George Washington National Forest, P.O. Box 10, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579
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. <p> There is a visitor information center on the property, offering brochures, maps, and books, as well as snack and drink vending machines and an ice machine. For camping, there are 65 family campsites and an organizational area that can accommodate up to 125 people. 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. Closer to the camping areas is a short, self-guided nature loop.
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