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Camping in Northern Virginia

Though home to the nation's capital, Northern Virginia's national and state parks make this region of the state more than qualified for camping and experiencing nature.

Camping in Northern Virginia offers an opportunity to enjoy beautiful trails and scenic park, all conveniently close to the city of Washington, D.C.

National Parks

The most popular national park in Virginia is Shenandoah National Park, located in the central portion of the state and in the Shenandoah Valley. This park, also part of the Appalachian Trail, attracts thousands of visitors each year.

There are several national sites of interest in Northern Virginia that could be combined with a camping trip.

The Great Falls Park is a national park service site located in the eastern portion of the state. Though only 15 miles from Washington, D.C., the park feels a world away from the bustle of the city.

Sprawling over 800 acres, the Great Falls Park climaxes with the waterfalls located in McClean, Virginia. Three overlooks are provided to visitors for viewing the falls.

Several nearby campground accommodations are nearby, including the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Greenbelt National Park, and Prince Forest National Park.

The Prince Forest National Park, boasting thirty seven miles of trails offers a peaceful sanctuary for biking and hiking to city dwellers.

Equipped with one backcountry campground, three frontcountry campgrounds, and five cabin campgrounds, The Prince Forest National Park is suited to every camper’s personal preference.

The front country campgrounds offer grills, picnic tables, bathrooms, and drive in sites. Prince William Campground is equipped for RVs.

The Chopawamsic Backcountry Area is an 8 site, hike-in, hike-out campground for campers looking for a more secluded camping experience in the heart of nature. No campfires are allowed on these sites.

State Parks

In the Northern region of Virginia, there are several state parks with accommodations for camping. Among these are Sky Meadows State Park and the Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. State Park.

The Sky Meadows State Park is not equipped with drive-in campsites, but it does offer year round primitive hike-in tent camping. The campsites are located one mile from the parking area.

Reservations are required for camping at this park. Fire rings are provided.

The Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest, Jr. State Park also offers year round camping.

Campers can choose from the park’s EW Campground Sites, equipped with electricity and water hookups, or the more primitive River Right Campground, a canoe-in or hike-in campground.

Groups may wish to camp in the Cottonwood Primitive Group Camp, located only 100 yards from the parking lot and accommodating up to thirty campers.


Location: Northern Virginia
Latitude: 38.981849
Longitude: -77.256869
Categories: > Northern Virginia. > Camping.

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