Chippokes Plantation State Park RV & Campground Guide

Virginia

Chippokes Plantation State Park

is one of the most beautiful parks in Virginia. Established in 1619, this area has served as an agricultural concern for over 400 years. The 1,947-acre park is situated on the banks of the James River, the same stream along which the original colony of Jamestown existed for a time. When exploring this park, visitors walk through another age, view antique equipment, discover an antebellum mansion, and stroll through impressive formal gardens. Across the James River lie the Jamestown colony's recently discovered remains, an active archeological dig that welcomes visitors. Located close to Surry, VA, the park's beauty draws visitors from large urban areas like Newport News and Virginia Beach, VA.

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Spring 38-78 F
Summer 65-89 F
Fall 40-81 F
Winter 30-53 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation State Park is in an area of Virginia that is rich in vacation opportunities. Camping in an RV gives you a place to relax after a day of adventure. An RV's added comfort level lets you and your family rest for the upcoming day of activity. To take advantage of that comfort, find an RV rental near Chippokes Plantation State Park by visiting this RVshare site in Surry, VA.

Chippokes Plantation State Park Campground

Chippokes Plantation State Park Campground offers 51 RV campsites divided into two loops. The maximum length that the paved sites accommodate is 35 feet. The campground lies beside the James River and provides a swimming beach. Licensed anglers are welcome to try their luck anywhere along the riverbank. A camp store sells firewood and ice along with fresh produce. Kids enjoy a huge playground. An outdoor swimming pool is available for kids and adults. Trails provide access to all areas of the park and welcome hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station
  • Fee: $35 to $45 per night

Newport News Park Campground

Newport News Park Campground is a camping facility located within the city limits of Newport News, VA. This publicly operated campground provides 188 RV campsites with paved pads. Every site is a 30-foot-wide back-in that handles rigs up to 55 feet in length. There is plenty of area to deploy any slide-outs that a rig may support and still leave extra room to spread out. The campground is just one part of Newport News Park that also has a golf course with a driving range and a putting green. A disc golf course, a playground, and horseshoe pits are also provided by the park. The campground sits alongside Lee Hall Reservoir. A boat ramp allows easy access to the water, but electric motors are the only engines authorized. A fishing dock is provided, and boat or paddle-boat rentals are available for visitors. A rec hall provides an arcade, pool tables, and foosball tables.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
  • Fee: $36 to $38 per night

Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Chickahominy Riverfront Park provides 120 RV spaces. Many of the campsites have scenic views of the river. There is a lighted 290-foot fishing pier that is available 24 hours per day and is ADA accessible. For those wishing to get onto the water, there is a boat ramp. The park provides a playground and splash pad for kids, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, and a corn hole game for those who are a bit older. The park store sells ice, firewood, camping supplies, snacks, bait, and tackle.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facilities
  • Fee: $24 to $45 per night

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What to Do at
Chippokes Plantation State Park

Inside Chippokes Plantation State Park

Visitors often use the 12 miles of trails to get from one activity to another. There are two preserved mansions built in the 19th century. The river provides an immense amount of entertainment with a swimming beach that keeps the kids happy and bank fishing that pleases anglers. Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum covers five buildings with an active farm presence. The museum is an open-air interactive display where kids and adults experience farm life realities in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Outside Chippokes Plantation State Park

The ample number of communities surrounding Chippokes Plantation State Park provide nearly every type of activity imaginable. Whether you are looking for a place to eat, a place to play, or a place to shop, there are plenty of opportunities along this densely populated portion of the Virginia coast. Museums, cultural sites, and archeological digs dot the region and are open to the public.

Restaurants

Fat Canary

The Fat Canary is an award-winning eatery that provides excellent American/seafood cuisine. The menu includes such delicacies as pan-seared sea scallops and free-range Guinea fowl spiced with garlic rapini and charred tomato.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 410 West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Le Yaca French Restaurant

When you want to sample the best French cuisine in the area, stop by Le Yaca French Restaurant. There is nothing quite like French food that is cooked properly. Try the saumon Grille d'ecosse or the excellent Crabbe plates from the dinner menu for a palate-pleasing French delight.

Type: French

Location: 1430 High Street, Suite 801, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Amber Ox Public House

For an interesting and unorthodox meal, drop by the Amber Ox Public House. It offers more than traditional American cuisine. Try the oxtail ragout or the country-fried grouper for a different taste only found in this part of America.

Type: American

Location: 525 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Shopping

Lucky Junque

One of the most interesting antique houses in the area is the Lucky Junque. This shop is located in an antebellum house with 2500 feet of area filled with antiques, collectibles, home décor, and other farmhouse products.

Location: 7787 Richmond Road, Toano, VA 23168

Merchant’s Square

A shopping mall near Chippokes Plantation State Park is Merchant’s Square. In this mall, visitors find quaint shops like Boxwood and Berry, a gardening shop, and the Williamsburg Winery Tasting Room and Bar.

Location: 134 North Henry Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Sightseeing

Bacon’s Castle

Bacon’s Castle, built in 1665, is the oldest brick-built dwelling in North America. The "castle" features a reconstructed formal garden — one of the nation's finest — and several buildings identified as "slave quarters." Visitors receive an education about the importance of black labor to the southern colonies before the American Revolution and the impact of this practice throughout history since those horrendous times.

Location: 465 Bacon Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

Historic Jamestown

For centuries, the original site of the Jamestown colony was lost. Today, visitors explore the recently discovered site of historic Jamestown. The location is an active archeological dig site with a museum displaying interpretive documentation next to the exhibits.

Location: 1368 Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Fort Pocahontas

Fort Pocahontas is an extended series of trench works dug by Union forces to defend against Confederate attacks in 1864. The fort offers a look at the precise preparations military engineers utilized to ensure as much protection as possible for troops who may be assaulted from any direction.

Location: 13150 Sturgeon Point Road, Charles City, VA 23030

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How to Get to
Chippokes Plantation State Park

Many visitors to Chippokes Plantation State Park come through Newport News, VA. To get from this large urban area to the park, get onto United States Highway 17 (US-17), and travel 7.1 miles, including crossing the James River Bridge. Turn right onto United States Highway 258 (US-258), and travel for 10.9 miles. Turn right onto Virginia Highway 10 (VA-10) and go for 14 miles through Rushmere, VA. Turn left onto State Route 10 (SR-10), and drive for 3 miles into Surry. In Surry, turn left at the intersection of routes 10 and 31. This keeps you an SR-10. Turn right at the stoplight and then left onto State Route 634 (SR-634). The park entrance is 4 miles ahead on the left.

Entering Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation State Park is a day-use area that is open year round from dawn to dusk

Entry fee (per vehicle) : $5

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