Camping in Virginia can be fundamentally primitive, on well-developed tent sites with electric / water connections or in RV sites with resort-style amenities, such as cable TV!
According to statistics, more baby boomers are buying RVs, and Gen-Xers are also jumping on board. Virginia welcomes you, your family, your friends and even your beloved pets to experience fresh air, woodlands, mountain streams, rolling surf, wild flowers, starry skies, liquids, crackling campfires and glowing marshmallows on a stick.
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Here you are camping in Virginia
Virginia State Parks
Virginia State Parks, named “America’s Best”, has campgrounds in 22 of its parks. They are open on March 1 through the last weeks of December.
Camping in Virginia State Parks includes:
Most developed campsites can accommodate six people per. Location and larger campsite areas are also available. All developed campsites have water, picnic tables and barbecues, and they provide marked paths for bathhouses and toilets.
Primitive hiking / canoe-in-places
Primitive backpacker hiking spots are available at False Ce, New River Trail and Sky Meadows State Parks. If you prefer canoeing, go to the Shenandoah River, Belle Isle and York River State Parks.
Adventure call! Outdoor activities
Most Virginia State Parks offer hiking trails, fishing, playgrounds and picnic facilities. Some also have bike paths, headgear trails and swimming pools. Most of them rent the sports equipment needed for the particular park, such as boats, bikes and even the horses!
Virginia National Parks
Shenandoah National Park
Open to primitive backcountry camping is Shenandoah National Park. Get free permits by mail or during open park hours (between sunrise and one hour before sunset). The park is home to large populations of black bears, so odorous objects – food, fragrant sauce, toothpaste – must be bagged and dangled from a rope at least 10 meters up a tree. This kind of “scrubs it” is only suitable for experienced campers.
Approx. 549 miles of palachian trail runs through Virginia, 107 miles of it is in Shenandoah National Park. The trail here is well maintained, excellent for beginning hikers. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and beautiful mountain views. Many people camp in the woods off the trail.
Skyline Drive campsites along Skyline Drive includes Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and a group-only campground, Dundo. Park Rangers oversees all campgrounds, which are recommended for families with small and less experienced campers.
Blue Ridge Parkway
That Blue Ridge Parkway offers campsite areas from May to October; they are maintained by Park Rangers.
» Tops of Otter at MP 86 has 82 tent sites, 59 motorhomes and 62 picnic sites. Facilities include camping equipment, trails, fishing, telephone and visitor center.
» Rocky Knob by MP 167 has 81 tent sites, 28 motorhomes and 72 picnic sites. Amenities include telephone, trails, fishing and a visitor center.
Cumberland G National Historic Park
Trace Daniel Boone’s footsteps on Wilderness Road and explore G Cave, a majestic underground cathedral with Park Rangers, in Cumberland G National Park.
National Forests of Virginia
Cascades Waterfall in the George Washington National Forest
George Washington and Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Palachian Mountains in Virginia. About 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Palachian Trail, are major attractions as well as lakes, ponds and streams for swimming, boating and fishing galore!
Another popular attraction is the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking and hiking. One of the most popular family campgrounds is the Sherando Lake Recreation Area, which has 65 family campgrounds as well as a sandy beach swimming area! Camping season is from ril to late October. Reservations for developed campsites can be made online at ReserveUSA.com. Primitive sites and remote camping are also allowed.
Prince William Forest National Park
Prince William Forest National Park has a tent and RV campsite for six campers per day. Place at its Oak Ridge Campground, which is open year-round. Travel Trailer Village is for motorhomes only, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is for seven or more campers per. Group. Chopawamsic Backcountry campsites are available with permission.
KOA – Kampgrounds Of America – in Virginia
With 13 campgrounds in Virginia, most KOAs is close to popular tourist attractions and has family facilities such as heated swimming pools, safe hiking trails, beautiful natural surroundings as well as internet access and telephones. KOAs are also perfect for family reunion!
» Cheseake Bay / Smith Island KOA has a fishing and crabbing pier as well as cruises.
» Williamsburg KOA has special theme weekends with tickets to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg.
» Natural Bridge KOA is close to Natural Bridge and Virginia Safari Park.
» Other popular KOA campsites are: Wytheville, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Colonial Central, Front Royal Skyline Drive, Deer Run, Harrisonburg-New Market, Bowling Green, Staunton-Verona and Hidden Acres.
Kids’ favorite places to camp in Virginia
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Yogi
Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort has three resorts in Virginia – Luray, Natural Bridge and Emporia – with swimming pools, paddle boat, miniature golf, ball court, playground and games room for the kids. The resorts have developed campsites for tents and motorhomes and cabins located in beautiful surroundings, just like in the desert, but just around the bend is everything you need, such as a supply store, laundry and snack bar!
Cherrystone Family Camp & RV Resort
Located on Virginia’s Cheseake Bay, the 300-acre Cherrystone features 700 shaded campgrounds as well as on-site rentals and cabins, four swimming pools and an 18-hole mini golf course and clubhouse with video games. Bethpage Camp Resort Bethpage in Urbanna offers waterfront camping on the banks of the Rpahannock River near Cheseake Bay. Families enjoy large, straight campsites with full connection, paved roads, bike and paddle boat rentals, two swimming pools with lifeguards as well as a swimming lake and sandy beach!
Montebello Camping and fishing
A lakeside campground just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah Valley, Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort has full moorings for tents, pop-ups and RVs. Comfort Station has hot showers, toilets and private changing rooms. Children especially enjoy the stocked trout ponds, where their catch is guaranteed and sold by the pound. Since you are fishing on private property, fishing licenses are not required. It’s a great way to introduce the sport to kids and discouraged adults.
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