Campground
Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2020

State Park Campground with Trails for Hikers, Bikers, and Horses

The campground at Staunton River State Park has lots of shade, water and electrical hookups, level sites, are not on top of each other, and… gravel sites. I understand the reason for gravel sites, but it is NOT good for tent campers, especially for campers that do not have freestanding tents. The first two attempts at driving tent stakes in resulted in bent stakes. Even though I said the sites are not on top of each other, they are still close enough that you do not get much privacy. The noise from other campers was fairly loud. Two units(e.g., camper+ tent) are allowed, but there is little room for anything, especially since campers are supposed to keep everything within the boundaries of the“timbers.” We got one of the largest sites, and it still was crowded. There was a fire ring with a grate, a picnic table, and two lantern poles, but again, everything was tight. Fitting two vehicles within the limits was nearly impossible. I know we weren’t supposed to set anything up outside the boundaries(please forgive us), but we set up our dining canopy and hammocks outside of the timbers. Despite the campsite limits, I still think this campground and the state park were great. There were many miles of trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. We rode our bikes along a couple of the trails, but we had to steer around horse poop(not always successfully). The trail itself was scenic at times when we rode by the river, and it was not too difficult. There are enough“bumps” for bikers to get their heartbeats jumping, but the trails are easy and moderate. Kayaking and fishing seemed to be two of the more popular activities. There is a boat ramp, and beside the boat ramp, there were several people fishing. Many kayakers came and went as we put our kayaks into the water. The one thing kayakers have to be aware of is the presence of speed boats. We got hit by passing boaters several times. Other activities at this campground/state park are disc golf, playing on the playground, tennis, and swimming. Unfortunately, the swimming area is closed for 2020 because of the pandemic. However, several people were swimming at the boat landing. When it is open, the swimming pool area is exceptional for a state park. There is a water slide and a really nice swimming complex. Staunton River State Park is also designated as an“International Dark Sky Park.” Unfortunately, we did not take advantage of that. After biking and kayaking all day and camp cooking during the evening, we were exhausted. There is no shortage of things to do, and I wish I could have stayed at least a couple more days. Overall, the park is a fairly nice place, but if you take a tent, make sure it is a freestanding tent.

  • Although you can put two units on the site, the sites are really small.
  • Despite what I said about the site being nice and big, it really was crammed.  I really think the site should have been a little larger.  The worst part was the hard packed gravel.
  • Nice swim area but not open for 2020
  • Nice tennis court but not open for 2020
  • Campers were packed in.
  • Visitor's Center
  • Playground
  • My son and I enjoyed the bike trails.  Here he is adjusting the chain on his bike.
  • The biggest attraction for us was kayaking on the river.
  • The laundry is next to the bath house.
  • Bath House Interior
  • Showers were adequate
  • Bath House Exterior
  • Another Campsite
  • Here we are getting ready to go kayaking on the river.
  • Fishing is another popular activity at Staunton River State Park.
  • There was an old historic barn behind the visitor's center.

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