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5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Virginia

By Ian-Spiegel Blum

5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Virginia

Planning a family camping trip? Virginia has one of the most varied and beautiful landscapes of any state in the U.S. Whether you’ve got your own RV camper or plan to rough it in a tent, making sure your family has a safe, clean, and comfortable place to call home-base is of utmost importance. Below you will find five great campgrounds suitable for families across the state, each ready and willing to make your trip one to remember! 

1. Big Bear Family Campground, Windsor, VA

Big Bear Family Campground in Windsor, Virginia, has everything a young family might need. The site itself has ample water, electric, and sewer hookups for comfort. Kids will love the 10-acre private fishing lake, usable without a license. The in-ground swimming pool, playground with sandbox, volleyball net, and swing set provide entertainment options. The wooded trails around the area are easy-going for youngsters. Located within an hour of Historic Williamsburg, Historic Smithfield, and Virginia Beach, you couldn’t ask for a better home base for a family campground than Big Bear.

2. Cozy Acres Family Campground, Powhatan, VA

Cozy Acres Family Campground has been the passion project of the Daniel’s family since 1974. The facilities include RV campsites, a trading post convenience store, quaint cottages for rent, a charming clubhouse, and a plethora of activities. On any given weekend, activities could include fireworks, corn hole, car shoes, or seasonal events, like pumpkin carving. The natural beauty of the park is hard to overstate. Cozy Acres has it all. 

3. North Bay Shore Family Campground, Virginia Beach, VA

Everyone says the same things about North Bay: it’s clean, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Open during the spring, summer, and early fall months, North Bay in Virginia Beach has campsites with electric, water, and sewer hookups, cabins for rent, restrooms, private showers, swimming pool, fresh water fishing, boat and canoe rentals, a recreation hall, and more. The location is not to be understated. The site is within 20 minutes of Oceana Naval Air Station, the Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach boardwalk, Cape Henry Lighthouse, Tide’s Baseball Park, among others. For a vacation to Virginia Beach, North Bay Shore is a fantastic option.

4. Shenandoah Family Campground, Mt. Jackson, VA

The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful and serene areas in the entire state, and there’s no better way to introduce the kids to nature than at Shenandoah Family Campground. The location provides families with the ability to tour the rest of the valley and to see the Blue Ridge Mountains, Luray Caverns, and varied wildlife. Activities on-site include Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekend events, consisting of movies, games, a karaoke, and a cookout. The campsite is open year-round with amenities including a camp store, snack bar, amp service, water, electric and sewer at all sites, bath house, restroom, laundry, dog run, Wi-Fi, fire rings, and much more.  

5. Chincoteague Island KOA, Chincoteague Island, VA

What’s more magical than camping by the beach? Chincoteague Island KOA boasts 400 RV sites, tent sites, and deluxe cabins situated on 200 acres. Participate in themed weekends and other family-friendly activities. The area also features a playground, an activity room, kayaking, a food truck, and a tiki bar for when the adults want to escape for a drink. If you visit in July, you just might get to witness the annual, world-famous Chincoteague Island Pony Swim. On the last Wednesday in July, wild Chincoteague ponies are herded across the Assateague Channel, and a carnival event immediately follows. If you’re saying at Chincoteague Island KOA, you’ll get a free trolley ride to and from the event! 

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