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“Great place for a camping trip” 5 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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“Great place for a camping trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We camped in a tent for one night. The bathhouse was clean and not too far from where we camped. The park is beautiful. There is plenty to do with multiple hiking trails, boat rentals at the lake and the beach/playground area. There were also free activities offered by park workers for the family, like leaf prints, bird watching and ghost stories with a marshmallow roast.

Visited September 2013
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Webster, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Terrific Accomodations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

After a few years (and a childhood) of visiting state parks and living in the cabins you cannot imagine the surprise my family and I had upon entering our cabin at BCLSP!!!

The facility was amazingly well kept up, spacious, and accommodated all of our needs.

The boat rentals were very well priced, and the trails we hiked were all well marked and in good condition. We canoed and paddleboated on subsequent days and enjoyed seeing turtles, blue heron, and some very odd-looking ducks.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice Family Friendly Camping Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed in a tent site (A9) that had a beautiful view of the lake. The people staying at the other tent camp sites during the night we were there were families and it was nice that there weren't any rowdy, loud groups around us. We enjoyed everything about the experience, including the polite camp staff members, the boat/kayak rental experience, the campsite atmosphere, and the park itself. The lake doesn't seem all that big at first, but when we took kayaks out we realized that the lake spread out further than it appeared at first. We'd recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful camping experience at a smaller state park.

Visited June 2013
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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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