There’s nothing quite like falling asleep under the stars to the sounds of the forest after you explore new trails. In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, discover the best of camping in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. Conveniently located just off the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway with countless cool mountain waterways in between, it only takes one visit to make this an annual destination.
At Glen Maury Park, reserve one of 100 campsites with easy access to fishing and paddling on the Maury River. Whether you’re chilling beside the pool or watching for wildlife on the network of trails, this campground in the shadow of the mountains is the perfect place to relax. Keep an eye on the calendar for a variety of music and events happening at the park throughout the year.
Cozy up at a campsite or cabin near the shores of Lake Robertson. Pack lunch to enjoy by the water or grab your fishing pole for a chance to reel in largemouth bass, bluegill, and walleye. In the summertime, pull out your identification book and walk the trail loops for a taste of wild and black berries. Cave Mountain Lake in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest is another excellent spot by the water. After a hike through the forest, splash around in the lake and fire up the grill for a delicious meal.
Experience the finest family fun when you stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. Located just down the road from Natural Bridge State Park, an International Dark Sky Park, you’ll be close to epic towering rock formations, plus a splash park, miniature golf, and fishing on the James River at the campground. Kick back and relax at the Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA Campground right beside the Virginia Safari Park. Choose from over 175 tent sites, RV hook ups, and cabins for your retreat in the mountains.
When you’re not visiting the area’s dazzling natural wonders or sitting around the campfire, explore the charming towns of Lexington and Buena Vista for a bite to eat and a souvenir to take home. With dozens of local eateries ranging across cuisine styles, there’s always something new to try. Cap off the night with a drink from one of the many craft breweries or wineries along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.
For a camping trip you won’t soon forget, make Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County your home for a few days.
Cover photo by Scott K. Brown, photos courtesy of Lexington