Part of the Jefferson National Forest, Cave Springs offers a small lake for swimming that is fed by a spring that originates in the mountains above in a cave. A white sand beach is on the northern shore of the lake, offering access for swimming. The day use area has 10 picnic units, each with a wooden table and grill located in a young pine forest.
Hiking trails developed in the area include one that leads to the cave and stone overlook and loops back to the parking lot. Another trail leads to the Stone Mountain Trail that follows the crest of the mountain for 14.3 miles and ends at Roaring Branch, near Appalachia, VA. This camping area features 41 camping units with tent pad, picnic table and parking spur. Spaces for RVs up to 22 feet are at each site and a central dump station. There is also an amphitheater and a 1 acre lake for swimming.
Day use fee $3 per vehicle
From Kingsport, TN: Take US 23 to Big Stone Gap. Follow US 58A west for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto VA 621. Follow VA 621 for 6.1 miles to the campground entrance. The paved entrance road is 0.4 miles long.
From Abingdon, VA: Follow US 58/US 19 West to Hansonville, VA. Turn left onto US 58 Alternate to Big Stone Gap. At Big Stone Gap, remain on US 58 Alt. for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto SR 621 and go 6.1 miles to the Cave Springs entrance road on right.