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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 20 people and 6 tents... surrounded by a wrap around creek and 2 bridges, secluded with lots of trees, yet still close to all of the beautiful amenities of Buffalo Gap.


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 20 people and 6 tents... surrounded by a wrap around creek and 2 bridges, secluded with lots of trees, yet still close to all of the beautiful amenities of Buffalo Gap.

The "Island" large private group campsite

--> This private group campsite can accommodate up to 6 tents and 20 people.

Extra persons at $10 per person per night.

--> The site is located in a heavily treed area surrounded by a wrap around creek and two bridges

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

--> You can park in the creekside campground area overflow (big) parking lot and be really close to the island campsite.

--> The site has a grill (bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid), two picnic tables and a large central bon-fire pit and 3 additional fire pits.


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.  All of our sites are well spaced for covid spacing.

With many on-site and things nearby to do including kayaking & canoeing (provided), hiking, a wood fired sauna, beach, lake, volleyball, an interpretive trail (see website), horseshoes, 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 full service cafe / restaurant planned (temporarily closed due to covid-19) as well as a huge stage with occasional performances, concerts and even Open Mic many Friday or Saturdays.

We also have a 2 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 8 basketball nets and two full court.  

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.

--> 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 $5.00 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, darts, a plasmaTV and DVD's and a coffee pot and k-cup pot -- bring your own coffee and sugar and creamer and a gallon of your own water.

--> The dining hall mini-pavilion has a charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal) and a huge grill pit building next to it that can cook 200 hamburgers simultaneously by firewood or charcoal.

-->Brick and mortar bathrooms and hot showers are located to the left of 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.

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

→ The Sauna is available for all to use by seeing our caretaker at the office cottage for the key and contributing a $10 fee towards firewood use - firewood for sauna located behind the sauna.

→ 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, and second dumpster (coming very soon) to the campground area near the port-a-potty.

→ We have corn-hole and ladders games on the covered pavilion, darts,foosball and ping pong in the dining hall, and a big 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
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 30 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Vince a message!
  • 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
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off


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 Island 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 Christopher

Nice campgrounds

Christopher D.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2019

My family and friends camped at the "Island". Its a clean camp with beautiful view and the sounds of a stream makes your nights sleep go well. Port-a-John near by. The shower and other bathrooms are a short walk and rustic. The lake is well set up and clean!! lots of side activities and everyone was nice.

Hipcamper Meagan
Meagan M.
recommends this listing.
June 16th, 2019

My friends and I had an awesome stay! Vince and his staff are so kind and the campsite was better than expected. Do yourself a favor and book a great getaway here!!!

Hipcamper Maya
Maya Z.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

I loved this place! The site was perfect for our group of 19. All the amenities were a really nice addition, and the site isn't too far from great hike spots. I'm definitely coming back!

Hipcamper Demi

Great weekend trip for friends!

Demi A.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

Came with a group of 18 other college students for the 4th of July and we had a great time! Campgrounds were beautiful, amenities clean, and everyone around really nice. Vince was super helpful and accommodating and there were nice fireworks for the 4th.

Hipcamper Randon
Randon W.
recommends this listing.
June 14th, 2020

This place was great. We loved the location, relaxed atmosphere, and hiking/lake available on site.

Hipcamper Hope

Fun with a swim at a funky spot

Hope D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 7th, 2020

Great spring fed cool swimming hole! Special fireworks show at the boat house that made it extra fun. Overall not bad. Might have been because it was the night after the 4th, but it stayed loud until 4 am, campsite was full of bottle caps and cigarette butts, the street lamps from up the hill stayed on and on us all night, a class at the pavilion was going on when we arrived that was quite loud, and there was more trash at drop spots then the staff was keeping up with. Social distancing was observed and felt very comfortable in that regard.

Hipcamper Clare

Super campsite.

Clare V.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2020

We booked “The island” which is a family camping for up to 6 tents and 20 people. The site was great as it’s really shaded no one walks through your area. There was a minor situation if someone else on our prebooked site but it was swiftly sorted out.
If you book the island you should know the back half of the site is extremely bumpy and you can’t put a tent there at all, so one of our group had to pitch just outside the island but that was fine. We had 2 very big tents and 2 medium tents in total. It’s a great shady spot though!
There are two portable potties at creek side camping but pretty gross. The walk to the main toilet and showers is pretty far and up at the lakeside camp area, and there were only two toilets (one of which was overflowing for a day). The showers were basic and not that clean. Honestly the toilets and showers are really the only thing letting this place down. The campsite itself is fabulous. The lake And little beach is great and the kids had the best time there. So peaceful. I think if they invested in a decent toilet/shower block for creek side and an improvement for lakeside it would be perfect. Our friends rented a cabin which was rustic but good and their facilities were great. I’d go back but probably rent a cabin if they don’t improve bathrooms.

Hipcamper Donya

Great camping trip

Donya P.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2020

The lake was great. The staff were friendly & the atmosphere was laid back. The showers were hot. "The island" was private & we really enjoyed our stay.

Hipcamper Jay
Jay R.
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2020

Great tent site. Clean bathrooms nearby and fun man made lake.


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Buffalo Gap Retreat and Camp
West Virginia
United States
1 Site