COLES POINT , VA

Coles Point Picnic Shelters are tucked in a small opening surrounded by a hardwood forest. Opportunities abound for hiking, photography, nature study, birding and viewing wildlife. Best of all, Coles Point is perched along Moomaw Lake, providing convenient access to boating, fishing...
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  • A fee of $3 per vehicle will be charged in addition to the shelter reservation fee. It will be collected on site.
  • No livestock allowed
  • Click here for more information on George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.
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COLES POINT GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 50 15
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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COLES POINT GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 50 15
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Coles Point Picnic Shelters are tucked in a small opening surrounded by a hardwood forest. Opportunities abound for hiking, photography, nature study, birding and viewing wildlife. Best of all, Coles Point is perched along Moomaw Lake, providing convenient access to boating, fishing, swimming and relaxing on the beach.

Natural Features:

The shelters are situated on a wooded peninsula on the south end of Lake Moomaw in Alleghany County. The manmade lake, at 2,530 acres, sits on the Jackson River and has 43 miles of wooded shoreline.

Coles Point is part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests which span across Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These forests protect 40 species within mostly Appalachian hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, 60 species of mammals and 200 species of birds.

Recreation:

An inviting swimming beach within the recreation area lures crowds, and the picnic area has an open field for games like Frisbee and soccer.

The park offers boating and fishing for large and smallmouth bass, brown trout, bluegill, crappie, shad, catfish, sunfish and chain pickerel. Two fishing docks, two boat ramps and a swimming beach with a bathhouse are located on-site. Back Creek is nearby, also a nice stream for trout fishing.

The 1-mile Morris Hill Bike Trail is popular among hikers and bikers. The 3-mile Fortney Loop Trail is open to hiking along a path with several switchbacks.

Facilities:

Each shelter can accommodate up to 50 people and 20 vehicles. Eight picnic tables sit on a concrete pad, and several additional tables are scattered around the shelter. Each shelter is also equipped with two large barbecue grills, one electrical outlet, drinking water and flush toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

Head downstream on the Jackson River for fly-fishing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking. A half-hour east of the lake is Hot Springs, Virginia, a quaint and small rural resort town.

The nearest groceries and gas are located in Covington, Virginia about 30 minutes from the lake. A pay phone is located at the nearby Morris Hill Campground.

Booking Window
Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Mon Sep 07 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1000 Feet
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Berry Picking
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Self Pay Station
  • Water Skiing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Dump Station
  • River Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pay Phone
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 07 2015
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $85.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.95028, -79.96222
37°57'1"N, 79°57'44"W

From I-64 at Exit 16A or 16B in Covington, follow signs to U.S. Highway 220 and travel north about 5.5 miles. Turn left on State Road 687/Jackson River Road and travel about 3.2 miles. Turn left on State Road 641/Indian Draft Road, which soon becomes State Road 666. Travel about 4.2 miles on 641/666 to a 3-way intersection. Turn right on State Road 605 and travel 4.5 miles past the Morris Hill Campground entrance, and across the Gathright Dam. Picnic shelter #1 will be on the left.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

COLES POINT
707 Coles Point Drive
Covington  VA  24426

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)962-2214