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Where to go camping near Richmond

Enjoy the beauty of the Richmond region from the comfort of a tent

a tent in a grassy campsite

Powhatan State Park’s primitive campsites have no water or electricity, but they’re just .2 miles from the nearest parking lot.

Photo by Virginia State Parks

If you’re looking to get out and enjoy some summery weather round the clock, Richmond has two state parks within an hour’s drive.

City Editor David was an Eagle Scout — Troop 799 forever — but you don’t have to know the ten essentials by heart to enjoy the great outdoors. Both parks have options ranging in intensity from primitive plots to furnished yurts.

Pocahontas State Park has yurts, cabins, and tent camping options. Campsites feature electric and water hookups, public toilets, grills, picnic tables, hot showers, and lantern holders.

Further west, Powhatan State Park has nine primitive campgrounds available year round for just $15 a night. Pro tip: You have to hike or canoe in to access the sites.

If you’re not feeling quite so hardcore, Powhatan’s River Bend Campground has 29 sites featuring hookups for electricity and water.

Want to experience nature, but prefer having AC? Enjoy a Powhatan cottage staycation and spend the day in the park.

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