RV parks in Virginia stretch from the coastal destinations out east to the Appalachian Mountains out west, and include some of the best-reviewed RV resorts in the United States. Virginia is for lovers, so if you’re not one of those, perhaps you ought to choose another state. For the rest of us, Virginia’s RV sites are as diverse and welcoming as you will find in our country, and the state’s vibrant naturalism has enchanted travelers for generations.
The Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach area is a bastion of seaside campgrounds and state parks to explore. Check out False Cape State Park where the forest runs to the ocean, or head north to First Landing State Park, where the marshlands just outside of Virginia Beach welcome guests with diverse waterfowl and coastal plant life. This is a popular destination in the summertime, as the white sand beaches draw crowds by the thousands. Just across the bridge is Kiptopeke State Park, a typically less-crowded area for getting away from the crowds of the metroplex and into the coastal wilds of Virginia. Motor north and you’ll arrive at Chippokes Plantation State Park, ideal for the history buff in your group, and the nearby York River State Park is the perfect place to bring your boat and get out onto the Chesapeake Bay just north of historic Jamestown and Yorktown, and only a short drive from the Richmond area. Perhaps the most enchanting of the coastal protected lands is Assateague Island National Seashore, where pristine beaches are home to wild horses who roam freely there; truly a sight to behold!
Just south of Richmond is Pocahontas State Park, easily one of Virginia’s most popular venues for exploring nature and learning a bit about state and national history. North of Richmond are Westmoreland State Park and Lake Anna State Park which are ideal for boating enthusiast and anyone with friends who have a boat. Motoring west from the Richmond area you’ll arrive at Powhatan State Park, Holliday Lakes State Park, James River State Park, Bear Creek Lake State Park, and Twin Lakes State Park, all of which are stunning examples of protected wildlife areas ideal for a long weekend away from the city.
Northern Virginia is home to Shenandoah River State Park, easily one of the state’s most popular escapes, and nearby parks like Sky Meadows State Park connect Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail areas. History buffs out to head east towards the Washington D.C. are to explore wild spaces that are also of historical import, like Bull Run Regional Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Connect with the land made famous for hosting the first major battles of the Civil War with quiet reflection or by celebrating the natural beauty of the surrounding environment.
Virginia’s most popular outdoor venues include Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Great Falls National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. Other top destinations include Hungry Mother State Park, Grayson Highlands State Park and Claytor Lake State Park, all located in Western Virginia. Motor east a bit and you’ll arrive in the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas, and their nearby natural attractions like Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Fairy Stone State Park, and Douthat State Park.
Updated November 11, 2016.