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Buffalo Gap Retreat is a beautiful mountain escape just 35 minutes west of Winchester, VA near the beautiful town of Capon Bridge, WV. This particular large private group campsite is ideal for up to 6 people and 3 tents. It's hidden away location is close to all of the beautiful amenities of Buffalo Gap.

The "Nook" is a smaller group campsite. Due to its proximity to o


Buffalo Gap Retreat is a beautiful mountain escape just 35 minutes west of Winchester, VA near the beautiful town of Capon Bridge, WV. This particular large private group campsite is ideal for up to 6 people and 3 tents. It's hidden away location is close to all of the beautiful amenities of Buffalo Gap.

The "Nook" is a smaller group campsite. Due to its proximity to our cabins, it is ideal for quieter groups.

--> This private group campsite can accommodate up to 3 tents and 6 people.

--> The site is located in a heavily treed and walled area to the left of the Cacapon Cottage across from the upper pond (where the white Watercress Cottage sits)

--> You will see signage for Reserved Nook Campsite.

--> You can park parallel to the road just past the Cacapon and North River cottages.

--> The site has a grill (bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid), a picnic table and a large central bon-fire pit.

→ Pet Fee of $10 per dog, must be paid at the Office Cottage upon arrival. Well-behaved dogs only, please.


Buffalo Gap Retreat is a beautiful mountain escape just 35 minutes west of Winchester, VA near the beautiful town of Capon Bridge, WV.   We have 30+ campsites, many with picnic tables and all with stone fire pits for you to choose from.   Our list of amenities at Buffalo Gap Retreat and Things Nearby make a days stay or a weeks stay exciting and fun.

We have a lower main campground area with 16 sites each with stone fire pits and an upper, hillside and lakeview camping area with 14 sites, each with stone fire pits.  Many sites have picnic tables and access to common area grills can be found near our dining hall and beach house.

With many on-site and things nearby to do including kayaking & canoeing (provided), hiking, a wood fired sauna, beach, lake, volleyball, ladders and corn hole, creeks, bon-fires, fire pits, charcoal grills and more, Buffalo Gap makes for a great mountain escape.

Our property includes a 3200 square foot lake view dining hall with a weekend café available for food and beer/wine.

We also have a 1.5 acre lake with a log cabin wood fired sauna and floating dock, great for fishing and playing and a sandy beach area with volleyball.

Further we have a 3800 square foot covered log-hewn pavilion with games and shelter from weather as well access to a 10,000 square foot gym with basketball courts.

General Camping at Buffalo Gap Retreat (Capon Bridge, WV) -- lower creekside campground and upper lakeview campground:

 → Parking for the lower creekside camp area is past the main entrance to the retreat property and has signage to guide you.

→ Parking for the upper lakeview campground area is through the main camp entrance and to the side of / behind the large blue dining hall building on your left as you enter the property with additional parking in the large overflow lot on your right as you approach the blue dining hall building.

→ Well behaved pets with up-to-date inoculations are welcome. Please pay a small pet fee at the office.

→ All dogs must be on leash and under owners control at all times.

→ No cars at campsites -- it is a short walk from parking to unload -- thanks.

→ Some sites have picnic tables , all have stone firepits.

→ Firewood is available in bundles at the office cottage (self serve / honor system) .  Wheelbarrows are available or bring your vehicle to transport back to your site.

→ The beach house (at the lake) has a microwave oven, toaster, outlets to charge phones, a plasma TV and DVD's.

→ The dining hall mini-pavilion has a charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal).

→ Brick and mortar bathrooms and hot showers are located next to the dining hall as well as nearby the gymnasium (closer to the creekside campsites).

→ We have wi-fi at the Lakeview Dining Hall for all to use.  Wi-fi network and passcode are posted on the wall to the left when you walk in.

→ Quiet Hours are from 10pm to 8am -- please respect your neighbors.

→ No amplified music or stereos please or car stereos.

→ The Sauna is available for all to use by making an appointment at the office for a small fee.

→ You may also wish to bring camping chairs and marshmallow/hot dog skewers…. Additional fold-up tables are always useful too.

→ Our on-site caretaker and property manager is located at the office located in the red building near the upper pond -- labeled "Office".  Knock hard / ring the bell if you need something or call/text.

→ please pack out your trash - red dumpster near the open-air Pavilion not far from dining hall.

→ We have corn-hole and ladders games on the covered pavilion, foosball and ping pong and a plasma TV and DVD and movies in the beach house for all to use - as well as kayaks and canoes at the lake, and firewood at the wood fired sauna at the far end of the lake -enjoy.

→ Bring additional floatation devices if you like your own inner-tubes or rafts!

→ p.s. Do a search for Buffalo Gap Retreat in Capon Bridge, WV to read much more about us -- go to Camping --> More Info.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


A great nearby road to bike along is River Rd. -- off Rt. 50 at the Green Truss bridge in Capon Bridge -- about 9 miles one way...Read more


We have a small 2 acre lake with sandy beach


Catch and release in our 2 acre lake on site or at the cacapon river -- accessible from the Riverhouse cafe in town or from pri...Read more


We have canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats at buffalo gap on our 2 acre lake -- bring your own kayak or canoe or tubes and launch...Read more


Nearby things to do


Yes, in our 2 acre lake with sandy beach.

Whitewater paddling

Nearby on the Cacapon River -- about 1 mile on private property for $5 per vehicle per day - neighbor Curtis Sine's property of...Read more

Wildlife watching

On our Wild Berry hiking trails on-site -- in the late spring, tons of wild raspberries (wine berries) and blackberries.



Natural features you'll find at Buffalo Gap "Nook" large group camp in West Virginia.


We have a white sand beach and volleyball court on the beach front area of the 2 acre lake on-site.


We have a couple of marked hiking trails on our property -- Wild Berry Hiking Trails on-site.


We have a 2 acre lake on site with sandy beach and a wood fired sauna with floating dock at the far end of the lake.


Buffalo gap is located in the gap (valley) between 2 mountains - Sandy Ridge and Slane's Knob -- beautiful mountain scenery and...Read more

River, stream, or creek

Buffalo Gap has an abundance of creeks and streams on-site -- due to our location in a gap between 2 big mountains (valley) -- ...Read more

Swimming hole

We have a 2 acre lake on-site and nearby river access along the cacapon river.


At the far end of Buffalo Gap property, past the 10,000 square foot gym are wetlands that form fast moving creeks and streams f...Read more


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Hipcamper Antonia

Loved the nook campsite!

Antonia G.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2022

Loved Buffalo Gap Retreat! My kids really enjoyed the kayaks and water toys available for use at the lake. The Berry picking trail was a little too steep/uneven for young kids and older folks, but perfect for seasoned hikers. We were very glad we could bring our dog, he had a blast!
We rented The Nook campsite for our family and really loved the privacy and shade from the trees! It was just a short walk to the lake, bathhouse, and dining hall. Be aware, the campsite has lots of tree roots protruding from the ground, so again, not great for young kids or older folks. We had more than one incident with someone tripping in a tree root! We also had a difficult time finding a smooth enough area to pitch our tent, the kids did not have air mattresses, just camping pads, so they were a little uncomfortable. Next time we will bring tarps to protect the tent floor from being torn by roots and maybe a rug for inside the tent to make it more comfortable.
One more thing if you are bringing young children, there is poison ivy EVERYWHERE! Of course we expected some, and there are signs warning to look out for it, but it was pretty hard to avoid at our campsite and the paths leading to other areas of the campsite. We used some large branches we found around the campsite to mark out "paths" through the campsite for our younger kids just so they didn't get too close to it, and we had to stay diligent when walking around the Retreat.

Hipcamper Bridgette
Bridgette G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 9th, 2022

I think the location of the retreat and the surrounding area is beautiful. We had the group camping site, the Nook, which was private but the brick wall surrounding the site detracted from feeling like you were out in nature. The bathrooms were a disappointment because they were either out of order or not tended too (ie out of toilet paper). We camp a lot and most of the state campgrounds we have stayed in have better bathrooms than this retreat. The food in the hall was great and we were impressed with the coffee. I think this place could be a jewel if they invest in better bathroom facilities and make their camping spots more natural. The beach house near the lake needs more amenities because it’s useless as is. The equipment is dated and very worn and it really serves no purpose.

Hipcamper Artem

Amazing campsite and service!

Artem A.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2021

The reservation process, the site itself and the service were amazing. My family and friends went there in October 2021. In spite of clear forecast it was raining throughout the whole weekend and the camp offered service of dining in which was great and inexpensive.

Hipcamper Kim

Large private campsite

Kim S.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Large, private site. Great for social distancing. We had a lot of rain, so were glad to have the sauna, pavilion, and cafe. Make sure you reserve the sauna. Only one family at a time.

Hipcamper Srinivasan

Awesome buffalo gap camping

Srinivasan N.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2021

It is our first camping and had an amazing experience. We had awesome time and had great memories.. The kyak options are good. Restrooms are clean. Fireworks are good.

Hipcamper Vivek

Excellent camping location

Vivek V.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2021

Nook was very private for our group of 3 families and the Buffalo Gap is a gorgeous location for camping. The beautiful lake, trails and surroundings made it very calm and relaxing. Hosts were accommodating and ready to jump in and help. They even let us do a late checkout. I would highly recommend and we are for sure going back.

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Hipcamper Jalima

Family weekend

Jalima G.
recommends this listing.
May 23rd, 2021

I was beautiful. Everything was fantastic. I wen Tiara my family and a few friends and we were well accommodated. Loved this place will be back again! :)

Hipcamper Shannon

Can't wait to go back!

Shannon C.
recommends this listing.
May 10th, 2021

Very nice campground and the hosts were super friendly! We had a great first experience here despite it being cold and rainy - we booked for two nights but only ended up staying one because of the weather. We were really bummed about that but it's totally uncontrollable - we can't wait to try again and come back later in the summer! I would definitely recommend this place but am hesitant for fear that it will become too busy once the secret gets out! :)

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Hipcamper Jenni
Jenni S.
recommends this listing.
October 14th, 2020

Great camping site for a bigger group and families. Slightly tucked away between trees to give privacy and has a small lake with canoes that is free to use.

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