Twenty-four state parks throughout the state have campgrounds (click here for park rates) that have a total of more 1,700 campsites. Site sizes and configurations vary. Some parks provide sites with electric and water hook-ups, which tend to be larger to accommodate recreational vehicles and campers. Kiptopeke and Hungry Mother campgrounds offer sewer hook-ups. Most campgrounds are open from March 1 through the first Monday in December; primitive sites are available year-round.
All equipment must remain within the confines of the campsite without impacting the natural vegetation. Developed campsites can accommodate six people per site or all members of a household. Designated group camping areas are available, but all parks can accommodate groups.
Developed and group campsites have picnic tables, grills and access to bathhouses. Primitive campsites generally have fire grills, picnic tables, pit toilets and non-potable water. Primitive hike-in camping is available at Caledon, False Cape and Sky Meadows. Primitive drive-in camping is available at James River, and hike-in and canoe-in sites are available at New River Trail and Shenandoah River Raymond R. ”Andy” Guest Jr. state parks. Equestrian camping sites are available at Grayson Highlands, James River, New River Trail and Occoneechee state parks.
The maximum camping period is 14 days. While campers cannot be assured of access to their reserved sites before the reservation start time of 4 p.m. arrive early to avoid lines at check-in and enjoy the park until your site is ready. Check-out is 3 p.m.
Reservations should be made as early as possible. Except for Caledon, False Cape, New River Trail and Sky Meadows, specific campsites are assigned upon arrival at the park based on the site type reserved, not when the reservation is made. Unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are strongly recommended.
Note: False Cape State Park doesn’t allow motor vehicles and is accessible only by tram (campers may not use the tram), foot, bicycle or boat. False Cape is reached by land via a six-mile path through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Between Nov. 1 and May 31 access through the refuge may be restricted to the beach. High tides and soft sands make hiking and bicycling extremely difficult. Reservations are required for False Cape State Park and a refuge fee may be charged.
Campsite cancellations may be made by calling the Customer Service Center during operating hours or calling the park when the Customer Service Center is closed. A $10 per site cancellation fee will be deducted from fees paid. This includes horse stall rentals. There is a $30 fee for group campsite reservation cancellations. A penalty of one night is charged to those who depart early. Any departure made after the camping check-in time of 4 p.m. is considered a full night’s stay. Prior to check-in or 4 p.m., whichever is earlier, customers may reduce the number of night in their stay at no charge.
Camping reservation transfers must be made through the Customer Service Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before the start of the reservation. After that time, you must use the rental or cancel the reservation, and cancellation fees will be charged.