Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area

Edinburg, Virginia

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The Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area is nestled in Fort Valley, a 22-milelong valley hidden at the northern end of the 50-mile-long Massanutten Mountain. You can easily drive right by Fort Valley without noticing it’s there, and its elusiveness and inaccessibility have been exploited throughout history. In the 1700s, an English miner named Powell counterfeited coins from Fort Valley’s ore and vanished into Fort Valley any time authorities tried to capture him. The locals referred to the area as Powell’s Fort Valley. George Washington is said to have considered it both as an alternative to the winter camp at Valley Forge and as a last-resort bunker if things had gone badly during the Revolutionary War.
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by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area is nestled in Fort Valley, a 22-milelong valley hidden at the northern end of the 50-mile-long Massanutten Mountain. You can easily drive right by Fort Valley without noticing it’s there, and its elusiveness and inaccessibility have been exploited throughout history.

In the 1700s, an English miner named Powell counterfeited coins from Fort Valley’s ore and vanished into Fort Valley any time authorities tried to capture him. The locals referred to the area as Powell’s Fort Valley. George Washington is said to have considered it both as an alternative to the winter camp at Valley Forge and as a last-resort bunker if things had gone badly during the Revolutionary War.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Edinburg
Season: Year-round; running water during warm season only
Driving Directions: Directions to Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2009
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Not a bad campsite. Firewood very scarce as to be expected. Campsites do seem needlessly close but are very private in comparison to Mathews Arm Campground in the SNP. Also, campsites have trashcans that are not bear-proof. Would not be surprised if site develops bear problem. Also, be sure to bring your own water. No tap as described on forest service site.


10/30/2006
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This is a great area to base camp in. You can mountain bike, day hike or fish. The camp grounds are typically in good shape.



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