Camping at Bear Creek Lake State Park – June 7-9, 2020

For our second trip of 2020, we went to Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland County, VA. After doing a day trip to this park in 2016, we thought it would be nice to camp where we could also swim.

We took I-64 East to Rt. 15 South, crossing the James River at Bremo Bluff.

After that, our GPS took us the shortest way to the park, but not necessarily the best way when towing a trailer. Despite driving on some narrow roads with blind hills we arrived safely, and we were pleased to see a little Phoebe as we pulled into the campground.

We had reserved a “non-specific” site, and our camp host helped to guide us into site #27 in Black Oak loop.

It was late afternoon when we finally went to the lake–not to swim, but just to check it out. As usual, we had the camera with us!

Learned something new: Great Blue Herons can swim!

When we got back to our campsite, dinner was sort of a non-event. It was just too hot to cook, so we snacked on bagels and cream cheese, skipped our traditional campfire, and opted to simply sit out under the awning with a fan blowing on us. Thankfully, it wasn’t as hot as it was when we camped at Pocahontas State Park in July 2019, but we were very glad to have air conditioning in the trailer, cold drinks, and internet access. 🙂

Wayne’s youngest brother and his wife frequently come to the park to swim, and they stopped by our campsite the next morning on their way to the lake. By the time we were ready to join them, they were already in the water. We enjoyed visiting with them!

We didn’t stay out in the sun TOO long, but given how red our faces were, it was apparently long enough!

That evening we went back to the lake, just to soak up more beautiful scenery in this peaceful setting, and we also drove around to explore more of the park.

We came “home” to our sweet little travel trailer, and we cooked dinner that night outside in an electric skillet. We’ve usually used a camp stove, but using the skillet worked great!

Bertolli Chicken Florentine

We thoroughly enjoyed our midweek visit to Bear Creek Lake State Park, and our camp hosts (John, Betsey, and Carol) couldn’t have been more friendly and accommodating! We look forward to camping there again in the future!

Until next time,

Sharon & Wayne

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