Make your way to Staunton River State Park, one of the six original state parks along the southern edge of the state of Virginia, and not too far from the cities of Danville and Lynchburg. While the park’s main claim to fame is its location along the shores of the state’s largest lake, Bugg Island Lake (also known as the John H Kerr Reservoir), it also has the Staunton and Dan Rivers flowing through it. Summer is the perfect time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Staunton River State Park and make use of the stunning, scenic surroundings made up of woodlands, meadows, and shoreline.
The area that occupies the state park today first served as farmland for cash crop plantations in earlier centuries; it was only after the Civil War, when most of the plantations were destroyed, that the area was bought over and finally converted into a state park by the Civilian Conservation Corps who built most of the buildings and public facilities that visitors enjoy today. Book an RV in Halifax County to explore the fine offerings of this state park.
While Bugg Island Lake is one of the main attractions, there is plenty more to look forward to when you come camping at Staunton River State Park. If you enjoy hiking and the woods, the park has six wooded trails that are perfect for miles of hiking along the Dan and Staunton Rivers, and by the lake as well. Along with hiking trails, you will find multi-use trails that are open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Boating is also very popular here, and there is a boat launch ramp available. However, do keep in mind that boating depends on the water levels and may be restricted if the levels are too high or too low. In case you don’t have your own boat, there are rental options outside of the park, but none within. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted on the lake, and there are good stretches for canoeing too. There are a few Class II and Class III rapids for a bit of adventure, and long stretches of calm, flat water for an easy-going trip down the river.
And where there is boating, fishing cant be very far behind. Both Bugg Island Lake and the Dan and Staunton Rivers are abound in a variety of fish including bass, bluegill, crappie, and perch. A valid fishing license is required to fish at any of these water bodies. Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear into your rental RV.
If you enjoy a cool swim on a hot summer day, make use of the Olympic-sized pool and a wading pool within the park, and in use from Memorial Day to Labor Day only.
Camping at Staunton River State Park
Camping with an RV is easy and convenient at Staunton River State Park. The park offers pull-thru sites with 30 AMP service, a dump station, water, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a camp store. Since you are camping inside the state park, there is no dearth of recreational activities. Bring the kids along so they can make use of the kiddie pool! For pets, an additional fee is payable at the park, but you’re more than welcome to bring them along. Do remember that the campsites in this park are not ADA accessible.
If you don’t manage a spot at the campsite in Staunton River State Park, try out Occoneechee State Park in nearby Clarksville. Also located on Bugg Island Lake, the park has over 80 sites that have 30 AMP electricity, gravel surfaces, picnic tables, back-in sites, water, restrooms, and showers. Pets are welcome at the sites here so don't forget Maggie.
Another park to consider if you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Staunton River State Park is Longwood Park, also in Clarksville. There are pull-thru sites with big rig access, 30 and 50 AMP electricity, decent cell phone coverage, water, restrooms, and showers. Kids and pets are welcome at this site.
Exploring the Area
Once you’ve explored the state park, and before you leave gorgeous Virginia in your RV rental, check out a few interesting sights in the neighboring city of South Boston, located just over 15 miles from the park. History lovers, make your way to the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History that houses exhibits on the area’s history, military equipment, Native American artwork, and artifacts. For an outdoor museum experience, visit the Bob Cage Sculpture Farm, an open-field sculpture display with over 50 sculptures to view, in the midst of grazing llamas, burros and goats.
If you’d like to soak up some sun and enjoy a game of volleyball, head to Paul C. Edmund’s Park on Dan River Church Road. With plenty of outdoor recreational facilities like basketball and volleyball courts, picnicking pavilions with barbecue grills, horseshoe pits, and disc golf, spend a fun day out with the kids. You can also fish in the ponds, or stretch your legs and jog along the trails.
The city has a number of eateries when it comes to dining out, many of them specializing in some great and fresh seafood, along with the offerings of Italian, Mexican and continental cuisine. Fill up your tank at one of the gas stations in town before hitting the road again in your rental RV to continue exploring all the great state of Virginia has to offer.
Staunton River State Park, VA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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