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Where to go camping in Virginia

Camping in Virginia can be primitive, in well-developed campsites with electricity / water or in RV sites with resort-style amenities like cable television!

According to statistics, more and more baby boomers are buying mobile homes, and the Gen-Xers are jumping on board too. Virginia welcomes you, your family, friends, and even your beloved pets for the fresh air, forests, mountain streams, rolling surfers, wildflowers, starry skies, critters, crackling campfires, and glowing marshmallows on a stick.

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Where to camp in Virginia, USA?Where to camp in Virginia, USA?

Here you can camp in Virginia

Virginia State Parks

Virginia State Parks, voted as „America’s Best”, have campsites in 22 of its parks. They are open from March 1st to the last weeks of December.

Camping in Virginia State Parks includes:

Developed campsites

Most developed campsites can accommodate six people per pitch, and larger group campsites are also available. All developed campsites have water, picnic tables and grills and have marked paths to bathhouses and toilets.

Primitive hike-in / canoe-in sites

Primitive backpacker trails are available in False Ce, New River Trail, and Sky Meadows State Parks. If you prefer to go canoeing, check out the Shenandoah River, Belle Isle, and York River State Parks.

Adventure is calling! Outdoor activities

Most Virginia State Parks offer hiking trails, fishing, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Some also have bike paths, bridle paths, and swimming pools. Most of them rent sports equipment needed for the particular park, such as boats, bicycles, and even horses!

National parks in Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

Open to primitive backcountry camping Shenandoah National Park. Receive free permits by mail or during open park opening hours (between sunrise and an hour before sunset). The park is home to a large population of Black bearsTherefore, objects that smell – food, fragrant Sos, toothpaste – have to be packed and dangled on a rope that is at least 3 meters above a tree. This type of „roughing” is only suitable for experienced campers.

Approximately 549 miles of the Palachian Trail runs through Virginia, 107 miles of which are in Shenandoah National Park. The trail here is well maintained and great for beginners. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and beautiful mountain views. Lots of people camp in the woods off the trail.

Skyline Drive Campgrounds along Skyline Drive These include Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain, and Dundo, a group-only campground. Park Rangers oversee all campsites recommended for families with young children and less experienced campers.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers campsites from May to October; They are looked after by Park Rangers.

» Peaks of Otter at MP 86 has 82 tent sites, 59 RV sites and 62 picnic sites. Amenities include camping supplies, hiking trails, fishing, telephones, and visitor center.

» Rocky Knob at MP 167 has 81 tent sites, 28 RV sites and 72 picnic sites. Amenities include telephones, hiking trails, fishing, and a visitor center.

Cumberland G National Historic Park

Follow in Daniel Boone’s footsteps on the Wilderness Road and explore G Cave, a majestic underground cathedral, in Cumberland G National Park with C Rangers.

National Forests in Virginia

Cascading Waterfall in the George Washington National Forest

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Palachian Mountains in Virginia. Approximately 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Palachian Trail, are major attractions, plus lakes, ponds, and creeks for swimming, boating, and fishing are galore!

Another popular attraction is the Virginia Creeper Trail for biking and hiking. One of the most popular family campsites is the Sherando Lake Recreation Area with 65 family campsites and a sandy beach bathing area! The camping season runs from the end of October to the end of October. Reservations for upgraded campsites can be made online at ReserveUSA.com. Primitive sites and secluded camping are also allowed.

Prince William Forest National Park

Prince William Forest National Park offers tent and RV camping for six campers per pitch at Oak Ridge Campground, which is open year round. The Travel Trailer Village is for RVs only and the Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground for seven or more campers per group. Chopawamsic backcountry campsites are available with permission.

KOA – Kampgrounds Of America – in Virginia

With 13 campsites in Virginia most KOAs are close to popular tourist attractions and offer family amenities such as heated swimming pools, safe walking trails, beautiful natural surroundings, as well as internet access and telephones. KOAs are also perfect for family gatherings!

» Cheseake Bay / Smith Island KOA has a fishing and crab pier as well as cruises.

» Williamsburg KOA offers special themed weekends with tickets to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg.

» Natural bridge KOA is near the Natural Bridge and Virginia Safari Park.

» Other popular KOA campsites are: Wytheville, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Colonial Central, Front Royal Skyline Drive, Hirschlauf, Harrisonburg-New Market, Bowling Green, Staunton-Verona and Hidden Acres.

Favorite places for kids to camp in Virginia

Jellystone Park Yogi of Yogi Bear

Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort has three Virginia resorts – Luray, Natural Bridge, and Emporia – with swimming pools, paddle boats, mini golf, ball court, playground, and playrooms for children. The resorts have developed campsites for tents and RVs and cabins in beautiful surroundings just like in the wilderness, but just around the bend you can find everything you could need like a supply store, laundrette and snack bar!

Cherrystone Family Camp & RV Resort

Located on Cheseake Bay, Virginia, 300-acre Cherrystone has 700 shaded campsites, plus on-site trailer rentals and cabins, four swimming pools, plus an 18-hole mini golf course and clubhouse with video games. Bethpage Camp Resort Urbanna Bethpage offers waterfront camping on the banks of the Rpahannock River near Cheseake Bay. Families enjoy large, level campsites with full access, paved roads, bike and paddle boat rentals, two swimming pools with lifeguards as well as a swimming lake and a sandy beach!

Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort

Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort is a lakefront campsite just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah Valley and has full hookups for tents, pop-ups, and RVs. The Comfort Station has hot water showers, toilets and private changing rooms. Children especially enjoy the filled trout ponds, where their catch is guaranteed and sold per pound. As you fish on private property, no fishing licenses are required. It’s a great way to introduce the sport to kids and discouraged adults.

Are you visiting Virginia? Check out these posts:

A Guide to the Virginia Beach Coast

A Guide to the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail

A Guide to Virginia Lighthouses