Go Camping and RVing in Virginia

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    Camping at Bear Creek Lake State Park

    Camping in Virginia can be back-to-basics primitive, on well-developed tent sites with electric and water hookups, or on RV sites with resort-style amenities, such as cable TV!

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    Virginia welcomes you, your family, your friends and even your beloved pets to experience fresh air, woodlands, mountain streams, rolling surfs, wildflowers, star-studded skies, critters, crackling campfires and glowing marshmallows on a stick.

      


    Campgrounds in Virginia

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    Virginia State Parks

    Virginia State Parks, voted "America's Best," have campgrounds in 33 of its parks. They're open March 1 through the last weeks of December.

    Developed Campsites  

    Most campsites accommodate six people per site, and larger group camping areas are available, too. All developed campsites have water, picnic tables and grills, and they provide marked paths to bath houses and toilets.

    Primitive Hike-In / Canoe-In Sites  

    Primitive hike-in sites for backpackers are available at False Cape, New River Trail and Sky Meadows State Parks. If you prefer to canoe-in, go to Shenandoah River, Belle Isle and York River State Parks. Adventure calls!

    Outdoor Activities  

    Most Virginia State Parks offer hiking trails, fishing, playgrounds and picnic facilities. Some have bicycle trails, bridle trails and swimming pools, too. Most of them rent sports equipment needed for the particular park, such as boats, bikes and even the horses!

     

    National Parks in Virginia

    Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park  

    Open for primitive backcountry camping is Shenandoah National Park. Obtain 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 items that smell - food, fragrant soaps, toothpaste - must be bagged and dangled from a rope at least 10-feet up a tree. This kind of "roughing it" is suited for experienced campers only. 

    About 549 miles of the Appalachian 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 vistas. Many folks camp in the woodlands off the trail.

    Skyline Drive  

    Campgrounds along Skyline Drive include Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain and a group-only campground, Dundo. Park Rangers oversee all the campgrounds, which are recommended for families with little ones and less experienced campers.

    Blue Ridge Parkway  

    The Blue Ridge Parkway offers campground areas from May through October; they're maintained by Park Rangers. Visit ReserveUSA.com for reservations.

    • Peaks of Otter at MP 86 features 82 tent sites, 59 RV sites and 62 picnic sites. Amenities include camping supplies, trails, fishing, telephone and visitor center.
    • Rocky Knob at MP 167 features 81 tent sites, 28 RV sites and 72 picnic sites. Amenities include telephone, trails, fishing and a visitors center.

    Cumberland Gap National Historic Park  

    Trace the footsteps of Daniel Boone on the Wilderness Road and explore Gap Cave, a majestic underground cathedral, with Park Rangers, at Cumberland Gap National Park.

    Prince William Forest National Park  

    Prince William Forest National Park features tent and RV camping for six campers per site at its Oak Ridge Campground, which is open all year. Travel Trailer Village is for RVs only, and Turkey Run Ridge Group Campground is for seven or more campers per group. Chopawamsic Backcountry campsites are available with a permit.

     

    National Forests in Virginia

    people looking at Cascades Waterfall in George Washington National Forest

    George Washington and Jefferson National Forests  

    George Washington & Jefferson National Forests flow together along the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. About 2,000 miles of hiking trails, including 330 miles of the Appalachian 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 Sherando Lake Recreation Area, which features 65 family campsites as well as a sandy beach swimming area!

    Camping season is from April to the end of October. Reservations for developed campgrounds can be made online at ReserveUSA.com. Primitive sites and remote camping are also permitted.

     

     

    Virginia Campground Association

    If you've never camped, why not get some expert advise with the Virginia Campground Directory? Don't let inexperience rob you of delightful, inexpensive adventures in the great outdoors.

     

    KOA - Kampgrounds Of America - in Virginia

    Most KOAs are located near popular tourist attractions and feature family amenities such as heated swimming pools, safe hiking trails, beautiful natural surroundings as well as Internet access and telephones. KOAs are perfect for family reunions, too!

     

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    Bear Creek Lake State Park

    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park  

    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort has four resorts in Virginia - Luray, Natural Bridge, Gloucester Point and Emporia - featuring swimming pools, paddleboat, miniature golf, ballfield, playground and game rooms for the kids.

    The resorts have developed campsites for tents and RVs, and cabins nestled in beautiful settings, just like in the wilderness, but right around the bend is everything you might need, such as a supply store, laundromat and snack bar!

    Cherrystone Family Camp & RV Resort  

    Located on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, 300-acre Cherrystone has 700 shaded campsites as well as on-site trailer rentals and cabins, four swimming pools, and an 18-hole miniature golf course and clubhouse with video games.

    Bethpage Camp Resort Bethpage in Urbanna offers waterfront camping on the banks of the Rappahannock River near the Chesapeake Bay. Families enjoy large, level campsites with full hookups, 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 Resort
    A lakefront campground just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah Valley, Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort has full hook-up sites for tents, pop-ups and RVs. The Comfort Station features hot showers, restrooms and private dressing rooms.

    Kids especially enjoy the stocked trout ponds, where their catch is guaranteed and sold by the pound. Since you're 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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Last Updated: 6/10/2014 11:20 AM
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