Top RV Camping near Amherst, VA

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Best RV Camping Sites Near Amherst, VA (53)

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    1.

    Sherando Lake Campground

    33 Reviews
    171 Photos
    312 Saves
    Tyro, Virginia

    Overview

    Sherando Lake Recreation Area's Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination. It is situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known locally as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where visitors enjoy hiking, picnicking in the shade, fishing in the lakes, or swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach.

    Recreation

    The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water's edge, and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area of the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area. Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access - hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake. Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond.

    Facilities

    The 25 acre Lower Lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area with a sand beach, accessible ramp to the water's edge, and a beach bathhouse with changing and shower facilities. Fishing and boating are also available outside the designated swimming area of the lake. Fishing is in stocked trout waters during the spring and fall seasons. Visitors will need to have the appropriate Virginia fishing license, National Forest stamp, and trout stamp. Boats with gasoline motors are not permitted on the lower lake - electric troll motors, canoes, kayaks, or similar boats only. A hand-carry ramp is available for access to the lake adjacent to the parking area. Fishing only is available at the 7 acre Upper Lake. This lake is also stocked during the spring and fall seasons and the appropriate licenses are required. Boats are allowed, but there is no launch access - hand carry only. Parking is available at a small area below the group camp area and a walking trail will lead you to the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the upper lake. Hiking trails surround the area offering everything from a short walk around the lake on the Lakeside and Cliff Trails to a day hike up the mountain on the White Rock Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the more adventurous hiker, more challenging day hikes and backpacking trips are available by heading up the Blue Loop Trail to the Torry Ridge Trail to Bald Mountain and beyond.

    Natural Features

    The campground sits between Lower Sherando Lake and Upper Sherando Lake at an elevation of about 1,800 feet in the shadows of Torry Ridge. The Upper Lake is 7 acres and is fed by the waters of the North Fork of Back Creek. The Lower Lake is 25 acres and is fed by springs, the North Fork of Back Creek, and Williams Branch, so the water stays refreshingly cool all summer long.

    Nearby Attractions

    There are opportunities for gas, groceries, and firewood at convenience stores and local vendors along the state road to Sherando Lake. Ice can be purchased at the Sherando Lake Visitor Center during operating hours, which vary seasonally. Additional supplies can be obtained in Stuarts Draft, about a 15 minute drive away.The Blue Ridge Parkway, with its scenic overlooks and ridgetop views, is a short 3 mile drive up State Route 664 from the Sherando Lake entrance. The Wintergreen Resort offers a golf course and ski area within 10 miles of Sherando Lake. Cabin rentals are available near Sherando Lake from local private vendors.

    • Pets
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    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $32 / night

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    Devil’s Backbone Camp

    31 Reviews
    99 Photos
    269 Saves
    Nellysford, Virginia

    Devils Backbone Camp is a 73 site campground featuring full hook up RV sites, standard, non-electric RV sites and tent camping. Within walking distance to the Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, Devils Backbone Camp offers you a unique camping experience like no other. Spend the afternoon hiking on the AT trail, grab dinner at the brewpub, and play corn hole in the Meadows. Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the comfort of Devils Backbone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $55 / night

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    Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA

    28 Reviews
    111 Photos
    139 Saves
    Natural Bridge, Virginia

    Welcome to the Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA, a year-round campground nestled near the charming town of Natural Bridge, VA. This spot is a favorite among campers for its cleanliness and friendly staff. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or looking for a cozy cabin, this place has got you covered.

    One of the standout features here is the full range of hookups available, including electric, water, and sewer. If you're traveling with a big rig, you'll appreciate the easy pull-through sites, some of which come with patios. The campground also offers amenities like a small swimming pool, a game room, and a playground that kids absolutely love. Plus, there's a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that this campground is pet-friendly and even has a small dog park. And if you're into a bit of adventure, the nearby Safari Park is a must-visit. It's right next door and offers a unique experience that's fun for all ages.

    Visitors have mentioned that the WiFi is decent for basic browsing and posting, though streaming might be a bit of a challenge due to the remote location. The campground is shaded and has a pleasant atmosphere, although you might hear some road traffic at night.

    Overall, the Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA is a fantastic spot for a short stay or a stopover on your way to other destinations. With its friendly vibe, great amenities, and convenient location, it's no wonder campers keep coming back.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 / night

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    Crabtree Falls Campground

    20 Reviews
    51 Photos
    496 Saves
    Montebello, Virginia

    Welcome to Crabtree Falls Campground, a gem nestled near Tyro, VA. This spot is perfect for those who crave a mix of tranquility and adventure. The campground is known for its serene creekside sites, where the soothing sounds of flowing water create a calming atmosphere. While these sites don't have electric or water hookups, the trade-off is worth it for the peace and beauty they offer.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and accommodating host, who goes out of their way to ensure campers have a pleasant stay. The campground also has a small market, so if you forget any essentials, you can easily pick them up on-site. Pets are welcome, making it a great spot for families who want to bring their furry friends along.

    For those who prefer a bit more comfort, there are RV sites with full hookups available. Just be aware that maneuvering larger rigs might be a bit tricky, but manageable with some patience. The bathhouses are functional, though some visitors have noted they could use a bit of sprucing up.

    The nearby Crabtree Falls is a must-see, offering one of the best waterfall hikes in the southeast. The trail is accessible and provides stunning views, especially in the fall. It's a short trip from the campground, making it easy to explore without straying too far from your base.

    Whether you're here for the hiking, the peaceful creekside camping, or just to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, Crabtree Falls Campground offers a little slice of nature's paradise.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $28 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA
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    Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA

    13 Reviews
    78 Photos
    134 Saves
    Big Island, Virginia

    The famed Blue Ridge Parkway is right outside your door (or tent flap) at this KOA. Scenic hikes, waterfalls, caverns, ATV trails and historic sites lie within an easy drive down one of America's most picturesque roads, which winds along the backbone of the Appalachian Mountains. Highlights include Natural Bridge, the James River and Peaks of Otter near Bedford. Historic Lexington, Appomattox and Lynchburg keep history buffs enthralled. After a day exploring the area's beauty/heritage, this KOA offers you level RV sites, tent areas and Camping Cabins. Kids are delighted by free train rides and mini golf, hayrides and a catch-and-release fishing pond. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 80 feet. Your hosts: the Boswell family.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
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    Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway

    14 Reviews
    28 Photos
    135 Saves
    Big Island, Virginia

    Overview

    Otter Creek Campground is located at the Blue Ridge Parkway's lowest elevation, only 649 feet above sea level. Picturesque Otter Creek winds through this quiet, rustic campground. Night skies are spectacular here, and there are several nearby trails to hike including the Otter Creek Trail, which is accessible from the campground. Just imagine enjoying the crackle of an evening campfire with the murmur of the creek in the background! Relax....

    Recreation

    The James River/Otter Creek recreation area has fishing in Otter Lake and a number of hiking trails including Trail of Trees, Otter Creek, Otter Lake Loop, and James River Canal. Hike the Otter Creek Trail to James River Visitor Center. There visitors can view a restored canal lock from the Kanawha Canal, part of the historic James River transporation artery which was once the primary commercial route in the state of Virginia.

    Facilities

    The James River/Otter Creek recreation area has fishing in Otter Lake and a number of hiking trails including Trail of Trees, Otter Creek, Otter Lake Loop, and James River Canal. Hike the Otter Creek Trail to James River Visitor Center. There visitors can view a restored canal lock from the Kanawha Canal, part of the historic James River transporation artery which was once the primary commercial route in the state of Virginia.

    Natural Features

    This area's abundant water and warmer temperatures support plant and animal communities that are unlike those found at other areas on the Parkway. A short walk along the Trail of Trees or a hike along the clear, cool waters of Otter Creek will give ample proof that there is more to the Blue Ridge Parkway than mountain-top vistas.

    Nearby Attractions

    Otter Creek Trail (3.5 miles/5.6 km) parallels the Parkway road as it meanders from Otter Creek campground to the James River Visitor Center. Most sections of this trail are easy to hike and can be reached from many points along the motor road. Otter Lake Loop Trail (0.9 miles/1.4 km) provides scenic views of Otter Lake. This is also a good trail for watching wildlife. Look for beaver lodges and dams along tributary streams. Early morning and late evening are prime times for wildlife observations. Trail of Trees (0.4 miles/.6 km) begins near the James River Visitor Center and wanders through a shaded stream drainage. Trail signs identify many of the trees and shrubs of the river valley. This trail also affords a handsome view of the James River water gap, a rare geological feature. Canal Lock Trail (0.4 miles/.6 km) begins at the visitor center and crosses the James River on a walkway beneath the bridge. The restored Battery Creek Lock, located a short distance from the bridge, is typical of those constructed in the 1800s as part of the James River and Kanawha Canal. This canal, with nearly 100 locks, helped make the river a major transportation corridor before the Civil War. Exhibits at the Battery Creek site explain how locks were used to raise and lower boats to adjust for the changing elevation of the river.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins

    $30 / night

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    Misty Mountain Camp Resort

    36 Reviews
    55 Photos
    239 Saves
    Crozet, Virginia

    Misty Mountain Camp Resort offers a delightful, relaxing vacation at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near historic Charlottesville, Virginia. Whether you're looking for a private getaway, a group gathering, or fun with the kids, Misty Mountain Camp Resort is sure to meet your needs. Our scenic 50 acre park provides private sites nestled in the trees and a large recreational building with banquet seating to accommodate any large group.

    Explore nature trails, splash in our pool, sit by the creek, fish in our pond, play at several playgrounds, climb our hills, shoot hoops and spike the volleyball or pitch horseshoes, take a hayride, enjoy live music and dances, shop at our General Store, shoot pool and play video games, relax in solitude or join with new friends - the choice is yours and it's all at Misty Mountain Camp Resort!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $35 - $75 / night

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    Oronoco Campground

    12 Reviews
    18 Photos
    190 Saves
    Buena Vista, Virginia

    Welcome to Oronoco Campground, nestled in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests near Vesuvius, VA. This spot is a favorite among campers looking for a primitive, no-frills experience. The campground is free to use, which is a rare find in this part of the country.

    The campground offers around ten sites, each spaced out nicely to give you a bit of privacy. You won't find any electric hookups or drinking water here, so come prepared. There are pit toilets available, but don't expect showers or a sanitary dump station. Fires are allowed, so bring your own firewood since none is provided on-site.

    One of the standout features is the creek that runs through the area, adding a serene backdrop to your camping experience. The campground is also just a five-minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway, making it a convenient stop for those exploring the scenic route.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground can get busy, especially in the warmer months, and you might encounter some long-term campers. Despite this, many find the location peaceful and the natural surroundings beautiful. The lack of cell service can be a downside for some, but it also means you can truly disconnect and enjoy the outdoors.

    The trails around the campground are great for a bit of hiking, and the area is rich with wildlife, so keep an eye out. Just remember to pack out any trash you bring in to help keep this place clean and enjoyable for everyone.

    So, if you're looking for a simple, rustic camping experience with easy access to nature and some beautiful streams, Oronoco Campground is worth checking out. Just be sure to come prepared and enjoy the tranquility of this lovely spot.

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    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
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    Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground

    17 Reviews
    61 Photos
    137 Saves
    Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Overview

    Cave Mountain Lake Group Camp is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and welcomes visitors to enjoy the rustic beauty and peacefulness of the area. Easy access from the interstate and close proximity to historic Lexington and Natural Bridge State Park make Cave Mountain Lake an ideal destination. Cave Mountain Lake covers seven acres and was built in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, using existing natural rock buttresses to form the 35-foot dam. A grassy field extends from the lake's sandy beach to forested hills that paint a scenic backdrop.

    Recreation

    The 7 acre lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area which includes a sand beach. Fishing for youth only (ages 15 and under) is open from April 1st through June 15th, then fishing is open to anglers of all ages with a valid Virginia fishing license for the remainder of the season. There are several piers around the lake for better fishing access. A number of opportunities for photography, birding, and wildlife viewing are available along the trails and water's edge. Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to an all-day hike along the nearby ridges. The Panther Knob Trail starts beside the group picnic shelter and skirts the edge of the lake to the dam. Visitors may also enjoy a day hike or backpacking trip on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the James River Face Wilderness, or the Thunder Ridge Wilderness.

    Facilities

    The 7 acre lake offers opportunities for swimming in a designated area which includes a sand beach. Fishing for youth only (ages 15 and under) is open from April 1st through June 15th, then fishing is open to anglers of all ages with a valid Virginia fishing license for the remainder of the season. There are several piers around the lake for better fishing access. A number of opportunities for photography, birding, and wildlife viewing are available along the trails and water's edge. Hiking trails surround the area, offering everything from a short walk around the lake to an all-day hike along the nearby ridges. The Panther Knob Trail starts beside the group picnic shelter and skirts the edge of the lake to the dam. Visitors may also enjoy a day hike or backpacking trip on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the James River Face Wilderness, or the Thunder Ridge Wilderness.

    Natural Features

    Cave Mountain Lake covers seven acres and was built in the late 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, using existing natural rock buttresses to form the 35-foot dam. A grassy field extends from the lake's sandy beach to forested hills that paint a scenic backdrop.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (540) 291-2188.

    Nearby Attractions

    Lexington, Virginia, just 20 minutes away, is home to several historic sites including the Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall Museum, and the Virgnia Military Institute Museum. It's a charming town with horse drawn carriage rides through the streets. Ice and other sundries can be found at small stores along State Route 759 as you drive to Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area. Natural Bridge State Park is a short 8 mile drive away and offers visitors views of the 215 foot tall Natural Bridge and limestone gorge, 6 miles of hiking trails, a Monacan Indian village, and the 30 foot cascade of Lace Falls.

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    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $40 / night

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    Montebello Resort

    11 Reviews
    44 Photos
    60 Saves
    Montebello, Virginia

    Ready to truly get away from it all? We welcome you to unplug, unwind, and relax at Montebello Resort. Rental Cabins, Camping, Fishing, and a Country Store are all available at our mountain top resort.

    We are nestled high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just three miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Nelson County VA. Montebello means “beautiful mountain” and is a pristine hamlet tucked into the folds of Appalachia. Steeped in history and rich in charm, hearts are warmed and memories are made for all those who come to visit.

    Route 56, which winds and climbs up to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Montebello, was once an old Indian trail that connected present-day Nelson County with Steele’s Tavern in Augusta County two hundred years ago.

    Atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, and near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, Montebello is a beautiful gem that attracts visitors from around the world.

    Whether it’s camping, a cozy cabin retreat, apple and berry picking, wine tasting, trout fishing, hiking, biking, hunting, wildlife viewing, or just exploring, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $38 - $55 / night

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