Mountain Lake Club


United States

West Virginia

1329 Lakeside Drive Harpers Ferry , WV , 25425


Latitude: 39.209957

Longitude: -77.813293




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Depending on the light and the color of the sky, Mountain Lake Club's deep lake can turn blue as sapphires in surroundings best described as spectacular creations of man and nature ~ the embodiment of West Virginia's slogan, "Wild and Wonderful." A unique combination of topography and geography make this beautiful lake and its environs the unabashed "Jewel of the Eastern Panhandle." 



MLC's 55-acre lake and 14-acres of land are cradled in the foothills of the original mountain in the prehistoric Blue Ridge chain. This is "The Blue Ridge Mountain" itself, the first and only to bear that iconic name and the northern peak of the majestic range rising above WV's Eastern Panhandle, separating it from Virginia. In 1736, Thomas, 6th Lord of Fairfax, had the 47,000 acres south of the Potomac River surveyed (likely by none other than George Washington himself) and divided into two estates for his family. He called the acreage that would eventually belong in West Virginia "Shannondale," the historic name of this mountain region.



      Along the top of the The Blue Ridge Mountain runs the world-famous Appalachian Trail, a short drive or fairly long hike up the mountain from our own Lake Shannondale.


       At the base of the mountain is the storied Shenandoah River, that wide brown body of treacherous waters. Blue Ridge Mountain's streams tumble into Lake Shannondale, and the overflow drains into the Shenandoah. 


      Down by the river sprawls the state-owned 1,361-acre Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, where hunting and trapping are allowed. An entrance is barely a mile west of Mountain Lake Club's gorgeous lake.



      Inside the Wildlife Area but in a rugged spot are the ruins of Shannondale Springs, a historic spa consisting of three "curative" springs discovered by George Washington, a surveyor in his youth. It's said thirteen U.S. Presidents visited the spa. One Founding Father, James Monroe, even called it his Summer White House. 

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