 family campsites and an organizational area that can accommodate up to 125 people. The family sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; groups wishing to use the organizational area must make reservations. All campsites are open from April 1 to October 31. From November 1 to the end of hunting season, the organizational sites are open but have no water.
This 24-acre lake has swimming, boating (no gasoline motors), and excellent warmwater and coldwater fishing opportunities. Another smaller reservoir is in the recreation area that is also stocked with trout for bank fishing. There is nice beach and bath house available for visitors, all in a park like setting.
Hiking trails encircle each lake and offer panoramic views of the area. A little more challenging is the Cliff Trail, which takes hikers above Sherando Lake. A number of other trails snake away and around the lake, including a moderately graded 2.5-mile hike up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For more information on the Sherando Lake Recreation Area, contact the U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 10, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579. Telephone (540) 291-2188. For online information visit the USFS site.
Update: Sherando Lake now takes reservations!!
Comments: Exceptionally nice campground, I highly recommend it!
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