Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter, also known as the William Branch Group Picnic Area, is a very popular facility in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sherando Lake Recreation Area is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where families enjoy picnicking in the shade and...
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  • No electric hookups available
  • Shelter closes at sunset and gate is locked at 10 p.m.
  • No alcohol allowed
  • Cell phone coverage is unreliable
  • Toilets do not support accessibility standards
  • No boat ramp available
  • Gasoline engines not permitted on the lake
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Sherando Lake Group Picnic  Shelter Sherando Lake Sherando Lake Beach Sherando Lake Beach Sherando Lake Beach Pavilion (not a picnic shelter)


Sherando Lake Group Picnic Shelter, also known as the William Branch Group Picnic Area, is a very popular facility in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sherando Lake Recreation Area is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where families enjoy picnicking in the shade and relaxing on the sandy beach.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is located just above the 25 acre lower lake with the beach area and beach bathhouse within walking distance. Situated between the South Fork of Back Creek and the foot of the mountain, the area offers shade and cooling breezes all season.


The lower 25 acre lake offers a sand beach and accessible ramp for swimming, fishing and boating. Fishing licenses are required to fish the upper or lower lakes at Sherando Lake Recreation Area.

Many hiking opportunities abound, including the Blue Loop Trail, the Lakeside Trail and the Torry Ridge Trail that heads to Bald Knob.

Fun weekend campfire programs take place at the amphitheater in summertime.


The shelter can be accessed by vehicle using a short service road.

The parking area holds up to 40 cars and the picnic area can accommodate 50 guests. Drinking water and flush toilets are adjacent to the shelter. Ice and vending machines are available at the beach bathhouse pavilion.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest groceries and fuel are located in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, about 15 minutes from the recreation area.

A golf course and ski resort with wonderful scenic overlooks are within 10 miles of Sherando Lake.

Booking Window
Sat Oct 25 2014 - Wed Oct 21 2015

Reservations must be made 4 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 Tue Apr 01 2014 Thu Oct 30 2014
Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Oct 29 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Boating
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
Within 10 Miles
  • Mountain Biking
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
Apr 01 2014 -
Oct 30 2014
Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Oct 29 2015

*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):
37.92972, -78.97972
37°55'47"N, 78°58'47"W

From I-64, take Exit 96 just east of Stuarts Draft. Go south on State Route 624, which becomes State Route 664 at Lyndhurst. Continue south on State Route 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to the Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right. The gatehouse is approximately 0.5 miles ahead. If the gatehouse is closed, continue through the recreation area toward the lower lake. The service road entrance to the group picnic shelter is to the left in the sharp curve before you reach the beach parking area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

26 Sherando Lake Road
Lyndhurst  VA  22952

Phone Number:

Information:  (540)942-5965
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