SALTHOUSE BRANCH, VA

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Salthouse Branch Campground is nestled on the shores of Philpott Lake in the rugged foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The park is located in a rural and sparsely populated part of Franklin County near the small community of Henry. Philpott Lake's clear water and natural...

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Overview

Salthouse Branch Campground is nestled on the shores of Philpott Lake in the rugged foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The park is located in a rural and sparsely populated part of Franklin County near the small community of Henry.

Philpott Lake's clear water and natural shoreline make it a unique place for visitors to enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping.

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Natural Features:

Philpott Lake covers 2,900 acres and has 100 miles of shoreline. The lake's steep, rocky banks meet beautiful mixed forests of oak, maple, hickory, pine and cedar.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the area. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, raccoons, and a variety of songbirds and waterfowl are commonly viewed.

Recreation:

The lake provides visitors with great boating and swimming opportunities. Anglers enjoy fishing for large and smallmouth bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie and catfish.

A 1/2-mile nature loop and a 1/2-mile interpretive trail are available in the campground. Many additional miles of hiking and biking trails surround Philpott Lake, allowing visitors to get out and explore this scenic area.

Facilities:

The park offers both camping and day-use facilities, including 44 family sites with electric and water hookups and one group picnic shelter with electric and water. Also available are 21 boat-in sites and 46 primitive sites without hookups.

Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A beach, boat ramp, dock, playground, and amphitheater are also on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The lake is adjacent to Fairystone State Park and Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area, which includes 5,300 acres of public recreational lands.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Two vehicles are allowed per campsite
  • A fee of $4/day will be collected for extra vehicles at the campground
  • Park gates closed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m
  • No alcohol allowed
  • In March and November, sites 1-18 will be available for walk-ins with electric hook-up only for $20/night; drinking water and heated restrooms will be available in the park; call 276-629-2703 for more information

Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease. The best way to prevent a new infestation of these invasive pests is to get your firewood AFTER arrival at your destination. Click here for more information or to see if you are in a quarantined area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SALTHOUSE BRANCH
620 Salthouse Branch Road
Henry  VA  24102

Phone Number:

Information:  (540) 365-7005
Visitor Center: (276) 629-2703