Belle Isle State Park
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Introduction

Pack your RV and head out to Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Virginia where tidal wetlands are interspersed with farmland. Located in the middle of farming country, this a majestic park home to the Northern Neck’s Rappahannock River, perfect for boating and fishing. Camp at the spacious, well-maintained, campground or enjoy hiking, biking trails, or a walk on the boardwalk. There are eight distinct types of wetlands to explore in the park and you may catch a glimpse of blue herons or ospreys. The natural environment covers 892 acres and is a wonderful outdoor laboratory for anyone interested in learning about the environment. Open to all visitors, the park is praised for its handicap accessibility. Make plans to capture a breathtaking sunset thanks to the park’s position on the Rappanhannock River. Reservations during the season are a must as there are no first-come, first-served camping options at this state park. Belle Isle State Park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic before an evening stroll on the boardwalk while exploring the marsh life. Take a break from your daily routine as you make plans to visit this quiet gem of a state park on your next RV vacation. Reserve your spot today!

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Transportation in Belle Isle State Park

Driving

Pack your bags and head out to camp with your RV at one of the many camping spots at Belle Isle State Park. Located in the Chesapeake Bay tidal region, the park is a less than 3-hour drive from the metro areas of Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Norfolk. The distance makes it a perfect destination for a day or weekend RV camping trip. While traveling to Belle Isle State Park make sure your GPS has you traveling to Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Virginia and not Belle Isle in the James River near Richmond, Virginia.

Parking

Visitors consider the roads to be well marked making travel easy. At this park, note that there are two camping loops. At the campground, you can reserve one of the 27 gravel sites that are designed to accommodate any RVs up to 45 feet. If you plan to rent the lakeside sites you will need to back-in the RV into your space. For this trip, you may want to bring along your boat or kayak to have fun on the lake. If so, ask the Belle Isle State Park staff which of the lakeside campsites have the best water access before reserving your RV spot.

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Campgrounds and parking in Belle Isle State Park

Campsites in Belle Isle State Park

Reservations camping

Belle Isle State Park Campground

Enjoy camping in your RV by camping in the Northern Neck region of Virginia at Belle Isle State Park. The season kicks-off for campers on the first Friday in March to the first Monday in December. This full-service campsite provides many spacious sites that include electric and water hookups, fire ring grills, a picnic table, and lantern hanger. The full-service bathhouse provides hot showers, a wash sink for dishes and laundry facilities. Belle Isle State Park provides a free dump station for those who are camping in the park but non-overnight guest must pay to use the station. RVs up to 80 feet long can be accommodated.

Want to bring your boat to explore the waterways? There is no fee for the boat launch if you are an overnight guest. Make sure to get your souvenir as you enjoy shopping at the camp store that provides camping and picnic supplies, along with firewood. If planning to use your cell phone while on your trip, be aware that Verizon, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular work best for the area. Make your reservation today online or by phone and pack your bug spray, hiking boots, and a camera - it’s time to think outside! Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served Campsites at Belle Isle State Park Campground

Half of the campsites at Belle Isle State Park are open on first-come, first-served basis. This means if that you are taking a spontaneous trip to the park or happen to be passing through you will likely be able to snag a spot. You can enjoy all the amazing amenities this campground have to offer like laundry facilities, a dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, and a camp store.

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Seasonal activities in Belle Isle State Park

In-Season

Music on the River

Load up the RV and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy music in the summertime by the Rappanhannock River. Held during the summer months, this concert series is a mix of familiar favorites along with a few new sounds to add to your playlist. Entrance to the concert is free but there is a parking fee per car. Since the park is family-friendly, there are also ranger-led games for kids and free freshly-popped popcorn for all.

Historic Belle Isle Wagon Tour

Interested in history? Belle Isle State Park has much to offer. Explore the plantation grounds on a wagon tour of the Historic Belle Isle Mansion built in 1760 and restored in the 1940s. The house, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, is privately owned making this tour one not to miss. Pre-registration is recommended. There is a fee for the tour so check with the park office when making your reservation.

Hiking Nature Trails

Enjoy a stress-free hike or walk on one of the many great trails. These pathways link together so that hikers can enjoy up to 10 miles of trails, many through open fields. Enjoy great views of the waterways and plan to enjoy a walk on the boardwalk during your time at the park. Visitors find the trials to be well identified, with plenty of markers and maps.

Off-Season

Fall into Fun

Held in October, this one-day event is filled with activities that all visitors would enjoy. Take part in a trick-or-treat trail, a giant, apple slingin’ slingshot, or wagon rides with the family. Test out your artistic skills by carving a pumpkin for a small donation per pumpkin. Dress up in your costume for a costume contest or check out more activities in the picnic area. You won’t want to miss this family fun event!

Leaf Peeping

A perfect opportunity to explore with your RV, enjoy the changing of the leaves in Virginia during Leaf Peeping Season. Take in the breathtaking colors as you hike the trails at Belle Isle State Park. Popular during the later part of September through November, visitors from all over the country travel to this area to watch the beauty of nature. Beat the crowds and book your campsite now to take a break from a busy weekend in the fall.

Future Naturalist Spring Break Program

Need plans for spring break? Then hike, bike, and stomp in the mud with your teens by participating in the Future Naturalist Program during Spring Break. Meant for ages 13-17, the program is free but does require pre-event registration. Local experts will lead activities to engage the students while teaching them about environmental stewardship, how to identify plants and animals, and observing nature in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Make plans to join by dressing for the outdoors and bringing your own lunch.

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