Backpack around Lake Moomaw

Virginia Lake Moomaw (Twin Ridge Dr.)

Added by Jess Fischer

As one of the most beautiful only lake-front backpacking destinations in Virginia you'll find yourself hiking through mountains while always having a view of the gorgeous Lake Moomaw. This trip is also perfect for beginner backpackers! 

On your way to the trailhead don't forget to pull off the road at the scenic outlook to take in the vast expanse of Lake Moomaw (you won't miss it!).

Start off your adventure by parking at the end of Twin Ridge Drive (37.976545, -79.985582). From this point, hike down the little paved driveway into the campground area. The trailhead for the hike will be behind the second campground. From here you will follow the trail for 3.3 miles. You will encounter a few uphills, downhills, and flat ground so if you are a first time backpacker you will get a little taste of everything during this hike. About halfway through your hike and after the biggest uphill climb you'll encounter you will come to a wooden bench. Pause here to regain your breath and enjoy the amazing view of the lake and mountains. After a total of 3.3 miles you will come to a grassy clearing with a wooden sign to let you know you have reached Greenwood Point Campground. To your left and to your right will be camp spots (we camped at the left in front of the lake). If you choose to go right you will have to hike through the woods for a couple hundred feet. There are campsites under the trees and along the lake front. All campsites are lake front with the exception of two. Once you've picked your perfect spot, set up camp and enjoy the rest of your day. During the days you can swim in the lake and if you take a walk around the entire peninsula you will find a rope swing somewhere along the shore ;)

Another option to get to this campsite is: bring a kayak and paddling from Coles Point Boat Ramp (coordinates: 37.948644, -79.968568) which is on the opposite side of the lake from where you start the hike. 

There are bears in this part of Virginia so make sure to bring some type of contraption to hang your food up in a tree. We used a rope and gear sack and hung our food a couple hundred feet away from the campground and had no issues.

Make sure to tell someone where you are going and be safe!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Stove, fire starter, gas canister
  • Cookware
  • Backpacking food
  • Water
  • Water filter
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow
  • Swim suit & extra water shoes if possible
  • Hammock
  • Camera
  • Gps/compass/map in waterproof sleeve
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

6.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1200 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

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6 months ago

A hidden gem

Lake Moomaw is one of the most beautiful places I've been in Virginia. Be sure to double check that you have everything you need before driving out to the lake because there aren't any stores around. This lake is quite secluded and you probably wont encounter many people on the trail...a truly hidden gem.

6 months ago

Added by Jess Fischer

A little adventurer with a big love for the great outdoors.

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