Camping and Paddling the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway

Three serene, unspoiled rivers and two picturesque lakes in southern Virginia are the path to take for days of paddling on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Mix in attractive RV campgrounds all along your route and this Virginia camping and paddling trip can become one of your best vacations yet.

If you’ve never paddled a kayak or canoe here, it’s high time you did! Pack the RV and your favorite watercraft and use these tips to plan your own trip down the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Don’t own an RV? Be sure to get in touch for an RV rental—we’ve got you covered.

Mapping Your Adventure 

With more than one hundred miles of waterways to explore on this Blueway, you have plenty of choices for where to put in, how far to paddle and where to camp. The Staunton (Roanoke), Dan and Banister Rivers tempt paddlers with wooded shores, man-made and natural features and plenty of wildlife. These rivers all flow into John H Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, which straddles the Virginia/North Carolina border.

State park campgrounds all along the lakeshore make it possible to stay and explore Virginia’s largest lake awhile. But you’ll want to float the Blueway farther south along the state line, as well, to where Lake Gaston offers its own special charm.

Suggested Trips along the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway

To explore the Staunton River leg of the Blueway, put in at Long Island Park in Long Island, VA, slip around the Hale Islands and paddle downstream eleven miles to the Brookneal boat launch. You’ll find Class I and II rapids during peak flow and a nicely wooded shoreline. Primitive campsites are available in Long Island Park.

The Dan River, on the other hand, converges with the Staunton River at Staunton River State Park on the north shore of John H Kerr Reservoir. Enter the water at the boat launch off US-360 in South Boston, VA and slip around a series of islands for about thirteen miles until you reach the lake’s backwaters. The modern campground at Staunton River State Park

By Virginia State Parks staff (DSCN0595 Uploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Canoeing in Virginia

  is surrounded by wooded trails and features standard electric campsites.

One more suggested river trip—the Bannister River from the King’s Bridge access point on the outskirts of Halifax, VA about seven miles downstream to the Terry’s Bridge takeout point at US-360. The route’s made more interesting by man-made rapids created by wing dams, and the scenery is surprisingly unspoiled, despite nearby towns. You’re close enough to camp at Staunton River State Park on this route, as well.

The two lakes on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway give paddling enthusiasts even more opportunities to explore. Occoneechee State Park on Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake) features standard electric campsites right on the lakeshore, close enough to Clarksville to make a quick trip for supplies. The reservoir’s eight-hundred-fifty-miles of shoreline includes secluded coves accessible at points like Longwood Park (a nice campground here, too) and Island Creek Park. Fish, paddle or hike until you’re ready to move on; it’s an outdoor playground worth getting to know.

Kerr Tailrace Park is your access to the waters of the Roanoke (Staunton) River as they flow once again toward Lake Gaston. The area is rich with wildlife, in particular bald eagles, osprey and great blue herons who come to feed below the dam. Camping is available just down the shoreline within the large campground at North Bend Park.

And we can’t leave the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway without offering a peek at Lake Gaston. After you’ve explored the Kerr Tailrace/Bugg Island waters, venture downstream at least as far as the Steel Bridge or Flat Creek access points for a taste of the Blueway’s southern limits. Lake Gaston is more highly-developed than Kerr Reservoir, but you’ll still find plenty of places to paddle.

As you do, you’ll be close enough to camp at North Bend Park again, or you can enjoy all the amenities of a full-service RV campground at Lake Gaston Americamps.

If you love to explore scenic waterways by kayak or canoe, you can’t beat the more than one-hundred-miles of adventure on the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. With convenient, friendly campgrounds the entire way, there’s no reason not to add this trip to your ‘gotta do it’ camping and paddling vacation list.

Photo attribution:  By Virginia State Parks staff (DSCN0595  Uploaded by AlbertHerring) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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How to Get Away from the Crowd While RV Camping

Traveling by RV is always comfortable, no matter whether you’re parked in a luxury RV resort or deep within a national forest. For campers who enjoy solitude, seeking campsites beyond developed campgrounds can be your best choice, if you’re willing to plan ahead.

One of the easiest ways to get away from the crowd while RV camping is to take advantage of campsites at state and national forests. Here are just a few spots to consider as you plan your adventures:

  • If you’re planning a Virginia RV camping adventure, consider a visit to Shenandoah National Forest. The campgrounds there, set among woodlands, waterfalls and trails with panoramic views, offer dump stations, drinking water and large campsites.
  • Travelers planning a Pennsylvania RV vacation should take a look at the less-developed campgrounds in Allegheny National Forest. This vast greenspace is a fishing and hiking paradise and some campgrounds offer both electric or primitive campsites.
  • Visitors to California will want to take a look at Lassen National Forest, where several campgrounds accommodate your need for no-hookups privacy (and the views are simply breathtaking!)
  • Florida RV campers hoping for a less crowded environment can check out Osceola National Forest west of Jacksonville, especially the Ocean Pond campground. Three levels of camping allow you to pick how isolated you’d like to be while exploring the trails and waterways in this lush, green environment.

But you may be saying, “Wait a minute! What exactly do you mean by “camping outside of developed campgrounds”? What we’re talking about is a camping area where you’ll find a water supply, dump station and shower/restroom facilities close by, but perhaps without electric or water hookups at each campsite. You may not be able to use your electronic appliances and devices unless generator use is allowed, but the trade-off is in uncluttered views and uncrowded camping.

To take advantage of the beauty many of these campgrounds have to offer, you’ll have to plan ahead and make some adjustments to expectations. Here are some suggestions as you prepare to camp in a state or national forest campground.

  • Check ahead for rules about generator use, and plan for essentials accordingly.
  • Fill water tanks and empty waste water tanks before arriving.
  • Plan to cook on a gas stove or grill or plan menus that don’t require cooking.
  • Take care to only dispose of waste water at campground or park dump stations.
  • During the warmest hours of the day, plan activities like swimming or hiking in the deep woods to stay cool.
  • Plan ahead for safe food storage.
  • For ‘dispersed camping’ spots, where parking the RV is allowed in areas without amenities, you’ll need to pack out your own trash.

Being able to embrace the beauty of natural areas is possible even while enjoying RV comfort. Don’t own an RV? No problem—we’re always here to help with an RV rental.

With a little planning, camping in less crowded campgrounds might just become your favorite way to vacation. Why not start planning your get-away-from-it-all adventure now?

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Chincoteague Island—RV Camping in Paradise

Chincoteague Island, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, can be your starting point for an unforgettable RV camping vacation. The timeless beauty of Chincoteague draws visitors all summer long to hike or bike to a wildlife refuge, kayak in Chincoteague Bay or watch for dolphins from a picturesque lighthouse. Unspoiled by over-development, it’s as close to nature as you’ll find on the Eastern Seaboard.

Coming to Chincoteague by RV is the perfect choice for several reasons. Thanks to the variety of campgrounds in the area, it’s possible to maximize your family’s vacation activities. Chincoteague campgrounds are close to area attractions and most also offer access to clamming, crabbing, boat rentals, scenic land and water tours and other outdoor recreation favorites.

Here’s one more bonus: knowing you’ll be coming home to sleep in RV comfort and can cook when you choose in a well-equipped RV kitchen makes vacationing that much more relaxing.

Now that you know you’re making the right choice traveling by RV, here are even more reasons to take an RV camping trip to Chincoteague Island.

Assateague Island National Seashore

An extraordinary place divided between Maryland and Virginia (and a stone’s throw from Chincoteague), Assateague Island is home to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where wild ponies play among the dunes.     Chincoteague_National_Wildlife_Refuge

On the last Saturday of July, those ponies swim the narrow channel between the two islands in preparation for the Pony Auction held annually to reduce the herd to limits allowed on the island. Tip: If your family is planning to attend this amazing event, plan to park at the school on Chincoteague and take the shuttle to avoid the congestion.

Kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing and saltwater fishing are other favorite activities for visitors to Assateague. Take the time to visit Assateague Lighthouse, a quick drive or bike ride from Chincoteague. Built in 1833, the light’s attractive red and white tower promises wonderful vacation photos and a chance to climb the steps to the top for even better views.

There are Assateague Island RV campgrounds on the Maryland side, if you enjoy ‘boondocking’ with no hookups and cold water showers. It’s best to plan on camping here during the week in the summertime, as weekend sites are booked months in advance.

Find time to come to Virginia’s Eastern Shore this summer. Whether you come to ride a horse along the beach, learn the history of Assateague and Chincoteague on a boat tour, paddle your way through the area’s many water trails or photograph the sun setting over the dunes, your time on these islands will be magical.

And did we mention the area is famous for its summertime festivals? Be sure to ask your campground host what’s coming up so you won’t miss any of the fun.

We’d love to help you with a Virginia or Maryland RV rental, as well as more information about area activities. Use this link to make your reservations at your favorite Virginia campground and start planning your own Chincoteague Island RV camping vacation.

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Travel Virginia in an RV to See some Unique Spots

Virginia is an ideal destination for an RV vacation this fall. Before the snows come, you really need to get away from it all and have a little time to relax and recoup. Driving an RV through the Virginia countryside and visiting some unique spots makes a vacation worth remembering.

Autumn Waterfall, Virginia

Autumn Waterfall, Virginia

Once you pick up your RV motorhome in Herndon, VA, you can travel to Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County to experience a diversity of landscapes and some marvelous outdoor recreation. Hiking these trails takes you through an environment rich in plant life and teeming with wildlife. You’ll see fields, wetlands, forests and river habitats. It is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Another unique destination is the Leesburg Animal Park. If you have kids with you, the petting zoo is alive with bunnies, goats, pigs, sheep and much more. Of course, this zoo is not just for the children. Everyone loves to pet the animals and feed the llamas, deer and camels. Exotic animals are a treat too, with giant tortoises, zebras and lemurs. On weekends, ride a camel for one special adventure!

There are more than 1,800 acres with 17 miles of hiking trails in Sky Meadows State Park. You will also have an opportunity to go horseback riding on seven miles of bridle trails or take part in a history program this fall. Lots of scenic views too, as well as tons of wildlife – so don’t forget your camera! You won’t want to miss shots of your vacation time here.

The GR Thompson State Wildlife Management Area also should be on your itinerary. This is a place where outdoor recreation knows no bounds and wildlife are everywhere. In the fall you can do some turkey hunting, which is something everyone must do once in their lifetime! Explore the fields, the forests of mature oaks and white ash and streams running throughout. Thompson Lake is a great place to catch some smallmouth bass, catfish and bluegill. Every fall the hawks migrate through the region and provide quite a sight for bird watchers.

Although small, Whitney State Forest is worth a stop. You can hike more than six miles of trails in this 147-acre park. Changing colors make a lovely sight as you explore the area by foot. Many birds make their home here and you should watch out for one of the most beautiful – the scarlet tanager. Another lovely bird to catch a glimpse of is the rose-breasted grosbeak. Both these feathered creatures are colorful and certainly catch your attention.

As you head back to Herndon, Virginia and the D.C. area, you will know you have had one exciting and enlightening vacation in Virginia – one that is relatively unusual but one that has been very satisfying. It’s a time of fall beauty, outdoor fun and family bonding.

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Take a Thrilling RV Trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall

North Carolina and Virginia offer some gorgeous sights for the RV vacationer. The best route for enjoying the views is the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is really no better way to experience these Eastern forests, mountains and blooming flowers. Attractions are numerous and just waiting for your visit.

Traveling north on the byway begins in Asheville, North Carolina. Tour the art community and discover some amazing history by seeing the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau. And if you love to wander garden trails go over to the North Carolina Arboretum. You will see a bonsai collection there that will have you yearning to learn that art.

Take your time as you head north on the parkway. The overlooks allow you to gaze out on the diverse landscapes of the Great Smoky Mountains. When you reach Spruce Pine, North Carolina, stop at the Museum of North Carolina Minerals to look over the hundreds of minerals and gems that were found in this area. Kids with you? They will love the interactive displays at this museum, but so will the grownups.

You will most certainly want to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while here. The outdoor recreation in this park has no equal anywhere else. The rushing rivers and panoramic views serve to remind us of the fragility of our natural world and urge us to get out and enjoy it anytime we have the chance. You can hike, bike and fish here until your heart’s content.

Take a guided tour of the Linville Caverns when you reach Marion, North Carolina on your journey. This is an attraction you won’t want to pass up as you are getting the unique opportunity to explore the inside of a mountain! Then you will continue on into Virginia to stop at the Natural Bridge. Hike the Cedar Creek Nature Trail. Be sure to begin conversation with the staff at Monacan Indian Village to find out what life was like here more than 300 years ago.

You will find all kinds of options for RV camping as you travel the Blue Ridge Parkway. Plan ahead and scope out where you’ll stay as you move south to north. Each RV park is unique and all have great amenities.

The best time of all awaits you in Shenandoah National Park. Take Skyline Drive for some breathtaking vistas. Don’t miss any one of the incredible overlooks. And don’t forget your camera! Cascading waterfalls in the park are a favorite and many come just to see them.

There is really no end to all the outdoor recreation, marvelous wilderness views and wildlife you can enjoy in Shenandoah National Park. You would think that this is the perfect ending for a perfect vacation. However, one more thrill is ahead. In Front Royal, you can stop to get a guided tour of the Skyline Caverns. This has been a wonderful adventure and you are welcome back again any time for a fun RV vacation.

Picture credits: The picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway is by the National Park Service.

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A Virginia Beach Springtime RV Vacation

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Virginia Beach

The East Coast of the U.S. is a wonderful place in the spring. The fresh air, the flowers blooming and the feel of a new start all make the eastern United States a unique place to vacation. Of all destinations along the eastern seaboard, Virginia Beach, Virginia is one of the best. Not only can you experience the great outdoors but you will also find historical sites and ocean views that far outstrip many others. The sun just seems friendlier here! There is plenty of RV camping available too. Try North Shore Bay Campground for one spot where you can have it all – surfing, swimming and fishing.

On the cooler days you will love the hiking you’ll find in lovely False Cape State Park. The interior trails let you experience the beauty of the forest, while others take you through the marshes and along sandy shores. Back Bay offers kayaking or canoeing beyond compare. Of course, the climate is mild here year round. So you can go hiking anytime at all.

Visiting Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge gives you the opportunity to see some endangered species that many never see at all. Loggerhead sea turtles are a favorite and can be seen from May through August along the beaches. This entire refuge is along a strip of coastline that is home to many mammals and birds as well. Be sure to bring a camera so you can catch a shot of the sandpipers and sanderlings feeding along the shore.

Naturally the ocean holds a particular fascination to all visitors. Stroll along the Oceanfront Boardwalk for a party atmosphere and a lot of entertainment. Kids love the amusement rides available, and adults may want to see a show in the Cavalier Beach Club. Relax at any of the beaches and soak up the sun. The Atlantic Ocean seems to make sunrises so much better so you may want to get up early for one.

If you choose the North Shore Bay Campground for your home base, you will be right near the dunes at Sandbridge Beach. This is the perfect beach for the whole family to enjoy while in Virginia Beach. Chesapeake Bay Beach is another where locals and tourists flock to spread out a towel in the sand and catch some rays.

Of course, you may finally wish to add in some historical education while you are here. At the Cape Henry Memorial you’ll see where the first steps of the English colonists predicted our new free land. If you love lighthouses, you’ll love First Landing State Park where the lighthouse at Cape Henry is a must-see. Plenty of hiking trails in this park, if you haven’t yet tired of hiking.

Water activities are popular around Virginia Beach, with sailing, jet skiing, deep sea fishing and even treasure hunting. Lots of history, ocean views, entertainment and so much more exist right here. An RV adventure to this spot is bound to fill your years to come with wonderful memories to recall.

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Visiting Colonial Williamsburg on an RV Trip to Virginia

History comes alive on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Getting an amazing education about our country’s fascinating past has never been easier than at the first permanent English settlement of the New World. If you are ready for a memorable time in Virginia, pack up your gear into an RV and head to Williamsburg and a view of the United States’ beginnings as you will see nowhere else.

Begin your adventure at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. This is the official welcoming center for visitors so shouldn’t be neglected. You will see the entire array of historic sites you can visit on your trip as well as beaches, museums and more nearby.

Go to where it all started – Historic Jamestown! Stand by the James River and experience what it must have felt like as the settlers approached the shore. You will also have the opportunity to see a site where the remains of the original church in the town have now been discovered. This was where an English tobacco farmer married Pocahontas. Right next door you must see the Jamestown Settlement. See a film which tells the whole story. Board replicas of the ships that sailed from England.

When you have kids with you, you won’t be able to resist attending RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn. This is a unique opportunity to decide the fate of our nation in a special quest. You will be asked to protect the identity of one of the patriot spies during the Battle of Yorktown. Your child can save the Revolution!

The Revolutionary City experience fascinates young and old alike. This is a two-day adventure where you are part of the story. The city comes alive with the pre-Revolutionary War days and continues to unfold through the war time saga. In this way your family will truly get the flavor of the times, inspiring anew your dedication to freedom from oppression.

Tour some museums to see some distinctive collections of items from the 17th through the 19th centuries. At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum enjoy the glass, paintings, furniture and prints from early days. Stop at the store to find souvenirs to take home with you for family and friends. In the same building you’ll find the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, with an extensive collection of arts and crafts.

Although you can certainly keep busy for days in Williamsburg, you can also take a short side trip to find some cooling summer fun. At Water Country USA you will find slides that will give you the adrenaline rush of your life. Try the speed slide for some fast-paced excitement. Find a true thrill at the skybox where you drop as the floor opens.

Thrills come a mile-a-minute at Busch Gardens! With the rides, shows and exhibits that this park is known for all over the U.S., you can spend wonderful hours for some jaw-dropping adventures. Be sure to go to Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve and visit with the exotic animals. You will get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures.

Enjoy your RV adventure at Colonial Williamsburg, VA and take in all there is to see for a vacation to remember.

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An RV Trip to Monticello and other Historic Virginia Sites

Picture of MonticelloVirginia offers amazing vacation adventures for those who love the history of our country and the men who made it great. Taking an RV vacation to Virginia and some of its most wonderful historic spots is a treat for those of any age. Pack your gear and come along for the education and fun.

Begin in Charlottesville, VA, because this is where all the action is. Not only has this city been voted one of the best places to live in the U.S., it has a wide array of attractions and outdoor fun available. Browse the art galleries, take in the history and enjoy some great food. You’ll find great RV camping in the area. You can try Misty Mountain Camp Resort for really nice amenities.

The main attraction for this trip will be beautiful Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Much of this home is of the original construction, and you will get the real flavor of living in early times. Take a tour of this mansion and explore the gardens. Don’t miss the museum shop where you may find a treasure to take home with you.

Need to get out and stretch your legs? It is easy to do so right here near Monticello. The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a popular path where you can walk, bicycle or jog a comfortable two-mile stretch. It’s a great place to get some space and enjoy Virginia’s fresh air.

More history awaits you at the home of James Monroe. At Ash Lawn-Highland you can see what a working plantation was like in the 1700s. Fascinating indeed to see the drawing room, the children’s room and the Monroes’ bedchamber! Step back in time here and feel as if a horse and carriage will draw up to take you away. Then on to the Historic Michie Tavern and more historic amazement. This tavern was built along the side of Buck Mountain in the late 1700s to serve travelers who desperately needed a drink before traveling on.

Montpelier was where James Madison was raised and lived for his entire life, with time out for his stay in Washington during his presidency. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this is a spot where you will not only get a taste of what President Madison’s life was really like, but you can take part in various activities and enjoy the gardens and outbuildings. Take a trip over to the University of Virginia next to see the school that was founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson. Explore the Rotunda, the gardens and the art museum.

Within Charlottesville, you will find another spot where you can get out and enjoy the sun. At Riverview Park take the Rivanna Trail for some hiking fun. This park is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail so you will certainly get some bird watching in while you are here.

Now that you have seen the sights around Charlottesville, your trip doesn’t have to be over. You can head west to Shenandoah National Park for some outdoor recreation and scenic drives. This will be the icing on the cake of your Virginia excursion in an RV.

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An RV Adventure Along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley

Picture of a Sunset View From Skyline Drive

Sunset From Skyline Drive

Shenandoah Valley’s Skyline Drive is 105 miles of pure beauty. Motorhome vacations on this scenic byway offer spectacular views, healthy outdoor recreation and interesting historic sites.

Let’s start in Front Royal, Virginia. From this lovely town, you will access the northern entrance of Shenandoah National Park to start your scenic journey.

However, before you actually enter the park, Front Royal deserves some attention. This gateway town is surrounded by some fine wineries. Take time for a short country-road detour along a wine trail to enjoy a delicious wine tasting experience. Stop in historic downtown with your RV rental parked only briefly while you browse the quaint shops.

Now you are ready to embark on the main objective of your RV vacation – seeing one of the most scenic drives in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive is a two-lane road that twists along through the long and narrow Shenandoah National Park. From one end to the other, you won’t have a lack of things to do and see.

With numerous overlooks along the route, this scenic trip is a dramatic nature experience, with wildlife standing quietly on far-off hillsides, birds flitting from tree to tree, bubbling streams and unspoiled landscapes. The flowing Shenandoah River sparkles on your right, peaceful forested hills lie to your left.

Those who explore the park on their RV vacations find camping is a pleasure. No matter if your motorhome rental is large or small, there are three campgrounds that have pull-through sites. These are:

  • Mathews Arm Campground – at Mile 22.1
  • Big Meadows Campground – at Mile 51.2
  • Loft Mountain Campground – at Mile 79.5

When you reach Mile 31 on your trip south, you will go through the only tunnel on this National Scenic Byway – Mary’s Rock Tunnel. The height of this tunnel is 12 feet 8 inches, so ensure you plan for this when you pick up your RV rental at the start of the trip. Also at Mile 31, you have the opportunity for a great side-trip to Sperryville, 7 miles to the east on US 211. While visiting this friendly town, you will find many arts and crafts shops and so have a multitude of choices for souvenirs to take home to family and friends.

Outdoor lovers never fail to find the hiking trails immediately. Skyline Drive offers many choices, from easy to the most challenging. The Skyland area (PDF) has the best trails, among them the difficult Whiteoak Canyon Falls Trail. Plan on this steep trek taking three to four hours. Having the opportunity to view seven different waterfalls make this trip completely worthwhile.

An RV vacation along Skyline Drive offers so much in the way of natural beauty, and a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. If you get the opportunity to enjoy this scenic drive, don’t pass it up.

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An Unforgettable Virginia Beach RV Excursion

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Virginia Beach

You’ll be making memories to last a lifetime with an RV vacation to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Outdoor adventures are abundant, and the ocean is inviting for enjoying many water sports and days filled with sun and fun. No matter your preference for recreation, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for in Virginia Beach. You also have the opportunity to soak up some American history.

Start your unforgettable RV excursion by finding a spot to park your RV. With many RV parks and campgrounds with RV hook-ups nearby, you’ll find the ideal spot for a home base. Folks love to socialize, and you can sit and swap stories of your adventures at the end of the day.

Of course, the beaches are a big attraction here. The Atlantic Ocean to the east and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to the north with small bays all around, you will indulge your every whim for beachside relaxation. Watch the sunset while you stroll along Chesapeake Bay Beach or spread out a towel along the sand dunes at Sandbridge Beach and try and name the species of seabirds keeping you company.

One popular focal point of Virginia Beach is its Oceanfront Boardwalk, a three-mile long walkway along the ocean. An RV excursion wouldn’t be complete without making your way to the boardwalk and taking in this marvelous carnival-like atmosphere. Great bands of yesteryear used to play on the bandstand and entertain those who walked casually along the oceanfront promenade. You can still visit the Cavalier Beach Club to see some fabulous shows. If you have kids along, they will love to experience all the exciting amusement rides.

Naturally, a motorhome trip to Virginia Beach will require visiting some of the nearby state parks and wildlife preserves. The unique False Cape State Park offers numerous trails for hiking. Make your way across pristine sands and through lovely marshes, with interior trails taking you into the forest. Another aspect to the adventure may be taking a boat or a canoe down the Back Bay. It’s all there waiting for you!

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge has more than 9,200 acres on a thin strip of coastline, where you can see all kinds of mammals and birds. You can experience all types of terrain, while you take photos of some of the endangered species living here, such as the peregrine falcons or the loggerhead sea turtles.

To get the ultimate taste of Virginia history, close your eyes for a moment and imagine approaching the shores in a ship captained by Christopher Newport. The coast would be bare of hotels, shops and people, truly a New World to be explored. Historic First Landing State Park provides a link with the past when you tour the lighthouse at Cape Henry or visit the Cape Henry Memorial where the English colonists first stepped foot.

Many RV vacations have the sole objective of finding and enjoying water activities, particularly around Virginia Beach. And there is no denying that you’ll discover superb outdoor recreation around this exciting city. Sailing and other adventures take on new meaning along these shores. Jet ski with the dolphins, hire a yacht and take to the high seas, even adventure onto a pirate ship and search for treasure. There is no end to the pleasures you will find on an RV excursion to Virginia Beach.

If you have had dreams of fishing on the Eastern seaboard, now is certainly your chance. Sport fishing offshore can be one of the top experiences of a lifetime. Simply fishing in the Bay will net you some flounder, sea bass, striper and more. You’ll find guided fishing tours for both ocean and Chesapeake Bay fishing. For a new and different activity (perhaps), kayaking is a great way to spend a day. Travel the rivers, bays and lakes to really absorb the beauty of Virginia’s miles of waterways. Become one with nature as you move through untouched landscapes and listen to the calls of birds and the splash of a fish jumping.

RV vacations allow you to shed those workaday world woes, relaxing the mind and soul. By taking your RV on an exciting vacation to Virginia Beach, you don’t have to rough it. You can be comfortable and cozy when not out there having the time of your life. Motorhome camping does something special for a vacation. Plan your unforgettable Virginia Beach RV excursion now, including at least some, if not all, of the vacation tips above

You’ll be making memories to last a lifetime with an RV vacation to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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