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John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir can be found along the stretch of Interstate Route 85 that runs between South Hill, VA, and Oxford, NC. Straddling the border between Virginia and North Carolina, John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir is a must-visit for anyone taking a road trip through these eastern states in their RV rental.

The reservoir was created in 1952 as an impounded of the Roanoke and Dan Rivers to provide flood control and hydroelectric power generation for the surrounding communities. Although its original purpose remains, now, the lake is more commonly known as a recreational hotspot. With a surface area of nearly 50,000 acres, boating, fishing, hiking, and so much more is possible when you book an RV in Mecklenburg County.

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Getting Outdoors

Renting a camper near John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir is the perfect way to make the most out of the lake’s vast waters. With an average depth of 30 feet, the reservoir has become a mecca among water sports enthusiasts searching for an enthralling weekend of jet-skiing, wakeboarding or water skiing. Those hoping for a more relaxing boating experience can also enjoy an afternoon of sailing or kayaking. Whether you are camping at John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir with your own boat or need to pick up a rental from the marina, accessing the waters is a piece of cake, thanks to the many boat ramps peppered along the 800-mile shoreline.

Boaters will need to be prepared to share the lake with eager anglers hoping to catch a tasty dinner. Fishermen and women come from far and near to catch one of the trophy-sized largemouth bass or crappies that thrive in the reservoir's deep waters. The lake’s undeveloped coastline and convenient fishing piers make it easy to find a shaded spot to fish from on land, whilst its vast open waters and hidden inlets make heading out on your boat lucrative too. For the best chance at going home with a fruitful catch, consider renting an RV at John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir during fall when spawning season is in full swing.

Campers looking for the ultimate lakeside retreat will be glad to know that there are over thirty swimming beaches and recreational parks sitting on the banks of the reservoir, which amount to around 10,000 acres of land. North Bend Park is just one of many that are fully equipped with a playground, public beach, boat ramp, and plenty of hiking trails. In fact, you’ll find everything you could possibly need here for a great day out on the lake. Simply pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the view!

Camping at John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

RV camping at John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir is easy thanks to the plethora of campgrounds in the area. The well-equipped North Bend Park is also home to a campground, should you want to spend more than a day at the lake. Although there is no full hook up facilities here, campers can choose from sites with 20 amp electric for their rental RV and will also have access to potable water and an onsite dump station. This pet-friendly site has two convenient shower blocks that can be used at no extra cost.

Consider hopping across the border toward Henderson, NC, for an even wider choice of campgrounds. As well as the primitive offerings of Satterwhite Point and Nut Bush Bridge Campground, travelers will find the quaint Tobacco Farm Campground. Offering full hook-ups on their pitches and site-wide WiFi, campers could not wish for a more comfortable stay. With less than ten spaces available, you’ll want to call ahead of your visit to make sure there is a space suitable for you and your motorhome.

Exploring the Area

Surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, those hoping to soak up some more city-based attractions can explore the rest of Mecklenburg County in their South Hill camper rental.

Chase City, VA, sits just 25-minutes north of John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir and is home to the MacCallum More Museum and Gardens. Known for its fascinating collection of local art as well as its immaculate outdoor space, this establishment harbors the perfect balance between the region’s natural world and rich heritage. To make the most out of your visit, call ahead to organize a guided tour of the grounds and learn all about the legacy of the Hudgins Family, who created the gardens in the early 20th century.

As the closest big city to John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir, South Hill is not just an excellent place to stock up on any last-minute supplies. It is also home to several unique museums, including the Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia. As one of the main industries in the late 18th century, the tobacco industry played a significant part in the growth and development of southern Virginia. In this fascinating museum, visitors can begin to understand what life was once like here as well as learning all about the traditional production methods of tobacco.

South Hill is also home to the South Hill Train and Dolls Museum, an unusual but fascinating museum housed in the old rail depot. Along with an extensive collection of antique dolls, visitors can explore many model train displays and train cars. Entry is free, but donations are always welcomed and paid guided tours are available for those who are interested.

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