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Washington County Park – South Holston Lake


Elevation: 1739 ft.

Washington County Park is a popular destination for campers and fishermen along the western shore of South Holston Lake. The park provides lake access and spectacular views that stretch across the lake into Tennessee. The campground is a relatively open mixture of old white pine and eastern hemlock. The lakeshore has a denser mix of shrubby oaks. Be careful of the healthy population of poison ivy!! Productive almost year-round, look for breeding birds in summer and numerous shorebirds and waterfowl during migration. Summer breeding birds around the campground include the typical woodland songbirds and woodpeckers. The sheer number of shorebirds and waterfowl that congregate on the lake during migration will awe visitors. Those interested in reptiles have to look no further than the surrounding woods which host a variety of snakes including black rat and black racer. The lake itself is home to eastern painted turtle and snapping turtle.


Physical Address: 19482 County Park Rd, Abingdon, VA 24211

From the Previous Site on the South Holston Loop of the VBWT:

From TVA Access Area – Mouth of Wolf Creek – South Holston Lake, travel west on Rt. 664 for 2.9 miles to County Park Road. Turn left and continue 0.3 miles to the campground and boat landing.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Washington County Park Authority: 276-628-9677,
  • Website
  • Access: Fee, Open: April 1 - September 30 (closed October - March)

Birds Recently Seen at Washington County Park – South Holston Lake (as reported to eBird)

  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • Chipping Sparrow

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Camping
  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch