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Description - Gathright Dam - Lake Moomaw is a 13,428 acre T. M. Gathright Wildlife Management Area; 2,530 acre lake; year round boating, water sports, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting (in season); abundant wildlife includes bald eagles, white-tail deer, turkeys, etc.; stocked lake; group picnic shelters; information center with observation deck; handicap fishing decks; sandy beaches with modern bathhouse adjacent; multiple ramps lighted docks.

Recreation - There are numerous camping opportunities within and around Lake Moomaw. There are sites within the George Washington - Jefferson National Forests and Douthat State Park is located above Covington which offers cabins as well as lakeside campsites.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - Gathright Dam-Lake Moomaw is located in western Virginia along the West Virginia state line. Take Interstate 64 Exit 10, 14 or 16; watch for signs to Morris Hill Rd. and the lake; approximately 20 minutes from Interstate; various routes provide easy access; well signed routes; James River District U. S. Forest Service office at Interstate 64 Exit 16 between Best Western Mountain View Motel and Quickster Texaco provides maps and other detailed information.

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Filed By: The Zwecker Family
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Our family has camped at Bolar Mountain at Lake Moomaw for a number of years. It's the best part of our summer. The lake is incredible with swimming, fishing, boating, etc. The campgrounds are great, clean, and well-equiped. The biggest reward is being able to enjoy all of that wonderful nature! I cannot express what a wonderful experience this is for families! I HIGHLY recommend this as a great activity for your family!!!

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Contact Information:
Gathright Dam-Lake Moomaw, Morris Hill Road , Alleghany County, VA, 24426, Phone: 540-962-2214

Additional Information:
Shenandoah Valley Travel Region - The Shenandoah Valley Travel Region is home to two State Parks, one National Park, the Appalachian Trail, several natural area preserves, several large lakes and the lovely Skyline Drive.


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