About Virginia Camping
Camping in Virginia can be back-to-basics primitive, on well-developed tent sites with electric / water hookups or on RV sites with resort-style amenities, such as cable television, wireless internet and all the typical resort amenities you'd expect!
So, whatever you love in a camping trip, 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, campground critters, crackling campfires and glowing marshmallows on a stick.
Virginia By Region
The northern Virginia area extends from the Washington, DC area down to Fredericksburg in the south, to Front Royal in the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the east. This area includes such popular destinations as the Nation’s Capitol – Washington D.C. – historic Civil War sites in Manassas, Leesburg, Culpepper and Fredericksburg. Front Royal is the launching point for travel on Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park and for access to rafting, canoeing and fishing along the Shenandoah River.
Running down Interstate 81 from Winchester in the North to Roanoke in the South, the beautiful valley is home to recreation of all kinds as well as many historic and scenic towns including Luray, New Market, Staunton, Lexington, Clifton Forge and Natural Bridge. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, numerous caverns, and Virginia apple country are other highlights on the Valley.
From Roanoke in the north to the North Carolina and Tennessee borders in Southern Virginia, this area is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The area features numerous hiking, fishing, unique towns and communities, scenic drives and great camping. Nearby is the Bristol (TN) Speedway. Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg and historic and picturesque Wytheville are also in this area.
Central Virginia extends from Luray and Richmond all the way through the middle of Virginia to the North Carolina border. The state capitol of Richmond, the capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War, also is home to the Richmond Speedway. Charlottesville, a quaint historic city is the home of the University of Virginia and is nearby Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson and one of America’s iconic leaders. The area also includes Lynchburg and Petersburg, both important communities today and historic Civil War areas. Interstate 95, the major north-south corridor along the East Coast, runs along the eastern edge of Central Virginia.
This area includes the Northern Neck of Virginia and the communities and campgrounds along the Chesapeake Bay. Aside from historic areas, the area beaches, fishing, boating, clamming and other outdoor summer activities are popular. Communities in this region include Tappahanock, Reedville, Urbana and Gloucester.
Best known for Williamsburg, the cradle of American democracy, and Jamestown, the area is one of the major tourism hubs in the state. From Busch Gardens amusement park to water parks, discount shopping malls, Historic Williamsburg and Jamestown, to the major naval installations in Norfolk and Portsmouth, to the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, this area is filled with exciting activities and points of interest for all ages.
The Eastern Shore is well known for its quiet rural environment running south from Delaware and Maryland with the Chesapeake Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Chincoteague National Seashore and Cape Charles are two highlights in this area. Fishing, boating, clamming and other water activities are major recreational features along the Eastern Shore.
Some Things to Keep in Mind About Camping in Virginia
RVers and campers are encouraged to make advance reservations to avoid disappointment. Holiday periods, race weekends and local special events and festivals are busy periods for all RV parks and campgrounds and advance reservations are recommended.
Many campgrounds in Virginia offer seasonal campsites for RVs and park models. Please check with the campgrounds in the area that you are interested in to see if they have seasonal campsites.
Spring, Summer & Fall Camping
These are obviously the most popular time to camp in Virginia. Fall camping, is a very busy time especially during late September and October when the leaves are changing along the Skyway Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway and other mountain areas throughout the state. Halloween weekends in mid to late October are also quite busy with families enjoying a last Fall camping weekend.
Many campgrounds in Virginia, especially those located along major interstate highways and in popular tourism and vacation areas remain open year round. If you are camping in Virginia between November and April, it’s a good idea to double check with campgrounds along the way to be sure they are open.
There are 33 state parks throughout Virginia that offer campgrounds with varying levels of services for RVers and other campers. Please check www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks for information.