Beautiful State Parks in Virginia 283

Virginia is one of the eastern states that have a ton to offer. There are all kinds of places to visit from the beaches to the mountains. It’s a unique state and one with a rich and long history. If you get a chance, you should take some time and camp in this wonderful state. Some of the best places to camp and enjoy all of the natural places the state are its state parks.

Here are a few of the most beautiful state parks in Virginia. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, if you’re thinking of traveling to the state, then you should hit up at least one of these.

First Landing State Park

Sightseeing binoculars at First Landing State Park beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach, First Landing State Park is comprised of over 2,800 acres of land for you to explore. Visitors can spend the day hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, and picnicking. There’s plenty to see. You can spend some time on the sandy beach, hike in the woods, or get out on the water. It’s a fantastic spot for families to spend the weekend or longer.

You can camp right in the park. The park has over 200 different campsites. Some of those sites will have electric and water hookups, some will have only electric, and others will have no hookups at all. I suggest calling ahead of time to make sure there will be a campsite available for you when you arrive.

Douthat State Park

Douthat State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a wonderful family park and has been designated as such since the 1930s. The park offers plenty, including beautiful mountain scenery, a 50-acre lake that is stocked with trout, four miles of streams designated for fishing, a sandy beach for swimming, and a whole lot more. You can rent boats, check out the amphitheater, shop at the gift shop, or eat at the on-site restaurant.

Camping is also available at the park. There are RV and tent sites at the park. Some of the sites will have hookups and others will not, so it’s best to call ahead and make sure you get the campsite that will work for you and your family.

Sky Meadow State Park

View from Sky Meadow State Park, Delaplane,VA
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Offering beautiful views of rolling hills, Sky Meadow State Park is made up of 1,860-acres. It provides visitors with a look at life in Crooked Run Valley from the colonial times all the way up to now. There are various educational history programs available, which is one of the things that makes this park such a good choice for families. You can also hike, bike, or go horseback riding if you would like to.

You can camp in the park, but only primitive camping sites are offered. If you want to stay in your RV, Mountain Lake Campground is a pretty primitive campground but it welcomes RVers. It’s the closest. If you want something with hookups, then check out Watermelon Park Campground it’s a bit further away but offers many more amenities.


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Beautiful state parks in Virginia

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