Good to Know: Camping at Buffalo Gap

  • Directions: Buffalo Gap Retreat is located at: 

    • 229 Cool Creek Rd. Capon Bridge, WV 26711

    • Google maps has it nailed as do most navigation systems.

  • Cost:   $35 per night for up to 4 people... $10 per extra person per night. 

  • 2 Campground areas -- (1.) Main Creekside Campground with separate entrance area for parking and (2.) Hillside / Lakeview Campground located between the dining hall and lakefront sauna.

  • Main Creekside Campground parking is located about 1/4 mile past the main entrance to Buffalo Gap Retreat and is labeled with camping placards.

    • parking behind the roped areas only -- no parking at campsides due to soft ground.​

  • Hillside / Lakeview Campground parking:  near the back of the dining hall as well as in the overflow parking area to the right shortly after entering the camp.  Sites very nearby.​

  • All campsites are first come first served:  there are at least 20 main creekside campsites with stone fire pits from which to choose (a handful closer to the beach house area are prone to flooding during or after heavy rains) and 11 more campsites with stone fire pits on the hillside overlooking the lake between the backend of the Dining Hall and the sauna... always dry!

  • Check-in / check-out time:   

    • Check-out is 12 noon daily,

    • Check-in -- 2pm or after.... first come, first served for all sites.

  • Primitive camping -- up to 2 vehicles, 2 tents and 4 people.  Park in designated areas only!  Stone fire-pits, some with picnic tables, but access to all camp amenities -- see details of amenities below.

  • Additional people are $5/night per person.

  • Firewood included!  Wheel barrows and firewood are located at:
    • the beach house area and
    • in the tennis court parking area of the lower creekside campground
    • also behind the walk in fridge at the upper lakeview camping area
    • Also to the left of the cacapon and north river cottages for downhill cabins to use
    • near the green shower trailer at the uphill cabins
    • in the parking area above the last downhill cabins closest to the gym
    • and behind the sauna for sauna use on the lake.
    • help yourself.

  • Internet - we now have internet in our lakeview dining hall for all guest to use.  Wi-fi network and password on posted on the wall to the left when you walk in.
  • Pets welcome - all dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Picnic tables and charcoal grills coming in stages in 2019... many sites now have them.

  • Free hospitality service for all campers located in Dining Hall Gathering Place and Beach House and includes toaster oven, microwave, refrigerator, coffee pots, keurig machine, hot water heater for tea, supplied water... some supplies included such as creamer, sugar, plastic cutlery.  Bring your own mug and coffee supplies in general.

  • Brick and mortar bathrooms by the nearby dining hall, porta-potty on-site near campground parking.

  • Hot showers  are located

    • behind the dining hall area bathrooms (2 private) and 

    • in the Green Shower Trailer at the uphill cabins behind the pavilion (4 men's, 4 women's, open layout)

  • We have a 24/7  caretaker on-site at the red office cottage close to the upper pond if you need assistance or help.   Additionally, you can contact partners

    • Barbara at 202-422-7540 or

    • Vince 703-328-1840 or

    • Michael 240-506-2263 if needed.

Camping includes full access to all

Buffalo Gap Retreat amenities including:

  • Lake use includes:

    • swimming, use of our kayaks, canoes, paddle boat and floatation devices free (best to bring your own blow up floatation devices if you like).

  • Wood fired sauna on the lake (firewood included), with floating dock.

  • Fishing (catch and release)

  • Hiking trails (upper and lower berry trails accessible across from gymnasium)

  • Beach house includes large covered porch with lots of seating, darts, comfortable seating, a large plasma TV and DVD player and lots of movies... a full sized refrigerator for campers to use (mark you items or keep them in bags), microwave, toaster, coffee station, charcoal grill for all to use, picnic tables, and a bon-fire pit outside.  Outlets to charge your phone too.

  • Covered Pavilion -- at 4,000 square feet , includes ladders games, corn hole and nearby  horse shoes and always dry during rainy weather.

  • Dining Hall gathering place -- at 3200 square feetincludes darts, ping pong, foosball , air hockey and lots of seating and tables for all to enjoy gathering or communal eating with picture windows overlooking the lake and beach and always dry during rainy weather.

  • Sassy Cafe is in full operation on weekends in the lakeview Dining Hall as well as on-going Concert Series (some for additional fee) & Open Mic (free) on occasions.  

Cancellation Policy:

We have an Airbnb / Wix Hotel / HipCamp Camping Cancellation policy that is moderate:

  • No refund within 5 days of reservation

Camping
All creekside and lakeview campsites are first come, first served.

Our Address

229 Cool Creek Rd. 

Capon Bridge, WV  26711

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202-422-7540 / 703-328-1840

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