Boasting nineteen national park service areas, thirty-eight state parks, twenty-four state forests, and numerous private campgrounds, the state of Virginia has amazing camping destinations in abundance. From the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, there are plenty of places to choose from for a memorable, fun, and exciting camping trip for people of all ages, no matter what type of setting campers are looking for. There are backcountry and primitive campsites, campgrounds with numerous modern comforts, pet-friendly sites, and RV sites with full hookups throughout the state.
1.Big Meadows Campground
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The Big Meadows Campground is situated within the Shenandoah National Park in Stanley, Virginia, conveniently located near several of the park’s popular hiking trails and major facilities. There are three waterfalls within walking distance of the campground as well. In addition to the individual campsites at the Big Meadows Campground, group campsites area available as well and are able to be reserved in advance up to one year out, along with bathhouses with toilets and hot showers. The pet-friendly campground is also near The Meadow, which is an expansive open area in the park featuring abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Skyline Dr, Stanley, VA 22851, Phone: 540-999-3500
2.Blowing Springs Campground
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Located in Warm Springs, the Blowing Springs Campground amazes visitors with the phenomenon from which it gets its name. The area is home to a unique geological feature that creates an air duct out of rocks, blowing air at a constant of fifty-eight degrees, which may be pleasant for visitors camping during the summer or during chilly fall evenings. The lower part of Blowing Springs is primarily a spacious grassy area offering abundant room for campers to spread out, while the upper portion of the campground features small tent campsites within a wooded setting. There’s also water and vault toilets provided.
7698 Mountain Valley Rd, Warm Springs, VA 24484, Phone: 540-839-2521
3.Bolar Mountain Recreation Area
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The Bolar Mountain Recreation Area offers a great getaway destination for a fun camping trip on the shores of Virginia’s Lake Moomaw. Within the boundaries are a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities, such as camping, volleyball, hiking, fishing, and a playground for children. Campsites here are divided among three loops, with the first loop containing several campsites with hookups for electricity. The campground in the Bolar Mountain Recreation Area also includes shower facilities, flush toilets, drinking water, campfire rings, lantern posts, and picnic tables. Sunbathing, water skiing, canoeing, and boating are popular acitiviteis at the lake.
756 Twin Ridge Dr, Warm Springs, VA 24484, Phone: 540-839-2521
4.Cave Mountain Lake Campground
Nestled within the beautiful and scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, the Cave Mountain Lake Campground offers a peaceful and rustic setting for an ideal camping getaway in Virginia. The campground is within close proximity to the Natural Bridge State Park and historic Lexington, and is easily accessible from the interstate. Cave Mountain Lake consists of twenty-eight campsites that can be reserved in advance and thirteen sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite includes a campfire ring and grill, lantern post, and a picnic table, and campground amenities offered include a bathhouse featuring showers with warm water.
811 Cave Mountain Lake Rd, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579, Phone: 540-291-2188
5.Cherrystone Family Camping Resort
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The Cherrystone Family Camping Resort is located in Cape Charles, Virginia and is considered to be one of the best resorts for family camping within the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. At the resort, guests will find more than three hundred acres along the natural waterfront of Chesapeake Bay, as well as more than seven hundred campsites, many of which are shaded by huge trees. The property features hundreds of campsites, cabins, a beautiful sandy beach, five swimming pools, camper rentals, a large dog park, four fishing piers, a dog beach, cafe and lounge, and a general store.
1511 Townfield Dr, Cape Charles, VA 23310, Phone: 757-331-3063
6.Christopher Run Campground
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Situated next to Lake Anna in Mineral, Virginia, the Christopher Run Campground features more than two hundred campsites, many of which include hookups for electricity and water. Campers can rent paddle boats, rowboats, and canoes during their stay or bring their own and use one of the six on-site boat ramps. The campground is also good for kids and guests who enjoy sports and games, offering a playground, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball courts, and volleyball courts. Other amenities at Christopher Run include picnic shelters, a game room, a camp store, camper cabins, a pavilion, bath house, and a laundry facility.
6478 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117, Phone: 540-894-4744
7.Crabtree Falls Campgrounds
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The pet-friendly Crabtree Falls Campground is just off of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near Tyro, Virginia and Wintergreen Resort. Set along the banks of the Tye River, the campground is just a short walk from its namesake feature of Crabtree Falls, the highest waterfall cascades anywhere east of the Mississippi River. Guests will find several options for camping at Crabtree Falls, including cabins, RV campsites, and tent campsites. Campground amenities include a recreation room, a camp store, a playground, a laundry room, and a heated bathhouse. Guests with dogs may need to bring proof of rabies vaccinations.
11039 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA 22976, Phone: 540-377-2066
8.Fredericksburg - Washington DC South KOA Holiday
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The Fredericksburg/Washington DC South KOA Holiday campground is a centrally-located camping destination designed with the entire family in mind. Easily accessible from Interstate 95, the campground offers a peaceful setting for camping getaways, as well as amenities, such as high-speed wireless internet and a swimming pool. Guests will also find a wide variety of things to do nearby, especially for history buffs. Washington, DC, with all its historical landmarks and museums, is a short train ride away, or campers can choose to join a guided tour from Fredericksburg. Kings Dominion is also just a short drive away.
7400 Brookside Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22408, Phone: 540-898-7252
9.George Washington And Jefferson National Forest
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are home to miles of streams, a large portion of the country’s Appalachian Trail, and serve as a mecca for numerous outdoor activities. Bass fishing and kayaking are popular activities at Sherando Lake, and the millions of acres of wilderness offer miles upon miles of hiking trails. Camping is also quiet an easy activity to find in the two national forests, which include both all-inclusive and primitive campgrounds within the boundaries and around the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. In fact, there are more than forty campgrounds available, divided up into eight different camping districts.
5162 Valleypointe Pkwy, Roanoke, VA 24019, Phone: 540-265-5100
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10.Grayson Highlands State Park
The Grayson Highlands State Park Campground provides several basic campsites, offering power at sites, however, no water between March and November. There also aren’t any bathrooms. What the campground may lack in amenities, it makes up for in gorgeous views. The park serves as a gateway to the highest peak in the state of Virginia, Mount Roger, as well as an entrance to the famed Appalachian Trail. As such, campers can bike, hike, or even ride their horse along the miles of trails. Visitors may also come across a variety of interesting wildlife that roam throughout the area, including wild ponies.
Grayson Highland Ln, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363, Phone: 276-579-7092
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The Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach is the closest campground to the city’s resort area, as well as located within close proximity to several popular nearby attractions. In addition to its convenient location, the campground also provides a wide array of activities and amenities to make stays even more comfortable and enjoyable for guests. Amenities at the Holiday Trav-L-Park include a trolley to the beach, a bike path, beach parking, laundry facilities, the Safari Cafe, comfort stations, a dog park, two convenience stores, and the Holiday Food Mart. Campsites range from basic sites to RV supersites and full hookups to air-conditioned cabins.
1075 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 866-849-8860
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Located in Sugar Grove, the Hurricane Campground is perhaps one of southwest Virginia’s best kept secrets. Set next to a mountain stream, beneath the shade of rhododendron and hemlock, Hurricane Campground provides a tranquil setting for anyone wanting an outdoor adventure, as well as those who are just looking for a place to relax. Access to several trails can be found at the campsites, including the Hurricane Knob Trail and the famous and scenic Appalachian Trail, which extends over two thousand miles, across fourteen states. Every campsite includes a campfire ring, a picnic table, and a lantern pole.
2021 Hurricane Campground Rd, Sugar Grove, VA 24375, Phone: 276-783-5196
13.Loft Mountain Campground
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Located in Elkton, Virginia, the Loft Mountain Campground is situated around mile 79 along Skyline Drive and is the Shenandoah National Park’s largest campground. Set on top of Big Flat Mountain, the campground boasts spectacular vistas to the west and to the east. With views of the Virginia Piedmont, the Shenandoah Valley, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the campground doesn’t disappoint. Trails leading into the park’s Big Run Wilderness area and two waterfalls are also within close proximity to the Loft Mountain Campground. There is plenty of wildlife to see and wilderness to explore for campers of all ages.
Skyline Drive, Elkton, Virginia 22827, Phone: 434 823-4675
14.Misty Mountain Camp Resort
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The Misty Mountain Camp Resort offers a variety of activities for guests to partake in during their stay, such as going swimming in the resort’s outdoor pool, playgina games in the recreation room, fishing in the pond, teaming up for volleyball or basketball tournament, and much more. Located in Glenwood, Virginia, this 50-acre campground and RV park features a mix of primitive tent campsites, electric and water campsites, camping cabins, and RV sites. Set at the foot of Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Misty Mountain Camp Resort is also close to more than thirty vineyards and wineries.
56 Misty Mountain Rd, Greenwood, VA 22943, Phone: 540-456-6409
15.Natural Bridge - Lexington KOA Holiday
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The Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA Holiday campground is nestled deep within the middle of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, a place where natural beauty, culture, and history meet. Surrounded by more than fifty-eight thousand National Forest acres and situated between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains, the campground offers an excellent home base for exploring the natural scenery and outdoor adventures of the region. The rural and wooded campground itself offers several amenities for campers, including a gift shop, a convenience store, a game room, a swimming pool, and planned activities. Papa John’s pizza can even be delivered to campsites.
214 Killdeer Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578, Phone: 540-291-2770
16.New River Trail State Park
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New River Trail State Park offers plenty to do during the day, such as horseback riding, fishing, biking, and hiking, however, numerous outdoor enthusiasts choose to stay overnight in the campground for an even longer outdoor adventure near Max Meadows, Virginia. All along the trail are primitive sites, but for campsites with a bit more comfort to them, visitors should consider camping in the Millrace and Cliffview campsites, which include picnic tables, lantern posts, and fire pits. Visitors can also rent bikes and canoes. The Baker Island Double Shoals campsites are designed for more rugged camping, focusing on the natural landscape.
116 Orphanage Dr, Max Meadows, VA 24360, Phone: 276-699-6778
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17.North Bay Shore Campground
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The North Bay Shore Campground is a family-oriented campground situated along the canals of Virginia Beach that lead into the North Bay. Catering more to families, the campground offers several different amenities and activities that can be enjoyed by campers of all ages. There’s a a seasonal, kid-friendly swimming pool and a playground with play-sets, swings, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. The recreation room offers cable television, ping pong, air hockey, pool, and foosball. Other activities include fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Many of the sites are located along the waterfront, allowing for fishing right from the campsite.
3257 Colechester Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, Phone: 757-426-7911
18.North Bend Park & Campground
The North Bend Park and Campground is situated on the grounds of the John H. Kerr Reservoir, Boydton, Virginia. This fifty thousand-acre lake is surrounded by over eight hundred miles of cove-studded, wooded shoreline that campers can spend hours exploring. The campground consists of nearly 250 water/electric hookup sites and primitive campsites near or on the lakefront. There are also centrally located bathhouse facilities with toilets and hot showers. While pets aren’t allowed on the beaches, they are allowed in the campground and on the walking trails. Biking is also permitted on the trails around the North Bend Campground.
64 N Bend Dr, Boydton, VA 23917, Phone: 434-738-0059
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19.North Landing Beach Campground
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Another campground in the Virginia Beach area, the North Landing Beach Campground offers waterfront tent camping, RV camping, and camper cabin rentals with amazing views along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Younger campers will particularly enjoy the water balloon launch stations and renovated swimming pool at the campground, as well as Icees from the Full-Service Deli. Other amenities at the North Landing Beach Campground include a private beach, picnic areas, complimentary Wi-Fi, kayak and canoe rentals, a playground, laundry facilities, shower facilities, a boat launch, and more. There are also two pavilions available to rent, including one with a movie screen.
161 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457, Phone: 757-426-6241
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20.Peaks of Otter Campground
The Peaks of Otter Campground is situated between two dominating mountain bases within Virginia’s rolling hills near Bedford. Campsites here are shaded by umbrellas of thick trees and include fire rings with grills, lantern poles, and picnic tables. The campground also provides modern amenities, such as a dump station, drinking water, and flush toilets. There’s almost always a campsite available at Peaks of Otter, with more than sixty sites offered with advance reservation and nearly eighty available on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the park’s biggest attractions is the 24-acre, well-stocked Abbott Lake, offering fishing opportunities for bluegill and smallmouth bass.
10454 Peaks Rd, Bedford, VA 24523, Phone: 540-586-7321
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21.Pocahontas State Park
Pocahontas State Park is located about twenty minutes from Richmond, Virginia and offers several campsites with hookups for water and electricity, as well as grills and picnic tables at all campsites. Amenities available to campers in the Pocahontas State Park campground include restroom facilities with hot showers, as well as laundry facilities and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can also rent canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and rowboats, during the warmer months of the year. In addition to camping, the park provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Visitors can bring their own boat for a fee.
10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832, Phone: 804-796-4255
22.Shenandoah National Park
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The Shenandoah National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who love backcountry camping, as the park is full of primitive sites. In fact, there are very few park areas that are off-limits for overnight visitors, providing campers with abundant opportunities to truly discover the amazing wildlife and scenery of Virginia. It’s important to note, however, that backcountry camping here isn’t for beginners and there are several developed campgrounds in the area. One of the most popular activities in the Shenandoah National Park is hiking the more than five hundred miles of trails and exploring overlooks.
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835, Phone: 540-999-3500
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23.Sherando Lake Recreation Area
The Sherando Lake Recreation Area George Washington National Forest near, Lyndhurst, is known by locals as the “jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” Visitors can have a picnic in the woody and shaded area, relax lakeside on the beach, hike along multiple trails, discover rustic architecture, fish in the spring-fed lake, and camp overnight in one of sixty-five family campsites or one of the group camping areas. Amenities in the campground include a dump station, showers, flush toilets, and drinking water, while swimming facilities include a bathhouse, warm showers, a shaded grassy area, and a sandy beach.
96 Sherando Lake Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952, Phone: 540-291-2188
24.Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park
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The scenic and peaceful Walnut Hills Campground and RV Park provides an ideal base camp for visitors to explore the Shenandoah Valley and all of its cultural, historical, and outdoor resources. While the RV park and campground may be large, the campsites are spaced out wide enough that the grounds feel a bit more like a smaller property. Amenities at Walnut Hills include digital cable television and wireless internet at most of the sites, a large lending library. There is also a swimming pool, a fishing lake, a GaGa Ball Pit, volleyball, horseshoes, and a disc golf course.
484 Walnut Hills Rd, Staunton, VA 24401, Phone: 540-337-3920
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25.Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of Natural Bridge
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of Natural Bridge is set along the banks of the scenic James River, tucked away in the amazing Shenandoah Valley of Virginia between Interstate 81 and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests can choose from an array of camping options, including tent camping, cottages, family lodges, and cabins. The fun, safe, and clean campground also offers a variety of activities and amenities, such as jumping pillows, playgrounds, tubing, canoeing, swimming, a lake with its own beach, miniature golf, fishing, a swimming pool, spray playground, water slides, planned activities, themed weekends, and much more.
16 Recreation Ln, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579, Phone: 540-291-2727
25 Best Camping Spots in Virginia
- Big Meadows Campground, Photo: National Parked/stock.adobe.com
- Blowing Springs Campground, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Bolar Mountain Recreation Area, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- Cave Mountain Lake Campground, Photo: AlessandraRC/stock.adobe.com
- Cherrystone Family Camping Resort, Photo: Cherrystone Family Camping Resort
- Christopher Run Campground, Photo: Christopher Run Campground
- Crabtree Falls Campgrounds, Photo: Crabtree Falls Campgrounds
- Fredericksburg - Washington DC South KOA Holiday, Photo: Fredericksburg / Washington DC South KOA Holiday
- George Washington And Jefferson National Forest, Photo: Alisha/stock.adobe.com
- Grayson Highlands State Park, Photo: Alisha/stock.adobe.com
- Holiday Trav-L-Park, Photo: Holiday Trav-L-Park
- Hurricane Campground, Photo: Dmitry Naumov/stock.adobe.com
- Loft Mountain Campground, Photo: Yura Yarema/stock.adobe.com
- Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Photo: Misty Mountain Camp Resort
- Natural Bridge - Lexington KOA Holiday, Photo: Natural Bridge / Lexington KOA Holiday
- New River Trail State Park, Photo: ME Image/stock.adobe.com
- North Bay Shore Campground, Photo: North Bay Shore Campground
- North Bend Park & Campground, Photo: bilanol/stock.adobe.com
- North Landing Beach Campground, Photo: North Landing Beach Campground
- Peaks of Otter Campground, Photo: Prostock-studio/stock.adobe.com
- Pocahontas State Park, Photo: studiodr/stock.adobe.com
- Shenandoah National Park, Photo: Billy McDonald/stock.adobe.com
- Sherando Lake Recreation Area, Photo: Voyagerix/stock.adobe.com
- Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park, Photo: Walnut Hills Campground & RV Park
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of Natural Bridge, Photo: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park of Natural Bridge
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