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The 10 Most Charming Campgrounds in Virginia

by Holly Riddle  |  Published September 7, 2020

As the famous tourism slogan goes, “Virginia is for Lovers”, but you could equally say that Virginia is for camping lovers. From its imposing mountains to its historic landmarks to its idyllic beaches, the Mid-Atlantic state offers plenty of enticing camping spots, and lots to see while you’re there. Campers can choose to pitch up in busier areas close to popular regional attractions, while more experienced adventurers can pick more remote spots, closer to nature. Wine lovers, meanwhile, might choose one of the many campgrounds to be found in Virginia’s renowned wine country. 

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Whatever type of camper you are, you’ll find something to suit your tastes in Virginia. But, not all campgrounds are the same, which is why we’ve pulled together 10 of the most charming that the state has to offer, which you’ll find below. So, what are you waiting for? Some of the most charming campgrounds in Virginia await! 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

If you’ve ever camped at one of the many Jellystone Park campgrounds situated around the United States before, then you should know what to expect from this outpost in the town of Luray in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The campground is spread across 73 scenic acres and is just a short drive from notable attractions including Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park. Visitors can choose from more than 150 pitches, but also a selection of cottages and cabins if you’d prefer a touch more comfort and convenience. On-site amenities include a fishing pond, heated pool, laser tag, paddle boats, water slides, miniature golf, and more.

LOCATION 2250 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray

Anvil Campground

Situated in the historic city of Williamsburg, Anvil Campground offers families easy access to one of the most popular theme parks in the United States, Busch Gardens. The closest campground in the area to the theme park, it is commonly used as a base for visits to the park and provides a direct bus service to and from the attraction. You can also buy discounted Busch Gardens tickets at the campground. Other nearby attractions include Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne, while onsite campers can enjoy plenty of recreational activities such as swimming.

LOCATION 5243 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg

Photo: Courtesy of Anvil Campground

Cherrystone Family Camping Resort

Swim, fish and play at Cherrystone Family Camping Resort, where you’ll find more than 300 acres of natural waterfront along the Chesapeake Bay. This mammoth resort offers more than 700 camping sites to pick from, as well as camping cabins and on-site camper rentals. Onsite amenities include five swimming pools, four fishing piers, its own beach, a dog beach and a dog park. There’s even a cafe, general store and bait shop for your fishing explots. In a nutshell, everything you might want or need is right here on our doorstep. 

LOCATION 1511 Townfield Drive, Cape Charles

Virginia Beach KOA

If you’ve ever stayed at one of the many U.S. KOA campgrounds before, then you’ll know what type of services and experience to expect at this Virginia Beach location. This particular outpost offers families an excellent base from which to explore the area’s many attractions, including both the beach itself, the boardwalk and the many shops and restaurants to be found here. At the campground itself, you can choose to rent one of the many pitches, or even a deluxe or rustic cabin if you don’t have camping gear or an RV of your own. Amenities include WiFi and access to a dog park, outdoor cinema and zip line.

LOCATION 1240 General Booth Boulevard

Photo: Courtesy of Virginia Beach KOA

Holiday Trav-L-Park

Nearby, the Holiday Trav-L-Park in Virginia Beach is the closest campground to the destination’s oceanfront. There are more than 200 pitches to choose from, ranging from more rustic tent sites to larger sites suitable for RVs. As well as heading to the beach for some fun in the sun, campers can enjoy the many activities and amenities the campground provides, such as seasonal events, games, miniature golf and more. Families with children will particularly enjoy the numerous onsite playgrounds and pet owners will be delighted to discover the large, fenced-in dog park. 

LOCATION 1075 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach

Christopher Run Campground

Explore Louisa County and Lake Anna from Christopher Run Campground, with its 200 pitches and cabins. The campground also offers a Lake Anna marina, with boat ramps and plenty of rental options such as paddle boats, canoes and row boats. While there are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy at the campground itself, many visitors will appreciate its proximity to some of the area’s notable historical spots, such as Monticello, the James Madison Museum, Montpelier and Shenandoah National Park. 

LOCATION 6478 Zachary Taylor Highway, Mineral

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Run Campground

Bush Park Camping Resort

Located in the town of Wake, Bush Park Camping Resort welcomes campers with the promise of nearly 600 pitches to choose from. The 100-acre site is situated near several areas of interest, including the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River. Those interested in the region’s rich history will appreciate the campground’s close proximity to many Revolutionary War, Civil War and Colonial America landmarks, most of which are just a short drive away. On-site amenities and activities include fishing and crabbing, multiple swimming pools and seasonal events. Boat ramps can also be utilised nearby. 

LOCATION 724 Bushy Park Road, Wake

Camp Karma Campground

If it’s Virginia’s prestigious wine country that you’re keen to experience, then you may want to book a campsite at Camp Karma Campground in the town of Bedford. While the campground is somewhat on the small side, with 37 pitches spread across 42 acres, you do enjoy easy access to the Bedford Wine Trail and a handful of wineries (as well as several breweries). Other nearby attractions include Smith Mountain Lake, which attracts water sports enthusiasts from far and wide. The on-site amenities are rather limited and geared more towards rustic campers, but do include restroom facilities, fire pits and picnic tables. 

LOCATION 2056 Stone Mountain Road, Bedford

Photo: Courtesy of Camp Karma Campground

Misty Mountain Camp Resort

Another campground that gives you easy access to Virginia’s wine country, Misty Mountain Camp Resort is close to more than 30 wineries and vineyards, with several local vendors offering organised tours. If the area’s winery scene isn’t for you, you’ll still find plenty to enjoy at the campground, including swimming, fishing, club house games, volleyball and basketball. There are a range of pitches to choose from, with an impressive assortment of amenities, all set over the campground’s 50 acres.

LOCATION 56 Misty Mountain Road, Route 250 West, Greenwood

Photo: Courtesy of Misty Mountain Camp Resort

Horseshoe Flats Campground

Situated along the James River, Horseshoe Flats Campground offers more than 100 pitches all within a short bike ride to historic Scottsville. This river town features many interesting spots to add to your itinerary, and the campground is close enough that you can experience its many charms, but then retreat back to your tent or RV for some quiet time. Fishing, boating, swimming and other water sports are popular at the campground, but do note that campers with pets are not allowed to bring their furry friends to the waterfront. 

LOCATION 125 Snowden Road, Scottsville