Best Campgrounds in Virginia

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Big Meadows Campground


Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 acres. It’s believed that American Indians cleared the area to create favorable…
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#2. Lake Robertson Campground


The 581-acre Lake Robertson Recreation Area lies at the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley at the foot of North Mountain. Early American Indians called this ridge Endless Mountain, and that’s the…
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#3. Pohick Bay Regional Park


Pohick was named by Algonquin Indians to aptly describe this area as the “water place.” With its marina, boat launch, and boat storage facilities, Pohick Bay Regional Park offers a year-round haven fo…
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#4. Todd Lake Recreation Area


Living just a half-hour’s drive from Todd Lake over the course of my 20 years as a Shenandoah Valley resident, I confess to having spent more time at this recreation area taking a dip in the 7.5-acre…
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#5. Mathews Arm Campground


Mathews Arm is the northernmost campground in Shenandoah National Park. While it has flushing toilets, it is the only Skyline Drive campground without showers or a camp store. But don’t let this disco…
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#6. Lake Fairfax Park


Lake Fairfax Park’s 476 wooded and open acres are tucked away in a unique, high-end planned community in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Reston was conceived as a spacious urban area with a rural feel…
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#7. Burke Lake Park


Entering Burke Lake Park from Ox Road in Fairfax County, the first impression you’ll have is of the park’s 18-hole golf course and driving range. Keep driving, however, as the park’s main road winds a…
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#8. Bull Run Regional Park


Bull Run Regional Park offers many things to those looking for some fresh air and respite from Northern Virginia gridlock. Civil War enthusiasts, however, will readily identify Bull Run with the two b…
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#9. Wolf Gap


Wolf Gap is a rustic campground on the Virginia–West Virginia border. Hike state line trails directly from the campground.…
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#10. Loft Mountain Campground


Loft Mountain Campground is located just off Skyline Drive in the southern section of Shenandoah National Park at mile 79.5. It is unique among the park’s other campgrounds in that it is located at th…
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#11. Twin Lakes State Park


Located near Farmville in a shady area of mature hardwoods, Twin Lakes State Park is named for Goodwin Lake and Prince Edward Lake. The two lakes were in separate racially segregated parks that began…
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#12. Smith Mountain Lake State Park


Just 35 miles from Roanoke is the 20,000-acre, 50-mile-long Smith Mountain Lake. It’s Virginia’s second-largest freshwater lake. Bass anglers come from far and wide to land the citation largemouth and…
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#13. Westmoreland State Park


Westmoreland State Park, located on Virginia’s rural Northern Neck peninsula, is best known for its views of the Potomac from the Horsehead Cliffs. Additionally, the park is positioned between the b…
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#14. Belle Isle State Park


Belle Isle State Park lies in Virginia’s Northern Neck, and its 733 acres represent a rare piece of public land on the lower Rappahannock River. (It should not be confused with the island that lies in…
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#15. Staunton River State Park


Staunton River State Park is located on a peninsula upstream from Occoneechee State Park at the narrow end of Buggs Island Lake, also known as the John H. Kerr Reservoir. The park and adjacent river a…
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#16. Douthat State Park


Scenic Douthat State Park has been deemed one of the nation’s top 10 state parks and honored with a Centennial Medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects. These 4,493 acres were part…
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#17. Claytor Lake State Park


Claytor Lake State Park lies on the 4,500-acre, 21-mile-long Claytor Lake. The lake was formed in 1939 with the damming of the New River, just south of Radford, by the Appalachian Power Company. The N…
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#18. Shenandoah River State Park


Just down the mountain from the northern entrance to Skyline Drive is the 1,604-acre Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park. This park, named for the late Virginia local delegate, lie…
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#19. Kiptopeke State Park


Kiptopeke State Park is located at the southern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, just 3 miles from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Separated from the “mainland” of the Old Dominion by the 20-mile br…
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#20. Cave Springs Recreation Area


Far out in the southwest corner of Virginia is an area known for coal production but largely overlooked by the rest of the state. Its topography of horizontal Appalachian Plateau sandstone identifies…
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