The Best Fall Campgrounds in Virginia
When the weather cools and Virginia's beautiful parks are painted in gold, crimson, fuchsia, and burnt orange, there's no better time to be outside. If just a few hours of cool air and the great outdoors isn't enough for you to soak up all the seasonal color, a weekend camping trip might be exactly what you need. Virginia is one of the South's best states for fall camping, with beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain and Shenandoah Valley camping options galore. To help you narrow down your fall weekend getaway options, we looked to our friends at Yelp who scoured their reviews to compile the very best Virginia has to offer. See what campsites top the list.
1. Burke Lake Park
A Yelp favorite, Burke Lake Park offers campgrounds surrounded by acres of forest and access to one of Virginia's most popular fishing holes. Campers at this 888-acre, family-friendly park can send time enjoying everything from rowboating and hiking to a miniature train ride or carousel spin. Did we mention there’s also a 18-hole golf course and an ice cream parlor on site? Sounds like this top camping spot has the whole family covered.
Fairfax Station, Virginia
2. Shenandoah River State Park
With 5.2 miles of river shoreline and more than 24 miles of trails waiting to be discovered, one weekend alone may not be enough time to soak up all the Shenandoah River State Park has to offer. Plus, with new zipline adventures and horseback riding available, the park has plenty of options for family fun.
3. Newport News Park Campsites
A favorite of hikers, paddle boarders, and bikers alike, this 188 campsite facility offers long, scenic trails and plenty of space for quiet time. The serene spot is just minutes from Williamsburg and a short drive to Norfolk, making it the perfect park for a quick getaway.
Newport News, Virginia
4. Twin River Outfitters
Looking for a river adventure? We’ve got your spot. Twin River Outfitters offers three riverfront campgrounds located one day’s paddle apart. Not planning to paddle your way from site to site? No worries. Two of these beautiful spots on the Upper James River are accessible by car.
5. Bears Den
Appalachian Trail adventurers and short trail hikers alike will find haven in this Blue Ridge Mountain site. With access to the Appalachian Trail as well as a quick hike to the Beans Den Rocks for a panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley, it’s the perfect place for a variety of Virginia explorations.
6. Outlanders River Camp
Surrounded by the serene Blue Ridge Mountains, this comfortable, quiet campsite is located on the scenic shores of the Shenandoah River. With nearly a mile of river frontage, abundant wildlife, and magnificent mountain views everywhere you look, Outlanders River Camp is one of the top spots for everything from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and bird watching.
7. Lake Anna State Park
From cabins to campsites, Lake Anna State Park is a prime location for all types of campers. If the park's 15 miles of trails and fishing pond fun aren’t enough for your nature-filled weekend, the site even offers guided tours of the Goodwin Gold Mine.
8. Shenandoah River Outfitters
Whether you're looking for a day trip or a river adventure with camping included, Shenandoah River Outfitters has you covered. Virginia explorers can experience the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in log cabins, mountain cottages, or good, old-fashioned campgrounds after a day of white water rafting or flat water floating.
9. James River Reeling & Rafting
Campers looking for riverfront realty to pitch their tent will love James River Reeling & Rafting. After of day of fun on a guided tour along the James River, keep your quality time with Mother Nature going by tossing a line into the river tent-side at your waterfront campsite.
10. Prince William Forest Park
An outdoor oasis rich in history just outside of Washington, D.C., Prince William Forest Park is a dream weekend getaway. Historic cabins and tent sites for rent rest alongside fragrant woods and trickling streams waiting for exploration. History lovers will delight in its diverse past, including everything colonial-era roots to WWII training camps, while families can enjoy events like the Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival in September, which offers crafts, outdoor activities, music, and more.