Sherwood Lake: A Tranquil Haven in Greenbrier County

By Jonathan Eggleston, RealWV

Nestled among the scenic beauty of Greenbrier County lies Sherwood Lake, a hidden gem calling to nature enthusiasts and serenity seekers. With its many recreational activities, this Lake offers visitors a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. 

Built in 1958,  this 164 acre lake is the largest reservoir in the Monongahela National Forest. The lake has a maximum depth of 20 feet in some parts and an average depth of 10 feet all around. 

Over the decades, it has evolved into a beloved destination, cherished by countless families and nature lovers. 

The lake is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills, creating a picturesque backdrop for a variety of activities. 

Fish lovers flock to its waters to try their luck at catching bass, catfish, and trout, while boaters and kayakers glide across its serene surface, taking in the beauty of their surroundings.

For those seeking a more relaxed experience, Sherwood Lake offers several picnic areas and hiking trails, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a family outing.

Birdwatchers will enjoy the many different  species that call the area home, including herons, kingfishers, and even bald eagles!

In addition to its natural beauty, this place also has plenty of modern amenities, including a campground equipped with RV hookups and tent sites, as well as restroom facilities, showers,  a playground and a “beach” swimming area for when the sun gets a little too hot. 

Whether you prefer a rustic camping experience or the comforts of a cabin rental, there are accommodations to suit every preference.

Throughout the year, Sherwood Lake hosts various events,  celebrating everything from local folklore to outdoor recreation. From fishing derbies to guided nature walks and bike trails,  there’s always something happening to entertain and inspire visitors of all ages.

As one of West Virginia’s hidden treasures, this place was a real joy and I got to take in the day and explore this cool landscape with family and friends.

The lighting was a little harsh,  but I was still able to catch some pretty cool photographs to share with you. You definitely don’t want to forget about this place this year!

So,  whether you are casting a line, taking photos,  exploring the hiking trails, or simply soaking in the serenity of nature, a visit to Sherwood Lake promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Appalachia.

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