Virginia's state parks, national parks and forests offer many camping experiences from primitive to family-friendly settings. Whether in the mountains or on the coast, you'll find breathtaking beauty at these campgrounds on protected lands. Plan your Virginia camping trip today and remember to leave no trace.
Virginia State Parks
Grayson Highlands State Park
Twenty-nine Virginia state parks offer camping with a total of more 1,800 campsites. Site sizes, configurations and amenities vary. Some parks provide sites with electric and water hook-ups, which tend to be larger to accommodate recreational vehicles and campers. Kiptopeke and Hungry Mother campgrounds offer sewer hook-ups. Most campgrounds are open from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December; primitive sites are available year-round. There are also many parks with cabins if that’s more your speed.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is an outdoor lover's dream, with several campgrounds in the park to give visitors easy access to the park’s hiking trails and other activities. 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.
The park is also open for primitive backcountry camping. 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 and experienced hikers enjoy multi-day backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Peaks of Otter Campground
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers campground areas from May through October; they're maintained by Park Rangers.
- 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 a 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 Historical 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 Historical Park. Pitch a tent at the Wilderness Road Campground a few miles from the park’s visitor center.
Prince William Forest Park
Prince William Forest 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.
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. 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.
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