It’s that time of year again when I start getting spring fever and begin to dream of everything I want to do when the weather warms up. Bark Camp Lake is one of those things.
I’ve been to Bark Camp Lake several times, mostly before May came along. I’ve only been once with my toddler in tow. Bark Camp Lake is located in Virginia in the Jefferson National Forest. It’s a pretty rural drive to get there but well worth it in my opinion.
Bark Camp Lake offers both RV and tent camping and has one “cabin” that you can rent out. The cabin is basically a one-room, no electricity building with a bunk bed frame (bring your own air mattresses) and a few shelves. For $20 a night, you can’t really go wrong with it. We stayed in the cabin when we went there last May and didn’t have any complaints at all. It was nice to be out of the weather and not have to set up a tent when you have a kid with you.
The area also has bathhouses, a few walking trails, and of course, the lake. Be warned, it doesn’t have cell signal in most places.
The lake is beautiful and I’m told that it’s a good place to fish. I’ve kayaked on it a few times and it’s always peaceful…almost never crowded.
As much as I love this place, I should also probably warn that if you don’t like wildlife then you probably won’t like Bark Camp Lake. May’s stroller suffered some damage from a raccoon or a bear (or possibly Bigfoot…) because we accidentally left a few chips in net underneath. Aside from that, we all had a great time. (And quite honestly, the Bigfoot story we had to tell made it even better!)
If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check it out! You may even have a Bigfoot encounter too!
*Thanks to my beautiful niece and her husband for letting me share the pictures of them and for sharing the trip and memories with me!