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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is comprised of seven areas totaling over 3000 acres in Vance and Warren counties along the shore of Kerr Lake in North Carolina.  Kerr Lake is a 50,000-acre man-made lake along the Roanoke River in North Carolina and Virginia.  In Virginia, the lake is often called Bugg's Island Lake.  The John H. Kerr Dam was constructed from 1947 to 1952 by the US Army Corps of Engineers to create the lake.  The dam and lake are named for John H. Kerr, a North Carolina Congressman who pushed for the construction of the lake.  The state recreation contains hundreds of campsites, swim beaches, boat ramps and other recreational amenities at the seven access areas on the North Carolina side of the lake.

Contact Information:

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537

Phone: (252) 438-7791
GPS: 36.44110, -78.36880



Most of the amenities at Kerr Lake are around camping and lake activities, but there are a couple short trails scattered around the various recreation areas.

Forestry Trail:

Length: 0.75 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Blaze: Orange

The Forestry Trail is Kerr Lake's Track Trail and the trailhead is at the visitor center in Satterwhite Point Recreation Area.  The first part of the trail is paved and a short spur leads out to a nice view of the lake.  The trail turns to natural surface past the amphitheater and runs along the lake shore, ending at the picnic shelter along Satterwhite Point Road.

Blog Entries:

19-Jan-2019: Kerr Lake Hikes

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