Here you’ll find a list of the state parks we’ve visited. They parks are mostly in Virginia, as we’re Richmond based, but there are a few in surrounding states too. I’ve included 3 highlights for each park here and you can click on the park name for full details of our experiences.
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A few details about how we camp & hike:
- We camp two people + a dog in a 12-person Core Equipment tent with an electric hookup. (tent setup)
- Previously, we camped in a Ford E350 with shore power that we “built” out. (van details)
- Our trips are typically weekends with a Friday to Sunday schedule being our normal and the occasional Saturday to Monday instead.
- We like state parks for their affordability and easy of use.
- Any hikes we do are typically under 4 miles with easy to moderate trails being our preference.
- After a hike, we love a good brewery and each review mentions any excursions worth venturing out of the park for.
- Bear Creek State Park in Cumberland, VA
- quiet park
- close to Richmond
- wooded campground
- James River State Park in Gladstone, VA
- flower filled hikes
- river overlook
- fancy bathhouse
- Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, VA
- tons of water views
- nearby brewery + bakery
- beach walks
- Staunton River State Park in Scottsburg, VA
- dark sky park
- excellent hikes
- distillery nearby
- Jordan Lake State Park in Apex, NC
- calm park
- woods + water hike
- nearby brewery with cookies
- Kerr Lake State Park in Henderson, NC
- waterfront sites
- shaded campground
- easy drive
- Poinsett State Park in Wedgefield, SC
- small park with Spanish moss
- near Congaree National Park
- connects to Palmetto Trail
- Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, WV
- beautiful falls
- variety of hikes
- near brewery + coffee shop
Save this list of state parks for when you’re planning your next camping trip!