The Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the Southeast Region were selected based on criteria requested by family campers, including park amenities, beautiful outdoor scenery and educational facilities. The criteria included parks that offer hot showers, laundry facilities, hiking trails, family beaches, radio-free zones, visitor centers, educational programs, children's events and locations within 100 miles of a major metropolitan area. These are the top family campgrounds and RV Parks in the southeast region.
Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach
Nestled at Florida's most northeasterly tip, Fort Clinch State Park offers 61 campsites in two campgrounds. Shady, Spanish moss laden oak trees lend to old Florida ambiance in the Amelia River Campground's 40 sites. Just steps from the ocean, the 21 sites at the Atlantic Beach Campground are typical of the Florida beach atmosphere. Both campgrounds have a dump station, new accessible bathrooms with showers and washing machines that are centrally located. Each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, potable water and 20- or 30-amp electric hook-up. Additionally, a Primitive Youth Area Campground can accommodate large groups up to 100 guests in four sites. Enjoy the conveniences of modern camping while taking in the rich cultural and natural history of one of Florida's oldest and most diverse state parks. A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Daily tours with living-history interpreters clad in period dress depict garrison life of the fort for visitors. Just outside the fort guests can enjoy the pristine beaches and island wildlife. With approximately three miles of coastline, sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular beach activities. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife in this southeast region camping area.
Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey
Oscar Scherer State Park Campgrounds are one of the best in the state! That may sound like bravado but its true; we hear it all the time. Campsites are fully equipped with electric and water hook-ups. The Picnic tables and grills provide you a kitchen away from home, and the clean accessible restrooms have hot showers and laundry tubs for your convenience. There are six accessible sites with paved parking and concrete pads so everyone can be "grilling and chilling."
There is certainly a lot to do here. Located in old Scrubby Flatwoods, in proximity to numerous hiking trails, you cannot miss seeing many species of flora and fauna. Take a hike or join a guide on one of the scheduled walks. It is a short stroll to the Campfire Circle if a Ranger's program grabs your interest. Lake Osprey Picnic Area is close by for picnics and playgrounds, and there is a beach for swimming in one of only two freshwater public access points in Sarasota County. Here the Nature Center and pavilions are the backdrop for many events, festivals, and other activities for kids and the kid in all of us. Here along the shores of beautiful South Creek, you can watch the water as canoeists and kayakers pass by. As you gaze at the sunset over the water, you will see the day pass by too. Come and see what all the excitement is about.
St. George Island State Park, St. George Island
Looking for the perfect southeast region distraction from life? Then St. George Island State Park is the answer. Whether it is for a week or simply overnight, the campground at St. George will captivate you with its quiet grandeur. The secure 60-site campground provides a place to enjoy the comfort and adventure that nature so willingly offers. A pine forest, with sparkling white dunes as a backdrop, gives the feeling of safety and peace throughout the campground. Every site contains a grill, picnic table, water, and 50-amp electric hookup. A playground supplies children with hours of fun. Two bathhouses are available with hot showers to wash off a day at the beach. There is a 2 ½ mile hiking-trail that winds lazily from the campground to Gap Point located on the bay side. For those who are more adventurous, 9 miles of beach are available to hike with numerous access points. Swimming, fishing, bird watching, and shelling are a few things offered to pass the time. Rangers are around to impart knowledge about the history of the area as well as the flora and fauna in the park. Questions are always welcome. Reservations are available up to 11 months in advance for any season.
Watsadler Campground, Hartwell
Watsadler Campground is located near the Hartwell Dam overlooking the "Big Water" section of Lake Hartwell. This campground has a total of 51 sites, all with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. Almost every site in the campground is on the waterfront with a fantastic view of the lake! This campground features single and double sites. Other amenities at this campground include shower/restroom facilities, dump station, pay phone, playgrounds, park attendant, and boat ramp with courtesy dock and security lighting. Watsadler Campground is the only Corps managed campground on Lake Hartwell that is open year round. Watsadler Campground is located next to the Hartwell Lake Project Office. The Project Office offers movies on the history of the lake and wildlife displays that will interest the whole family. Also adjacent to the Project Office is Big Oaks day use area and Hartwell Dam Walking Trail. This trail begins at the entrance of Big Oaks Recreation Area and travels 2.75 miles round trip (or 1.37 miles one way) and follows the shoreline of Hartwell Lake from Big Oaks up to the concrete portion of the dam on the Georgia side, where one can enjoy the breath-taking view from on top of the dam. The trail is paved and is handicap and bike accessible.
Camping at Watsadler is great fun any time. Watsadler is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of Georgia. Campers of all ages come to camp, and enjoy the outdoor fun at Watsadler campground
Barren River State Resort Park, Lucas
This is a great family campground for several reasons. A playground across from the bathhouse is perfect for parents needing to do laundry and entertain their children at the same time. A half-court basketball court provides plenty of entertainment for pickup games. An amphitheater offers a nice setting for campfire programs and educational programs for guests. Educational and recreational activities are offered daily by the park's recreation staff during the peak season of Memorial Day to Labor Day. One of the most popular events at the campground is the Spookout, held the third weekend of October. Campers decorate their sites and dress up in costume for a variety of activities including trick or treating. Other amenities that make this a great family campground are a boat ramp conveniently located in the campground and plenty of sloping shoreline for bank fishing. A fishing pole loaner program is available to guests. Conveniently located near the campground, the park has a beach, a 2.5-mile paved bike trail, bicycle rental, 1-mile nature trail and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
Our 145-site campground sits amidst the tranquility of the Kentucky Cumberland Plateau wilderness to relax the senses. All sites have picnic tables, fire-rings, multiple electric hook-ups, lantern posts and paved pull-ins. 24 sites have hitching posts for our equestrian campers and 2 ADA compliant sites are located near our family restroom. The campground is located minutes from Dale Hollow Lake, a pristine 27,000-acre highland reservoir that makes boating and fishing recreation unlimited. A new country store, 6 new primitive cabins, 2 dump stations, 41 direct sewer sites, 3 full service bathhouses and 2 laundries tame the wilderness. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park offers 17 miles of hiking, biking and horse riding trails, pool, 2 playgrounds, 18-hole championship golf course, driving range, mini golf and recreational programs to keep you entertained if lake activities are not on your agenda. A full service marina offers boat and slip rentals and our 2 launching ramps will get you on the lake. To end your camping stay, a stop at the Island View Restaurant, which sits atop a 300 ft. bluff wall overlooking the lake will be the icing on the cake.
Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville
Green River Lake State Park features 157 improved camping sites with water and electric hook-ups, tables, and pads. There are also 72 primitive sites. Three bath houses and two dump stations serve the campground. The park also has a summer recreation program and entertainment during holiday weekends.
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
John James Audubon State Park attracts visitors due to the cleanliness and opportunities within the park. A favorite activity is fishing. The park supplies everything, including the bait! Another favorite is the holiday parades in the campground. Patriotic themes are common on all sorts of bikes, scooters, golf carts, etc. The park is also an ideal location to park an RV or set up a tent and enjoy the numerous festivals that are so popular in Henderson, such as the WC Handy Blues Festival and several Bluegrass Festivals. The entire park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp and the WPA. A statue in the Park honors the men who built the park.
Niolin Lake State Park, Mammoth Cave
The park has a 5,795-acre fishing and boating lake which is the main attraction. It has a nice beach area for the kids, lots of picnic areas with tables and grills, a nice country store and restrooms filled with all the necessities, and only 100 feet to the shelter, which is available for rent on any occasion. Other activities include walking trail, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, basketball and playground. The park has lots of wildlife with deer and raccoons and horseback riding within 6 mile of the park. Local area attractions include Mammoth Cave National Park, only minutes away. Nolin Lake hosts the Annual "Rex Hurt Memorial Nolin Fest" as well as other educational programs throughout the year.
Cypremort Point State Park, Cypremort Point
In addition to its popular beaches and water activities, Cypremort Point State Park offers six waterfront cabins with full kitchens and bath facilities. Situated on the beach atop lifts, each cabin has a balcony, which provides a scenic view of the Vermilion Bay, and a barbecue grill located underneath. In addition to numbers, visitors can also reserve the cabins by color since the cabins are painted a pastel blue, yellow, or green. For the physically challenged or those who just don't want to climb stairs, three of the cabins are equipped with elevators.
Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
Grand Isle State Park features 125 campsites. Forty-nine of those campsites are pull-through sites; including electricity and water hook-ups and barbecue pits with picnic tables. The other 76 sites are for beach/tent camping.
There are more than a dozen charter services that provide inland fishing and also offshore fishing. Every July the Tarpon Rodeo attracts thousands of fishing competitors. Almost every weekend there is some sort of event or competition going on in the area. Fishing from a boat, surf fishing, fishing from a pier, fishing under lights at night from a bridge, or just fishing from the side of the road, Grand Isle can accommodate just about anything.
Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego
Located only 20 minutes from New Orleans' French Quarter, the park also offers a wave pool on those hot summer days. Picnics and camping near the water are available. Reservations are recommended.
Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien
Offering a variety of picnic and photographing opportunities, Hodges Gardens State Park features various gardens, a panoramic view, and nearly two miles of winding trails. Each garden has a name such as Azalea Hill and Herb Garden.
Greenbelt Campground, Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt
Greenbelt Park Campground is located in Grenbelt. It is a wooded park with hiking trails and is located adjacent to the Baltimore Washington Parkway, offering easy access to the Washington, DC, metro area (just 12 miles from the White House.) Where hotels run from $200 per night and up, families can camp at Greenbelt for $16 per night.
John W. Kyle State Park, Sardis
Located on the scenic Sardis Reservoir just one hour from Memphis, John W. Kyle State Park offers a unique variety of recreational opportunities in an area abundant in natural beauty. The historic campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is just 25 miles away, making John W. Kyle State Park the perfect spot to spend a football weekend.
The park's main attraction, Sardis Lake, is well known throughout the region for its outstanding bass and crappie fishing. The 58,500-acre lake is equally popular with boating and skiing enthusiasts. Guests can enjoy basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports activities at the park's spacious recreational complex. Lighted tennis courts are also available. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool is located near the cabin area. Two nature trails adjoin the park property, offering a close look at area plants, birds, and wildlife. John W. Kyle State Park is also home to Mallard Pointe Golf Course. Mallard Pointe Golf Course is a championship 18-hole course that features striking elevation changes. A large driving range, putting green, and practice course are also available.
Accommodations include 20 guest cabins, a group camp, and a 200-pad main campground, one of the largest campgrounds in the Mississippi State Park system. The park also provides meeting and banquet facilities, two playgrounds, two amphitheaters, a chapel, and a souvenir shop.
Lake Lincoln State Park, Wesson
Nestled in the shade of towering hardwood trees, Lake Lincoln State Park offers a delightful blend of serene natural beauty and a variety of outdoor activities. In addition, the park's close proximity to Interstate 55, U.S. Highway 51, and State Highway 27 provides easy access for visitors.
More than anything, the park is known for fun on the water. Lake Lincoln is highly popular with area fishermen due to its excellent catches of largemouth bass and other species. It is equally popular for swimming, boating, water skiing, and jet skiing. The 1.5-acre sand beach allows sunbathers to "catch some rays," while swimmers can gradually descend into the lake and enjoy swimming in an area free of fisherman and boaters. A leisurely hike through the natural setting of loblolly, short-leaf pine, southern magnolias and dogwoods puts you back in touch with the wonders of nature. Special care has been taken to preserve the dense cover of undisturbed vegetation which not only enhances the beauty of the entire recreation area, but also aids in preventing soil erosion.
The park features 71 RV campsites with water and electricity, as well as a dump station. A guest cabin and a designated tent camping area are also available for the park's guests. Lake Lincoln provides a number of picnic sites, shelters, and pavilions to accommodate both large and small gatherings. The park's 18-hole disc golf course is known as Magnolia Cover.
Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg
Spend a few moments beneath the trees of Paul B. Johnson State Park and you'll understand why this land has been prized since the days of the Choctaw Indians. Located in the heart of Mississippi's pine belt region, this park provides a picturesque setting for a variety of outdoor activities. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is just a 20-minute drive, which makes Paul B. Johnson State Park the perfect place to spend a football weekend.
The hauntingly beautiful landscape is home to towering loblolly and long-leaf pines, massive oaks, and delicate dogwoods, as well as the scenic 300-acre Geiger Lake. The lake offers excellent fishing, as well as many water sports opportunities. Canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats are available for rent. Situated on a scenic hilltop, the park's campground has 88 sites with water and electricity, and 22 sites with water, electricity and sewer hook-ups. The RV campground offers a private beach and swimming area. Twenty-five sites in a secluded, pastoral setting on Lake Geiger are set aside for tent camping, affording maximum privacy and beautiful, unspoiled water views. There are also 16 well-equipped guest cabins, some of which feature cozy fireplaces. Day-use facilities include a 2.5-mile nature trail, a meeting room that can accommodate up to 70 people, 100 picnic tables, a playground, and multipurpose sports field. Mississippi's first public 23-basket disc golf course, known as the Desert Fox Disc Golf Course, is located at Paul B. Johnson State Park.
Percy Quin State Park, McComb
Loblolly pines and stately magnolia trees, rolling hills, spectacular seasonal flowers, and a year-round mild climate await visitors to Percy Quin State Park. One of the original state parks cleared and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, today Percy Quin State Park is a delightful blend of the old and new. Located just two and a half hours from New Orleans, 1,700-acre Percy Quin State Park provides a colorful natural backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.
A star attraction of Percy Quin is Lake Tangipahoa, a 700-acre lake that provides excellent catches of largemouth bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. The lake also lets guests enjoy swimming, water skiing, and boating. Fishing boats, canoes, and paddleboats are available for rent. The park features 100 RV camping sites, 27 fully equipped cabin units, a tent camping area, and a group camp. The day-use area includes 145 picnic sites, seven picnic pavilions, two playgrounds, five tennis courts, an archery course, and two sports fields. A meeting room that can accommodate up to 200 people is available for rent. A well-marked nature trail of eight miles circles Lake Tangipahoa and affords observation opportunities of wildlife and plants. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool is seasonally available for visitors. Percy Quin State Park also boasts its own golf course. Quail Hollow Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course, which also features a 9-hole executive course, large driving range, and putting green.
Trace State Park, Belden
Trace State Park is a quiet, natural retreat located just minutes from Tupelo, one of Mississippi's fastest-growing cities. The newest park in the Mississippi State Park system, Trace State Park was formerly known as Old Natchez Trace Park. This beautiful 2,545-acre park offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. Trace State Park features 35 miles of trails that can be utilized by ATV, motorcycle, horse, or mountain bike. A special arrangement with the Pontotoc Country Club allows Trace State Park guests to enjoy the club's 18-hole golf course without paying green fees. Trace State Park is also home to the 18-hole Old Warrior Run Disc Golf Course. Old Warrior Run is the first North Mississippi long-arm course. Once admitted into the park, the disc course is free of charge for visitors. The park's 600-acre, L-shaped lake accommodates fishing on one side of the dam and swimming and skiing on the other. The lake is stocked with bass, catfish, redear, bluegill, and crappie. The day-use area includes 28 picnic sites, a multipurpose sports field, seasonal concession stand, and a beach area. For campers, the park offers 52 RV camping pads, as well as a central dump station and two bathhouses. There is also a large tent camping area that features 10 shaded sites along the lake for primitive camping, as well as seven guest cabins and a playground.
Aiken State Natural Area, Windsor
Four spring-fed lakes, sparkling sand hill streams, and the meandering South Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America, make Aiken State Natural Area a popular destination. Built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this 1,067-acre park has a variety of animal and plant life, making it an excellent location for nature study and birding. The park also offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as canoeing the Edisto River, fishing in one of the park lakes, picnicking, camping and hiking trails. The campground consists of 25 sites. Each site is packed sand and has individual water and electrical hook-ups. Some sites accommodate RV's up to 35 feet. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
The trail system at Aiken State Natural Area consists of a 3-mile nature trail. The nature trail is connected directly to the campground and makes for easy access for campers. The park is extremely popular among fisherman and campers because of the easy river access and four spring-fed lakes. But paddlers have the extra bonus of a cleared canoe path, giving a chance to explore the South Fork of the Edisto's narrow waters. The South Fork Edisto Canoe trail meanders for 1.7 miles between two canoe landings on the park. It makes for an easy trip down one of the most beautiful rivers in South Carolina. Canoes are available for rent for $12 per day. Non-motorized fishing boats can also be rented for $12 per day and provide access to the park's four lakes where you can try your luck for bream, bass and catfish.
Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area, Calhoun Falls
Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area offers recreational facilities on relatively undeveloped Lake Russell, a Savannah River reservoir known for its outstanding fishing and boating. The 318-acre park also features camping, nature trails and wildlife viewing area, game court and a meeting facility. The campground at Calhoun Falls is one of the most RV-friendly in the SC State Park Service. The campground consists of large, level, paved sites with easy access. Many of the sites are waterfront or have views of the lake. Three campgrounds are located along the shores of Lake Russell and provide 100 sites for camping. Two of the campgrounds provide individual water and electrical hook-ups. Some of these sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 30 feet. Restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities are provided.
While tent campers may use these sites, a designated walk-in tent camping area includes tent pads and centralized water. All but one tent site is waterfront. Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area offers a moderate 1.75 mile loop nature trail for walking. Enjoy fishing in Lake Russell, one of South Carolina's most popular fishing lakes, for bass, crappie, bream, stripers and catfish. The fishing pier, which extends out into Lake Russell, is handicap accessible, and a park tackle shop offers a variety of goods. A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Russell. A lighted marina offers 36 rental boat slips. Thirty-two of the 36 slips include water and electricity and access to sewage pump-out, restrooms with hot showers and in-boat refueling. Non-motorized fishing boats may be rented by the day.
Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area, Plum Branch
Hamilton Branch is located in the western Piedmont of South Carolina on Strom Thurmond Lake, a popular fishing, boating and water recreation destination. The park covers an entire 731-acre peninsula that provides ample shoreline for fishing. It's also the reason why most of the park's campsites are lakefront and spacious. The park's rolling terrain supports a variety of wildlife and provides an excellent setting in which to see the natural beauty of the Savannah Valley region.
The spacious, newly renovated campground boasts 140 campsites with water and electricity along the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake. Most sites are lakefront. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 35 feet. Eight comfort stations, which include restroom facilities with hot showers, are also located throughout the park. The park provides an access point for the Steven's Creek Bike Trail. Enjoy fishing in Strom Thurmond Lake for bass, bream, crappie, striper, hybrid bass and catfish. Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Strom Thurmond Lake and a variety of recreational opportunities. The park also has playground equipment and picnic shelters available for visitors.
Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area, Sunset
The park is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina amid the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 1,000-acre park supports an abundance of plants, wildlife and interesting natural features that include impressive rock outcrops and numerous sparkling mountain springs where rhododendron, mountain laurel and other mountain vegetation abound.
The customs and lifestyles of the Cherokee Indians that once inhabited the area are depicted in an Interpretive Center and four outdoor exhibit kiosks. The interpretive complex covers the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians and the story of their relationship with European settlers of South Carolina. Ten paved sites have individual water and electrical hookups and can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet total vehicle length. Larger units will have difficulty navigating the campground road. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your unit, please contact the park directly. The designated tent area includes 14 sites with central water and individual tent pads and fire rings. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers.
The cabin at Keowee-Toxaway is located in a secluded wooded area along the shores of Lake Keowee where you can enjoy fishing and a variety of other water-oriented activities. Boat access is located approximately five miles from the park. Nearby points of interest include several other state parks, beautiful waterfalls and many miles of hiking trails.
Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville
Formerly a watershed for the city of Greenville, the 1540-acre Paris Mountain features large stands of old-growth hardwood forests that canopy over hiking and biking trails, a family campground, picnic areas and Camp Buckhorn, a group-camp complex. The Campground has 39 sites that are paved, 13 of which offer tent pads. Each site has individual water and electrical hook-ups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 35 feet. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. With Paris Mountain scoring #1 for the second consecutive year for the Federal Recreational Trails Program Grant, mountain biking opportunities will continue to grow. Currently, 8 of the 10 miles of trails at Paris Mountain are open to mountain biking. There is something for everyone at Paris Mountain State Park. Beginners can ride the new Mountain Creek trail. Intermediate riders can enjoy the recent road-to-trail conversion on the Firetower trail. Advanced riders will find the technical challenge exciting while riding the Brissy Ridge and Sulphur Springs trails.
Table Rock State Park, Pickens
There are several attractions located close to the park. There are several natural waterfalls and hiking trails within and also near the park. Other attractions include Hagood Mill, Pickens County Museum, Hagood Mauldin House, Clemson University and Southern Wesleyan College. Maps and brochures are available at the Park Headquarters/Visitor Center.
Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry
Chippokes Plantation State Park is a fantastic "one-stop" family vacation spot. With 50 beautiful campsites surrounded by leafy trees, rolling farmland, historic buildings, and the James River, this park has something to offer everyone in the family. Programs include historic walks through the plantation grounds and formal gardens, antebellum mansion tours, Farm & Forestry Museum tours, working rustic sawmill, hands-on crafts and activities, fossil hunts, fishing clinics with equipment provided, family-friendly canoe trips, group campfires, and much, much more. Special events include the Steam and Gas Engine Show in June, which showcases the evolution of farming equipment with tractor pulls, vintage trucks, steam engines, and a flea market; the Pork, Pine and Peanut festival in July celebrating Virginia's agricultural and artisan heritage and featuring over 225 crafters; and the Plantation Christmas celebration in October--this juried festival of crafts is great for early Christmas shopping. For a truly unique experience, visitors can rent one of the unique historic cabins, some over 100 years old, that have been renovated for all the creature comforts while retaining their historic charm. The park also features an Olympic-sized swimming pool and pool complex, visitor center with educational displays, a gift shop, two children's playgrounds, and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. For ease of family camping and RVing, sites have electric and water hook-ups, restrooms have hot showers, and there is a laundry facility on-site.
Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin
Claytor Lake State Park opened on September 1, 1950. The park is located on 474 acres along the 4,475 acre Claytor Lake. The park offers many attractions and activities, including a swimming area, picnic shelters, cabins, boat rentals, 4.1 miles of trails, interpretive programs, special events, a full service marina, meeting facility, gift shop, concession areas, and visitor center. Camping is one of the most popular activities at Claytor Lake State Park. The park offers 70 standard campsites in three campgrounds. Each standard campground has recently remodeled, centrally located bathhouses with hot water showers and dish washing sinks. Standard campsites will accommodate a mixture of equipment, tents, pop-up campers, and small trailers up to 20 feet long. The park also offers a fourth campground with 40 water and electric hook-up sites. These sites can accommodate RV's up to 35 feet in length. All campsites at Claytor Lake State Park contain two lantern posts, fire grill, and a picnic table. The water and electric campground bathhouse is centrally located and offers hot water showers and a dish washing sink. There are two sewer dump stations located in the park campgrounds.
Douthat State Park, Millboro
Whether it is for a summer vacation, a fall or spring getaway, or a winter retreat, Douthat State Park offers many amenities for each season. Douthat was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), opened in 1936, and was one of the first six state parks opened in Virginia. Douthat not only has something for the nature lover, but it is also full of history. There are 30 cabins, 2 guest lodges, 2 campgrounds with water and electric hook-ups and one lakeside campground with no hookups but water centrally located within the campground. All campgrounds have full bath houses. Douthat is encompassed by some of Virginia's most outstanding mountain scenery and boasts an abundance of birds and wildlife. Every season offers an abundance of sights, sounds and festivities to see, hear and enjoy. If hiking or mountain biking does not appeal to you or your family, then come out to enjoy our full schedule of interpretive programs that include such things as Butterfly Bungalows, Owl Pellet Adventure, guided hikes and canoe tours.
Whether you are a nature lover or a history enthusiast, Douthat State Park has the accommodations to suit your family's needs. The history and beauty that surround Douthat offer an experience that you will not forget for years to come.
Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart
Nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just south of Roanoke, Fairy Stone State Park is one of the original six state parks in Virginia. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Fairy Stone State Park is famous as the home of the lucky fairy stones. Legend has it that fairy stones are the petrified tears of fairies, formed as their tears fell to the ground upon hearing the news of Christ's crucifixion. An unusual geological feature found in only a few sites throughout the world, the tiny mineral crosses are abundant in the park. Fairy Stone State Park is a sportsman's paradise surrounded by 13,000 acres of public land open to hunting. The park is just minutes away from the Smith River, with some of the best brown trout fishing in the state. The 168-acre Fairy Stone Lake teems with crappie, catfish, and both large and small-mouthed bass.
Fairy Stone's lake beach features a deep-water diving platform and slide for proficient swimmers, along with a shallow water play area that contains floating water toys for the small ones. Lifeguards help maintain a safe environment for all ages. Canoes and other rental boats are available daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and weekends in April, May, September, and October. Hiking and picnicking are available nearby. Overnight facilities include rustic cabins, a group lodge, and wooded campground. Great for a family reunion or a quiet getaway, family-friendly Fairy Stone State Park has an outdoor adventure waiting for every age!
Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania
There are 48 campsites that can be used with tents, RVs or trailers. Campsite driveways are 60 feet long to handle vehicles and boat trailers; additional parking is available if needed. Two bathhouses with individual showers are available, as is a coin-operated laundry facility. Six camping cabins with electricity and wooden bunk beds, several pull through sites and buddy sites are available. Half of the campsites have 50/30/20-amp electric hook-ups and water hook-ups; the camping cabins have electric but use nearby water hydrants. There are other water hydrants provided throughout the campground for a potable water supply. There are no sewer hook-ups but there is a dump station nearby. Each site has an extra-long picnic table for camp stoves, a fire ring with adjustable cooking grate, and a lantern post. The fire ring and table section has a firm gravel base, while the "tent area" section of the site has a softer pea gravel base. Both sections combine to create a 25 ft. x 35ft. living area. Boats can be taken out of the water after dark by using the lighted boat ramp and automatic gate that allows exit from the day-use area in order to return to the campground. There is lots of shoreline for bank fishing and a children's/handicapped fishing pond complete with asphalt pathway and wooden fishing platforms. Boat rentals are available at several private marinas around the lake. The campground is set in a mixed hardwood forest near one of Virginias largest lakes. White Oak, Red Oak, Hickory, Maple, and Loblolly Pine trees surround the camping area and provide attractive buffer areas. The lake shore is only a short walk from the campground along an asphalt pathway. The campground was built along a ridge line with gentle slopes making for level campsites.
New River Trail State Park, Foster Falls
New River Trail State Park's Mill Race campground offers spectacular views of the New River, including the class III rapids at Foster Falls and the rock cliffs along the opposite shore. It gives families an opportunity to get away from lights, traffic, and distracting noises, and simply enjoy nature and each other's company. The campground is situated right along the New River and gives visitors a chance to listen to the water running by as they enjoy a campfire or fall asleep. Visitors must park their vehicles and walk ¼ mile to their campsites, which are primitive tent-only sites. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities while they stay at the Mill Race Campground, including access to the New River Trail to hike, bike or horseback ride for 57 miles! We offer guided horseback rides, canoe, kayak, tube, and bicycle rentals, and a shuttle service to various trail access points. All of these activities are located within an easy walking distance from your campsite.
Occoneechee State Park, Clarksville
Occoneechee State Park is located on Virginia's largest lake, John H. Kerr/Buggs Island Lake, which stretches over 50,000 acres through Virgina and North Carolina. Of our 88 campsites, 26 are waterfront, which allows guests to pull a boat to shore or fish all night from their campsite. Electric and water hook-ups are available at 39 of our campsites, and campers are no more than a short walk from a hot shower in one of our four bathhouses. Occoneechee is an ideal fishing destination with ample trailer parking and three boat ramps providing lake access.
The park's three miles of walking paths take guests through beautiful piedmont forest and through the remains of Occoneechi Plantation, built in 1839. Our 15-mile roundtrip Panhandle Multi-Use Trail winds along the Panhandle Peninsula and provides many stunning vistas of the lake. A separate camping area along the multi-use trail is for equestrian campers and includes 11 pull-through sites, 11 stalls, and an exercise ring.
The park's Visitor Center features a museum telling the story of Native Americans in this region, particularly the Occoneechi from whom the park takes its name. Throughout the summer, Park Interpreters provide a variety of fun and informative programming, including campfires, night hikes, owl calling, hayrides, nature walks, children's craft programs, and more. Every May, Occoneechee State Park hosts an annual Native American Festival where guests can experience the thrill of traditional Native American music and dance, along with a variety of crafts and demonstrations.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston
Smith Mountain Lake State Park is located where the piedmont meets the mountains in Southwest Virginia, on the second-largest freshwater lake in the state. The park offers a nice blend of historical, cultural and natural features to a family looking for outdoor recreation. Smith Mountain Lake is a water enthusiast paradise. There is a full range of water-related activities within the park, including a swimming beach, boat rentals, a boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing pier. Families and groups can enjoy miles of hiking trails or picnicking within a magnificent grove of loblolly pines. The visitor center houses live animals, an informative exhibit of the region's history, and a gift shop. An amphitheater and numerous special programs offer something for various ages and interests. Interpretive programs throughout the year teach, entertain, and provide time for family interaction. The interpretive programs include hayrides, canoe trips, Junior Rangers, campfires, and creek adventures.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park's campground consists of 50 sites, which are a mixture of primitive tent sites and water/electric trailer sites. Throughout the camping season, a volunteer camp host located in the campground is available to assist campers. The park staff has been busy making improvements to the campground, including leveling many of the camping sites. A bathhouse with hot showers is a new addition. The campground location provides easy access to the lake and a short walk on Beech Wood Trail connects campers with the vast network of hiking trails within the park.
Westmoreland State Park, Montross
Westmoreland State Park has been providing camping since 1936, even providing pull-through spaces for the emerging RVer. The campground has changed to provide a variety of camper conveniences to attract the nationwide destination user. The campground boasts 40 water electric campsites, standard campsites, 3 buddy sites, 1 group site, 6 camping cabins, 3 bathhouses with hot showers, and a small laundromat. The sites now boast a low-impact experience with a picnic table (a recycled table top at many of the sites), a fire ring, and at least a 20' x 20' pad for camping equipment. The RVer has 60'+ with 30-amp electrical service. The buddy sites and group sites, accommodating 24 and 40 respectively, allow families to share common meeting and/or cooking spaces.
Westmoreland State Park is located on the Potomac River, midway between Washington, DC, and the Potomac's mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. Destination users find themselves in the midst of America's history: George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Stratford Hall are less than 5 miles away; Historic Fredericksburg, with 4 major Civil War battlefields, is less than 45 miles away; and Washington DC, Richmond, and Williamsburg are less than 90 miles away. Summer visitors have complimentary access to the Olympic-size swimming pool. The Park's interpretive theme, centered on the Potomac River, provides interpretive programs like Kayaking or Fossil Hikes for nominal fees. A waterfront Boat House rents kayaks and sells fishing/paddling supplies and park souvenirs.
The Top 100 Family Campgrounds and RV park listings were selected based on criteria requested by family campers, including park amenities, beautiful outdoor scenery and educational facilities. The criteria included parks that offer hot showers, laundry facilities, hiking trails, family beaches, radio-free zones, visitor centers, educational programs, children's events and locations within 100 miles of a major metropolitan area.