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When you have decided to pick up an RV rental and embark on a road trip through the Mountain Lakes region of West Virginia, make sure to stop off at picturesque Burnsville Lake. Situated just a stone’s throw away from Interstate 79, and Highway 19, Burnsville Lake can be reached from both Huntington and Morgantown in less than two hours.

Surprising to some, Burnsville Lake is, in fact, a man-made reservoir, constructed in 1976 to provide flood control for the nearby towns of Flatwoods, Falls Mill, and Heaters. Encompassing nearly 1,000 acres, Burnsville Lake quickly gained a reputation as a recreational hotspot, perfect for a weekend of fishing, boating, hiking, or biking. You will be surrounded by rolling hills and dense forests, so search for an RV in Braxton County and get lost in West Virginia’s natural beauty during your next motorhome camping getaway!

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Getting Outdoors

Getting out and about on Burnsville Lake’s waters could not be easier, thanks to the many boat slips and public boat launch ramps dotted around the 30-mile shoreline. Those camping near Burnsville Lake with their own equipment can make a beeline for Riffle Run or Bulltown day-use area, both of which offer the easiest access to the water. The Riffle Run day-use area is also home to a marina that offers half-day, full-day, or hourly rentals on motorized and non-motorized vessels. All types of watercraft are permitted on the lake, so treat yourself to a tranquil day out canoeing or kayaking to access some of Burnsville Lake’s secluded coves and hidden bays.

These secluded inlets also harbor the ideal conditions for any avid fishermen with an RV rental near Burnsville Lake. Whether it’s your first time fishing or you’re a seasoned professional, the variety of fish up for grabs on the lake will excite you. Largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish, and walleye are just the start of what you can expect to reel in here. Bring your best rod and head to the quieter branches of the lake, and you might even be lucky enough to bring home a carp, crappie, or long-nosed gar!

RV camping at Burnsville Lake isn’t just about the water sports; the lake is also home to a myriad of multi-use trails just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a keen cyclist, avid horse rider, or simply want to stretch your legs, you’ll find a trail to suit you. The 10-mile Civil War Era Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trail connects Burnsville Lake to Stonewall Jackson Lake, another must-visit when you're visiting the area. The trail will reward hikers, bikers, and horseback riders with scenic forested paths and even the odd historical monument!

Camping at Burnsville Lake

Both day-use areas on Burnsville Lake offer those with a rental RV somewhere to rest their head for the night. With both campgrounds offering similar amenities, where you stay depends entirely on your own preference.

Riffle Run Campground is found on Burnsville Lake’s most northern banks and can accommodate up to sixty vehicles at a time. Although a well-established campground, amenities here are aplenty and will ensure you have a comfortable stay. As well as fully serviced sites, campers can take full advantage of the modern washroom facilities, laundry room, and children’s playground area. No need to worry if you’re riding in an RV over 40 feet as this campground is also big rig friendly.

Alternatively, head to the lake’s southern banks to set up camp at the Bulltown Campground. This is a much larger site that boasts nearly 200 RV-friendly campsites. Like Riffle Run, there are full hookup facilities at every site, immaculate washrooms, big-rig friendly sites, and a handy laundry room. The one advantage of this campground is that it is just a five-minute drive to Bulltown, perfect for picking up any forgotten supplies or extra gas.

Exploring the Area

Nestled into the Appalachian Mountains, the majority of the activities here center around spending time in the great outdoors. However, those who are willing to make the journey can venture north to the city of Morgantown, home to a selection of cultural activities.

The Morgantown History Museum is a must-visit during your Burnsville Lake camping trip. On a mission to preserve and promote the area’s local and regional history, this free museum has a selection of family-friendly exhibitions to explore. As well as a fascinating rotation of exhibitions centered on the town’s pioneer, manufacturing, and glassworks history, try to time your visit with one of the community events organized by the museum, including workshops, lectures, and film nights.

The town’s Art Museum is also well worth a visit for anyone renting an RV nearby. Part of West Virginia University, this charming gallery provides students and local artists with a platform to showcase their masterpieces. Permanent and rotating exhibits are also featured here that aim to challenge visitor’s perception of art and change their perspective of the world today. Do make sure to call ahead of your visit as the museum does not operate to conventional opening hours, and a tour may need to be arranged for you.

For those in need of some kid-friendly entertainment, consider a visit to Spark! Imagination and Science Center. This interactive museum allows children and their families to gain a broader perspective of science and the arts through hands-on exhibitions and workshops. Watch your children’s faces light up as they dig for fossils in the excavation area, take on a new adventure in the dress-up corner, or become a nano-scientist for the day in the laboratories.

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