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If you're searching for a peaceful riverside park with more outdoor recreation opportunities than you can poke a stick at, look no further than James River State Park. Located near Norwood in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, this 1,561-acre park is the ideal spot for a family camping vacation.

The park's biggest drawcard is three miles of James River shoreline, but campers can also enjoy excellent boating, fishing, and scenery along with some 15 miles of multi-use trails. And with two campgrounds offering sites with electrical and water hookups, it's an easy and convenient park to explore in a rental RV.

Keep reading to find out what to do and where to stay during your James River State Park RV camping vacation.

Getting Outdoors

As you'd expect in a riverside park, water-based recreation is the number-one attraction for most campers in James River State Park. Of course, how you get out on the water is entirely up to you.

James River State Park Outdoor Adventures offers canoe, kayak, and tube rentals, providing easy access to some eight miles of river to explore. Kids will love floating along the river in a tube, while the foothills, forests, and grasslands that surround the river ensure that paddling is a scenic experience.

If you'd like to wet a line, you're also well catered for. Smallmouth bass, catfish, and panfish can all be caught here, so make sure you pack your rod for the journey. Even better, there are three freshwater ponds spread throughout the park for an easy fishing experience — just make sure you have a freshwater fishing license before you get started.

Finally, the other main attraction of James River State Park is its 15 miles of multi-use trails. Open to hikers, bikers, and bridle use, these trails make it easy to explore the surrounding terrain. Branch Pond Loop offers a short but quite challenging trek to a secluded pond, while the Tye River Overlook Trail is worth tackling if you're craving beautiful water views.

Camping at James River State Park

Do you want to set up camp in James River State Park for a few nights or more? Search for a rental RV in Buckingham County and then take your pick of the sites available in the park's two RV-friendly campgrounds.

While there are four campgrounds in total throughout the park, two of them — Branch Pond and Canoe Landing — only offer primitive camping for tents. However, the other two campgrounds offer the following sites and facilities:

  • Red Oak Campground. This campground boasts 30 sites, all of which offer electrical (20, 30, and 50-amp) and water hookups. RVs, pop-ups, and tents are all welcome here, with a maximum vehicle length of 40 feet. Each campsite gets its own picnic table, lantern holder, and fire-ring grill, while the nearby bathhouse features hot showers and a sink for washing dishes. Other features include a dump station, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a boat launching ramp. Leashed and well-behaved pets are also welcome.
  • Horseshoe Campground. Horseshoe Campground is a smaller camping area with 10 sites. All sites offer electrical (20, 30, and 50-amp) and water hookups, while all sites are pull-through and designed in such a way to allow two trailers to share a common area between their sites. Once again, all campsites get their own picnic table, lantern holder, and fire-ring grill, and the restrooms and showers are just a short walk away. Other facilities include 20 covered horse stalls, a dump station, and a boat launching area. Leashed pets are also welcome.

Lodges, a bunkhouse, and several cabins are also available in the park for visitors who won't be staying in an RV.

Exploring the Area

When you're winding down your James River State Park camping adventure and preparing to hit the road again, you'll be pleased to discover that there are plenty of other great attractions nearby.

For example, if you're fascinated by Civil War history, you'll no doubt want to make the half-hour drive south to Appomattox and check out Appomattox Court House, which is where the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered in 1865.

If you'd rather keep exploring the Virginia state parks system, Bear Creek Lake State Park is found just an hour to the east and offers excellent fishing and boating.

Of course, if you'd rather head for all the excitement and creature comforts that only a city can offer, you can make it to Richmond in under two hours. While you're there, be sure to take a wander through the fantastic displays and exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

There's plenty to see and do no matter which direction you travel, so rent an RV near James River State Park and start putting together your perfect camping itinerary.

RV Rentals in James River State Park, VA

James River State Park, VA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

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

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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