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Discover Charlottesville, VA

Home to the Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, Charlottesville is a big university town in central Virginia located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is an hour northwest of the capital Richmond and earns the distinction as one of the most livable places in the United States. For a city of its size, "C'ville" packs plenty of charms, whether historic, built or natural. Book an RV in Charlottesville, VA and discover for yourself.

An All-American Road Trip: Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway

Charlottesville is surrounded by vineyards and horse country, so you don't have to take your rental RV too far to experience the outdoors at its most alluring. Follow the Monticello Wine Trail as it winds through 30+ member wineries scattered throughout the Albemarle and neighboring counties. Expect to meet a winemaker, sample some dry whites and reds, and perhaps even attend a wine festival.

For nature at its grandest, a trip with the Charlottesville rental camper to the Blue Ridge country is in order. With the mountains so close, you would be missing out if you don't make it to the Shenandoah National Park. Follow Route 33 north to Luray to enter the park via the Thornton Gap after you've had your fill of Luray's magnificent caverns. Then drive your Charlottesville RV rental south on Skyline Drive, with the option to hop off at Route 33 to Ruckersville. Charlottesville will then just be 17 miles away. Of course, you can continue driving farther south and connect to the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs for another 469 miles. Time your trip around fall and be dazzled by the autumn foliage.

If you'd rather breathe in the beauty of the mountains without the rush, find a campground along Skyline Drive and spend a few days exploring the park's 500 miles of trails. You'd be surprised at where they may lead you: maybe to a high place with sweeping views, a ridge crest, waterfalls in deep canyons, or an oak-hickory forest teeming with deer, wild turkey and black bears. Plan your hike well and you may even connect to sections of the Appalachian Trail.

Where to Park Your RV

Charlottesville KOA is 11 miles south of the city center. Look outside the city borders and you'll find another campground in Greenwood, 20 miles away, and a couple nice parks near Madison, 30 miles south. If you wish to be right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, pull up with your Charlottesville motorhome rental to one of the campgrounds near Staunton, 40 miles to the northwest, and you'll only be minutes away from the Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park.

Of course, if you wish to have a park camping experience, Shenandoah welcomes motorhomes at their Big Meadows, Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain campgrounds. While there are no hookups, the campgrounds usually provide potable water and dump stations. Should you need groceries, wood and other camping supplies for your Charlottesville travel trailer rental, you should be able to find plenty of stores and stops along I-64 and also along Highway 29 on the north end of town.

Welcome to the Home of “TJ”

Thomas Jefferson, or Mr. Jefferson to the locals, continues to exert influence on Charlottesville, even after 200 years. Look around Charlottesville and you’ll see most public buildings are Jeffersonian, with many private homes featuring colonial style architecture. Admire the culmination of the president's architectural vision at Monticello, a vast plantation five miles from downtown that to this day houses the president's mansion, servants' quarters and extensive gardens.

While you're on the presidential houses trail, don't skip Highland, the former home of the fifth US president, James Monroe. Forty minutes north of town by Charlottesville rental motorhome lies James Madison's 2,650-acre Montpelier estate, which contains his mansion, gardens, forest trails, historic buildings and even archaeological sites.

The culture of Charlottesville is anchored by the University of Virginia and the historic Downtown Mall. The university began with the vision of President Jefferson, and like his Monticello, continues to reflect his aesthetics. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and begs exploration. You'll need to have stout legs to walk around not only The Lawn, a part of Jefferson’s Academical Village, but also the pedestrian-friendly Downtown Mall where old brick buildings, stores, shops and restaurants converge.

Alternatively, you can take the University Transit Service bus to get you around the campus and then connect to the Downtown Mall via the trolley bus. It runs in a loop every 20 minutes. A short distance north of the Downtown Mall and you'll come face to face with the town hall and some of the oldest buildings in the city. Step into Michie Tavern, and you'll understand just how old. Dating back to 1784, the tavern is now a museum and restaurant.

“Virginia is for Lovers” and nowhere is it more fitting to fall in love with the “Mother of Statesmen” than at Charlottesville. So don’t miss out and start planning today. Search for an RV rental in Charlottesville, let it charm you, and fall madly in love.

RV Rentals in Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Charlottesville. Outdoorsy's Charlottesville RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Charlottesville are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Great Falls Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Catoctin Mountain Park.

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What's around Charlottesville, VA

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
White Oak Canyon Trail Syria Virginia
McAfee Knob Appalachian Trail Salem Virginia
White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run Trails Syria Virginia
Crabtree Falls Trail Tyro Virginia
Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail McLean Virginia
Billy Goat Trail Loop Potomac Maryland
Great Falls Loop Trail McLean Virginia
Humpback Rocks Recreation Area Lyndhurst Virginia
Maryland Heights Loop Harpers Ferry West Virginia
Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail Syria Virginia

Nearby Campgrounds


attraction Charlottesville, VA
Monticello was Thomas Jefferson?s primary plantation and this is where his burial is located, today this UNESCO World Heritage site has 2,500 acres preserved for historical education and can be viewed year round. You can see Monticello through the eyes of the Hemings Family, the best documented enslaved family in the U.S. You can marvel at the neoclassical mansion set on top of an 850 foot summit in the Southwest Mountains. This American style villa is filled with beautiful gardens and preserved structures that will make you feel like you are reliving history.

University of Virginia

attraction Charlottesville, VA
A beautiful sprawling campus rich with history, founded by Thomas Jefferson, it is no wonder that this has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Free guided tours of the Rotunda and Lawn are also provided year-round, where you can admire the gardens and beautiful architecture and learn about local history. The University Bookstore is a great source of books, souvenirs, and information about the University and surrounding area. And you can check out the corner, which are several student shops, bookstores, cafes, and night spots located close to the university.

Shenandoah National Park

attraction None, VA
Waterfalls, spectacular views, quiet wooded hollows, take a hike and or drive and discover Skyline Drive and sample whisky or wine, or picnic with the family. It has 200,000 acres of protected wilderness lands where you can find deer, songbirds and bears. The park is wedged between Shenandoah River and Valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. You can reconnect with nature on one of the many trails

Misty Mountain Camp Resort

campground Greenwood, VA
Also located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and with 50 acres to explore, there are plenty of outdoor activities within reach at the Misty Mountain Camp. You can fish in the pond, take a dip in the pool, play volleyball or basketball, and if you?re tired of physical activity you can watch live music and dances. Historic Charlottesville is just 20 minutes away but you can also visit local breweries, apple orchards, museums and do some wine tasting in Nelson county. With both wooded and shaded sites you are sure to find the right RV sites for your RV rental.

White Oak Lavender Farm

attraction Harrisonburg, VA
One of the best loved attractions in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the charming White Oak Lavender Farm, set in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This family owned farm grows a wide variety of lavender from which is made lovely soaps, lotions, creams, and aromatherapy products for visitors to purchase. They have also created several wonderful places designated for visitors to sit and relax while enjoying the countryside and beautiful mountain views. A petting area set among beautiful gardens at the farm gives both adults and children plenty of interaction with friendly rabbits, goats, miniature horses, sheep, alpacas, hens, and ducks. On site is a fragrant smelling Lavender Shop where everything is lavender, and visitors can buy many special hand made products including lavender ice cream, lavender jelly, and lavender blueberry jam. There is also a "U-Pick" for the lavender flower buds during the summer and fall bloom seasons. And, if you just need some time out, the rocking chairs on the front porch are inviting and relaxing.

Shenandoah Valley KOA

campground Broadway, VA
The beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is home to the Harrisonburg / Shenandoah Valley KOA, which is an easy 3 mile drive from the interstate and offers great camping facilities, including big rig friendly pull thru sites, camping cabins, deluxe cabins, and tenting. The Shenandoah Valley KOA in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a very peaceful park that boasts several full hookup RV sites which are also supplied with cable TV and free wifi, though the wifi can be a bit intermittent on account of the surrounding mountainous area. Visitors to the campground can enjoy warm days and cool nights at the foot of Massanutten Mountain, and it's just a short drive to local art galleries, wineries, Civil War battlefields and the magnificent Skyline Drive along the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the campground visitors can relax by the swimming pool, fish in the pond or hike the trail into George Washington National Forest.

Charlottesville KOA

campground Charlottesville, VA
Located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will have access to trails that will take you to waterfalls, caves, and the James River where you can do some rafting and tubing. If you want to experience history this is also a prime location since you'll be close to Monticello, Ash Lawn Highland and the Michie Tavern where you can eat an 18th century lunch. You can also have lunch and dine at nearby downtown Charlottesville. KOA quality ensures a fun stay in your RV rental.

Shenandoah Valley Campground

campground Verona, VA
Shenandoah Valley Campground is the only campground in Virginia with a spectacular Waterfall and four 6-person Indoor Hot Tubs. They are located along a 1 1/2 mile horseshoe bend of the Middle River. The Shenadoah Valley is one of the most scenic areas on the East Coast, so the campground is ideal for a family vacation. The Campground offers Wi-Fi, River Tubing, Wading, and Trout and Bass Fishing in the River as well as Trout and Bass Fishing in our Well-Stocked Weed Free Lake. They have a huge pool and a kiddie pool, 18 Hole mini-golf, game room and two playgrounds. RV facilities include large shaded pull-thrus and shaded back-ins along the river. Full hookups as well as Satellite TV Hookups are available. Their Heated/AC camping cabins offer cable hookup, porch glider, grill, fire ring and deck. Campground guests can also look forward to pulled pork barbecue, and hand dipped ice cream. pitch horseshoes or corn hole, play basketball or sand volleyball or cool off under the refreshing waterfall.

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Recommendations for Charlottesville, VA from Outdoorsy Owners

You are invited to “ride the sky” along Skyline Drive, one of America’s favorite mountain drives. The historic 105-mile Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, traverses Shenandoah National Park, a b

Dog-friendly Hiking Fishing
Jul 8, 2018

Really nice campground. Very accommodating, staff was super friendly, they have a great fishing pond, and are dog friendly. We'll definitely stay there again.

Jun 3, 2017