Good to Know: Camping at Buffalo Gap

  • Directions: Buffalo Gap Retreat is located at: 

    • 229 Cool Creek Rd. Capon Bridge, WV 26711

    • (intersection of Coldstream Rd. and H. Rubenstein Rd. in Capon Bridge, WV)

    • 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 14 well spaced main creekside campsites with stone fire pits from which to choose and 9 more campsites with stone fire pits on the hillside overlooking the lake between the backend of the Dining Hall and the sauna.

  • 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 $10/night per person.

  • Firewood - ​is available for $5 per bundle... located at the Office Cottage with an honor system secure black mailbox for payment -- $5/bundle.   Available 24/7.
  • 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.  Viasat satellite internet.
  • Pets welcome - all dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Picnic tables and charcoal grills coming in stages in 2020 and 2021... many sites now have them.

  • Free hospitality service for all campers located in Dining Hall Gathering Place and Beach House and includes microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot, keurig machine, hot water heater for tea, supplied water...  Bring your own mug and coffee supplies in general...

  • Additional hospitality service located in Beach House includes coffee pot, keurig machine, toaster, microwave.

  • Brick and mortar bathrooms by the nearby dining hall, porta-potty on-site at 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  office manager / caretaker on-site at the red office cottage close to the upper pond if you need assistance or help.   Additionally, you can contact partners

    • Caretaker Sean located at Office Cottage 24/7:  304-359-4884

    • 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 (at additional cost), with floating dock.   $10 per 2 hour session -- see office manager to schedule a private time for your group.

  • Fishing (catch and release)

  • Hiking trails (upper and lower berry trails accessible near the Spa)

  • Beach house includes large covered porch with lots of seating, pool table, darts, comfortable seating, a flat screen TV and DVD player and lots of movies (about 150)... 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 3,800 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, 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.

Cancellation Policy:

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

  • No refund within 5 days of reservation

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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