Fees Rising At Cave Mountain Lake

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will increase fees at several recreation sites, including Cave Mountain Lake, beginning this year.

The changes help align National Forest fees with other nearby recreation areas and will help the recreation sites be more financially sustainable, according to a press release from the Forest Service.

The increase in fees affects 13 campgrounds and day-use area in 12 counties on National Forest lands in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. The fee increases range between $2 and $4. Most recreation opportunities remain free.

The fee increases are effective when the site opens for the season. Open dates vary and are subject to change.

Check the forests’ website for the most current information on site openings at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/gwj/recreation.

At Cave Mountain Lake campground, the new fees are $20 for a single site and $40 for a double site.

The fees for day use at Cave Mountain Lake are now $8 per vehicle with up to eight passengers, and $2 per person for vans and buses carrying more than eight passengers and walk-ins.

The fees at Sherando Lake in Augusta County are also rising. For campers, the fees will be $25 for a single site, $40 for a double site and $7 for an electrical hookup.

The fees for day use at Sherando Lake will be the same as at Cave Mountain Lake, $8 per vehicle with up to eight passengers and $2 per person for vans and buses carrying more than eight passengers and walk-ins.

Also in the Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District, the fees at the North Creek Campground in Botetourt County are rising to $15 for a single site and $30 for a double site.

In the fall of 2017, the Forest Service asked the public to provide feedback to determine what level of an increase would be acceptable to the forests’ visitors. The response indicated support for some fee increases as long as they result in improvements to facilities or services. There were some concerns expressed that higher fees would reduce the number of recreation visits for some families. To address these concerns, the Forest Service phased in many of the fee increases over three years and partnered with a conservation corps crew to make improvements to recreation sites and trails in 2019 and 2020. More crew work is planned for 2021.

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