Local Favorite Lake Gaston Destinations

The communities around Roanoke Reserve and the greater Lake Gaston area provide lots of fun, exploration, entertainment, and special offerings off the beaten path that you won't want to miss, such as these local favorites that are all within 15 minutes of the Reserve.

Bracey - Ebony, VA Area (1 - 4)


J B Jones Store and Bakery
1823 Blackridge Road
La Crosse, VA 23950

If your plans call for specialty cakes and bakery items, then there is no better place anywhere than J B Jones Store and Bakery located off 903 between I-85 (Bracey - VA Exit 4) and Ebony VA - turn onto Blackridge Road at Tanglewood Shores and continue for about 2 miles. Custom decorated cakes, a huge variety of layer cakes, pies, cookies, homemade rolls, and great ham biscuits (in bulk for parties).



Rosemont Vineyards & Winery (great venue for weddings and other events!)
1050 Blackridge Road
La Crosse, VA 23950
1-434-636-WINE (9463)

We could not be more proud of our local vineyard and winery that opened in 2008. The wine-tasting experience and general ambience feel like being in Napa! The grapes for all of their wines come from the Rosemont Vineyard. To get to the vineyard and winery, you will pass it on the way to J B Jones Store - on Blackridge Road about 1 miles off 903 from the Tanglewood Shores intersection. The Rose family has done a remarkable job creating something very wonderful and exciting. Local artists and artisans have also found a perfect venue for displaying their creations for your browsing and shopping pleasure! Also, a great wedding and/or wedding reception venue -- and other private events.



Tanglewood Shores Golf and Country Club
74 Tanglewood Drive
Bracey, VA 23919

Tanglewood offers social memberships for non-property owners. Recreation facilities include a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, and tennis court. The Community Center includes a snack bar.



The Shady Shack Grill and Flip-Flop Bar
at Poplar Point Marine

183 Hendricks Mill Road
Bracey, VA 23919

Located on the north end of Popular Creek Bridge between Bracey and Ebony, Poplar Point Marine prides itself on being a multi-year winner of several "Best of..." on the lake awards. The Shady Shack Grill has extended its hours of operations to provide our patrons with not just your grab-n-go lunches but, they will have dine-in seating available.  There menu now features appetizers,salads,burgers, and lunch items in addition to six new dinner entrees.  The Flip Flops Bar is doubling in size and will now be a full service bar featuring, mixed beverages, bottle and draft beer, will also have dining accessibility. A great place to slow down and enjoy a sunset.



Ebony General Store
Fresh Meats and Produce - Deli - Fuel

2986 Hendricks Mill Road
Ebony, VA 23845

Of course, your visit to Lake Gaston would not be complete without visiting the crew at Ebony General Country Store - located in Ebony, VA - 10 miles east of I-85 Exit 4 (Bracey) on 903 and 8 miles west/north from Eaton's Ferry Bridge on 903. Famous for their hot dogs, chicken salad, barbeque and tasty breakfast biscuits. Also excellent source for old fashioned aged cheddar cheese cut from the wheel -- one of our favorites with Murray's old fashioned ginger snaps. We refer to Ebony General as Ebony's Facebook - if you want to know what's going on, check in at Ebony General!


903 Race-In / Sweet Southern Kitchen
Grill - Groceries - Fuel

2967 Hendricks Mill Road
Ebony, VA 23845

Located across Hendricks Mill Road from Ebony General, "the kitchen" offers all-day menu for eat-in and take-out, starting with country breakfast options.



Gasburg, VA Area (5 - 7)


The Kitchen Table Cafe (former location of Pea Creek Cafe)
4111 Gasburg Road
Gasburg, VA 23857

Comfort food. Breakfast & Lunch daily 7am-3pm. Full menu of eggs, pancakes, waffles & more for breakfast. Lunch includes sandwiches & daily hot plate specials



Pinos Pizza and Italian Restaurant
4331 Gasburg Road
Gasburg, VA 23857
1-434-577- 2120

Located in the Gasburg community, Pino's always has a full parking lot! What does that tell you? Consistent and tasty Italian menu with causal atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner year-round. Dine in or take out.



Historic Kennon House Restaurant
7001 Gasburg Road
Gasburg, VA 23857

Located in a historic landmark ("the mud house") for the area (in Gasburg, VA), one of our favorite restaurants anywhere ("upscale comfort food with a special flair "). Takes about 15 minutes to drive there from Eaton's Ferry Bridge. They can handle large groups in private dining areas - call ahead to arrange. They also have an outstanding buffet for Sunday lunch/afternoon and Saturday night - and "grand buffet" for special seasonal occasions. If you've not been there, please put it on your radar.


Family Fun Center
300 Lake Resort Drive
Gasburg, VA 23857

The Family Fun Center located on the grounds of Lake Gaston Resort offers amenities that are unmatched anywhere. Whether you want to bowl, workout, swim, play shuffleboard, racquetball, mini-golf or amusement games, the Family Fun Center has it all. Memberships to the Family Fun Center are available to the public.


Lake Gaston Golf Course
890 Baird Road
Gasburg, VA 23857

The Lake Gaston Golf Club offers some of the finest golf recreation in Southside Virginia.  The course offers an exceptional variety of holes that include wide open fairways, to challenging narrow “chutes”, to spectacular plateaus overlooking beautiful crystal clear lakes and ponds. Lake Gaston Golf Club also offers a driving range as well as a wide range of items in the Pro Shop.  Special golf packages that include green  fees and cart rental are available daily.  Tee times are required on weekends and recommended during the week.


Lizard Creek - River Rd Vicinity (8 - 10)
(River Rd and Lizard Creek Rd are the same.)


Healing Kneads Therapeutic Massage and Day Spa
167 Stanley Road
Henrico, NC 27842

Located about 1/4 mile north of Wildwood Nursery on Stanley Road. First class massage and spa services and so close to the lake! You will enjoy meeting Nancy and her team -- and being remarkably relaxed after treating yourself to one or more of the many amazing, customized body treatments. Also affiliated with Carolina Physical Therapy Associates.



Wildwood Nursery and Garden Center / Gift Shop
847 Lizard Creek Road (River Rd)
Henrico, NC 27842

Located on River/Lizard Creek Road at the intersection of Stanley Road - about 1 mile east of Mary Sherwood's. Green houses, house plants, yard plants, trees, shrubs with full landscaping services. PLUS Christmas Shop, glazed pots, and lots more in their gift shop. Special events are hosted throughout the year. You will be surprised at the interesting mix of merchandise. Definitely NOT just a nursery!



The Marketplace / Corner Lot / Norton's / Lake Side Mini Golf
3358 River Road
Henrico, NC 27842
1-252-535 - 3700

Located on River/Lizard Creek Road east of Wildwood Nursery. This is a family owned and operated business. They started this venture in March of 2014 and have been working hard since then to bring Lake Gaston and the surrounding areas a destination for your family to come and visit. This newest Lake Gaston destination offers food, consignment shops, candy shop, ice cream and sno balls, skating rink, and miniature golf. Fun for the whole family and all ages.



AF Wake, Inc.
292 Northern Cove Drive (and on the water in Lizard Creek)
Littleton, NC 27850

AF Wake, Inc. came about over fifteen years ago from one person's dream of becoming a watersports athlete and professional wakeboarder. That person is Adam Fields, whose dream came true. Adam started his own wakeboard school, then went on to win every event on the east coast leading up to both Brostock and International World Championship titles.

Adam's Wakeboard School has grown to reach nearly 2000 people each summer in multiple locations, teaching them wakeboarding, wake surfing, wake skating, water skiing and stand up paddle boarding. AF Wake, Inc. has an on-water Pro Shop and Rentals business with the best products by the top brands in water sports. As an event promoter, organizer, and host, AF Wake is a vast resource for fun on the water.



CLOSED Salted Rim Designs @ Mary Sherwood Lake Living
326 Lizard Creek Road (River Rd)
Littleton, NC 27850

Sadly, Salted Rim Designs who succeeded Mary Sherwood Lake Living in this location closed its doors in 2019.



Eaton's Ferry Road Vicinity (11 - 13)
(From Food Lion complex to south of Easton's Ferry Bridge)


Food Lion (Shopping Center)
2455 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

An exceptional small town grocery store with an eclectic upscale flair. Good wine selection. Also located in this shopping center near Food Lion, is Lake Gaston Pizza, Andy's Cheesesteak, ABC store, DrugCo pharmacy and Lake Life Clothing Company.



ACE Hardware of Lake Gaston
144 Elams Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located right across from Food Lion, over 30,000 inventory items and they seem to add something new each week! They specialize in outdoor furniture during the summer season, grills, and fishing gear - and year-round the normal fare for a hardware store plus many items found in a department store. It is wonderful to have such a great local business and resource nearby.



Wakeboard Willie's Ice Cream Shop
2475 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located in the old Chamber of Commerce building on the corner of Elams Road and Eaton Ferry Road. Great ice cream and shakes! Tables inside and out.



Lake Life Clothing Company
143 Elams Road
Littleton, NC 27850

The surf shop on the lake! Excellent selection of fun seasonal clothing, accessories, and swim ware for guys and gals. Open year-round.



Lake Gaston Outfitters
2401 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located between Food Lion and Eaton's Ferry Bridge on Eaton Ferry Road (903 South), Dave and Heidi Blodgett, owners of Lake Gaston Outfitters are offering Lake Gaston all kinds of new and fun outdoor gear and wear sure to make the summer months even more enjoyable at Lake Gaston Outfitters. They were formerly located next to Food Lion.



Subway of Lake Gaston
Lake Gaston Coffee
2377 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located between Food Lion and Eaton's Ferry Bridge on Eaton Ferry Road (903 South), two great food serveries in a charming log building with classy decor. Standard Subway food selections taken to the next level! Pam and Dave have brought a wonderful and healthy fast food option to the area.

Lake Gaston Coffee shares the location building with Subway.

Lake Gaston Coffee is a family-run micro-roastery in the Lake Gaston NC area. With the growing popularity of our beautiful lake, we are pleased to offer our locals and seasonal guests delicious fresh roasted coffees from around the world.  We are a small batch, specialty coffee roaster. We roast hand selected, Arabica coffee beans from all over the world including Central America, South America, and East Africa. Each having their own unique flavors and aromas.



WatersView Restaurant
2107 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located on the north end of Eaton's Ferry Bridge, WatersView offers commanding lake views, indoor and outdoor seating, and great menu selection. New owner, Billy Benson, has a vision for the restaurant to be both a destination for "locals" as well our seasonal lake visitors.



The Pointe at Lake Gaston Restaurant
Morningstar Marina at Eatons Ferry (SOLD to Keel Marinas) - website in transition
1865 Eaton Ferry Road
Littleton, NC 27850

Located on the south end of Eaton's Ferry Bridge, "The Pointe" Restaurant and Tiki Bar that opened in 2011 had rapidly established itself as a destination for locals as well as visitors to the area. Owners Chad Barbour and Randall Robinson have really created something very special for the lake: excellent food, fun location, and special entertainment. It is open year-round from lunch time until closing with seasonal menu and schedule.

If you are new to the area, you will want to take time to "feed the fish at Morningstar Marina" and even buy the T-Shirt !

Lawrenceville, VA
(About 40 minutes northwest of the lake.)

Brunswick Mineral Springs Bed and Breakfast
14910 Western Mill Road -- Lawrenceville, VA 23868

Located in Brunswick County, VA off of Hwy 58 east of Lawrenceville. Take 46 North shown on the map to 58 East. This B&B is arguably one of the best in the country! We had the pleasure of staying there recently in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary. Nan and Dave could not have been better Inn Keepers. The house, grounds, and salt water pool are fabulous. And yes - a superb breakfast! You won't want to leave.

Warrenton, NC

Check out Historic Warrenton, NC

Additional online resources for Lake Gaston:
Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center

If you have a specific question about
these or other local Lake Gaston
destinations, please email us.