Best Camping in Virginia

Camping in Virginia

Virginia has it all - steep mountains, rolling hills, expansive forests, and coastal life. Here are some options as you plan a camping trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah Valley, Chesapeake Bay, or Virginia's Atlantic coast.

See a map of all camping in Virginia.

Virginia State Parks

Many parks have educational programs, tours, as well as opportunities for various recreational activities.

  • Fairy Stone State Park is close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and houses water recreation activities like canoeing, swimming, paddle boats, and kayaks.
  • Smith Mountain Lake State Park is located on the north shore of Virginia’s second-largest freshwater lake. This park is a favorite for anglers and water sports enthusiasts.
  • First Landing State Park is Virginia’s most visited state park because you can pitch your tent or park your RV where the first English colonists landed. Enjoy 20 miles of trails and over a mile of beach shoreline at the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Douthat State Park is for campers who enjoy mountain views and fishing. Anglers looking for trout can bring their spin-rod (50-acre lake) or their fly-fishing rod (over four miles of streams).
  • Grayson Highlands State Park is perfect for campers who want to experience scenic views of Virginia’s two highest mountains, waterfalls, and some of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Kiptopeke State Park is great for bird-watchers (unique migratory bird habitat) and fishermen. Enjoy educational presentations, bike trails, hiking trails, and a playground.

National Parks in Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is only seventy-five miles from Washington, D.C. Adventurers can enjoy Shenandoah camping as they can experience over 200,000 acres of protected wildlife, including deer and black bears. There are also miles of trails, waterfall-views, and seasonal songbirds.

There are five campgrounds at Shenandoah National Park: Mathews Arm Campground, Big Meadows Campground, Lewis Mountain Campground, Loft Mountain Campground, and Dundo Group Campground where no RVs are permitted.

Prince William Forest Park is near the coast and has two campgrounds: Oak Ridge Campground and Prince William Forest RV Campground both have RV sites.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park spans three states, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. With over 80 miles of hiking trails, visitors can get some exercise while learning about the park's history. Wilderness Road Campground is located within the park boundaries and offers partial hookup and dry camping sites.

Free Camping in Virginia

You can camp for free at national forests and some of Virginia's state parks offer backcountry (primitive, hike-in) camping. Other free options for camping in Virginia can be found along the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Learn more about free camping in Virginia.

RV Parks in Virginia

Privately-run RV parks are a great option for those who want more amenities than those found at publicly run campgrounds.

Learn more about RV Parks in Virginia.

Virginia National Forests

George Washington National Forest and Jefferson National Forest offer tent and RV camping options at several on-site campgrounds. Many hiking and scenic opportunities are in the forest, including the Appalachian Trail, Virginia Creeper Trail, and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

No matter your Virginia camping destination, one thing is certain: Be sure to bring your hiking boots and a camera! Over 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail winds through Virginia, including the picturesque McAfee Knob, the most photographed spot on the trail.

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Recent Virginia Campground Reviews

Amelia Court Hse, VA

Amelia Family Campground

Dec 06, 2021

"It was ok, but made us uncomfortable. but we left early. "

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We paid for 4 nights, left one night early. They have a no guns rule on their rule sheet. However one neighbor was doing open carry. He had some anger issues, not with us but I overheard. Just didn’t feel comfortable. So solved the problem by leaving. We are not anti gun at all. Just don’t feel that packing and drinking in a...
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Paul Petersen
1 review
Dec 05, 2021

"Had the place to ourselves in December"

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First come, first served was no problem in early December. No other trailers or RVs over the weekend (only a couple tenters braving the weather). Many of the sites are for tents only. Many of the RV compatible sites have the wrong entry angle if you follow the arrows/signs. In winter, no water or dump station but lots of peace & quiet.

Byron Dillard
3 reviews
Dec 05, 2021

"Loved It. Very Beautiful in the Fall"

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Great Campground for a Fall visit. The Fall Foliage was stunning. The hiking was decent. Too cool for swimming in the lake. Sites are spaced out nicely. Good services. Our site was level and most seemed to be. Very Clean. The camp host takes good care of the area. Very quiet area. It was weird that they close the park at the end of October...
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Paul Roberts
9 reviews
Dec 05, 2021

"Easy stop for an overnight."

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While passing through Kentucky and Virginia in early December, we needed a place to stop for an overnight. The campgrounds I found were all closed for the season and it was getting dark. I found this place using Google Maps and it worked wonderfully for an overnight stay. It is a Welcome Center/Rest Area so it's not super quiet. But it's...
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Amy Pantone
1 review
Cape Charles, VA

Kiptopeke State Park

Dec 05, 2021

"Always amazing!"

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This is our second time visiting here. We love it because it has full hookups for our travel trailer. Sites are large with picnic tables and fire pits. Access to beaches (one specific for our dog) with very small waves for our younger children to enjoy. A playground and lots of trails to walk on! We love this place!

Lindsey Lapp
3 reviews