Places to Camp near Buchanan, VA

Buchanan is an ideal place for camping adventures of all kinds. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Buchanan campgrounds just for you. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Buchanan and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Buchanan, VA (102)

    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA
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    1.

    Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA

    28 Reviews
    111 Photos
    140 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

    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway

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    Peaks Of Otter Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway

    20 Reviews
    87 Photos
    362 Saves
    Thaxton, Virginia

    Overview

    The Peaks of Otter Campground is nestled between the bases of two dominating mountains in the rolling hills of Virginia. Campers enjoy a rare serenity in this rustic setting. Relax, and leave your cares behind!

    Recreation

    The 24-acre Abbott Lake is one of the biggest attractions the Peaks of Otter Park has to offer. The lake is well-stocked with small mouth bass and bluegill. A crystal-clear mountain stream winds through the nearby picnic area. Numerous hiking opportunities range from demanding, scaling the area's high mountain peaks, to the moderate short, flat trail around Abbott Lake. Hikers are likely to stumble upon one of the mountain meadows, filled with wildflowers and migrating butterflies in the spring and a fantastic assortment of colors in the fall. Abundant wildlife like deer and wild turkey are spotted daily at the Peaks of Otter Campground, and many rare species of birds reside or migrate along the mountain ranges. Summer interpretive programs are provided for visitors to learn about the wildlife as well as the history of the area.

    Facilities

    The 24-acre Abbott Lake is one of the biggest attractions the Peaks of Otter Park has to offer. The lake is well-stocked with small mouth bass and bluegill. A crystal-clear mountain stream winds through the nearby picnic area. Numerous hiking opportunities range from demanding, scaling the area's high mountain peaks, to the moderate short, flat trail around Abbott Lake. Hikers are likely to stumble upon one of the mountain meadows, filled with wildflowers and migrating butterflies in the spring and a fantastic assortment of colors in the fall. Abundant wildlife like deer and wild turkey are spotted daily at the Peaks of Otter Campground, and many rare species of birds reside or migrate along the mountain ranges. Summer interpretive programs are provided for visitors to learn about the wildlife as well as the history of the area.

    Natural Features

    Three mountain peaks sitting atop a thick blanket of forest make up the Peaks of Otter-- a recreational oasis spanning acre upon acre of rolling landscape along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant are located within walking distance of the campground, as is the Sharp Top Country Store. Restaurant dining, grab-and-go meals, snacks, souvenir items, camping supplies, firewood, and ice are all readily available to campground patrons. The Johnson Farm, an old mountain farmstead restored and preserved to look as it did in the mid-1800s, is just a short walk away. Another restored historic structure, Aunt Polly's Ordinary, sits on the northeastern shore of Abbott Lake.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Jefferson National Forest Cave Mountain Lake Campground
    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.

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    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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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Douthat State Park Campground
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    Douthat State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
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    208 Saves
    Clifton Forge, Virginia

    Cabins

    To camp at Douthat State Park you must have with you either your reservation number(s) or confirmation letter at check-in. If you've arranged for someone else to check in for you, make sure that person has your reservation number as the number is needed to enter the cabin. All cabins are pet-friendly; there is a fee per pet per night. Camping and cabin guests should be prepared to show a valid ID if requested. Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m.

    Camping

    Douthat is known for delightful, inviting campsites and makes great camping near Richmond. Some offer a splendid view of Douthat Lake. Camping is available year-round in Whispering Pines campground. (Note: Water is unavailable at individual campsites from November through March because of freezing weather. As hot water is still available in the bathhouse, camping fees are not reduced.) The campgrounds are pet-friendly. Generators may not be used in any campgrounds.

    Lodges

    Please note that the cancellation fee for Douthat Main Lodge, Creasey Lodge and Beard's Mountain Lodge is higher than it is for cabins.

    Douthat Lodge (atop mountain): Six-bedroom, rents Saturday - Saturday

    This log lodge overlooks the park. It was built by the CCC. It sleeps 13 and allows 15. There are six bedrooms: one queen bed, one queen bed, one queen bed, four twin beds, two twin beds and one twin bed. It has a fireplace, two bathrooms, a washer and a dryer.

    Creasey Lodge (behind park's main office). Five-bedroom. Weekly rentals start on Friday when a week-long stay is required. Fully universally accessible.

    This one story wood-frame lodge is next to the park office. It accommodates up to 18 guests. There are five bedrooms: one queen bed, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds, two sets of bunk beds. It has a fireplace and three bathrooms.

    Beards Mountain Lodge: Six-bedroom, maximum occupancy is 16. Weekly rentals start on Sunday when a week-long stay is required.

    This frame-built facility is midway up the mountain and is universally accessible. It accommodates up to 16 guests. There are three bathrooms and six-bedrooms; queen, queen, two twins, two twins, two bunk beds, two bunk beds.

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

    $20 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge

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    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge

    13 Reviews
    37 Photos
    96 Saves
    Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge is a fantastic spot for families looking to have a blast near Natural Bridge Station, VA. This place is packed with activities and amenities that keep everyone entertained from dawn till dusk. The campground operates from April 1 to November 15, making it a great seasonal getaway.

    One of the standout features here is the range of activities for kids. During the summer, there are events every day from 9 AM to 9 PM, and the Halloween season brings weekend festivities, including a haunted trail that's a real scream. The park also boasts a pool, a lake, and a river where you can splash around or just relax by the water.

    For those who love a bit of adventure, the campground offers hiking trails and bike riding opportunities. There's also a carnival atmosphere with trick-or-treating, playgrounds, bouncy pads, a basketball court, and even gaga ball. If you're into water fun, the water play area with a waterslide and mini-golf during peak season is a hit.

    Camping options are diverse, with tent sites, RV spots, and cabins available. Some sites come with electric and water hookups, and there are bathhouses conveniently located for those without bathroom facilities in their campers. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is divided into different sections, with some areas closer to the main activities and others offering a bit more peace and quiet. Golf cart rentals are available if you want to zip around the park with ease.

    Overall, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge is a lively, family-friendly campground that promises a memorable stay with plenty of fun and relaxation. Whether you're here for the summer activities or the spooky Halloween events, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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

    $39 - $241 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Otter Creek Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    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
    136 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

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

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    Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA

    13 Reviews
    78 Photos
    135 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 Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground

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    Smith Mountain Lake State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    53 Photos
    315 Saves
    Penhook, Virginia

    Smith Mountain Lake Campgrounds' Site Types:

    Two-bedroom frame - Two bedrooms; wood frame; one queen bed; two singles; foldout couch; ceramic tile floors with carpeted bedrooms. Two-bedroom cabins have a bathroom with shower.

    Two-bedroom frame waterview - Two bedrooms; wood frame; one queen bed; two singles; foldout couch; ceramic tile floors with carpeted bedrooms. The two-bedroom cabins have a bathroom with shower.

    Three-bedroom frame - Three bedrooms; wood frame; two queen beds; two singles; foldout couch; ceramic tile floors with carpeted bedrooms. The three bedroom cabin has two bathrooms (one universally accessible shower; the other has a tub). The three-bedroom cabins are meant to sleep six. Eight are allowed, but this relies on the use of a fold-out sofa for the extra two people.

    Total cabins: 20

    Although the only fully universally accessible cabin in the park is cabin 7, numerous cabins, while not fully accessible, are better suited for customers having disabilities. Because of hilly terrain, all cabins other than cabin 7 have steps. Cabins 15, 17 and 19 have two steps, cabins 10, 13 and 20 have three steps, cabin 14 has four steps, and cabins 6, 12 and 18 have five steps. The remaining cabins are unsuitable for those with disabilities because of numerous steps or steep grades leading into the cabin.

    Bunkhouse

    Camping Lodge (bunkhouse) - no weekly requirement.

    The park has a camping lodge (bunkhouse), which is not a full service lodge, for rent. It's a two-room trailer with seven bunk beds ( five in one room and two in another), a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a coffee pot and air conditioning. It has no heating. The bunkhouse has a has a porch and a large covered deck with two picnic table, two other tables and eight chairs. It also has a charcoal grill and a fire ring. Smoking, portable heaters and cooking, except with the microwave oven, are not permitted in the lodge. There's a fire hydrant next to the lodge in the parking lot. Four vehicles are permitted with rental of the lodge; the daily parking fee must be paid for additional vehicles. RVs and trailers may not be parked in the bunk house parking lot; there's an overflow parking lot about 100 yards away.

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

    $20 - $40 / night

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    Middle Creek Campground

    8 Reviews
    38 Photos
    166 Saves
    Buchanan, Virginia

    Middle Creek Campground is located in central Virginia, tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just moments from the Appalachian trail, this campground is a desirable location for backpackers and thru-hikers alike. Whether you need a place to rest your aching feet, or if you need a weekend escape, you’ll enjoy sleeping in the shadow of Virginia’s Fork Mountain.

    There’s plenty to do near Middle Creek Campground; don’t forget the paddles and hiking boots! Bring your kayak for a whirl on the upper James River, bikepack the Blue Ridge Parkway (7mi away), or take the AT on for yourself. And when you’re ready to unwind, rest easy knowing that you can learn some history in the nearby town of Roanoke, or spend a lazy day casting a line close to your site.

    This campground has 30 sites with 30/50 amp hookups and water, though the campground is also home to a few sites with sewer connections too – so don’t hesitate to ask! Middle Creek has cabins on the premises, and can also accommodate tents, hammock campers, RVs, and even tour buses! You’re sure to fit right in.

    Come see why so many Virginia campers love spending their weekends at Middle Creek. Cell service and wifi are limited in this neck of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which only adds to the serenity. So “unplug, unwind, and get back to this beautiful natural world!”

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

    $20 - $85 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Bridge KOA
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    Natural Bridge KOA

    8 Reviews
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    23 Saves
    Natural Bridge, Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Buchanan, VA?

According to TheDyrt.com, Buchanan, VA offers a wide range of camping options, with 102 campgrounds and RV parks near Buchanan, VA and 5 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Buchanan, VA?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Buchanan, VA is Natural Bridge-Lexington KOA with a 4.6-star rating from 28 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Buchanan, VA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 5 free dispersed camping spots near Buchanan, VA.

What parks are near Buchanan, VA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 22 parks near Buchanan, VA that allow camping, notably George Washington & Jefferson National Forests and George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.