Best Camping Spots In Northern Virginia

Published: October 1, 2014

As a kid i grew up camping with family and friends. I have camped in many places in and around the Northern Virginia area and can say that I am an expert at camping spots in this area. I have been to each and every one of these campsites and tend to go to at least 6 or 7 of them every year. Throughout the years I have found more and more little secrets and fun things to do at each of them. Though my preference is to go on long walks and listen to music or enjoy good conversations with friends and family. My personal favorite area to go camping is Shenandoah National Park.

  1. Bull Run Regional Park Campground

    Located in Centreville Virginia, Bull Run features 150 shaded campgrounds, a camp store, mini golf, disc golf, playground, trails and an outdoor pool. It has nice off map trails as well but you must be careful not to get lost. Make sure to take flashlights and maybe a pocket knife just in case! The only downside to this camping area is that there are many, many animals in the area. 

  2. Burke Lake Park

    Located in Burke Virginia, this park is known for its fishing on the 218 acre man made lake. It includes a mini train, a carousel, volleyball courts, 18 hole golfing course, clubhouse with snackbar and driving range, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, an ampitheater, and mini golf course. Includes 100 wooden campgrounds. The lake itself is an extremly popular place for many people to go to and run all the way around the 4.7 mile loop. It is considered to have one of the top 10 fitness trails in the nation, by the assesment of the American Hiking Society. 

  3. Lake Fairfax Park Campground

    In Reston Virginia the park has 136 campsites adjacent to the popular Water Mine Family Swimmin Hole, a western themed waterpark. In addition it has an 18 acre lake with pedal boat rentals, tour boat rides and fishing. 

  4. Pohick Bay Regional Park

    Located in Northern Virginia this has 150 campsites. There is a lake with boating and fishing, an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf, hiking trails and picnic shelters. 

  5. Aquia Pines Campground

    Located in Stafford, this is a year round camping spot. It offers everything from luxury cabins to wooded tent sites plus modern amenitites including cable tv, and wifi. Includes hot shoers, clean restrooms, laundry facility, came room, outdoor pool and mini golf.

  6. Oak Ridge Campground

    Located in Triangle Virginia, within the Prince William Forest. It is a 100 site wooden campground which includes tents, RV's and trailers. It is also open year round. The park rangers hold family-friendly campfire programs during the summer in the Amphitheatre.  Being that it is in the forest of Prince William itself, it has many off path trails that are fun to walk along, though like with other parks on this list, you should be extremly careful nd bring a first aid kit just in case! 

  7. Shenandoah National Park

    Located in Luray Virginia (near Luray caverns). It is the perfect place for an amazing view of the blue ridge mountains and a wide selection of outdoor rec oppurtunities. It includes 5 seperate campgrounds within the park and also includes cabins at each one of them. It also includes about fifteen miles of trails. Walking the trail all in 1 day is a task not many can reach, but if you can manage to it is quiet a feet to accomplish. 

  8. Westmoreland State Park

    Located in Montrose Virginia, this park extends about one and a half miles along the great Potomac River. It has spectacular views that are near breath taking from the park's horsehead cliffs. There are a range of activities that include, hiking, saltwater fishing, boating and swimming. This park includes about 135 wooded campsites. Unfortunataly there are no cabins offered at any of the camp sites. 

  9. Lake Anna State Park

    Lake Anna State Park is located in Spotsylvania Virginia. The campground offers campsites with and without running water and electrical hookups. It includes centrally located CLEAN restrooms with nice hot and cold showers, fire rings and pits, picnic areas equipped with picnic tables and charcoal grills and even lantern holders. The park has about fifteen to sixteen miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children's play area and a boat ramp. Lake Anna is EXTREMLY family friendly. Summer after summer tons of family's fill the park. Many have their own lake houses and if you just so happen to be one of them or know someone that has one you are in for quiet a treat. The lake itself is extremly fun and enjoyable to kick back and relax on all day long. 

  10. Belle Isle State Park

    Located in Lancaster Virginia. With 733 acres, seven miles of shoreline on the Northern Neck's Rappahannock River, and access to Mulberry and deep creeks, Belle Isle lets visitors explore a wide variety of tidal wetlands interspersed with agriculture fields and upland forests. Belle Isle has 3 picnic shelters, hiking, biking and bridle trails, motor boat and car top launch and overnight lodging at the Bel Air Mansion and Bel Air guest house. The park also offers bicycle, canoe and motorboat rentals, a universal access playground, boardwalk and fishing pier and even educational programs! Unlike many of the parks in the area, even if you are not a resident of the area you stll must pay an entrance fee just to ente the park, not just to go camping. 

My preference is something simple. I don't need a camping are to have all sorts of crazy amenities or tons of things to do. I'm one of those people who enjoys walking trails with my friends while listening to music and having good conversation. Though my favorite campsite of all time is Shenandoah National Park, all the other camp grounds are also amazing. I prefer Shenandoah because of its fifteen plus miles of trails. The view is also one of the most amazing I have ever witnessed in my 20 years of living. It is also an amazing place to take the whole family out. But if you want an extremly family orientated campground to go to, I ould suggest Burke Lake Park. There are tons of playgrounds and plenty areas to camp and enjoy cookouts and grilling!