State Park Camping & Hiking Reviews

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.


hiking trails at Bear Creek Lake State Park

pretty trails at James River State Park

boardwalk overlooking the Chesapeake Bay

the Dark Sky area at Staunton River State Park

North Carolina

Flights at BMC Brewing

boat ramp water views

South Carolina

hiking trails in Poinsett State Park
  • Poinsett State Park in Wedgefield, SC
    • small park with Spanish moss
    • near Congaree National Park
    • connects to Palmetto Trail

West Virginia

rainbow over Blackwater Falls

Save this list of state parks for when you’re planning your next camping trip!