Occoneechee State Park RV & Campground Guide


With 2,698 acres and access to the John H. Kerr Reservoir, Occoneechee State Park is a large hidden gem near Virginia’s southern border. Established in 1968, it includes land that once belonged to a plantation, remnants of which still appear as ruins throughout the park. The area sees freezing winters and hot summers that make a day on the water appealing.

Nearby Cities:

  • Clarksville, VA

  • South Boston, VA

  • Chase City, VA

  • South Hill, VA

National Park Sample Image
Spring 37-79 F
Summer 66-90 F
Fall 38-83 F
Winter 28-54 F
National Park Sample Image
Trip Planner
Use our FREE RV trip planner to begin customizing the perfect RV trip. Continue
National Park Sample Image

RV Resorts & Campsites in Occoneechee State Park

Campground Accommodations

Occoneechee State Park Campgrounds

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 35 feet

  • Other amenities: Grills/firepits, bathhouses, flush toilets, firewood for sale

Occoneechee State Park Campground

There is a campground inside Occoneechee State Park, and it accommodates RVs. Water and electrical hookups are available, and campsites allow rigs up to 30-35 feet long. Campsites have grills for cooking or campfires. Wood is available for purchase; you may not bring your own firewood. The campground has restrooms and bathhouses with hot showers. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Rates start at $35 per night.

Rudds Creek Campground

Rudds Creek Campground is located on the John H. Kerr Reservoir. It has RV sites with electrical and water hookups. The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. There is a swimming beach, boat ramp, playground, and picnic area. Pets are allowed.

Longwood Park

Longwood Park has forested sites with a beautiful view of the lake. Amenities include water and electrical hookups, a dump station, restrooms, showers, a playground, picnic shelters, fire pits, and lake access. Pets are allowed in the campground.

Steele Creek Marina and Campground

Steele Creek Marina and Campground is open year-round. However, water hookups are turned off from November through the beginning of April. Electrical hookups are available all year long. Some sites are right on the waterfront. Campground amenities include toilets, showers, a playground, a swimming area, and a store. Pets are allowed, except for some dog breeds. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Rates start at $30 per night.

RV Rentals Near Occoneechee State Park

Nearby RV Rentals


What to Do at
Occoneechee State Park

Boating and fishing are big draws for visitors to this park. While the park itself doesn’t offer boat rentals, it does partner with a local rental company, so everyone can enjoy the reservoir. It’s a fantastic place for outdoorsy adventures like wildlife viewing, but animals aren’t the only things to keep an eye out for. The area’s history is preserved on several trails where you can spot the ruins of buildings that once belonged to a plantation settled in 1839. Be sure to take time to visit the re-creation of a traditional Occoneechee home, which honors the Native American legacy of the park’s land, next to the visitor center.

Put on your hiking shoes, and break out the fishing poles. Occoneechee State Park offers varied hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing, and much more.

Inside Occoneechee State Park

The main attraction in Occoneechee State Park is the large lake, Buggs Island Lake, which offers fishing, swimming, and boating. In addition, there are hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that allow you to take in the beauty of nature. There is a visitor center/museum in the park where you can learn about Native American history and about the Occoneechee people who used to live in the area. The park has a splash spray ground where kids can play and run around among sprays of water. There are also ranger-led programs for children, such as guided hikes and archery lessons.

Fishing Fishing

Anglers can fish from shore, paddle out in a kayak, or take a motorized boat out with friends for a day of fishing. The area is well known for perch, crappie, bass, and bluegill. Multiple types of catfish have been caught here, too. Fishers will need a Virginia fishing license, and it’s a good idea to check for catch limits and other seasonal restrictions before casting your first line.

Geocaching Geocaching

You’ll find plenty of geocaching adventures in the park. In addition to traditional caches, the park has special geocaching events and participates in statewide challenges. If you’re new to geocaching, you can even find ranger-led introductory hikes that explain this hobby.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

The trails are great for birding, so take your binoculars when you plan a hike. With plenty of places you can set up a camp chair and watch the shore, it’s easy to spot waterfowl and enjoy the spectacle of migrating birds. Deer roam the area, and you may find some raccoons checking out the campgrounds at night. Pay attention while hiking on the Beaver Pond Trail, and you might see some beavers at work.

Stargazing Stargazing

With just enough distance from major city centers, and bordering so much water, the park has dark and open skies great for stargazing. Water vapor in the air may obscure dimmer stars in the summer, so the best time to enjoy a clear night is either early spring or late fall. The views are good enough for occasional official stargazing parties in the park.

Flora and Fauna

The park features a lake, forests, and meadows along its many trails. Trees include Virginia Pine, poplar, hickory, beech, oak, maples, and sweet gum. Blueberry bushes hide in thickets, and the fields see lots of wildflowers in spring. Small creatures in the park include salamanders, snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and toads. Birds like loons, egrets, and Great Blue Herons frequent the lake, and the land sees plenty of deer, raccoons, and wild turkeys.

Hiking Hiking

Most of the trails in Occoneechee are nice and easy. The 5.2-mile Beaver Pond Trail, the only moderately challenging hike in the park, is worth the effort for nature lovers to see beaver lodges and some of the park’s most remote points. Mossey Creek Trail is an easy 1.2 miles with old ruins showcasing some of the park’s history. The Big Oak Nature Trail is only 0.8 miles and showcases some of the best of the area’s hardwood forest.


Both motorized and unmotorized boats are welcome on the water, and the park has three boat ramps for easy access. The park has an agreement with a local boat rental company, so park guests can rent paddleboards, kayaks, and pontoon boats at daily, weekly, and hourly rates. Kayaks and paddleboards start at $50 per day, and boats start at $240 per day.

Swimming Swimming

While guests aren’t allowed to swim in the lake, the park offers a splash pad. It’s open seasonally during the same time as the campsites, and it’s free for guests. While it isn’t as much of an attraction for adults, it’s a great way for kids to cool down in the hotter months.


Several trails in the park are open to bikes, but these are also open to hikers and horseback riders. One of the best trails to see by bike is the Panhandle Multi-Use Trail. It explores not only the woods but also the park’s lush fields, making it particularly lovely in late spring when the area’s wildflowers bloom.

National Park Sample Image

How to Get to
Occoneechee State Park

From Petersburg, take Interstate 85 South and follow for nearly 56 miles. Take exit 12-B for US-58 West. Continue for another 25 miles, then turn left on VA-364 South. This turns into the main park road, and all the campground loops break off from that main road.

Entering Occoneechee State Park

Occoneechee allows guests who’ve reserved campsites to go directly to their campsites. Entry and parking for passenger vehicles is $7 per day, and there’s an additional $3 fee for boats.

You'll make memories that last a lifetime when you take an RV adventure to Occoneechee State Park. If you don't have an RV of your own, rent one with RVshare! If you share your trip photos on social media, be sure to tag us, or send them to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About Occoneechee State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Occoneechee State Park?

Occoneechee has hot summers, and the campground closes in winter, so if you want to go out on the water and avoid the worst of the heat, late spring and early fall are the best times to visit. Spring is the season for guided programs covering regional wildflowers like partridge peas and black-eyed Susans.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Occoneechee State Park?

Occoneechee State Park has a wide variety of small animals, and if you pay attention near the water, you’re bound to find salamanders, toads, frogs, and turtles. There are also deer, waterfowl, turkeys, and beavers.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Occoneechee State Park?

Yes, there are specific RV-friendly camping spots in the park. It’s important to note that campsites are only available from the first Friday in March through the first Friday in December, and different campsites offer different hookups and maximum vehicle lengths.

Is Occoneechee State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Reservations are not required, but they are recommended to ensure you get a site with the amenities you prefer. Costs depend on whether you claim a waterfront site, what kinds of hookups the site offers, and whether you’re a Virginia resident. For sites with water and electricity, Virginia residents pay $35 to $40 per night, and nonresidents pay between $40 and $45 per night.

Are pets allowed at Occoneechee State Park?

Pets are allowed in the park and its campgrounds, but owners must keep dogs on a 6-foot or shorter leash whenever they are outside their vehicle.