Campsite Review Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch Campground is located north of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the east side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Salthouse Branch Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There are 26 water and electric hookup RV campsites at the campground.

Salthouse Branch is a very nice campground.


Website:   Salthouse Branch Campground

Online Reservations: recreation. gov

Reservations: 877-444-6777. Reservations are highly recommended and probably mandatory for weekends.

Phone Number: 276-629-2703 Ranger Station

Address: 630 Salt House Branch Rd, Henry, VA 24102

From U.S. Highway 202 turn west on Virginia Route 606 to Henry Virginia. Then turn west on Virginia Route 606 (Henry Road) followed by south on Virginia Route 798 (Knob Church Road). Turn left at the Y intersection onto Virginia Route 773 (Salt House Branch Road).

Link to Google Map for the area:  Salthouse Branch Campground

Season: April 1 – October 30 Campground may be open but reservations are not available after October 30. Call for off-season information.

Dates stayed: August 8 -19, 2021

Comfort: The temperatures were between 70 and 95 in August. Very hot and muggy with afternoon thunderstorms.

Elevation: 1022′

Our site: #2 back in Electric and water hookups

Check-out time 3 pm, arrivals 4 pm.

Price Paid: $14.00 per night. Here is a link to the article I wrote on how I get such a low price. FoxRVTravel-Snippet: America The Beautiful Pass

Hook-ups: Electric and water hookups

Dump station: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Shower: Yes

Laundry: No

Potable Water: Yes

Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes

Cell service: AT&T good signal, requires a booster for data speed –Verizon poor signal even with a booster


Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch Campground insider info:

Salthouse Branch Campground is divided into two areas. All the RV sites are in one area and the tents-only section is on a hillside to the east of the main entrance.

The eastern loop with electric hookup campsites is 50-amp service. Starting in site number 22 electric hookups are 30 amp. Sites 1-21 appear newer and typically are bigger and most have little shade during the hottest time of the day.

Of the sites (1-4) that offer a potential lake view, number 4 is the best due to more shade. These sites are big and flat with easy access for any size RV.

Our RV in site #2 with a good view of site #1
Our RV in site #2 with a good view of site #1

Sites 5-8 are also large and well-spaced but have very little shade cover. Of these four sites, number eight has the most shade.

Starting in site number nine there is some partial shade.

Sites number 11-13 are closely spaced with a common driveway.

For shade and size site number 14 is probably the best in the campground.

Site number 15 will have more shade than 16 – 18. These sites will have better afternoon shade than sites 1-8.

Site number 22 starts the 30 amp loop. These sites are smaller and closer together than the sites in the eastern loop. In this loop sites, 37 & 38 are the shortest. These sites also back up to the trees so that they have limited room behind the sites.

Starting at site 26 most of these sites are in full shade. Sites 22 – 25 will have morning sun and afternoon shade.

Site # 27
Site # 27

The tent loop is restricted to vehicles less than 20 feet long. Sites 89 – 91 are accessed off the swim area and are large enough for some RVs. Given the number of adequate RV sites in the electric loop, I would probably choose not to pick these sites. Even though these sites are large enough many of them have restricted driveways and limited maneuvering room.


Salthouse Branch Campground is along a quiet cove on Philpott Lake’s eastern shore. It has good access to the water including swim areas and two different boat launches. Philpott Lake has very clear water compared to other lakes in the south.

Salthouse Branch Campground Layout
Salthouse Branch Campground Layout
Salthouse Branch Campground Satellite View
Salthouse Branch Campground Satellite View

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