The Best Family-Friendly Campgrounds in Virginia

Ready to plan your 2020 camping trip in Virginia?  Whether you RV, tent camp, or want to rent a cabin in a VA campground – we’ve listed the top 8 family-friendly campgrounds in Virginia.  From kid-friendly, resort-style camping to rustic experiences in the National Parks – you’ll find the perfect campsite for your family on this list.

Here are the top 8 campgrounds in the State of Virginia for family camping in 2020.  Whether you are looking for a place to bring your RV, a private tent site with running water, a primitive campground for your whole group, or a Yurt or Cabin – these campgrounds have it all!  Camping with the family doesn’t have to be stressful or boring for the kids!  There are many campgrounds in the state of VA that have all sorts of activities aimed to keep the whole family enjoying their vacation and experiencing quality family time together.  Want to set up the perfect campsite?  Read this first.

As parents ourselves, we know what’s important for a successful family camping trip.

  1. CLEAN BATHROOMS – so important for tent campers who rely on clean, well-maintained bathrooms and showers! Even if you have a bathroom with your RV, its essential to have nice bathrooms when you are out and about exploring the parks.

  2. KIDS’ AREAS & ACTIVITIES. While it isn’t essential to have organized activities for children, they are nice to have as an option.  In addition – playgrounds and kid-friendly hiking trails are a must.  First time tent camping with kids?  Read these quick tips.

  3. CAMPSITE PRIVACY. No one wants to drive a couple hours from home with all their camping gear to just be crammed into a campsite practically on top of their neighbors!  We know we aren’t exactly back-packing into the wilderness, but bonus points for those campsites who have a measure of privacy so you can at least pretend you are miles away from society.

With these criteria in mind, here is our suggested list of best campgrounds for families (listed North to South in the state of Virginia):

1. Harpers Ferry Adventure Center
2. Shenandoah River State Park
3. Bull Run Regional Park
4. Westmoreland State Park
5. Hidden Acres Family Campground
6. Douthat State Park
7. Pocahontas State Park
8. Holiday Trav-L-Park

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Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Ropes course at harpers ferry adventure center

Location:
37410 Adventure Center Lane,
Purcellville, VA 20132

Phone:     540-668-9007

Website: Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

map of Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Camping at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is all about non-stop activities, exciting challenges, and family fun.  Camping options include cabins, riverside tent sites, mountaintop tent sites, and mountaintop platform camping (raised wooden platforms to put your tent on to keep it level and off the wet ground).

The most difficult part of staying at Harpers Ferry will be choosing which activities to do as a family – there are so many choices.  From whitewater tubing to zip lines and ropes courses – there is something for every age, ability, and daring level in your group.  There is also an adventure day camp for kids ages 9-14 that includes activities specifically tailored to that age group.

Facilities (all activities are fee-based)
Tubing (whitewater, flat water)
Rafting
Duckie Kayaking
Zipline
Ropes Course
Team Building
Kids’ Camp
Segway Tours
River shuttles

Cabins Rentals

Cabins: 11
Site Features: A/C, picnic table, grill/fire ring.  Bathhouses are a short walk away.  No linens provided.
Two sets of bunk-beds and a twin loft. Sleeps 5

Riverside Camping

Sites: 24
Site Features: Must have 4-wheel drive to access camping area with personal vehicles.  Each campsite equipped with picnic table, fire ring, and charcoal grill.  Access to portable outhouse nearby, 10-minute hike to the bathhouse with hot showers/indoor plumbing.  Each site accommodates 1 tent and 4 people

Mountaintop Camping

Sites: 10
Site Features: Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, and charcoal grill.  Bathhouse with indoor plumbing and hot showers is a short walk away.  Each site can fit 1 large or 2 small tents, sleeping 5 total.

Mountaintop Platform Camping

Platforms: 7
Site Features: Same as the mountaintop campsites, but with your tent being off the ground on a dry, level, wood platform.  Can hold tents up to 10 ft x 10 ft.  Each campsite has a picnic table and a grill/fire ring combo.

Shenandoah River State Park

Location:

350 Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610

Phone: 540-622-6840

Website: Shenandoah River State Park

map of shenandoah River State Park

The Shenandoah River State Park is perfect for families who enjoy quiet nature settings and water sports like fishing, canoeing, and wildlife watching.  The park features 5.2 miles of shoreline along the Shenandoah River and has riverside tent sites, cabins, and camping cabins.

If your family enjoys hiking, you’ll find over 24 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as a new zipline by Virginia Canopy Tours!  The park also offers nature programs such as guided night hikes, map & compass reading, wetland walks and more.

Facilities 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline
Large riverside picnic area
Picnic shelters
24+ miles of trails
River access
Car-top boat launch
Hiking
Biking
Horseback riding

Campground

Campsites: 31
Site Features: Water, electric hook ups – for tents, popups, and RVs up to 60 ft.  Centrally located restrooms with hot showers.  All sites have fire rings, picnic table and lantern holder.

River Right Campground

Campsites: 10
Site Features: Tent only.  Canoe or walk in sites.  Each site has a picnic table, grill, and fire ring.  Full service bathhouse and potable water.

Cottonwood Primitive Group Campground

Accommodates: Up to 30 people
Site Features: Bathhouse nearby.  Campground is 100 yards from parking lot.

Cabins

Cabins: 9 – two bedroom cabins
1 – three bedroom cabin
Features: Kitchen with appliances, utensils, cookware.  No linens provided.  Fireplace, bathroom, picnic table, fire ring, charcoal grill.  NO SMOKING.  Pets allowed for extra fee.

Lodge

Lodge 1 six-bedroom lodge, sleeps 16
Features: Kitchen with appliances, utensils, cookware.  Washing machine, rocking chairs on deck.  3 bathrooms.  No linens provided.  Max 6 cars.  Picnic table, charcoal grill, campfire ring.  Gas log fireplace.  NO SMOKING.  Pets allowed for extra fee.

Yurts

Yurts: 3
Features: Large wood deck, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire ring.  1 queen size bed and a twin-size trundle pull out.  No pets.  Dining table (seats 4).  Bathhouse is near by.

Camping Cabin

Camping Cabins: 4
Features: Sleep up to 4.  No linens, no heat.  Cabins are basically 4 walls, a roof, 2 sets of bunk beds (with mattresses), a table, 4 chairs, and electric outlets.  Picnic table, charcoal grill.   2 night minimum.

Bull Run Regional Park

Location:

7700 Bull Run Drive
Centreville, VA 20121

Phone: 703-631-0550

website: Bull Run Regional Park

map of Bull Run Regional Park

Bull Run Regional Park is another of Virginia’s 1-stop location for camping, adventure, and tons of family-friendly activities.  One of the highlights of Bull Run is the Occoquan Trail head which leads to 19.7 miles of natural surface trail connecting Bull Run, Hemlock Overlook, Bull Run Marina and Fuontainhead Region Parks.

For summer visitors, you do not want to miss the Bull Run Atlantis Waterpark which features waterslides, pools, a 500 gallon dumping bucket, and dedicated play areas for babies.  Other recreation includes disc golf and a large playground for kids.

Campsites are for tents as well as RVs, and there is a campstore on the property which sells everything you might need!

Facilities Atlantis Waterpark (summer)
Hiking trails
Festival of Lights (Thanksgiving – New Year’s Day)
Camp store
Disc Golf
Occoquan watertrail – 40-mil route
Picnic shelters
Playground
Naturalist program

Full Hook-Up Sites:

Sites: 31
Site Features: Pull-Thru sites.  Charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table.  RV dump station and water fill close by.  Walking distance to disc golf, picnic areas, and Atlantis Waterpark (summer only).  Pets OK.

Electric (30 amp) Sites:

Sites: 80
Site Features: Pull-Thru sites.  Charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table.  RV dump station and water fill close by.  Walking distance to disc golf, picnic areas, and Atlantis Waterpark (summer only).  Pets OK.

Electric (30 amp) & Water Sites:

Sites: 7
Site Features: Pull-Thru sites.  Max vehicle length: 30 feet.  Charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table.  RV dump station and water fill close by.  Walking distance to disc golf, picnic areas, and Atlantis Waterpark (summer only).  Pets OK.

Electric (50/30 amp) Sites:

Sites: 3
Site Features: Pull-Thru & Back-In sites.  Charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table.  RV dump station and water fill close by.  Walking distance to disc golf, picnic areas, and Atlantis Waterpark (summer only).  Pets OK.

Electric (50/30 amp) & Water Sites:

Sites: 11
Site Features: Pull-Thru sites.  Max vehicle length: 30 feet.  Charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table.  RV dump station and water fill close by.  Walking distance to disc golf, picnic areas, and Atlantis Waterpark (summer only).  Pets OK.

Rustic Cabins

Cabins: 9
Site Features: Sleeps 6.  2 rooms, mini-refrigerator, charcoal grill, microwave, A/C, electricity. Picnic table on porch and fire pit.  Bathhouse nearby.  No pets allowed.  No linens provided.

Westmoreland State Park

Location:

145 Cliff Road
Montross, VA 22520

Phone: 804-493-8821

Website: Westmoreland State Park

map of westmoreland state park

Westmoreland State Park is located on the Potomac River’s Northern Neck and is only 1.5 hours car drive from Richmond, VA.  Families who are camping or staying in the park cabins have FREE access to the Olympic size swimming pool and adjacent bathhouse (open Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend).  The park offers six miles of hiking trails including one dedicate bicycle trail.  Throughout the park and trails, you can see amazing views of the Potomac River as well as local flora and wildlife.

Power boats are permitted on the Potomac and there is a boat ramp available.  Fishing is available throughout the year but does require a valid saltwater fishing license and annual registration in Virginia’s free saltwater angler identification program.  During summer months, you can rent paddleboats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

Facilities 1,321 acres
6 miles hiking trails
1 biking trail
Swimming pool (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Fishing
Boating
Boat ramp
Boathouse (sells tackle, bait, ice)
Rental paddleboards & kayaks) – summer
Picnic shelters
Visitor center
Playground
Fishing pier
Ranger station
Conference center

Cabins Rentals

Cabins: 3 – one room log efficiency
4 – one bedroom log
4 – two bedroom log
2 – two bedroom frame
13 – two bedroom cinderblock
Site Features: Linens not provided.  Full kitchen with cooking utensils, pots, pans, and silverware.  Wood burning fireplace, grill, picnic table.  Pets OK.

Potomac River Retreat

Lodge: 1
Site Features: 5 bedrooms, sleeps up to 16.  No linens provided.  2 living rooms, TV & DVD player. 3.5 bathrooms.

Standard Camping

Standard Sites: 30
Site Features: Back-in only.  Pets OK, picnic table, firepit.  7000 ft to bathhouse.

Standard Electric (30 amp) Camping

Standard Sites: 21
Site Features: Back-in only.  Pets OK, picnic table, firepit.  1200 ft to bathhouse.

Group Camping

Site Features: Up to 24 people.  3 group sites made up of four campsites each.  No electric or water hook ups.
Pets OK.  Campfires and cooking allowed in provided fire-rings and grills only.

Hidden Acres Family Campground

snowy lake at hidden acres campground

Location:

17391 Richmond Tpke
Milford, VA 22514

Phone: 804-633-7592

Website: Hidden Acres Family Campground

map of hidden acres family camping

Kids really enjoy all the things to do at Hidden Acres Family Campground.  There is a swimming pool, mini-golf, shuffleboard, a stocked pond for fishing, biking, boating, and hiking.  Families can rent cabins or use their RV or tent sites for camping.

If your family includes history buffs, they’ll love visiting nearby Fredrickesburg, Wakefield, Stratford Hall and other historical sites perfect for day trips around the area.

Facilities Bike trails
Boating (motorized & non-motorized)
Stocked fishing pond
Golf
Mini-golf
Swimming pool
2 Playgrounds
Horseshoes Pit
Shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball
Gameroom
Laundry
Propane (LP) gas pump station
Paddle boating

Cabins Rentals

Cabins: 8
Site Features: Sleeps 2 adults.  Electricity, fire pit, picnic table.  Restrooms and showers are close walk away.  No linens provided.

RV/Tent Camping:

Sites: 31
Site Features: Cable/satellite TV hookup, electrical service, fire pit, garbage bin, picnic table.

Douthat State Park

trail in douthat state park by virginia State Parks

Location:

14239 Douthat State Park
Millboro, VA 24460

Phone: 540-862-8100

Website: Douthat State Park

map of douthat state park

Douthat State Park is nestled in Virginia’s breathtaking mountain scenery.  The park offers 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, interpretive programs, stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, swimming beach, boat rentals, picnic areas, and more.  There are campsites and cabins for rent as well as three lodges that can accommodate 15, 16, and 18 guests each.

Water recreation loving families will find endless activities on Douthat Lake which is stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout twice a week during the fee season.  You may also catch largemouth bass and possibly sunfish, black crappie, and channel catfish.

Horse Camping families can use the equestrian campground which offers access to the bridle trails.  Horse trailer parking is located at Flat Run trailhead, but you must bring your own horses – no rentals available.

Facilities Interpretive programs
4 miles of stream fishing
50-acre stocked lake (trout)
Sandy swimming beach
Snack bar
Boat rentals
Gift shop & camp store
43+ miles hiking, mountain biking, bridle trails
Picnic areas
Amphitheater
Restaurant

Cabins Rentals

Cabins: 5 – one-room log efficiency
13 – one bedroom log
7 – two bedroom log
5 – two bedroom cinderblock with cedar siding
1 – two bedroom frame
1 – three bedroom frame
Site Features: Rustic furniture, heat, A/C, kitchen & small bathroom with shower.  No linens provided.  Fireplace, picnic table, charcoal grill, rocking chairs on porch.  1 complimentary bundle of firewood – additional firewood is for sale at camp store.  (Do not bring your own firewood due to risk of invasive insects).  Pets OK – but there is a nightly fee.

Douthat Lodge

Lodge: Sleeps up to 13 guests
Site Features: 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fireplace, kitchen, washer & dryer.  No Linens provided.  No smoking. TV/VCR + telephone.  Stone patio.

Creasey Lodge

Lodge: Sleeps up to 18 guests
Site Features: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fireplace, kitchen, deck, washer & dryer.  No Linens provided.  No smoking.

Beards Mountain Lodge

Lodge: Sleeps 16
Site Features: 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Universally accessible.  No smoking.  Kitchen & living area.  No linens provided.  Heat + A/C, washer & dryer.  Front and back porch.

Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Phone: 804-796-4255

Website: Pocahontas State Park

map of pocahontas state park

The Pocahontas State Park is located only 20 miles from Richmond and is the ultimate destination for families with all ages of children.  There are so many activities that everyone in your clan is sure to have a memorable time camping here!  Campsites, yurts and camping cabins are available year-round.

The aquatic center (open from Memorial Day until Labor Day) features activity pool, toddler pool, fountain wet deck, 3 ft & 5ft leisure pools and 2 waterslides.  Registered overnight campers get a free day of swimming for each overnight reservation.

Families can also enjoy fishing and various watercraft rentals (paddleboats, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) at Swift Creek and Beaver lakes.

Facilities 7,919 acres

64+ miles of trails for hiking/biking
Swimming pool (not open during 2020)
Nature & history programs
Picnic areas
Boating (boat rentals available seasonally)
3 lakes
Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
2 Dining halls (can be rented for events)
2,000 seat amphitheater for concerts and events
Playgrounds

Yurt Rentals

Yurts: 4
Features: Large wooden deck, patio table, picnic table, fire ring & cooking grate.  No smoking or pets inside yurt.  Common-use water spigot & electric pedestal for batter charging near the parking area.  Bathhouse is nearby.  No heat/AC.  No linens provided.

Camping Cabins

Cabins: 6
Site Features: Sleeps max 4 persons.  No linens provided.  Each cabin has 2 sets of bunk-beds with mattresses, a table, 4 chairs, porch windows with screens, a door that locks, 4 electrical outlets, one lighted ceiling fan, outside picnic table, fire ring and lantern post.  Common use bathhouse with shower is nearby.

Camping

Sites: 53
Site Features: Electric and water hookups.  No sewer.  A grill, picnic table and lantern holder at each campsite.  Pets OK.

Holiday Trav-L-Park

RVs at Holiday Trav-L-Park

1075 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

757-425-5117

Website: Holiday Trav-L Park

Map of Holiday Trav-L-Park

The Holiday Trav-L-Park is a family playground in Virginia Beach.  There’s something for everyone at the campground including four large pools, one toddler pool, miniature golf, four separate playgrounds, a gameroom, sports equipment rentals, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. Organized activities include bands and DJs entertaining at the main pool or Pavilion, nightly bingo, hayrides and cartoon movies.

Families can choose from a variety of campsites, from so called “supersites” which feature all the upgraded amenities such as pull-through, concrete parking pads & patios, and fire bowls to basic tent sites perfect for a more rustic camping experience.  In addition there are cabins for rent some with AC some without.

Jennifer Hillberg is the Founder and Creator of Mountain Mat, LLC, the USA’s first 100% recycled polypropylene, reversible outdoor recreation mat.

Jennifer and her family have a passion for travel, hiking, exploring and spending time outdoors.  They’ve camped and hiked throughout the USA as well as Nepal, Greece, and the British Isles.

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