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Overview of Battle Run Campground

Battle Run Campground is a popular camping destination located near Summersville Lake in West Virginia, within the boundaries of the Summersville Lake State Wildlife Center. The campground offers a variety of amenities and recreational opportunities for campers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Availability and Reservations

Availability: The campground typically operates seasonally, with the exact dates varying each year. It is usually open from around April or May through September or October, depending on weather and other factors.

Reservations: Campsites at Battle Run Campground can be reserved in advance, which is highly recommended during peak seasons and weekends, as the campground can get quite busy. Reservations can usually be made through the official reservation system for the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or similar platforms.

Campsites and Amenities

Campsites: Battle Run Campground offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites with various hookups (electric, water, and possibly sewer), and group campsites.


  • Restroom facilities with showers
  • Picnic tables and fire rings at each site
  • Dump station for RVs
  • Playground areas
  • Drinking water

Recreation Opportunities

Swimming: There is often a designated swimming area at Summersville Lake, which is considered one of the clearest freshwater lakes in the region.

Boating: The lake is well-suited for boating activities, and there may be a boat launch available for campers at Battle Run Campground or nearby.

Fishing: Summersville Lake is known for its excellent fishing, including species such as bass, walleye, and trout.

Hiking: There are typically trails in the area for hiking and exploring the surrounding scenery and wildlife.

Rock Climbing: The Summersville Lake area, and nearby cliffs, offer challenging rock climbing opportunities for enthusiasts.

Rules and Regulations

When camping at Battle Run Campground, there are several rules and regulations to be aware of to ensure the preservation of the natural environment and the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, such as:

  • Quiet Hours: Usually enforced to ensure a peaceful environment.
  • Pet Policies: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on leashes and under control.
  • Alcohol: There may be restrictions on alcohol consumption within the campground.
  • Fires: Open fires are typically allowed in designated fire rings but must be attended to at all times and fully extinguished before leaving or retiring for the night.
  • Trash: "Pack it in, pack it out" policies or designated trash disposal areas may be present to maintain cleanliness.

Local Attractions

Apart from the campground itself, the Summersville area has several other attractions to offer:

  • Summersville Dam: A popular spot for sightseeing and understanding the area's engineering and history.
  • Gauley River National Recreation Area: Located downstream for white water rafting.
  • New River Gorge National Park and Preserve: Offers additional outdoor activities, such as hiking and rock climbing.

Contact Information and Location

For the most accurate and current information, visitors should contact the campground or the managing organization directly. Details such as contact numbers, emails, and even physical addresses may change, and obtaining up-to-date information before your trip is crucial for planning purposes.

To Note

Always check for the latest updates on weather conditions, campground opening dates, reservation system changes, or any alerts regarding wildlife or safety that could impact your camping experience at Battle Run Campground.

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