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About Virginia Camping

The place where the first permanent British colony in mainland North America was founded in 1607, Virginia is a state with an exceptional history and abundant natural attractions. From colonial towns and Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields to various Presidential Homes, including one that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, history is never far away when camping in Virginia. Nature, too, is an intricate part of Virginia’s state identity.

On the coast, you’ll find several state parks and wildlife refuges. Additionally, there are significant historic sites such as Colonial National Historical Park, which includes Historic Jamestown and the Yorktown Battlefield. Across Chesapeake Bay, a calm wave-less bay, lie popular Cape Charles and glorious Assateague Island National Seashore with its feral horses galloping along the beaches. All around Chesapeake Bay, extensive sand beaches and shallow water attract huge crowds of sunbathers and families camping in Virginia over Summer break.

More inland, rolling vineyards and horse farms characterize the Monticello American Viticultural Area, while the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains to the west has been praised in many a country song. It’s in this region, with its undulating forested hills, rocky outcrops, countless waterfalls and rich biodiversity, that you’ll want to go camping in Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park, protecting a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ crest, is an outdoor playground for hikers, cyclists, wildlife watchers and road trippers alike. The only road through the park is Skyline Drive, a world-class mountain road lined with trails, campgrounds, a couple of historic lodges, and more than 70 overlooks.

At the park’s southern entrance, Skyline Drive links up with the equally scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Connecting Shenandoah with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, its 469 miles make it the longest linear park in America. From historic homesteads and the Blue Ridge Music Center to viewpoints, hiking trails and waterfalls like Crabtree Falls, its numerous attractions, combined with free access, make this the most visited unit in the entire National Park Service system.

Other great destinations for camping in Virginia are the Allegheny Highlands, home to natural hot springs, and Grayson Highlands State Park featuring rock-strewn mountain meadows, panoramic vistas and wild ponies.

Recent Reviews In Virginia

2490 Reviews of 437 Virginia Campgrounds

Anthony I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2021

Super clean and run with pride.

We stayed 3 nights in cabin here, everything was very well maintained and very clean. The staff were very helpful and clearly had great pride in the facility.

  • we’ll maintained and sizeable dog park on the site.
Month of VisitNovember
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Cherrystone great place

Great location right on the beach. Outstanding views clean bathrooms

Siteclose to the beach
Month of VisitSeptember
Jason S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Peaceful and Nice

It is small, but the sites are nicely wooded and clean. Trash cans are everywhere and the bathrooms are generally clean.

Sitetent
Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Cozy

Very friendly and welcoming. Allowed us to camp one night since we were in transit. Waved the 2 night stay which was very kind.

SiteRiver side of the road.
Month of VisitDecember
Anthony I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Clean and convenient.

We stayed here for 1 night, to break up an 8-hour drive home from points south. The facility is very well maintained, the staff is very friendly and the location was convenient (1 mile off of 81). The campground does have a good bit of amenities, from a bowling alley, arcade, to a pool and a pond.…

  • Our site, and fire pit
  • Out pup keeping an eye on things as the big rigs pulled out.
SiteSite 8
Month of VisitDecember
Anthony I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

A perfect blend: natural setting, comfort & convenience.

Stayed here for 2 nights, the location is wonderful, many sites front the lake, which could be rather cold, although they provide such lovely surroundings.  Waking up to sunrise over the water, as the cold air turned to mist over the warmer water was pretty spectacular. Each site was comfortable,…

  • Our rig, set up at the end of November, hit the high teens at night.
  • A lovely site on the lake, ours (Loop C, site &) overlooked the swimming beach and was just about 300 feet from the bathhouse.
  • Our pup really enjoyed waking up to sunrise over the lake, so did we.
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SiteLoop C, site 7.
Month of VisitDecember
m
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

So many restrictions

Pretty site and well maintained. Bathrooms very clean. But really not dog friendly….no dogs allowed signs posted all over and no where to really walk or hike due to private camping areas/roads. Campsites are pretty close together. Good for a night passing through, but I wouldn’t stay beyond that. …

Month of VisitDecember
m
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Beautiful

Such a peaceful place! Hardly anyone there when we went. Sites well spaced, grounds well kept. The hiking is outstanding. A gem of a place. Just be prepared for no Wi-Fi.

Month of VisitDecember
A
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Will definitely return!

Pros outweighed the cons.

Good: Staff was amazing! Trash pickup daily. Level sites. Nice little general store. 9-hole disc golf course. Dog park and playground centrally located. Quiet. Close to shopping, restaurants, etc.

Bad (if they can be called “bad”): We were excited about cable and wi-fi…

  • This visitor came by daily.
Site42
Month of VisitDecember
RL The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Perfect Fall Colors

The end of October in this part of the state is gorgeous and the weather is perfect. Westmoreland is always nice to hike around (Fossil Beach) and Montross is a cute little town.

Very family-friendly activities for Halloween!!!

Clean bath houses, many wooded sites.

Month of VisitNovember
RL The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Buddy Site

We rented the buddy site this summer, which was actually three very close together sites that have been grouped together to become a buddy site. Typically group sites have large spaces and lots of room to gather around a fire but with it being three sites, the picnic tables, firepits, and tent pads…

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Sitegroup/buddy
Month of VisitAugust
RL The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Hideaway!

Terrific campsite we found on HipCamp. Super close to a few different beaches. The bug screen and hammock that are part of the site was so appreciated. Also, having a shower was great - it felt like we were glamping!

Went in September. Biting black flies almost made the beaches unbearable but we…

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Month of VisitOctober
E
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

Quiet & peaceful

Everything you would want from a campground, just realized maybe I don’t have the right gear for November 😂 gps did take us to the wrong place twice, not sure if that was user error or a confused gps. Just FYI! Also host site did not have firewood like some sites said they would. Get wood from a…

SiteC14
Month of VisitDecember
NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2021

small, clean, organized, friendly staff

this is a small campground so close to the many attractions, restaurants and shopping area. campground is close to rail track, fast wifi

Site21
Month of VisitDecember
c
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021

Great little camp ground in the Northern Neck

As others have stated, sites are plenty long and patio areas quite large. Showers are separate from the bathrooms. Both are clean and well maintained. Verizon : 2 bars of LTE

Site01
Month of VisitDecember

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