Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter

Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter

The Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter location is in Natural Bridge Station, Virginia
24579. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

96 Sherando Lake Road, Lyndhurst, Va, 22952 (Physical Address)
Glenwood And Pedlar Ranger Districts (For Information)
Natural Bridge Station

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Campground information Natural Bridge Station, Virginia


Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter, also known as the Williams Branch Group Picnic Shelter is a part of the Sherando Lake Recreation Area. The recreation area is often referred to as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a very popular destination where families enjoy picnicking in the shade and relaxing on the sandy beach.


The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated areas with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water’s edge and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area in the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia Fishing license, National Forest stamp and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake – electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area.

Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access – hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake.

Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond. Bald Mountain used to be the location of a fire lookout tower.


The Group Picnic Shelter (also called Williams Branch Picnic Shelter) was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936. Several tables and benches were also constructed by the CCC and are still in use under the shelter. The area can accommondate up to 25 people, to meet the Governor’s COVID restrictions. Amenities at the site include a covered shelter with 4 picnic tables, a double pedestal grill, a fireplace under the shelter, additional picnic tables surrounding the shelter, and a bathroom with flush toilets nearby. The shelter can be accessed by vehicle using a short service road and there is parking for 40 cars immediately adjacent to the shelter. The day use area closes at 9 pm or dusk, whichever comes first and the main gate at the state road closes at 10 pm. Visitors not staying overnight in the campground need to exit before the main gate closes at 10 pm.

Natural Features

The group picnic shelter is located a short walking distance from the 25 acre lower lake with a sand beach, shaded grassy area and beach bathhouse. The lake is spring and stream-fed by Back Creek, so the water stays refreshingly cool all summer long.

Nearby Attractions

There are opportunities for gas, groceries, and firewood at convenience stores and local vendors along the state road to Sherando Lake. Ice can be purchased at the Sherando Lake Visitor Center during operating hours. Additional supplies can be obtained in Stuarts Draft, about a 15 minute drive away.

The Blue Ridge Pakrway with its scenic overlooks and ridgetop views is a short 3 mile drive up State Route 664 from the Sherando Lake entrance. The Wintergreen Resort offers a golf course and ski area within 10 miles of Sherando Lake.

Frequently Asked Questions About 96 Sherando Lake Road, Lyndhurst, Va, 22952 (Physical Address) Natural Bridge Station, VA

How do I make a reservation with Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter?

To make reservations at Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter, you can call the office at 540-291-2188.

Where is Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter located?

The Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter is located at 96 Sherando Lake Road, Lyndhurst, Va, 22952 (Physical Address) Glenwood And Pedlar Ranger Districts (For Information) in Natural Bridge Station,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter have tent or RV camping?

Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 540-291-2188 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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