ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND:
Tucked away in the small town of Goshen, Virginia, you will find the Historic Cold Sulphur Springs Campground. This beautiful site is situated amongst the mountains of Virginia, and has the amazing views that come with the outstanding location. Our grounds accommodate 10 campsites suited for tent camping, and several others appropriate for RV camp
ABOUT THE CAMPGROUND:
Tucked away in the small town of Goshen, Virginia, you will find the Historic Cold Sulphur Springs Campground. This beautiful site is situated amongst the mountains of Virginia, and has the amazing views that come with the outstanding location. Our grounds accommodate 10 campsites suited for tent camping, and several others appropriate for RV camping. Our site offers access to Cold Sulphur Springs Lake, where visitors can swim, fish, boat, and more. Our secluded location and wooded environment are perfect for a get-away from the city. In addition to our activities, we offer amenities such as a bathhouse, as well as electric and water hook-ups, and a dump station. Please note that we are also a seasonal campground, so we offer accommodations to both nightly and regular visitors. Some seasonal campers leave their vehicles at the site for the season, so you will see a mix of empty and occupied sites.
NOTES ABOUT BOOKING:
***During hunting season (October-December), target practice and shooting will be held on Sundays from 3-6 PM at the dam. Please avoid the lake and lake area during shooting time. The road is safe to use to access the campground. Practice is limited to monthly and seasonal campers.***
Please plan ahead when joining us! Our location really is quite remote, so bring flashlights or headlamps to ensure you have enough light to set-up camp if staying overnight, especially if you are expecting a late arrival.
Please specify if you would like a fire pit and/or picnic table when booking.
We have both tent camping and RV camping sites. Please specify which kind of site you will need, and whether you are looking for a more secluded site or if you are comfortable being closer to neighbors. If camping with an RV/camper, please specify your electric needs. We will do your best to accommodate you!
Finally, please note that we are a campground under new ownership and we will be making improvements as we go (tree trimming, seeding, plumbing, etc.)! Please excuse any noise or mess. We will do our best to schedule our maintenance away from your campsite, but it may be in the vicinity.
Goshen's location is extremely convenient, with the cities of Lexington and Staunton just a short drive away. Day trips to Lynchburg and Roanoke are also easily done from Goshen. Douthat State Park is nearby as well.
In addition to being a beautiful and serene place to be, Cold Sulphur Springs has a wonderful history that can be re-imagined just by stepping on site. The Historic Cold Sulphur Springs Campground dates back to at least the mid-late 1800s, when it was a large, flourishing resort frequented by travelers from near and far. In its heyday, the resort bustled with more than 250 guests who often spent entire summers there playing croquet and enjoying orchestra concerts at the hotel dance hall. They would arrive at the Goshen train station and be brought to the resort by horse and buggy, greeted with ice cold lemonade. Those who visited Cold Sulphur Springs, doctors especially, attributed miraculous medicinal benefits to the water, recommending it as a cure for a variety of ailments and encouraging patients to visit.
However, the 1900s brought the onset of World War I and the advent of the automobile, allowing Americans to travel freely to a variety of locations without the need to summer for months at one resort. These factors caused the hotel at Cold Sulphur Springs to lose patrons and eventually meet its demise through fire and other means of destruction.
Today, the grounds provide a simpler kind of hospitality. Cold Sulphur Springs is a place for travelers from all walks of life to camp, fish, swim, boat, hike, and more. While little remains of the old hotel, the historic Spring House is still in tact at the campground, as are some remnants of original building foundations.
We invite you to explore the wonder that is the Historic Cold Sulphur Springs Campground and see the beauty that lies within.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 95%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We can accommodate canoes, Kayaks, and Jon boats with a trolling motor for fishing. Gas powered engines are not permitted.
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What a great spot! Beautiful views, we went for a swim in the lake and had the site to ourselves. Was so great feeling far away from the world. There were fire pits and benches, as well as water taps and a bathroom with showers and a play park for kids. Our car battery died overnight and the site manager was kind enough to come give us a jump start. Would love to come back again!
Exceeded expectations; beautiful
The campgrounds were a beautiful getaway. The scenery was beautiful and was a great area to fish. The camp people were very nice and helpful; this is a very welcoming and cozy place to get away from the world for awhile. My girlfriend and I plan on coming back every summer. There was a bathroom house central to all the camp sites and it was a beautiful drive up to the camp.
Let's start with the good:
The campground is well off the main road and in a very pretty location. The lake is close enough that you can walk to fishing or swimming which is very nice. The surrounding area is a national forest that provides a wealth of things to do and the southern entrance to Shenandoah National Park is relatively close. And even though I was in a travel trailer, I feel comfortable saying that it seemed like a good place for tent camping.
The not so good:
I would not recommend this place if you have any kind of RV. Don't let the ancient semi-permanent trailers that dot the campground convince you otherwise - It was clear that the campground has been around for a while and that it was designed exclusively for tent campers. The sites only have a standard wall outlet for power that needed cleared of an insect nest to be usable and the water spigot was in such poor condition that we never were able to attach a hose without it leaking and ended up just not using it. The location of the connections also lets you know that it wasn't designed for RVs. We had to run electrical and water under the trailer since the spot was technically a back-in and the hookups were on the wrong side of the site.
There were a few other minor annoyances. Trucks with very loud utility trailers and heavy machinery moved around earlier (before 6AM) and later (9-10PM or so) than I would think was acceptable. There was a light in the loop that was entirely too bright at night. And the site was "lumpy" and made leveling difficult, which just goes back to the sites being better suited for tent campers.
This is clearly an older park that it looks like they are renovating, so some issues might be corrected in the future. I don't want to sound too hard because I really liked the location, it just didn't quite fit what we had in mind.
Peaceful spot in the mountains
What a lovely little campground! We had a nice spot and spent some time down at the lake/pond floating and fishing. It was very peaceful and for most of the time we were there by ourselves. The firewood by the bathhouse was a nice touch and very reasonably priced at $5/bundle. (The bathrooms were also exceptionally clean.)
Beautiful area but campground dated
Pros: Communication from the host (Zoe), campground was quiet, the bathroom/shower facilities were pretty well maintained
Cons: Infrastructure (electric, water, sewer) seems to be old and not working well. We had to move our trailer three times to have a working electric hookup that was on a reasonably flat spot. The man who came to "help" left before we realized that the electric hookup of our new spot wasn't functional resulting in a third move. Upon departing, we discovered the dump station was almost completely clogged resulting in us standing and waiting for the sewage to drain for close to 30 min (and we left without draining the grey water). Also, the pond is pretty but there is not really a beach/shore area so if you don't have a boat there's not much you can do. The woods are nice but there didn't seem to be much in the way of hiking trails.
In short, Goshen and the surrounding area are beautiful but this campground needs a lot of work, at least for anything beyond tent camping.
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Old school campground with mostly RVs, but we had a tent site that was off on its own. Zoe was extremely helpful. We got a bit lost when our GPS directed us to another Cold Sulphur Springs campsite about 40 minutes away (be careful of that!). Bathrooms were basic, but fine. Fire pit could use a grate for cooking. We enjoyed a quiet morning at the lovely lake, listening to the frogs.