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“Busy Little Lake” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park
22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, VA 23040
(804) 492-4410
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Cumberland
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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“Busy Little Lake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

While traveling (5/27/2013) on Memorial Day we ventured out to this little Virginia State Park lake. I'm a big fan of Claytor Lake, VA and Roxbury Pond aka Ellis Lake in Roxbury, Maine. Bear Creek Lake has a lot of potential but seems a bit run down. The dock is in need of renovating. The beach area is small and seemed crowded for Labor Day. We didn't do any swimming so we didn't look to see if there were bathrooms so I can't comment on their cleanliness. The camping areas seemed nice. The woods have a lot of underbrush. I tend to like to see camping areas with lots of hardwoods and clear grounds. They do rent canoes, jonboats, and paddleboats, we didn't ask about the price. They have lots of picnic tables with grills up off the ground. There were lots of people fishing and many families having a great time celebrating Memorial Day. We paid $3.00 for each car to get in. The staff was very friendly. The lake is more the size of large pond than a lake, but it is still beautiful. It's a diamond in the rough but with a lot of volunteer hours and a dozen goats it could be a spectacular hidden find.

Visited May 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Great Memorial Day Weekend!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a great time at this park on Memorial Day weekend. Upon arrival, we checked in with the staff at the office and they were extremely friendly and helpful with suggesting a site we would enjoy by the water. The sites themselves were very spacious, and they had 3 different sections to choose from. Our section seemed a bit newer. In the area we were in, they could have crammed in double the amount of sites, but they kept them nice and large so that you weren't on top of the other campers; this was greatly appreciated. We also liked that the tent pads were a rock mix of some sort, as this really helped with water drainage and cut down on the amount of mud/wet leaves we tracked into our tent.
The bathroom seemed far until we realized there was a path through the woods directly to it. Same with the beach....we thought we had to drive there until we realized one of the hiking paths led straight to the beach, and was less than .25 miles away by foot. This park has tons of great little trails which we appreciated because while we normally like a long hike, taking a toddler on this trip meant we needed some shorter trails.
The beach itself was nice, except that the sand seemed to be full of clay...it just seemed dirty. Perhaps this is normal, but being from an actual ocean beach made this one seem pretty gross....we actually decided against staying an extra day simply because we did not feel like dealing with the sand on the beach (it actually made our feet stain brown). This being said, the beach was nice and wide, and we really enjoyed it aside from that. There was tons for people to do and while there were a lot of people out on the weekend it never once felt crowded. They had various things to do - paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, row boats, etc. as well for a small fee.
We will definitely be back!

Visited May 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Bear Creek Lake Virtual Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We loved photographing Bear Creek Lake, it is absolutely beautiful for camping, hiking, fishing and swimming! Be sure to check out our virtual tours of the park to help you better plan your next trip: http://www.terrain360.com/parks/bear-creek-lake-state-park

Visited March 2013
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Cumberland, Virginia
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“A little slice of heaven here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is just a great place in the middle of the woods. They have camping and trails and events.
its a beautiful lake that was hand dug many many years ago. The beach is nice with a minimal cost to get in. This is in the woods, so don't expect your cell phone to work here. Staff is friendly and kind! There are all sorts of things in these woods so be aware and alert! I think the beach costs only one dollar to get in. It's a clean and well maintained place! this is the place to get close to nature and its only about an hour from Richmond Virginia!

Visited December 2012
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“great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This was a great get away place for a weekend with the family or as a couple. had a wonderful time listend to the sounds of nature.

Visited April 2012
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