It’s just you and the crickets out here at Wolf Gap Recreation Area. Well, the crickets and your camping neighbors—but not many! This campground only has nine campsites, so it’s perfect for some quiet time in the woods. Plus, mountain biking and hiking trails criss cross through the area. Don’t miss the trail that leads to Big Schloss Overlook, which boasts some incredible mountain views!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
9 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Wolf Gap Recreation Area.

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Hipcamper Ellen
Ellen G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 18th, 2015

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.

Hipcamper Larissa
Larissa F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 26th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Bethany
Bethany C.
recommends this listing.
March 18th, 2017

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!!

Every site has space for one car (there is a parking lot at the entrance for day hikers and overflow parking), a fire ring with a grill, and a tent pad. Entrance to Wolf GapView from Tibbet Knob. My husband and I plan on returning in the summer to hike up the Big Schloss to get even better views. The hike to Tibbet Knob was a little over a mile (pretty much all uphill).Trail up to Tibbet Knob is lined with mountain laurel. I can only imagine what it looks like when they are in bloom.
Hipcamper Kierstin
Kierstin W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 31st, 2017

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!

Hike to the top of Wolf Gap. Overlooking the Virginia side.
Hipcamper Jenna
Jenna L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 15th, 2017

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!

View from the top of the Big Schloss hike! Looking towards WV side of the ridge. Big Schloss had some super neat rocks.
Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren N.
recommends this listing.
January 26th, 2019

great camping here only 9 sites so get here early. There are also some backpacking sites at the top of the trails with a few fire rings left by someone and great views for the early morning.

Hipcamper Kim
Kim Z.
recommends this listing.
February 8th, 2019

One of my favorite campgrounds on Earth. We've been camping here on and off for 14 years (most recently October 2018 with our three little boys). There is something special about this campground. It's well kept, and the new ranger we met this fall was very kind in listening to our concerns about a potential tree-falling hazard. Can't wait until the weather breaks so we can make the trip back up the mountain!

Hipcamper Barry K.
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May 15th, 2018
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May 1st, 2018
Hipcamper Jenna L.
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October 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Carlie S.
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October 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Kierstin W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017
George Washington National Forest
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38.925° N, 78.689° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 9 Sites
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