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    Camping Destinations for Fall Fun

    by Casey | Posted on September 12th, 2013

    Camping can be about getting away from it all, but it can also be about thrifty travel. If you save money on your accommodation, that savings can then be applied to nearby attractions and dining. Give it a try at one of these campgrounds that have great fun nearby.

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA was built for family fun with many on-site special events and tons of fun nearby, too. The campground can accommodate RVs and campers of all sizes, but boast deluxe cabins with linens provided, too.

    SPECIAL DEAL: Stay Free on Thursdays when you book Friday & Saturday nights!

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    Ed Allen’s Campground and Cottages in Lanexa rests along the shores of Chickahominy Lake. It’s 85 acres of hardwoods, which equals stunning foliage. The lake sunsets rival the best you’ve seen anywhere, and the fishing is good, too.

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    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground is a 763-acre escape Chesapeake, and is a usual on the “Best of Chesapeake” list. Electric and non-electric sites are available, as well as camping cabins.

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    Fredericksburg/Washington DC South KOA is located in Fredericksburg amid Civil War battlefields. Like its Williamsburg KOA cousin, there are plenty of pull-through sites, tent sites and cabins awaiting your arrival.

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    Find more great camping for your fall weekends at Virginia.org/CampingRVing, or check out a couple of our camping-related blog posts below.

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    5 Ways to Enjoy National Fishing and Boating Week

    by Casey | Posted on June 3rd, 2013

    June 1 – 9, 2013 is National Fishing and Boating Week and we have five fun ways you can enjoy the water this week in Virginia.

    Buggs Island Lake / John H. Kerr Reservoir. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Buggs Island Lake / John H. Kerr Reservoir

    1. Free Fishing Days - June 7-9 are designated Free Fishing Days in Virginia, where you are welcome to fish without a license in any freshwater or saltwater environments except designated stocked trout waters, which are marked with signage. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to fishing.

    2. Go Big – Head to Virginia’s largest lakes for plenty of coves  that are sure to be full of fish. The boating and watersports are awesome, too!

    Largest: John H. Kerr Reservoir / Buggs Island Lake in Clarksville includes more than 50,000 acres of fresh water and over 800 miles of shoreline. Try either Occoneechee or Staunton River State Park for the best public access.
    Second Largest: Smith Mountain Lake is so large (500 miles of shoreline) that it can be accessed from three counties – Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Try Smith Mountain Lake State Park for the best public access.
    Third Largest: Lake Anna also reaches into three counties – Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania. The lake offers more than 200 miles of shoreline and 13,000 surface acres of water. Lake Anna is noted for being one of the best lakes on the eastern seaboard for fishing large mouth bass. Head to Lake Anna State Park for the best public access.

    Blue Marlin.

    Blue Marlin caught from “Flat Line” with AquaMan Sportfishing Charters.

    3. Cruise – Step onto a harbor cruise if you’re not quite ready to slip out into the Atlantic on a charter. Try the Carrie B. out of Portsmouth (a Mississippi river boat replica), Miss Hampton II out of Hampton, American Rover out of Norfolk (a sailing schooner) or Victory Rover, also out of Norfolk. A harbor cruise out of Norfolk would be especially fun this weekend as Norfolk Harborfest is going on and there will be many ships to see, not to mention fireworks!

    4. Cast a Long Line – Hop aboard a charter and head out into the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean for stellar offshore and deep sea fishing. Captains of Bay Fisher IICatchin’ Up, Final PursuitFlat Line, High Hopes, Key DreamsLemon Twist, Long Time Com’n, MatadorMatty J, Net Profits, Obsessed, Ocean EagleRock Hound, and Wave Runner will help you land croaker, flounder, sea bass, tautog, cobia and possibly a blue marlin, among others.

    5. River Runs – Virginia’s rivers are ripe for a variety of freshwater fish, and there are plenty of guides on standby to help you get started.

    New River Trips

    New River Trips

    New River

    Shenandoah River

    Matt Miles Fly Fishing, LLC

    Matt Miles Fly Fishing, LLC

    James River

     Rappahannock River

    Are you all set with great ideas and contacts for a week on the water? Comment below to share your experiences and tell what’s biting where.

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    Happy National Bike Month!

    by Casey | Posted on May 7th, 2013

    May is National Bike Month and we’re happy to tell you all about casual, relaxed biking in Virginia.

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Arguably Virginia’s most well-known bicycling destination is the Virginia Creeper Trail. This rails-to-trails initiative runs 34.3 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop Mountain (the second highest summit in Virginia). Avoid the mountain climb by taking a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop and coasting all the way down. Bike Rentals

    Just re-opened last spring is the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park trail. Touching four counties and five towns, the trail is wide and mostly flat with the amazing 2,400-foot-long 1853 High Bridge as its centerpiece.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a bike path for the ages. The altitude ranges from 600 to 6,000 feet and the views are second to none. Choose  a common entry point and ride for a while (out and back) to avoid drastic elevation changes. We suggest biking between mileposts 24 and 0 where the total elevation change heading north is 1,450 feet. Avoid the first major up Note that bicyclists should expect significant distances between developed areas, so use caution regarding wildlife and be sure to bring plenty of water and high energy foods. More Tips

    The W&OD Trail

    The W&OD Trail

    Virginia’s most extensive bicycle network is found in Northern Virginia. Primarily used for transportation, the trails and paths also lend themselves to recreation and relaxation. Most noted in this network is the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park’s 45-mile paved shared-use path that connects Shirlington in Alexandria to Purcellville in Loudoun County.

    The Virginia Capital Trail will one day connect Virginia’s first settlement (Jamestown) to its first Colonial Capital (Williamsburg) to the current Capital in Richmond. At 54 miles long, the trail follows the Route 5 Virginia Byway, so cyclists can take in the beauty of the James River plantations as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields. Currently there are four sections of the trail complete – seven miles between the Chickahominy Riverfront and Greensprings, seven and one-half-mile Charles City courthouse section, and one mile of the Richmond Riverfront.

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Those looking for a more challenging ride will love the Liberty Mountain Trail System in Lynchburg. It includes more than 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads spanning about 5,000 acres. Liberty Mountain rises over 1,360 feet offering cross country and gravity-fed trails. More Mountain Biking

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    “Lincoln” Poster Revealed

    by Casey | Posted on August 22nd, 2012

    The official poster for the movie “Lincoln” was released today. This movie was filmed in Virginia.

    LincolnSteven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

    Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathaim, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.

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    Camping Along Cool Waters

    by Casey | Posted on July 19th, 2012

    The great outdoors bring families to Virginia to unplug, unwind and just be together. Take advantage of the remaining summer weekends – or plan a fall weekend – to escape to one of Virginia’s campgrounds or a Virginia State Park.

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Virginia offers all types of camping in various climates and terrains. Beach and lake-based campgrounds are especially popular this time of year and often have great family attractions nearby.

    • First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is Virginia’s most visited State Park. The beach you’ll find there is actually on the Chesapeake Bay, not the Atlantic, so it’s much calmer water for little swimmers.
    • Holiday Trav-L-Park is the closest campground to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. You can bicycle to the sand or there is designated free parking for campers.
    • North Landing Beach Campground & RV Resort in Virginia Beach is located on the North Landing River and offers a variety of camp sites, even primitive beach tent camping.
    • Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is 300 acres on the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay where you can, indeed, see a beach sunset in Virginia.
    • Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna boasts over 1,000 camp sites and an abundance of those are located on a peninsula in Robinson’s Creek – a tributary of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. Also find a large lake, multiple pools and a waterpark here.
    • Christopher Run Campground in Mineral is located on Lake Anna – Virginia’s third largest lake. Families will enjoy the beach area, as well as marina and boat rentals.
    • Lake Shore Campground in Abingdon is situated on the South Holston River. You won’t find a long list of activities and amenities but you will find great fishing, a beach for relaxation, and a quiet, comfortable place to completly connect.
    • Indian Heritage RV Park & Campground in Martinsville offers camping right along the Smith River. Seventeen tent sites and 29 full hook-up sites are available. Take advantage of the on-site outfitter.
    • New River Campground in Independence sits right on the VA/NC border and has great sites on the New River. Tents and RVs are welcome; camping cabins are available.

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

    • Outlanders River Camp has wooded tent sites on the Shenandoah River in Luray. Nearly 100 acres back up to 3/4-mile river frontage. Pull in your RV for full hook-up or utilize electric or primitive tent camping sites.
    • More Virginia Campgrounds

    If you need more inspiration or want a ‘best of the best’ list, see our post that includes 12 Virginia campgrounds that made the cut for ReserveAmerica’s Top 100 Family Campgrounds.

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