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Lake Sherwood Recreation Area

Lake Sherwood is a complete family recreation area offering a wide variety of activities. Lake Sherwood, the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest, is a 165 acre impoundment at an elevation of 2700 feet above sea level. The recreation area includes a large campground, swimming beaches, a picnic area, and trails.

White Sulphur Ranger District
410 East Main Street
White Sulphur Springs WV 
Phone: (304)536-2144

Located at the end of State Route 14, near Neola, West Virginia.

From White Sulphur Springs travel north on State Route 92 for 15 miles to Neola, West Virginia.  Turn east (right) on State Route 14 and travel 11 miles to the lake.

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is in full operation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Twenty-five sites in the West Shore Loop are open year round.

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Hiking and Biking

All hiking trails are open to biking as well, however no biking is allowed on trails within the campgrounds. Numerous loop trail opportunities exist in the Lake Sherwood area for everyone from the beginning hiker to the experienced backpacker. All trails start at a trailhead in the picnic area. The shortest, most popular trail is a 3.5 mile scenic loop around Lake Sherwood.

Lake Sherwood contains a variety of fish, including bass, bluegills, bullheads, catfish, and tiger muskies. Meadow Creek, below Lake Sherwood, is intermittently stocked with trout. A state fishing license and a National Forest stamp are required, and if fishing for trout, a trout stamp is required. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing licensing requirements.

One of the most beautiful swimming areas in West Virginia is found at Lake Sherwood. There are two sand beaches, one on the "mainland" and one on an island, which are connected by a scenic footbridge. The swimming area contains a bathhouse complete with showers and flush toilets. Water fountains are dispersed throughout the swimming area. Lifeguards are not provided.

Boats and canoes are available for rent from a concessionaire at the Lake. Three boat launches and a dock are available for public use. One dock is near the concession stand and two are in the campgrounds. Electric boat motors may be used, however due to the small size of the lake, no other types of motors may be used.

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There is a large picnic area at the lake, containing individual picnic sites and a picnic shelter. Each site contains a grill, picnic table, and waste receptacle. Volleyball nets and horseshoe pits are also present.

Lake Sherwood has three single-unit camping areas and one group camping area. There are a total of 94 family units. Each unit has a capacity of eight people and there is one double site with a capacity of 16 people. Two vehicles are allowed per site. Each campsite has a parking spur, tent pad, picnic table, fireplace and lantern post. All camping areas are served by restrooms with running water, flush toilets, hot showers and electricity (available during the summer season only). 

In the winter vault toilets and a hand pump well are available. Most sites will accommodate trailers, however there are no electrical, sewage or water hook-ups. A group camping area is available for groups of up to 100 campers. This area is furnished with fire grates, tables, vault toilets and trash receptacles. Horseshoe pits are located throughout the campgrounds.

A picnic shelter is available for family and group outings. Pavilion reservations may be made online or by calling (877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be made at least 4 days prior to your arrival or can be made 360 days in advance.

Fees: Yes. Golden Age and Golden Access passport holders pay half of all stated fees.

Individual picnic sites are not reservable.

Pavilion reservations may be made online or by calling (877)444-6777. Pavilion reservations must be made at least 5 days prior to your arrival or can be made 360 days in advance.

Camping reservations for 49 campsites can be made online or by calling (877)444-6777. Camping reservations must be made at least 5 days prior to your arrival or can be made 240 days in advance.

  • Maximum length of stay is 14 days.
  • Check out time is 2:00 p.m.
  • A trailer sewage disposal station serves the entire recreation area during the summer season.
  • Evening programs are provided at an outdoor amphitheater.
  • All dogs must be leashed.

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