About Us

Our Mission

Camp Virgil Tate provides the Kanawha Valley a venue full of educational opportunities. We make every effort to provide a beautiful outdoor space for fostering youth development through nature based play and learning.

Camp Virgil Tate partners with various government agencies, education out-reach programs, community associations, and groups with an interest in the development of youth.

By providing a place filled with opportunities, we encourage groups that use our space to enable youth to learn about themselves, foster a sense of empathy, serve others in their community and their world, and grow into productive citizens and tomorrow’s leaders.

Our History

In 1954, Virgil C. Tate donated his 57 acre farm to establish a new 4-H Camp for the youth of Kanawha County. On June 11th, 1954, the Kanawha County 4-H Foundation was established to care for this new 4-H Camp.

Over 65 years later, Camp Virgil Tate now spans 593 acres and reaches over 1,400 youth every year through 4-H and other youth programming.

Our Services

Camp Virgil Tate is open year-round for rentals of all kinds. We’re the perfect place for weddings, family reunions, meetings, retreats, and of course camps for all ages! 

Our facilities include:

  • four charming cottages that sleep up to 64 people each
  • a lodge with 24 motel-style rooms upstairs, including our new honeymoon suite, and two large conference rooms with fireplaces downstairs
  • a dining hall capable of seating 250 people
  • a gazebo and pond for fishing
  • four barns and two show rings for horse camps and equestrian events
  • plenty of large flat fields for sports events and competitions
  • several miles of hiking trails
  • a large Council Circle (campfire area with benches) with seating for 250
  • two basketball courts
  • volleyball court
  • Gaga Ball pit (what’s Gaga Ball?)
  • a disc golf course (check us out on the UDisc app!)
  • an educational high tunnel
  • an astronomical observatory
  • …and more!


Check out our Wedding Package and Family Reunion Package pages to learn about our package deals, or explore this site to learn more about what Camp Virgil Tate has to offer.  We welcome groups from West Virginia as well as across the country.

Interested in booking your event? Check out our Rentals page, call our office at 304-741-5657 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday), or email rhea@campvirgiltate.org for more details. Also, make sure you read and understand our Rental Group Conditions before booking your event.


Our Address:

1400 Camp Virgil Tate Road Charleston WV 25312

From Interstate 64:

  • Take the Cross Lanes exit (approximately 10 miles west of Charleston).
  • Go north on Rt. 622.  Continue straight for around 3.6 miles.
  • Turn left at the light to continue on Rt. 622 N/ Rocky Fork Rd.
  • In 3.9 miles turn left onto Camp Virgil Tate Rd. (at the bridge).
  • Continue on Camp Virgil Tate Rd. for 1.3 miles.

From Interstate 77:

  • Take Tupper’s Creek exit.
  • Follow signs for Camp Virgil Tate for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn right on Sissonville Dr. and continue for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn left at the light onto Rt. 622 south.
  • In 4.2 miles turn right onto Camp Virgil Tate Rd. (at the bridge).
  • Continue on Camp Virgil Tate Rd. for 1.3 miles.

Contact Us

Camp Virgil Tate is operated by the Kanawha County 4-H Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with the assistance of the Kanawha County Commission.

The camp office is located on the 2nd floor of the “Boone” Maxwell Lodge.

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 304-741-5657

Email: Jason.Young@campvirgiltate.org

Events & Booking: donnie@campvirgiltate.org

Mailing and shipping address:

1400 Camp Virgil Tate Road, Charleston, WV 25312

Child at camp? Address mail to…

Child’s name

c/o Camp Virgil Tate

1400 Camp Virgil Tate Rd.

Charleston, WV 25312