Kerr Lake State Recreation Area in Henderson NC offers vast outdoor recreational opportunities. This recreation area is a collective of seven access areas that are scattered around the shoreline of 50,000-acre Kerr Lake reservoir that reaches up into the state of Virginia. This means that guests can find a wide range of camping experiences from RV hookups to group camps. There's space for RVs up to 123 feet in length. Choose from partial to full shade and several sites only feet from the water’s edge.
The state maintains several swim beaches in the recreation area and multiple boating ramps. Some boat ramps offer 24-hour access. The recreation area also maintains two private marinas that serve boaters. Best of all, the lake is excellent for fishing. There is also an extensive boat ramp facility at the Nutbush Access suitable for fishing tournaments and a community building that can accommodate family or community gatherings.
The Kerr Lake Recreation Area was once occupied by the Occoneechee Indians. The natural ebb and flow of the Roanoke River produced highly productive farmland in this area but was prone to periodic flooding. In 1946 construction was begun on the reservoir to control flooding. The Kerr Reservoir Area was then turned into a park in 1975. Guests to the area will find a wide variety of trees and native wildlife flourishing in this area.
RV Rentals in Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Transportation in Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
The park's address is:
6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537
The park can be found easily. From Henderson, NC take NC-1319 north for approximately eight-and-a-half-miles. Stay on this road until you come to the park office. The office will be on the right.
There is parking available in each of the nine recreation areas that make up this park.
There is no access to public transportation available within the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area.
Campgrounds and parking in Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Campsites in Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Guests to Kerr Lake State Recreation Area will find 138 campsites available to them in the mixed forest wooded Hibernia Campground area. This area offers both RV and tent/trailer camping. Of the 138 campsites available here, 46 sites have electric hookups. Camp sites in this area can accommodate RV’s up to 104-feet in length. This campground is open from the week before Easter through the end of October. Guests choosing to stay in this area will find most sites equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, and a grill. Pets are welcome in this campground but must be maintained on a leash.
Hibernia Campground also maintains areas for group camping. Guests to this area will find that the group campsites provide privacy, drinking water and restrooms. Electricity is not available at the group campsites, however.
Many of the campsites in the Hibernia Campground area are lake front. Guests will find a playground, boat ramp, dump station, and hot showers provided in this area. The Hibernia Campground area also offers ample parking and several picnic spaces. The Plantation trail resides in this area of the Kerr Lake Recreation Area as well.
County Line Campground
Guests to lovely Kerr Lake State Recreation Area will find 67 campsites available in the County Line Campground. 36 of these sites have electric hookups. The state maintains sites in this area for RV and tent/trailer camping. Sites here have a gravel surface. All sites offer a fire pit and a picnic table. These sites can accommodate RV’s up to 85-feet in length in partially to fully shaded spaces beneath a combined mature pine and hardwood forest. All camping sites in this area are within feet of the lake shore and offer lovely views of the massive Kerr Lake Reservoir. Guests choosing to make the County Line Campground their stopping point at Kerr Lake will find a playground, dump station, restrooms and hot showers available to them here. Guests interested in spending their days boating or fishing will also appreciate the boat launch maintained within this area for their use.
Guests to the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area will find hundreds of wooded tent and trailer campsites available to them. There are many sites along the water's edge. Both electric hookup and non-electrical sites are offered. Many of the electrical sites have hookups for water directly on the site, but some require up to 100 feet of hose to reach the water hookup.
Guests choosing the Bullocksville Campground area will find 59 tent/trailer campsites to choose from. 28 of these sites offer water and electric hookups. This campground is open the week before Easter through early September. The campground maintains a softball field nearby. The Bullocskville Campground area can accomodate RV's up to 85-feet in length. Guests will find picnic tables and grills at all sites. The campground has toilets, hot showers, a playground, and a boat launch on site.
Seasonal activities in Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Make sure you bring your fishing gear! Kerr Lake is one of the best fishing lakes in the eastern United States. This massive reservoir features striped bass, largemouth bass, white perch, crappie, and catfish. Guests are welcome to fish from a boat, the shoreline, or from the piers at Bullocksville area and Henderson Point area. Note that the pier at Henderson Point is open 24 hours per day.
Pack your hiking shoes, as there are many trails to choose from here. Some of the hiking options you'll find at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are:
Big Poplar Trail:
This easy .75-mile trail is located in the Satterwhite Point/JC Cooper Campground area. It's an easy walk on natural packed ground.
Kerr Lake Track Trail:
This .75-mile trail leads guests through a mix of mature pine and hardwood forest. The trail meanders along the edge of Kerr Lake offering guests lovely lake views. Guests will find interpretive signs along this trail as well.
Old Plantation Trail:
This trail 0.7-mile loop trail is located in the Hibernia Access Area in Kerr Lake. This easy trail offers a view of stunning wildflowers in spring. This trail has a moderate amount of traffic as it is good for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Pets are welcome along this trail but must be maintained on a leash.
Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, because time at Kerr Lake State Recreational Area means time in the sun. With nine separate recreation areas, the Kerr Lake recreation area offers ample opportunity to enjoy lake culture. The recreation area maintains many popular swimming locations along the lake-shore. Satterwhite Point maintains a defined swimming area with accessible change rooms and restrooms. However, be mindful that there are no lifeguards on duty at the lake. If you find you have forgotten your personal flotation devices, there are some available for loan at Satterwhite Point, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Kimball Point.
Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum
Guests to Kerr Lake State Recreation Area with a love for history or trains will find the Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum in nearby Hendersonville, NC of interest. Guests to the museum are invited to take a step back in time to 1879 when the first steam engine puffed into the Hendersonville Depot. Guests will learn that this steam engine had needed extra help to traverse the steep Saluda Grade into the depot.
Guests to the museum are invited to explore the exhibits showcasing a HO scale reairoad layout. At the restored depot you can see a variety of historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser, and a children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train. Admission is free and the depot is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Enjoy boating year-round. Each of the seven recreation areas that make up the Kerr Lake Recreation Area has one or more concrete boat-launching ramps. County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush recreation areas offer 24-hour access to the water.
All other boat ramps within Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are open during park hours, and guests are asked to exit the park before the park's closing time. The state maintains boating facilities with courtesy docks, open during park hours, at Bullocksville, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Kimball Point areas. J. C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point offers a boat ramp and courtesy dock for campers only.
Many visitors to the massive Kerr Lake Reservoir enjoy sailing here. County Line, Henderson Point and Kimball Point areas have expansive bodies of water making these areas well-suited for sailing. Guests should be mindful that sudden wind changes and large waves are not unusual.
Guests can contact the US Army Corp of Engineers to check lake water levels.
Guests to Kerr Lake State Recreation Area that have caught the geocaching bug will be happy to hear that they can hunt for a nearby cache when taking a break from the lake fun. Those new to this modern twist on treasure hunting will quickly find that geocaching is a cheap and easy way to engage the entire family in outdoor activity. The official John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir geocache is located in fairly easy terrain and is an easy cache to locate. Guests will be looking for a medium Sterilite container in Staunton View Park near Clarksville, VA.
Staunton View Park is one of many parks located on John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake. There is no charge to enter and enjoy the day-use section of the park where the cache is hidden. To access the cache from Clarksville, VA guests will: Turn west from Highway 15 onto County Road 699 – then continue straight until you enter the park. After passing the picnic area, guests will note that the road comes to a T. Guests will want to turn left and park in the lot near the shoreline. You will want to enter the woods by using the trail to the east.