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Camping in West Virginia

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About West Virginia Camping

With over 40 state and national parks, West Virginia’s vast mountainous wilderness begs to be explored. In less than a day’s drive from the Mid-Atlantic’s urban corridor, you can be paddling in swirling whitewater, camping in pristine mountain forests, or stargazing in some of the clearest night skies in the East. It’s time to plan your trip camping in West Virginia!

West Virginia’s inspiring geology has been carved by some of the world’s oldest rivers. Experience these ancient natural forces up close by exploring the nation’s premier whitewater rafting location, New River Gorge. The New River Gorge National River, part of the United States National Park System, extends 53-miles in southern West Virginia. Along with some of the best paddling in the country, rock climbers flock to the 1,400 established climbs in the sandstone cliffs. 70,000-acres of wilderness offer free riverfront primitive camping spots, while campers who want more amenities can take advantage of several private campgrounds in nearby Fayetteville, WV.

If you find yourself camping in West Virginia’s New River Gorge in October, you might catch Bridge Day, the world’s largest extreme sports event. Cheer on BASE jumpers as they leap 900-feet from the top of the river’s bridge while you enjoy local food and craft vendors, live music, and great mountain views.

When planning a trip camping in West Virginia, don’t miss the chance to take in the views from West Virginia’s most famous landmark, Seneca Rocks. Located in the Monongahela National Forest, and renowned for its incredible beauty, this natural landmark rises nearly 900-feet above the North Fork River. Especially well-known in rock climbing circles, the impressive rock formation offers 375 of the most technical mapped climbing routes in the eastern United States. Non-climbers can take in the view from the top by lacing up their boots. The Seneca Rocks Hiking Trail climbs the observation platform and is a day hike suitable for all ages.

Facilities for tent and RV camping, rental cabins, and primitive campsites are available nearby. A local favorite, Seneca Shadows Campground, offers views of the rocks from your campsite, as well as modern facilities including flush toilets and picnic tables. No matter where your outdoor adventures take you in the Wild and Wonderful state, with The Dyrt you’ll find the best camping in West Virginia along the way!

Recent Reviews In West Virginia

921 Reviews of 281 West Virginia Campgrounds

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2021

Check the schedule before you book

We love it here most of the time it’s close to Morgantown so it’s perfect for university events. Really close to campus. They have full hookups & partial hookups. It is really just a parking lot in between two community centers and adjacent to Mylan Park with turf fields, a gazebo &…

Month of VisitNovember
Sterling Hill F.
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2021

Perfect Serene Riverfront Stay!!

We loved our stay at Sullivan’s. We stayed for a full week at their RV site with our 32ft camper trailer. Coming mid-week we enjoyed most of the campground to ourselves. A great place to unwind & enjoy nature. Host was great and made sure to send all the details, checked in with us mid week to…

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SiteRV site
Month of VisitNovember
Jeremy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2021

basic & free

there are bathrooms and tap water, but no electrical or showers. you park right next to your tent. you can walk down to the gauley river. you may see many white water rafters here for this reason.

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Month of VisitNovember
Marly U.
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2021

Beautiful Spot

Pretty limited space so get there early if you want a spot. Right near the River, which was beautiful.

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Month of VisitNovember
Emma T.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Love it

This was such a nice campground, so spacious and scenic. I will definitely stay again and explore more. Such great views for star gazing. Very convenient to the gauley.

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Month of VisitNovember
Emma T.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Gauley szn

Great 2 night stay on the mountaintop. Individual bathrooms were clean and close. Nice restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Rafted the new and the gauley. Next time I’m definitely zip lining.

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Month of VisitNovember
Laura E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Nice, wooded sites

We were only here for an overnight stay on our way to the Outer Banks. The sites are nicely distanced from each other and wooded. Some have electric hookups. The bath house and showers were clean, but a little run down. Overall a good experience. Clean and quiet.

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Month of VisitNovember
Jennifer O.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

Rustic & Wonderful

this is a young family owned and operated rustic camping with a great vision! Bridge Weekend Cancelled for 2021, but don't let that stop you. Wed. Oct. 13th, 2021, Chestnut Creek campground is hosting a fundraiser for an injured friend with a band playing on their newly built stage. arts and…

  • office
  • library & discs for disc golf
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Month of VisitNovember
Chris C.
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

This Was A Great Stay!!

We booked our stay a full TWO YEARS in advance, because we were staying here in order to visit the 24th World Scout Jamboree. The campy was absolutely overrun with Scouts from all over the world, and the owners and staff managed the situation admirably! They kept bathhouses clean (despite…

Month of VisitAugust
W
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2021

Great time

Had a blast very relaxing and to top it off beautiful view

Month of VisitNovember
E
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2021

A fall camping trip to remember

Wake up early and watch the sunrise at the overlook I’m telling ya! Also the bathrooms at the overlook are better maintained than the campground bathrooms plus the camp bathroom light didn’t work while we were visiting so it got a littttttle creepy after sunset. Overall great weekend.

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Month of VisitNovember
G
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2021

Off the beaten path

A very nice free CG in New River NP W Va. Probably about a dozen spots for RVs and/or tents. Most are on the loop on the way in. I got lucky and nabbed a spot my Taco and FWC fit comfortably. This spot is last on the way out before exit. Quiet and peaceful near creek/river with boat ramp. The only…

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Month of VisitNovember
S
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2021

Love Love Love this Campground!

We had the most amazing stay at Green Acres! The hosts were incredibly welcoming and warm. The campground is serene and beautiful while amazingly convenient to the New River Gorge, ghost town, area restaurants and tons of hiking. We plan on visiting and staying again when the rhododendrons are in…

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Month of VisitMay
A
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2021

DO NOT STAY HERE-UNSAFE

This is a beautiful campground BUT at dark we were surrounded by IMMENSE drug trafficking activity. We left IMMEDIATELY after someone drove INTO our campsite clearly drugged out, speaking nonsense. 911 was unable to help (very spotty service and disinterested dispatcher). We thought we found an…

Month of VisitNovember
K
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2021

Rhododendron Campground

The sites vary in size and setup. Some seemed rather small or awkward. Site 6 is huge and has plenty of flat area for a tent. Site 7 which is pictured is also pretty large. These two along with site 5 would be good for a group. They’re all close to the bathroom but site 5 has a cut through trail…

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SiteSites 6&7
Month of VisitNovember

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