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Sherando Lake


Elevation: 1810 ft.

Sherando Lake is a recreational area with an extensive 25-acre spring-fed lake that also offers camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking opportunities. This site also houses an amphitheatre and a visitor’s center. Trails meander through hardwood forests, lakeside habitat, open fields, and mountain ridgelines. These woodlands are nesting grounds for scarlet tanager, Canada and black-throated green warblers, and yellow-breasted chat. In the fall and winter, the lake attracts shorebirds and waterfowl. While wood duck, belted kingfisher, and green heron are resident here, look for bufflehead and American black duck in the winter. This is also a good spot to find the colorful (and fast!) Blue Ridge two-lined salamander. Other salamanders such as northern dusky salamander may also be hiding beneath rocks along the creeks. This is an extensive area, with several trails that traverse a wide variety of habitat. It is a popular spot for beach recreation, but there are numerous opportunities for wildlife watching as well.


Location: Sherando Lake Recreation Area, 96 Sherando Lake Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952

From I-64: Take exit 96 just east of Stuarts Draft. Turn south onto State Route (SR) 624 and continue. At Lyndhurst, the road changes to SR 664/ Mount Torrey Rd, but there is no distinct turn. Continue south on SR 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right.

To return to the interstate, return to the Blue Ridge Parkway and follow it south to SR 56. Turn right and follow this to I-81. From here, turn north to begin the Forest Trails Loop or south and start the Rockbridge River and Ridge Loop.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts: 540-291-2188
  • Website
  • Access: Admission Fee, Open April 1- October 31, 6am - 10 pm; Day Use Area Opens May 15, 6am - sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Sherando Lake (as reported to eBird)

  • Barred Owl
  • Chimney Swift
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Tufted Titmouse

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Camping
  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms