- Maximum occupancy per site: 1 vehicle, 6 people or immediate family.
- Check-in time: 4 p.m. Check-out time: 1 p.m.
- Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Permitted in private areas only (inside camping unit).
- Generator use: Prohibited.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Prohibited.
14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro, VA 24460
One of Virginia’s original six state parks opened in 1936, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide. It lives up to this lofty reputation, with historic lodges and log cabins, forest, expansive views, a picturesque lake, creeks, waterfalls, and comfortable camping. More than 40 miles of wooded trails provide hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities for all skill levels. The 50-acre Douthat Lake has a swimming beach in addition to boating and fishing.
Douthat’s camping experience is highly regarded, with almost 90 sites spread out around the grounds, some right on the lake. Sites vary in size, although most can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet and have decent privacy. Over half the sites have water and electric hookups. Note that bathhouse and site facility upgrades have been taking place in 2020. Cabins and lodges provide additional accommodations, and everyone can enjoy a meal on the deck of the Main Lodge overlooking the lake. Just under 200 miles west of Richmond and convenient to I-64, Douthat is an accessible destination to truly get away from it all.
829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, VA
Tucked into the southwest corner of the state, Grayson Highlands State Park can impress even the most jaded camper with its spectacular, rugged beauty. Near Virginia’s two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands offers expansive views of alpine peaks and a landscape that evokes the dramatic Scottish Highlands. The park is also home to a herd of extremely photogenic wild ponies. Facilities include a visitor center, small store, and extensive hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. The park provides year-round access to the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.
More than 55 campsites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. More than half have water and electric hookups. Keep in mind that the campground is set at over 4,300 feet and exposed, so it’s best to be prepared with gear for all types of weather. It’s also a good idea to stock up on groceries and gas before arriving at this remote park. Read up on the hiking options and talk to a ranger about your interests and skill level to get the most out of your visit to this magical park.
3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles, VA 23310
Kiptopeke State Park highlights the beauty, history, and natural bounty of its stunning location on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Fishing, crabbing, beachcombing, and swimming at the sandy beaches are all easily accessible from the campground. The park is a popular destination for bird-watchers to observe the coastal habitats of birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. More than five miles of hiking and biking trails lead through hardwood forest and over sand dunes via wooden boardwalk. The fishing pier is a great spot to watch the sunset over the bay.
Kiptopeke’s campground has more than 80 sites with water and electric hookups, some with sewer. Most sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. The campground is a mix of sites in shade or full sun. Cabins, lodges, and yurts are available for alternative accommodations. Dog owners will love the dedicated dog beach for their pets to play off leash. Note that the park is accessible via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, which requires a toll paid both ways. Be sure to check pricing details, budget for this in advance, and stock up on groceries before arrival.
Virginia state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Bear Creek Lake State Park
Belle Isle State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park
Claytor Lake State Park
Douthat State Park
Fairy Stone State Park
First Landing State Park
Grayson Highlands State Park
Holliday Lake State Park
Hungry Mother State Park
James River State Park
Kiptopeke State Park
Lake Anna State Park
Natural Tunnel State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Pocahontas State Park
Powhatan State Park
Shenandoah River State Park
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Staunton River State Park
Twin Lakes State Park
Westmoreland State Park
For more information on Virginia state park campgrounds, visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/