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Old 06-13-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia

Bear Creek Lake State Park is nice. Make you reservation for Loop B if you have a TT longer than 12 feet or bigger than a PUP. Loop A is more for tents and small PUPs.

The lake has a nice swimming area for all and has actual lifeguards on duty. A lot of people fishing and catching catfish, Bluegill and bass.

If you have a small boat, kayak or inner tubes...bring them. Rentals are expensive. No gas motors only electric. Life jackets are mandatory if you are on anything that floats outside of the swimming area.

Bath houses are clean and good but the water pressure in the showers leaves a lot to be desired. Water and electric at the camper sites is very good. Pets are welcome and need to be on a leash if outside unless they are caged. I took my dogs to the large field after the swimming beach closed and let them run loose. They had a great time and the ranger drove by and didn't say anything to me (but like I said the beach was closed so no one was near where I was).

All in all I would rate the park at 8 out of 10.

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Old 06-13-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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Bear Creek is about a 15 minute drive from our house. You gave a great summary, Dave. I will also add that there are multiple lakes within the Cumberland State Forest and off some of the forestry roads in and around Bear Creek State Park. Also, some great trails for hiking as well (we like to go geocaching in the area). The campground is relatively small despite multiple loops, and some of the bigger rigs may find it a little tight. We've only camped there in a pop-up, and now having a 34 footer will limit us to specific sites, none of which overlook the lake, sadly.
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Kamp k,

I really enjoyed the area although I didn't get a chance to explore the trails as much as I would have liked. Living in Northern Virginia makes me jealous of the beautiful country you have around Cumberland. The little mom & pop gas station at the beginning of the entrance road had good gas prices and the folks were friendly. What really got my attention were the pictures of the deer people harvested down there. Do you do any hunting? I'm thinking of making reservations for this year so I can hunt the forest for a few weeks; any suggestions of good areas?

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Old 06-13-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
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I know what you mean, Dave. Used to live in Fredericksburg and drove to the Springfield area everyday. That was over 20 years ago, but I hated it back then! I tell everyone that Cumberland is like Mayberry. We don't even have a traffic light, a fast food joint, and the closest Walmart is about 25 miles away lol. Not much of a hunter, so I am afraid I can't help you there. If your family enoyed Bear Creek, there are 3 other state parks less than an hour from Bear Creek. Holliday Lake and Twin Lakes are probably a 1/2 hour away, and our favorite, James River State Park, which is just another 40 minutes or so, west on route 60 from Bear Creek. Highly recommend James River if you've never been there.
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Awesome information, I am going to make a reservation at James River State Park. Hopefully they have a river close by, LOL.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:55 PM   #6
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HA! Yeah, you might just find a river there! Actually, when you're heading down 60, you'll make a right when you get to the river. On your left will be the little market for ice, beer, or whatever. The park is about 7 miles from the market. There are only like 30 RV campsites there I believe, and they are all in the Red Oak section. No swimming there for the kiddies, but they do have a canoe livery, some great trails, and fishing. Here is a link:

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We stayed at James River last year. Great little park. RV campsites have plenty of room.
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Awesome, hopefully there are fish in the river too
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