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Buffalo Gap Retreat and Camp

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· Capon Bridge, West Virginia
70 acres
24 sites
24 Tent
Located in the foothills of the Potomac Highlands, Buffalo Gap is a 1950s era former Mountain Kids Camp turned Retreat by a group of individuals who had a vision of creating a space where family and friends can enjoy a tranquil mountain get-away. Situated between two mountains -- Sandy Ridge and Slane's Knob -- Buffalo Gap sits in the gap between the two. Consequently, the 70 acre property is teaming with creeks and streams, along with a 1.5 acre spring fed lake, making it a peaceful and beautiful retreat from the daily stresses of life. Rent a cabin, camp, have a wedding or family reunion, enjoy our lakeview café, swim, hike, kayak, canoe, and so much more. With the nearby town of Capon Bridge just 10 minutes away and the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester just 35 minutes, so much beauty and convenience with our Riverside town and nearby bigger city for additional dining and entertainment as well as conveniences.
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Capon Bridge, West Virginia, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Buffalo Gap R.Joined in September 2017
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106 ratings · 179 reviews
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Kim A.recommends
October 22, 2022
Lakeview Site #3
Beautiful spot and view of the lake. Liked the dog park and the bathrooms were very clean. Parking is separate from the lake campsites so just know you have to haul your stuff to the site, but it's not that far. Really enjoyed walking and lounging around the grounds with my huskies during the day.
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Artem A.recommends
October 17, 2022
Buffalo Gap Island large group camp
Amazing personnel, very clean site, unbelievable amenities including hot showers, hot breakfast, sauna... My family, friends and I have been to many dozens of camp sites across the US and Eastern Europe. This one is in the top 5.
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Eileen R.recommends
September 19, 2022
Creekside Site #29
Last Minute Camping Trip!!
We did a last minute camping trip to Buffalo Gap and of course I forgot batteries for my air mattress pump! I spoke to one of owners who was so helpful and friendly, thankfully they had a foot pump to loan us! We stayed at campsite 29 it was perfect, beautiful tree for coverage, fire pit and picnic table. We brought our dog and we were happy to learn they had fenced in area for her to run around in. We sat by the pond that was so clear you could see the fish swimming around. We will be going back soon !
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Ryan B.recommends
September 14, 2022
Creekside Site #21
Awesome time at the campground!
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Lauren V.recommends
September 12, 2022
Creekside Site #17
Family friendly camping resort
Buffalo Gap was an excellent spot! Cute little lake with kayaks, game room, clean bathrooms and showers. Nice staff. The restaurant was surprisingly good too. The campground was also very quiet at night, and lots of young families. We will be back!
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Olivia W.recommends
September 9, 2022
Buffalo Gap Island large group camp
Labor Day Weekend
Great spot to camp with family and friends. So many amenities. Feels like summer camp. We love the island large group camp, it perfectly suited our needs. Food at the cafe was tasty, especially the root beer float!
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Lawrence A.recommends
September 5, 2022
Creekside Site #20
Nice flat spot, near creek with some shade. Great overall campground. Swimming in the lake is a highlight, especially if you have kids. And the dining hall (weekends, check calendar) means you don’t need to worry about cooking, which makes this a great spur of the moment destination.
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Kelly H.recommends
September 5, 2022
Creekside Site #29
We had a really good time. The staff was super friendly and helpful, even loaning us tent pegs and offering to loan us blankets. Sean was an awesome guide.
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Heather H.recommends
September 2, 2022
Creekside Site #30
Camping at an old summer camp!
Very close to the lake and private but no trees or shade. Buffalo Gap is a hidden Gem. They enforce quiet hours and the cafe, lake, hiking, and new spa are great fun!
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Ruslan K.recommends
September 1, 2022
Lakeview Site #7
Great place to camp, 2nd year in the raw.
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Richard G.recommends
August 14, 2022
Creekside Site #17
Buffalo Gap was very clean and had a lot of things for campers to do. The lake had some algae in it, but nothing major. All in all it was a very good value!
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Antonia G.recommends
August 5, 2022
Buffalo Gap "Nook" large group camp
Loved The Nook campsite!
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.
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Eli P.recommends
July 25, 2022
Creekside Site #29
took 2 grandsons and they loved it
lovely little lake. you can swim or kayak or canoe. perfect for kids. the grandchildren loved it. i would visit again !!
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Dorothy M.recommends
July 24, 2022
Creekside Site #18
Best camping!!
Love it here!!
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Maxim A.recommends
July 21, 2022
Creekside Site #27
Beautiful place. Lake, mountain views, very peaceful. We got unlucky with the weather but definitely would be back.
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Simon J.recommends
July 12, 2022
Lakeview Site #1
Great place.
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Katie M.recommends
June 29, 2022
Buffalo Gap Island large group camp
Our family loves Buffalo Gap. One of our favorite camping spots.
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Bridgette G.
June 9, 2022
Buffalo Gap "Nook" large group camp
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.
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Evan H.recommends
June 1, 2022
Creekside Site #18
Site was clean and well maintained. Very very friendly staff. Nice place to fish, use canoes, kayaks, swim, play basketball, and socialize. Our overall trip was very pleasant!
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Todd R.recommends
April 19, 2022
Creekside Site #18
Simple and Sweet
The resort location is great and close enough to Capon Bridge. The campsites were large, and we were the only campers Easter weekend. The variety of birds was impressive for birders. The pond is was well-stocked with fish. We found the staff very attentive and accommodating.
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Johnny W.recommends
October 26, 2021
Lakeview Site #7
Peaceful, beautiful views, and friendly people.
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Artem A.recommends
October 12, 2021
Buffalo Gap "Nook" large group camp
Amazing campsite and service!
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.
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Ruslan K.recommends
October 11, 2021
Lakeview Site #7
Hidden Gem in West Virginia
Hidden Gem of Camping in West Virginia.
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Andrew S.recommends
October 3, 2021
Lakeview Site #3
Wonderful trip.
Had a great time tent camping. Amenities were great. My 6 year old learned to kayak and canoe. Had some wonderful food at the cafe and cooked our own as well under the stars. Would highly recommend!
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Ahmed B.recommends
October 3, 2021
Lakeview Glampsite
Great place for family fun. Lots to do with hiking, kayaking, canoeing, etc. Camp ground clean & had a wonderful time with the kids (4-7 year olds).
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Sam J.doesn't recommend
September 15, 2021
Creekside Site #30
I don’t know because it was much farther away than it showed on the map so I didn’t go.
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Neen L.recommends
September 13, 2021
Lakeview Site #7
Idyllic place to stargaze!
What a beautiful campground! I enjoyed the hiking trails and was treated to a *stunning* clear night sky. The stars were magnificent--this is definitely as good as some of the designated "dark sky parks" in terms of getting a good view of constellations. The grounds were well maintained and the staff was so friendly and helpful. I felt safe as a solo camper here. A great place for people new to camping!
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Brandon J.recommends
September 13, 2021
Lakeview Site #11
Was my first time camping, so didn’t have to many expectations. It was ok! The other tents are close together. The lake was small and showers were kind of sketchy. Maybe a 5 out of 10 for me.
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Adalma M.recommends
September 7, 2021
Lakeview Site #1
AWESOME PLACE
Buffalo Gap was awesome. You can easily spend an entire week there. They have a small lake feed by the river, Kaya, canoe, a paddle board, a game room, a room with a tv, lots of board games and so much more. They also have a restaurant with healthy food choices plus soda, beer and wine in case you do not wan to cook. On the down side for some, there is a lot of hills an while those who need it can drive to get to the different places in the camp, for people who can't go up and down hills it is important to know. The game room and most of the equipment can also use some love, but the place is perfect considering the owners are new. The camp is very big and the owners are supper nice. I will definitely come again with the family. For those that do not want to sleep in a tent they have cabins which look very nice
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Christopher V.recommends
September 7, 2021
Creekside Site #21
Creek side is cool and relaxing
Great site, plenty of shade. Easy access to the gym and bathrooms. Great place for families. Wonderful campsite and campground. Cant wait to return.
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