The vibe at Wolf Gap Recreation Area
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Huge fan of this spot. No potable water, but nice sites and a reliable bathroom. Worth noting that there are a couple dispersed backcountry campsites -- a 2-mile hike away near the Big Schloss peak, or a 1.5-mile hike at Tibbet Knob -- if you prefer roughing it.
For tent campers looking for a secluded spot away from RVs and stereos, Wolf Gap fits the bill. There are not a lot of services including water service, but there are vault toilets (be warned, the bathrooms don't really lock and there's only one toilet for each gender). The nine sites each have a single parking spot, a fire pit, picnic table, a giant stump for splitting wood if need be, and a very well-groomed flat tent area. The tent area is covered in packed crushed stone, so you will need a hammer to get your stakes in.
We arrived at 1 pm on a Saturday in late September and there were 3-4 sites still open, but it looked like some people packed up on the later side and there were spots later. Still, the campground filled completely.
There are ten tent sites in this campground, and they are all free! It is first come, first serve so if you are planning on coming in the summer, it might be wise to get there earlier before a weekend to make sure you snag a spot. There are also some sites across the road towards Tibbet Knob for overflow campers. There is currently no running water, so make sure that you bring your own! Vault toilets are available, and they are kept pretty clean. The campsite is directly between two hikes that are pretty popular with dayhikers, and that offer some gorgeous views. Highly recommend!!
Pleasantly surprised by this spot! It was an extremely windy night and we were able to choose a clear spot. All sites had packed, gravel tent spots, a fire pit and picnic table. Reliable, clean vault toilet and many hiking trails to choose from. Dogs loved this spot. It is first come, first serve, so plan accordingly!
Camped here two nights: first night in main area near bathrooms, second night across the street in the overflow camping area. We actually preferred the second night more than the first! Even though there were lots of hikers during the day, in the evening it quieted down and was lovely. I recommend you start your hikes to early, right after breakfast before the day hikers start, and that you visit Wardensville and the Lost River Trading Post!