Get back to nature with your favorite canine at Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp in the state of Virginia. This facility is tucked right into the Blue Ridge Mountains and was formed shortly after the man-made lake was created. It's now the ideal spot to enjoy the outdoors, including the incredible Natural Bridge just a short drive out from the grounds.
The camp isn't large, consisting of just 41 campsites that have their own picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. Don't worry about packing water, as spigots are provided around the park. Be prepared to unplug, as there are no hookups offered here and cell service can be a little spotty throughout the area. Nightly fees are $18 for regular sites and $36 to stay at the double-sized lot (which can accommodate up to 12 guests at once).
Your doggo is going to be thrilled about all of the trails that surround Cave Mountain Lake, like the Wildcat Trail, which takes you all the way up the mountain and back, and the Panther Knob Trail, which brings you all the way to the dam. If you're looking for something a little more formidable, plan a day out on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which can be accessed not far from the grounds.
The lake itself is also a great place to hang out -- though you can only be in it, not on it, as boats (and even floaties) are prohibited here. Fishing is welcome, but you'll have to wait until June 15th to cast your line unless you're under 15 years of age.
Up to two furry friends are welcome to join you at your site, but remember to keep them away from the beach area. It's also important to clean up any pet waste your pooch leaves behind and dispose of it properly as bears do frequent the campsites. Because of this, you'll have to keep all food and toiletries packed away in your vehicle as well. (Failure to do so could result in a fine!)
To experience Virginia's wilderness, check out Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp!