Bear Creek Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


Visitors from out of state often look at Bear Creek Lake State Park as being the bull's eye in a series of bull's eyes in Virginia. Looking at a Virginia map, it is easy to see that 326-acre Bear Creek State Park sits in the center of Virginia. What is not visible on the map is that the park's 40-acre lake, created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, that is directly in the park's center, nor does the map illustrate that the park is in the center of Virginia's 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest. Those who camp at the park have access to all the surrounding forest activities--its trails, its hunting opportunities, and its excellent fishing--in addition to the activities available within the park itself. Located near Cumberland, VA, the park is within 50 miles of Richmond, VA, to the east and 35 miles of Appomattox, VA, to the west.

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Spring 35-77 F
Summer 63-88 F
Fall 37-80 F
Winter 27-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bear Creek Lake State Park

Sometimes, Bear Creek Lake State Park RV spaces fill quickly because of the attraction of its surroundings. In that case, there are several other RV campgrounds near the park. When you camp in an RV, you can pick and choose your campgrounds, which gives you a decided advantage when traveling through a state like Virginia, where many campgrounds like the one at Bear Creek Lake only have a few sites. To take advantage of that adaptability, check out the RV rentals available near Bear Creek Lake State Park at this RVshare site in Cumberland, VA.

Bear Creek Lake State Park Campground

Bear Creek Lake State Park Campground offers 37 RV campsites, all of which are back-ins. Of those sites, nine can handle RVs up to 35 feet in length, and the rest limit the length to 20 feet. The sites are wide enough to deploy any slide-outs an RV may support. All of the pads are gravel with a heavy canopy of trees shading the campground. Fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking are among the favorite activities of guests. Boats may be rented from the concessionaire.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 20/30 amps

  • Sewer Hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables

  • Fee: $35 to $40 per night

Cozy Acres Campground

Located 20 miles east of Cumberland in Powhatan, VA, is Cozy Acres Campground. This campground is a family-owned and -operated facility that offers 113 RV campsites. The older campsites have a graveled pad, but the new sites offer paved pads and are clear of the tree canopy that hovers above most of the campground. There is an outdoor swimming pool that is available during nice weather. The playground is huge, and trails run throughout the campground and around its edges. A fishing pond is stocked with farm-raised catfish. The camp store offers firewood, ice, and some fresh produce.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station

  • Fee: $49 to $80 per night

Amelia Family Campground

Amelia Family Campground is located just a 25-mile drive toward the southeast from Cumberland in the town of Amelia Court House, VA. The campground offers 80 RV spaces, 50 of which are pull-throughs with full hookups. The sites are only 14 feet in width, which may cause a problem when attempting to deploy slide-outs. However, each site is 65 feet long, making them capable of handling nearly any RV on the road. Recreational facilities include a swimming pool, a fishing pond, a horseshoe pit, and a playground.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station

  • Fee: $35 to $45 per night

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What to Do at
Bear Creek Lake State Park

Inside Bear Creek Lake State Park

The fishing on 40-acre Bear Creek Lake is fantastic. There is an ADA-accessible fishing pier, a boat launch, and an unguarded swimming beach. Not only does the lake attract anglers, but it also beckons painted turtles, green herons, and ducks. The surrounding Cumberland State Forest, where wildlife habitats occur naturally, is full of bird and animal life. An extensive trails system exists inside the park and connects with trails in Cumberland State Forest, including the 14-mile Cumberland Multiuse Trail that allows hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. 

Outside Bear Creek Lake State Park

Many communities surround Bear Creek Lake State Park. Some of the towns are small enough to be called villages or hamlets, but they always seem to develop enticing restaurants and shops regardless of size. Bear Creek State Park lies at the center of a famous Civil War region. Civil War reenactments, memorials, and museums are sprinkled throughout the area. 


Granny Bee’s

To experience the famous old-time Southern hospitality, visit Granny Bee’s. Beyond that hospitality, the restaurant produces hand-made meals with fresh ingredients. Whether you are looking for a seafood or steak dinner, this is the place to visit while exploring the heart of Virginia.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 170 Main Street, Appomattox, VA 24522

Black Forest Haus

The Black Forest Haus specializes in American and German cuisine. They are famous in the central region of Virginia for their schnitzel. After dinner, their fresh-cooked apple strudel a la mode is a fantastic dessert.

Type: American, German

Location: 18540 Patrick Henry Highway, Amelia Court House, VA 23002

Café at Maidens

The Café at Maidens is a self-described "out in the middle of nowhere" breakfast and lunch diner housed in a former service station. The menu includes old-fashioned, down-home cooking such as pancakes, eggs, and bacon for breakfast and a wholesome sandwich stuffed with everything available for lunch. This is American café cooking at its best.

Type: American

Location: 3847 Maidens Road, Powhatan, VA 23139


Vintage Antique Shack

A unique Virginia experience awaits you when you shop at the Vintage Antique Shack. Here, you find all the exotic items you could wish for, such as hand-embroidered dish clothes, antique candle holders, or collectible 1800s cast iron cauldrons.

Location: 4140 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA 23139

Short Pump Town Center

The nearest shopping mall to Bear Creek Lake State Park is the Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, VA. The mall has 123 stores in a single complex. Some of the best-known brand names include Dick's Sporting Goods and American Eagle Outfitters.

Location: 3405 Candlers Mountain Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502


McLean House

The McLean House is the location of Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Northern Army of Virginia in 1865. The surrender virtually sealed the fall of the Confederacy. One of the ironic twists of the tale is that Wilmer McLean moved his family to Appomattox Court House after their home in Manassas received a cannonball during the Second Battle of Bull Run to remove his family from the danger that the war created.

Location: 111 National Park Drive, Appomattox, VA 24522


The Maymont is a preserved 19th-century mansion sitting on the shore of the James River in Richmond, VA. This mansion is an excellent example of the differences experienced by the wealthy and those who served them during the Gilded Age. Visitors find intact the residences of the butler, maid, and cooks in the basement area and the rooms of the privileged on the upper floors.

Location: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA 23220

White House of the Confederacy

To gain an intimate understanding of the Confederacy, visit the White House of the Confederacy. Here, you find exhibits about the life, times, labors, battles, and conditions through which the Confederacy endured.

Location: 1201 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219

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How to Get to
Bear Creek Lake State Park

The nearest large urban area to Black Creek Lake State Park is Richmond, VA. To approach the park from Richmond, get onto Interstate 95 South (I-95 S) and drive for 0.5 miles. At exit 74A, merge left onto Virginia Highway 195 West (VA-195 W) and go for about 4 miles. VA-195 W becomes Virginia Highway 76 South (VA-76 S) at that point. Continue driving on VA-76 S for another 4.5 miles; then, merge left onto United States Route 60 West (US-60 W). Drive on US-60 W for 40 miles, then turn right onto Trents Mill Road. After traveling on Trents Mill Road for 3 miles, turn left onto Oak Hill Road. In 0.8 miles, take a slight left onto Bear Creek Lake Road. The entrance to the park is 0.65 miles ahead.

Entering Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Lake State Park Entry fee (per vehicle) : $5.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bear Creek Lake State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Bear Creek Lake State Park?

Bear Creek Lake State Park is open all year, but the best time to visit is in the fall during the park’s off-season. The trees are dressed in beautiful fall colors, and anglers will have plenty of room for fishing and more.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Bear Creek Lake State Park?

There is plenty of wildlife to see while enjoying the park. Visitors can spot turtles, frogs, snakes, newts, deer, beavers, birds, and more. Visitors can also check out backpacks filled with items to help identify birds and other wildlife.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Bear Creek Lake State Park?

Camping at Bear Creek Lake State Park is available from March to December. The park has 37 camping sites that are designated for RV camping. The sites have water and electric hookups and a fire ring.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Bear Creek Lake State Park and what is the cost?

Campers do not reserve a camping spot at the park. Instead, you will reserve a site type. Please review the specific types before making a reservation, as the camp operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. The reservation fee is $5.

Are pets allowed at Bear Creek Lake State Park?

Bear Creek Lake State Park welcomes dogs. Owners must clean up after their dogs at all times and keep them on a leash six feet in length or shorter. Dogs are not allowed on the beach.