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Hearthstone Lake

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Important Notices For This Site

Dam Repairs at Hearthstone LakeHearthstone Lake has a scheduled drawdown this coming fall and winter due to necessary repairs to the dam. Currently the drawdown is planned to begin in November. The lake will be refilled once construction is complete. Trout will not be stocked during the fall of 2018 or until construction and lake refill has been completed. Call the DGIF Verona Regional Office at 540-248-9360 for more information regarding the drawdown. We apologize for any inconvenience.


NOTICE: Hearthstone Lake is temporarily inaccessible by vehicle due to the closure of Tillman Rd on either side of the lake for structural renovations to the dam. Anticipated completion of this project is at the end of summer 2019. There is a pull off area near (38.396267, -79.156236) before the closure on Tillman Rd which connects to an old road/walking trail through the woods and down to the lake. 

Elevation: 1805 ft.

Hearthstone Lake is a 7-acre impoundment in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests managed for angling opportunities, while its woodland surroundings provide a relaxing setting to search for wildlife. The lake itself supports a variety of wetland-associated species. Look for great blue heron, wood duck, belted kingfisher and the occasional bald eagle. The nearby woodland supports anticipated songbirds with eastern wood-pewee and red-eyed vireo calling throughout the summer. Check the open areas around the lake for breeding field sparrows in summer. The lake is also worth checking for dragonflies. Widow skimmer, eastern pondhawk, eastern amberwing and common green darner all occur.


Location: end of Tillman Rd, West Augusta, VA 24485

Coordinates: 38.39526, -79.16359

From Harrisonburg, travel south on VA-42 for 11 miles. Turn right onto State Rte 747 and continue as it twists and turns 6.9 miles. Stay straight as State Rte 747 becomes State Rte 730, then becomes State Rte 763, then becomes State Rte 718. Make a slight right at Fr 95. Continue onto Tillman Rd. In 1.4 miles, turn left to stay on Tillman Rd. Follow to lake.

From the Previous Site on the North River Loop of the VBWT:

From Reddish Knob, return north 2.0 miles to FR 924. Turn right, heading east on FR 924 for 6.9 miles to the intersection of Rt. 924 and Tillman Road/FR 101. From the intersection of Rt. 924 and Tilghman Road/FR 101 near Briery Lake, go south on Tillman Road/FR 101 for 4.4 miles. Turn right and continue 0.7 miles to the lake.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187, stevenrberi@fs.fed.us
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