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Sherando Lake

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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.


From the previous site on the Thomas Jefferson Loop of the VBWT:

About 1 mile down Sherando Lake Road from SR 664, head right for a small parking and lake access area or left for parking, lake access, restrooms, information, camping, and hiking trails.

From Royal Oaks, travel north on SR 814 for 3.6 miles to SR 664. Continue straight onto and follow for 0.6 miles before turning left onto Sherando Lake Road.

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: Glendwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts: (540) 291-2188
  • Website
  • Season:
  • Access: Admission Fee, April 1- October 31

Seasonal Bird Observations


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