Camping opportunities in Virginia are so varied that you can be either on the beach or in the mountains, on a lake or on a battlefield. With so much to do, it’s hard to choose just which Virginia state park you want to camp at.
For a little bit of camping, a little bit of swimming, and a whole lot of history, a great first stop is on Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore. In this area, which was explored by Captain John Smith in 1608, you can have access to recreation on the Chesapeake Bay. With a lighted fishing pier for late night angling, 5 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a wonderful beach surrounded by bird watching opportunities, this is a camping trip not to be missed.
Jumping to the opposite end of the state, in a completely different world where the Natural Tunnel carved 850 feet long and ten stories high through the limestone in what William Jennings Bryant called “the Eighth Wonder of the World”. With two campgrounds, you can enjoy a chairlift to the tunnel floor for exploration, or go to the swimming pool with their 100-foot slide. There’s plenty to see and do when camping in this remote and strange place.
If you’re looking for something to do on the water, Smith Mountain Lake has the second largest lake in Virginia. Camp there at night and spend your days out on the lake, swimming, water skiing, or simply fishing. There are miles of trails, an amphitheater for ranger talks, picnic spots, and special programming year round.
In the heart of Virginia is James River, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Camping here is an exercise in serenity, with the park encompassing three miles of the slow-moving James River. The shoreline offers fishing, canoeing and hiking, while the land has horseback riding, hiking trails, and a visitors center.
Finally, for something truly bizarre, check out the small search for Fairy Stones in Patrick County where campers will be able to find Fairy Stones which are believed to bring good luck. They were even hunted for and carried in the pockets of US Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. (The stones are made from staurolite, a crystalline structure.)
No matter where you camp in Virginia, you’re sure to find something unusual, exciting, relaxing or thought-provoking.