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Camping in Eastern Virginia

The Eastern region of the state of Virginia is home to a variety of parks, trails, and places to camp.

Though not marked by the mountain ranges characteristic of the central and western portions of the state, Eastern Virginia is known for its beautiful rivers, shoreline, and tamer landscape.

National Parks

Eastern Virginia is home to several national sites of interest that would accompany a camping trip nicely.

George Washington’s birthplace, the Colonial National Historical Park, and the Jamestown National Historical Site are all in the Eastern portion of the state.

Visitors to Jamestown and the Colonial National Historical Park should include the Yorktowne Battlefield, the Colonial Parkway, Historic Jamestown, and Colonial Williamsburg in their itinerary.

Prominent campgrounds near these sites include the Williamsburg Campground, the Jamestown Beach Campground, and the American Heritage RV Park.

State Parks

Several state parks in Eastern Virginia offer camping.

The Chippokes Plantation State Park is situated just across the James River from Historic Jamestown.

The Chippokes Planation is one of the oldest working plantations in the country, started in 1619.

The plantation offers trails for biking, horseback riding, and picnicing. The plantation is also equipped with an olympic sized pool.

The Chippokes State Park has two campgrounds, both of which can accommodate up to six people per site.

Both sites are equipped with electric and water, firewood, and enough room for two vehicles. Campers have access to the swimming pool.

Kiptopeke State Park is another park with overnight camping facilities that is definitely worth a visit.

Kiptopeke State Park is located on the Eastern shore of Virginia, offering beautiful views of the ocean and migratory birds. The park has a variety of overnight accommodations, including a lodge, cabins, RV trailers for rent, and a campground.

The campground has enough room for two vehicles. Sites have water, electricity, sewer hookups, hot water, and restrooms.

Fire ring grills are at each campsite, and firewood is available for purchase. Campers are asked not to bring their own firewood.

Campers have access to swimming, fishing, and the boat launch pier.

Campers can enjoy the park’s four mile of trails, shoreline, and designated bird watching areas.

Eleven miles west of Williamsburg sits the York River State Park.

This park has a marsh where salt and fresh water meet, creating a rich natural marine and plant life. York River State Park has over 25 miles of trail made for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and exploring the marsh and river shoreline.

No overnight camping is provided at this park, but it is only an hour from Chippoke Plantation, making it an excellent option for a day trip while camping at Chippoke.


Latitude: 37.325648
Longitude: -80.566066
Categories: > Eastern Shore. > Camping.

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