Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area

Cave Mountain Lake nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, welcomes generations of families who enjoy the rustic beauty and peacefulness of the area.  Daytime visitors and campers alike favor swimming, picnicking, sunning and fishing at Cave Mountain Lake.

The Civilian Conservation Corps built the 7-acre, man-made lake in the 1930's using existing buttresses of natural rock to form a 35-foot high dam. The CCC’s also built the Log Picnic Shelter using trees and rocks from the area. Its massive stone fireplace and rough-hewn beams evoke an atmosphere of days long past.

Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming and relaxing on the beach at Cave Mountain Lake. Birding and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.   Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to a full day hike along the nearby ridges. Backpackers enjoy the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the James River Face and the Thunder Ridge Wilderness areas.

  • $5 per vehicle day use.
  • Camping available for $15 per single site per night ($30 for double).
  • Picnic shelter available for reservations ($25 for up to 100)
  • Open early April through late October.
  • No boats or watercraft permitted.
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • Drinking water and restrooms with warm showers available. 


 $5 per vehicle day use