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When you are looking at RV rentals in Albemarle County, you may also want to check out the Charlottesville KOA campground in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. It is the second-oldest KOA east of the Mississippi and has been recognized with KOA’s President’s Award. Campground amenities include a swimming pool in season, fishing, a jump pad, a playground, a nature trail and pond, sports fields, bike rentals, a pavilion, restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. Firewood and propane are available for sale. Themed and holiday weekends are celebrated throughout the year at this action-packed, family-friendly KOA. Pets are welcome here too, and there is a dog park.
RV sites can accommodate vehicles up to 65 feet and offer partial to full shade. Sites are either pull-through or back-in, and some have patios. Sites include either full hookups or water and electric hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, and cable. Service is 20, 30, or 50 amps. There is also a central trash dumpster. When RV camping at Charlottesville KOA, you'll have all the comforts of home.
You can spend some time at the Shenandoah National Park while camping at Charlottesville KOA. The park covers over 200,000 acres and features waterfalls, mountains and vistas, wooded areas, and much more. Nearly 200 resident and transient bird species, dozens of mammal species, over 20 reptile and amphibian species, and over 40 fish species, as well as an unknown number of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates live in the park. Outdoor recreational activities include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, biking, stargazing, and nature and wildlife viewing and photography. Ranger programs, interactive exhibits, and special events are held throughout the year. The Shenandoah National Park Association bookstore offers a wide selection of park hiking books, maps, guides, educational materials, gifts, and souvenirs. On-site restaurants offer regional cuisine produced with local, farm-fresh ingredients as well as craft brews and local wines.
Enjoy a visit to Walnut Creek Park, which is only two miles when you're Charlottesville KOA camping. The park features swimming, fishing for sunfish and largemouth bass, bike trails, and disc golf. Bike trail and disc golf maps can be downloaded. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. There are also picnic shelters, tables, grills, and restrooms in season. A “take a book, leave a book” Little Library is located in the kiosk area.
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are also easily accessible when you are renting an RV in the area. The two national forests cover one of the largest blocks of public land in the eastern United States and comprise nearly 1.8 million acres with 2,340 miles of perennial streams, 12 National Recreation Trails totaling 143 miles, and the 140,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Within the forests, there are also National Scenic Areas, National Forest Scenic Byways, and 23 Wildernesses. Outdoor recreation activities include beaches and dunes, biking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature viewing, orienteering, picnicking, rock and mineral collecting, water activities, and winter sports.
As a university town, Charlottesville is sophisticated and diverse, and you will very much enjoy your time with a campervan rental here. It is also a historically significant city with Monticello, the Rotunda, and the grounds of the University of Virginia designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You won’t want to miss the museums, music performances, art galleries, or antiques either. Some of the special events that take place here every year include the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, Historic Garden Week, and the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival. Make sure to check out the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Virginia Is For Lovers for updated information on area attractions, events, promotions, and visitors’ guides.
On April 9, 1865, the Civil War ended with a surrender at Appomattox Court House. Appomattox Court House is now a National Historical Park where visitors who are camping at Charlottesville KOA can educate themselves and experience a piece of history. Guided tours, living history talks, ranger programs, and special events are available for all ages. Exhibits and artifacts are on display, and there is a theater in the visitor center, showing films every half-hour. There is also a bookstore with educational materials, books and toys, merchandise, and gifts and souvenirs.
As a sophisticated, diverse university town, Charlottesville offers plenty of restaurants ranging from ethnic eateries and fine dining to home cooking and the barbecue that the South is famous for. You’ll probably need to refill your tank as well as your tummy while you’re here and there are plenty of service stations, truck stops, and convenience stores, where either gasoline or diesel fuel can be found easily.