2021 marks the 45th anniversary of the James River Association!

To commemorate this anniversary we are revisiting our ‘Top 40’ lists we shared back in 2016, celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.  We have updated the information, links and even added a few Covid- era suggestions. Before visiting any of these outstanding locations, please check for any restrictions they may have for Phase III openings.

If you were not able to join us for our Camping on the James webinar, we would suggest checking it out, along with our camping on the James webpage.

In honor of spring, we bring to you Top 45 Camping Locations in the James River Watershed, with priority given to access to our rivers.


  1. Bolar Mountain Recreation Area (Hot Springs, VA)
  2. Craig Creek Recreation Area (New Castle, VA)
  3. Gala Campground (Eagle Rock, VA)
  4. Twin River Campground at Horseshoe Bend Campground (Eagle Rock, VA)
  5. Arcadia Campground (Eagle Rock, VA)
  6. Middle Creek Campground (Eagle Rock, VA)
  7. Jellystone Campground (Natural Bridge, VA)
  8. Wilderness Canoe Campground (Natural Bridge Station, VA)
  9. James River Face Wilderness Area (Natural Bridge Station, VA)
  10. Balcony Falls
  11. Glen Maury Park (Buena Vista, VA)
  12. James River State Park (Gladstone, VA)
  13. James River State Park (Dixon Landing) (Gladstone, VA)
  14. James River State Park (Canoe Landing) (Gladstone, VA)
  15. James River Runners (Howardsville, VA)
  16. James River Runners (Hatton Ferry, VA)
  17. Horseshoe Flats Campground (Scottsville, VA)
  18. James River Reeling & Rafting  (Scottsville, VA)
  19. Powhatan State Park (Canoe-in Campground) (Powhatan, VA)
  20. Powhatan State Park (Riverbend Campground) (Powhatan, VA)
  21. Lake Chesdin Campground (Church Rd, VA)
  22. Whippernock Marina and Campground (Sutherland , VA)
  23. Sharp’s Island (Richmond, VA)
  24. Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park Primitive Camping Area (Charles City, VA)
  25. Ed Allen’s Campground (Lanexa, VA)
  26. Rockahock Campground (Lanexa, VA)
  27. Riverside Camp and Marina (Lanexa, VA,)
  28. Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg, VA
  29. Chippokes Plantation State Park (Surry, VA)
  30. The Colonies RV and Travel Park (Hampton, VA)
  31. Wilderness Adventures at Eagle Landing (New Castle, VA)
  32. Blowing Springs Campground (Hot Springs, VA)
  33. Greenwood Point Campground (Hot Springs, VA)
  34. Hidden Valley Recreation Area (Hot Springs, VA)
  35. Morris Hill Campground (Covington, VA)
  36. North River Campground (West Augusta, VA)
  37. Douthat State Park (Clifton Forge, VA)
  38. Cozy Acres Family Campground (Powhatan, VA)
  39. Charlottesville KOA Holiday (Charlottesville, VA)
  40. Holliday Lake State Park (Appomattox, VA)
  41. Bear Creek Lake State Park (Cumberland, VA)
  42. Pocahontas State Park (Chesterfield, VA)
  43. Twin Lakes State Park (Green Bay, VA
  44. Newport News Park (Newport News, VA)
  45. Loft Mountain Campground (Near Free Union, Virginia)