Bear Creek Lake State Park

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Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia, USA
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Bear Creek Lake
Map showing the location of Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia, USA
Map showing the location of Bear Creek Lake State Park, Virginia, USA
Location of Bear Creek Lake State Park in Virginia
Location 22 Bear Creek Lake Rd., near Cumberland, VA
Coordinates 37°31′54″N 78°16′21″W / 37.53167°N 78.27250°W / 37.53167; -78.27250Coordinates: 37°31′54″N 78°16′21″W / 37.53167°N 78.27250°W / 37.53167; -78.27250
Area 326.4 acres (132.1 ha)
Established 1940
Governing body

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Bear Creek Lake State Park
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The Lakeside Shelter, a contributing structure to the historic district
NRHP Reference # 12000904[1]
VLR # 024-0034
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 31, 2012
Designated VLR September 18, 2008[2]

Bear Creek Lake State Park is a state park located in Cumberland, Virginia, United States. It is used as a recreational and camping facility that surrounds an artificial 30-acre (12 ha) lake situated in the 16,000-acre (6,500 ha) Cumberland State Forest.

History[edit]

Bear Creek Lake was built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938 as a project of the Virginia Department of Agriculture through the State Forestry Division. The lake was built using labor from local carpenters, farmers and un-skilled laborers seeking jobs. In addition to the lake, two pavilions, a concession stand and six fireplaces were constructed. In 1940, the area opened as a forestry wayside with boat rentals and swimming. In 1958, the area was given to the Division of State Parks and was operated as a day-use recreation area. In 1962 the division added campgrounds and the area's name was changed to Bear Creek Lake State Park.[3]

Attractions[edit]

The park features a 40-acre lake with a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and a swimming beach. Visitors will also find a meeting facility, cabins, camping, picnicking, an archery range and playgrounds. Guests also enjoy the park's nine trails and access to the adjoining 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest, including the 14-mile Cumberland Multi-use Trail. This trail is available for hiking, biking and horseback riding.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 10/29/12 through 11/2/12". National Park Service. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bear Creek Lake State Park". Virginia Outdoors. Imperial Multimedia. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bear Creek Lake State Park". Virginia State Parks. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 

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