Ways to Play when Camping by a Lake!

Everyone knows there is no better way than to take some time from the daily grind to enjoy nature. But, how much more awesome is it to enjoy nature… beside a lake!

Not all campgrounds in Virginia offer camping beside their own lake! Today we’re diving into a celebration of all of the ways to enjoy our own 25 acre lake, Lake Ruth Ann at Small Country Campground by unpacking all of the extra ways to play that camping beside a lake offers!

Soulful Views

Is there anything more epic than standing in front of a calm body of water, taking a breath of fresh air and enjoying some bird watching or the expansive sky?

Swim, Swim, Swim!

Nothing says it’s summer like getting your tykes into their swimwear and splashing into the lake! For parents, children and grandparents it’s good for the skin, for the heart and for the muscles!


There's something about the water, isn't there, that just brings out the child in everyone... especially children! It's a fantastic feeling as a parent to see families come to Small Country and watch the parents enjoying fun with their children!

Paddle Board

We love to encourage families to bring their favorite lake toys! Paddle boarding on our lake is a fantastic way to have some fun and move quite fast and get a little sun while getting a little workout!


Who doesn’t daydream of breaking out the beach chairs, the coolers, and the beach towels to enjoy some fun in the sun on a warm summer’s day? It’s not summer without some quality time at the beach!


For those looking for an opportunity for quiet getaways, you can’t beat a sweet afternoon between a man and his fishing. Our Lake Ruth Ann is stocked with bass, bream, crappies, and channel catfish – some have reached citation sizes!


For an irresistible experience we encourage folks to bring their canoes and paddle boats! We don’t allow gasoline power, but we do offer own jon boats, paddle boats and kayaks for rent.

Our Famous Lake Toys!

Each year, we unveil a new giant lake toys!!! They offer hours of bouncing, twisting, climbing and splashing fun! One of our favorites is a 16 x 16 foot trampoline and a climbing and sliding wall. And we are very excited to announce the arrival in spring of 2017 of a spinner, an even larger ice climbing wall, and a diving platform.


There's something about getting out in the water that calms the mind and soothes the soul. While we do definitely take fun seriously, Small Country also attracts couples seeking some quality time away in nature - and the water offers that to you.

Enjoy a Nature Walk or Hike Around the Lake

You can enjoy Lake Ruth Ann before you even get wet! Our gorgeous lake is surrounded by a two miles of hiking trails. Enjoy views of the lake from every direction, and some quality bird spotting and identify leafs along the way!

A Source of Beauty Around the Campground

Camping by a lake means those calming and soulful lake views are around every corner. Even if you're not in the water, the lake brings with it nature, sounds, wildlife, and a clear sky - a great space to BBQ or even walk in the evenings or stargaze at night.

Ways to Stay to Enjoy the Lake

There are several ways to stay at the lake. Our Historic Manor House and our Lake View Efficiencies both offer lake views. There are lake adjacent tent camping sites and our Park Models, and RV sites are only a stone’s throw away.