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Camping in Central Virginia

From backpacking through the mountains to enjoying a cabin nestled along a scenic river, Central Virginia has no shortage of parks and places to camp.

The Central Virginia area offers plenty of camping opportunity, for campers of all kinds. Nature lovers seeking adventure will enjoy backcountry camping, while the tamer camper can choose from a variety of campgrounds and cabins in several parks.

National Parks
One of the most popular places to go backcountry camping in Central Virginia is in Shenandoah National Park. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail goes right through the park, creating a lot of opportunity for backcountry campsites.

Backpacking enthusiasts will find no lack of hikes, campsites, or views in along the Appalachian Trail.

There are four campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park: Matthews Arm, Big Meadow, Lewis Mountain, and Loft Mountain. Reservations to camp here can be made by calling 877-444-6777.

The Big Meadows campground is within walking distance of three of the park’s waterfalls. The Matthews Arm campground is within walking distance of the tallest waterfall in the park: Overall Run Falls.

State Parks
Several state parks in Central Virginia offer options for camping.

Lake Anna State Park, located in Spotsylvania, Virginia, has both cabins and campgrounds.

The camping cabins sleep a maximum of four people, and are complete with mattresses, a table and chairs, screened windows, and a porch.

The camping cabins are not equipped with a bathroom. Bathrooms and showers are available in the campground area.

The campgrounds at Lake Anna State Park are centrally located with fire-rings, picnic tables, and lantern holders. Sites come both with and without water and electric hookups.

All overnight campers at Lake Anna State Park have free access to swimming and the park’s boat launch.

While camping at Lake Anna State Park, campers can enjoy hiking the park’s 15 miles of trails. Lake Anna is also known for its wide variety of freshwater fish.

Another state park in the Central Virginia area that offers camping to visitors is the Pocohauntas State Park. The park, located just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, is easily accessible and close to many of the city’s attractions and historic sites.

The Pocahontas State Park offers no cabins.

The campsites are all equipped with water and electric hookups, grills, picnic tables, and lantern holders.

Campers at the park can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, biking, and hiking, during their stay. Campers have access to both of the park’s lakes, Beaver Lake and and Swift Creek Lake.

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