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We all know Virginia is for lovers, but did you know it is also an epic RV camping destination? Virginia offers a wide variety of destinations, including beach towns, mountain-side retreats and quiet country campgrounds. Below is our list of the 12 best RV parks in Virginia.
- 1 Best RV Parks in Virginia near the Beach
- 2 Best RV Parks in Central & Western Virginia
- 3 Best Virginia State Park RV Campgrounds
Best RV Parks in Virginia near the Beach
Chesapeake Bay RV Resort
Chesapeake Bay RV Resort is a 280-acre waterfront campground set along the banks of the beautiful Piankatank River, which flows directly to Chesapeake Bay. Piankatank River is perfect for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, crabbing and fishing. Excellent saltwater and freshwater fishing spots can be found within a quarter-mile boat ride from the resort. You’ll also find plenty of activity off the water. The resort features amenities, including a swimming pool, whirlpool hot tub, pickleball courts, dog park, playground, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, a game room and biking and hiking trails.
This RV resort has hundreds of full hookup RV campsites, as well as tent sites and rental cabins. As part of the Thousand Trails RV campground network, Chesapeake Bay RV Resort offers free nightly camping to club members. Read our complete guide to Thousand Trails to learn about benefits, membership options and the best way to purchase a membership.
Grey’s Point Camp
Another Thousand Trails campground, located near the Virginia coast, Grey’s Point Camp is one of the best RV parks in Virginia for a family vacation. Kids will particularly enjoy the sprawling water park with two twisting slides, splash zone and multiple swimming pools. Families can also enjoy the riverfront location by renting a canoe or kayak at the campground or swimming from the on-site beach. Campers also have access to a private ramp to launch their own boats.
The large RV park has a variety of pull-thru and back-in RV sites with full hookups. During seasons when it is not warm enough to swim, the park also offers many land-based activities. A beautiful sundeck over the river provides the perfect spot to have a picnic lunch or unwind with a glass of wine. Basketball courts, a playground, horseshoe pits and an outdoor fitness trail are all available for guests to enjoy.
North Landing Beach RV Park
Location: Virginia Beach
Situated on the border of the Mackey Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Landing Beach RV Park offers direct access to a 1,200-foot-long, private, sandy river beach. The location makes the resort a top destination for a variety water activities. Campers can launch small boats and access the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway through nearby inlets. The parks also offers kayaks, canoes and paddle boards for rent. Additionally, the riverfront campground also offers, swimming, fishing, crabbing and birdwatching. Marc Bromhall, founder of Beginner Surf Gear, often recommends the park to his water-loving clients.
The large campground offers a variety of pull-thru and back-in sites. All RV sites have full hookups. The many land-based activities and amenities include mini golf, a batting cage, volleyball, weekend movie nights, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, propane refills, firewood delivery and an on-site ice cream and pizza parlor. Outside of the RV park, travelers should check out the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Ocean Breeze Water Park and the Military Aviation Museum.
Tall Pines Harbor Campground
Tall Pines Harbor Campground, which sits just outside of the town of Saxis Island, features waterfront camping on Virginia’s eastern shore. Located just minutes from Chincoteague Island, the campground is nestled among the tall pines and the perfect place to park your camper or RV. There are plenty of water activities to keep families entertained all summer. A swimming pool and splash park are great for younger kids. Older kids and adults will enjoy the campground’s water trikes and kayak rentals. On land, campers also have access to a playground, jump pad, shaded picnic pavilion and a snack bar.
Tall Pines offers a variety of RV sites, including long pull-thru sites and premium waterfront sites that back-up right onto the Pocomoke Sound. Most campsites have full hookups and they also offer cable TV and free Wi-Fi. For extra family fun, the campground often hosts themed weekends featuring unique events, such as chili cook-offs, Paint-n-Sip parties, Cowboy Up weekend, Luaus, clam feasts and so much more.
Best RV Parks in Central & Western Virginia
Candy Hill Campground
Candy Hill Campground is located in Winchester, a charming historic city in the Shenandoah Valley. The RV park offers a lush green setting with plenty of shade trees. On-site amenities include rental bikes and golf carts, an off-leash dog run, a swimming pool, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball and an indoor game room. Other fun activities for families include two playgrounds, a mining sluice and a miniature golf course. Their on-site camp store offers camping supplies and groceries. They even have trolley bus trips to take campers on tours, to visit farm markets and out for ice cream!
Candy Hill Campground offers 88 landscaped and level sites for RVs, and 78 of the sites have full hookups. RVers also have access to Wi-Fi and cable TV at their sites. Their luxury sites also come equipped with a concrete pad and patio, outdoor furniture, fire pit and a gas grill. Golfers are often drawn to the campground because it is located next door to the beautiful Rock Harbor Golf Course. Rock Harbor offers two courses, and is known for its boulders, lakes, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. See our list of 10 tee-rific campgrounds for more RV parks with gold courses.
Philpott Marina Group Campground
The Philpott Marina and Group Campground is located in VA on beautiful Philpott Lake. Nestled among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Philpott Lake is a scenic wonderland. The lake covers 3,000 acres with 100 miles of shore. Visitors to the lake will be amazed at the natural beauty of the area. Recreational opportunities around the lake include boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing and wildlife observation.
The campground is small with only 10 full hookup RV campsites. This is the only group campground located on Philpott Lake that can be rented on a nightly basis. In addition to the great location, Philpott Marina Campground also offers picnic shelters, tables, fire rings and a bathhouse facility. Off the lake, nearby attractions include Hamlet Vineyards, Martinsville Speedway and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Rudd’s Creek Campground
Rudd’s Creek Campground, located near the North Carolina border, is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE). The great thing about COE campgrounds is that they are all located on the water. In this case, the body of water is the John H. Kerr Reservoir, a 50,000-acre lake that extends 39 miles up the wooded shoreline of the Roanoke River. Campers can even reserve waterfront sites and park their boats right on the shoreline behind them. Click here to learn more about COE campgrounds.
Rudd’s offers spacious, wooded sites with plenty of room and trees between neighbors. There’s no awning to awning camping here. The campsites have power and water, and the campground has numerous bathhouses and a two lane dump station near the entrance. Other amenities include a designated swimming area, several playgrounds, an outdoor amphitheater and three boat ramps. In addition to the location and amenities, Julie of Chickery’s Travels recommends Rudd’s Creek for the price: “There aren’t too many places you can camp in spacious waterfront sites for only $28 a night.”
Small Country Campground
Perfect for a tucked-away getaway, Small Country Campground is an 150-acre park situated in Central Virginia’s beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campground is located between Richmond and Charlottesville (less than a 1-hour drive to either city) and is close to some incredible Virginia activities, including river tubing on the James River, apple and peach picking, Monticello, Montpelier, King’s Dominion amusement park, farm tours and several wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
The park offers 200 campsites ranging from primitive tent sites to large full hookup sites with DirecTV connections. Countless memories are waiting to be made at their 25-acre private lake, which offers opportunities for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Other on-site amenities include a convenience camp store, free Wi-Fi, a dog park, a snack shack serving pizza, wings, and hand-dipped ice cream, jumping pillow, mini-golf course, hiking trail, swimming pool, cornhole boards, sports courts and playgrounds. There’s plenty to do for those with tons of energy, but it is also a great spot for those that would rather put up a hammock and just relax in the outdoors.
Best Virginia State Park RV Campgrounds
Douthat State Park
Located amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors to Douthat State Park enjoy stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with a snack bar, boat rentals and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails. Plus, there are playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic areas and, of course, camping.
Within Douthat State Park, there are four campground loops with RV sites. All RV campsites have water and electric hookups and several dump stations are available to campers. The Lakeside campground is closest to the water and has some sites with lake access or lake views.
Grayson Highlands State Park
Location: Mouth of Wilson
Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands State Park offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. The park has several hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. Hikers may also encounter the local herd of wild ponies who were released into the park to help control the growth of brush along the balds.
The campground at Grayson Highlands has primitive campsites and RV sites with water and electric hookups. There are also stable area campsites for RVers who are traveling with horses. Standard RV sites come equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and bathhouses and a dump station are available for campers.
Natural Tunnel State Park
Natural Tunnel State Park was named for its main feature, a tunnel more 850 feet long and 10 stories high that was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or chimneys. The park also has some unique man-made features, including a swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor.
The park has two campgrounds, Cove View Campground and Lover’s Leap Campground. All campsites have electricity and water hookups for RVs. Each site also includes a campfire ring, grill and picnic table. A free pool pass is included with each night of a camper’s reservation. Lover’s Leap campground also has a volleyball net and horseshoe pits.
Occoneechee State Park
Last but not least on our list of the best RV parks in Virginia is Occoneechee State Park. Named for Native Americans who lived in the area for hundreds of years, Occoneechee is on the John H. Kerr Reservoir, better known as Buggs Island Lake. Providing 24-hour access to the lake (Virginia’s largest), three boat ramps open the door to 48,000 acres of fishing, boating and aquatic recreation. The park also has 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The visitor center and museum introduce visitors to Native American history and the indigenous Occoneechee people.
Occoneechee has multiple campgrounds that offer RV camping. Campground C offers the most desirable campsites with a waterfront location and water and electric hookups. However, Campground C can only accommodate RVs up to 30 feet-long, while Campground B has space for RVs up to 35 feet. The campgrounds all have bathhouses with hot showers and flush toilets.
Virginia is a beautiful RV camping destination with a variety of scenery available. Which of these best RV parks in Virginia is at the top of your camping bucket list? Share your pick in the comments section below.
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