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024-0034 Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park
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VLR Listing Date 09/18/2008

NRHP Listing Date 10/31/2012

NRHP Reference Number 12000904

Bear Creek Lake, established in 1938 in Cumberland County, was created by the Virginia Department of Agriculture (under direction of the U.S. Forest Service) as a “Recreation Development Area.” About 100 men who may have been part of a Civilian Conservation Corps effort built the lake, two pavilions, a concession stand, and six fireplaces. The lake was given to the Division of State Parks in 1940 and operated as a day-use recreation area. In 1962, the division added campgrounds and changed the name to Bear Creek Lake State Park. Surrounded by the 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest, the park encompasses 326 acres centered on the 40-acre Bear Creek Lake. During the 1970s, the park undertook an ambitious construction program when new facilities were built. In 2007, 12 cabins, a lodge, and the Bear Creek Lake Conference Center were added.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: February 22, 2021