Staunton River State Park RV & Campground Guide


Tucked neatly into the heart of Virginia, just 25 miles from the North Carolina border, you'll find Staunton River State Park, Virginia's first location that was designated as an International Dark Sky Park. The 2,400-acre park brings in many outdoor enthusiasts, astronomy buffs, and families each year by offering a vast number of recreational activities and by boasting 17 miles of multi-use trails; it also features a large pool with a 70-foot waterslide. The park runs along the Dan and Staunton rivers' shoreline and sits 18 miles east of South Boston and southeast of Scottsburg, Virginia. Staunton River State Park is filled with history and is named for Captain Henry Staunton, who commanded a group of soldiers to protect early settlers from Indian attacks; it was later recognized in 2007 as a National Historic Landmark. One major tourist attraction this park offers is the canopy of tall mature trees and the beautiful array of colors that they produce in autumn.

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Spring 39-80 F
Summer 66-90 F
Fall 40-82 F
Winter 31-33 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Staunton River State Park

During your upcoming trip to Staunton River State Park, you'll have plenty of campground options within the park and its surrounding area. The most convenient way to enjoy the sounds of nature without compromising your comfort or budget is by staying in an RV. If you don't own an RV, consider renting one through RVshare. In South Boston, Virginia, there are a number of RVs available for rent that can accommodate your family’s requirements. 

Buffalo Park Campground

Buffalo Park Campground sits on John H. Kerr Reservoir, offering 11 shady sites with electrical hookups and 10 primitive sites in an open field. You'll have access to individual restrooms with hot showers, flush toilets, and a sink. This pet-friendly campground provides a boat dock and a ramp, a playground, a dump station, and lake access. The lake offers fishing, canoeing, swimming, and boating opportunities.

Rudds Creek Campground

Rudds Creek Campground offers 98 sites for tents or RVs with water and electric hookups. The campground has a boat ramp and a courtesy dock for fishing and other water recreational activities. There are picnic shelters, a dump station, a swimming beach, and modern restrooms with showers.

Elkhorn Lake & Campground

Elkhorn Lake & Campground is situated in southern Virginia and offers camping spots for RVs with water, electrical, and sewer hookups. This pet-friendly campground has three swimming pools, and one has a water slide. There is also a guest laundry facility.

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What to Do at
Staunton River State Park

Inside Staunton River State Park

Whether you like to explore the land or hang near the water, Staunton River State Park offers many recreational activities. There are overnight facilities for horses at the park, so don't hesitate to bring them along. Horseback riding is permitted on the 10 multi-use trails that are also ideal for biking, birdwatching, hiking, and wildlife observation. The Dan and Staunton rivers and Buggs Island Lake are ideal for boating, water skiing, and other aquatic activities and are also great for catching bass, bluegills, and more. Astronomical observation and stargazing are very popular inside the park.

Outside Staunton River State Park

Once you've had a chance to relax and to explore the inside of the state park, you'll be happy to know that the surrounding cities also offer plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy. You'll find family-friendly restaurants with a wide range of food options. The shops can easily supply you with your needs and retail therapy. History, fine arts, memorials, and farms are a few attractions nearby. If you enjoy the taste of wine, you'll want to stop by the Hunting Creek Vineyard. 


Badeaux's Seafood Grill

Try the delicious flavors of hamburgers, seafood, and Cajun foods at Badeaux's Seafood Grill. There is a full bar that offers happy hour during certain times of the day. A military discount is being provided for all purchases.

Type: Seafood

Location: 2001 Seymour Drive, South Boston, VA 24592

Mexican Viejo Grill

Mexican Viejo Grill serves real authentic Mexican foods in a hacienda-resembling atmosphere. Mexican beer, margaritas, and non-alcoholic drinks are available at this restaurant.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1020 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, VA 24592

Roma Italian Restaurant

Roma Italian Restaurant offers a wide selection of comfort foods, Italian dishes, and desserts. There are also healthy and vegetarian options on the menu.

Type: Italian

Location: 3403 Old Halifax Road, Halifax, VA 24558

Ernie’s Restaurant

Ernie’s Restaurant provides a full-service menu and an all-you-can-eat buffet of delicious food options. The buffet also has a variety of fresh seafood on Friday and Saturday nights.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: 1010 John Randolph Boulevard, South Boston, VA 24592

Applebee's Grill & Bar

Whether you're searching for a delicious meal, a friendly atmosphere, or affordable prices, Applebee's Grill & Bar has got you covered with soups, salads, pastas, and seafood options. Beer, wine, and other beverages are also offered here.

Type: American

Location: 3607 Old Halifax Road, Halifax, VA 24592


Southern Frills Clothing Boutique

Southern Frills Clothing Boutique has the latest fashions of dresses, chic pants, stylish jackets, and trendy tops. You will also find handbags, jewelry, and items for men at this boutique.

Location: 417 Main Street, South Boston, VA 24592

Hibbett Sports

Conveniently located in Tri-Rivers Plaza, Hibbett Sports has high-quality brand-name team apparel and shoes. You also can find a hoodie, some denim, and jackets at this sports store.

Location: 3459 Old Halifax Road, South Boston, VA 24592

Family Dollar

Family Dollar offers a wide selection of items, including discounted groceries, toys, beverages, and cleaning supplies.

Location: 2203 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592

Dollar Tree

Every item in the store only costs one dollar plus tax. Cleaning supplies, games, puzzles, grocery items, and personal care objects are just a few items found at the Dollar Tree.

Location: 3601 Old Halifax Road, South Boston, VA 24592

Walmart Supercenter

Camping, hunting, and fishing supplies are few items that can be found at Walmart Supercenter. Fresh fruits, vegetables, various meats, and other grocery items are also sold at this market. There is a pharmacy and eye center onsite.

Location: 3471 Old Halifax Road, South Boston, VA 24592


The South Boston – Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History

The South Boston – Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History preserves the past of the Halifax County's Rail, Halifax military, and the life of Governor William M. Tuck. The gallery holds exhibits about the Native Americans. There is a gift shop available that supplies a variety of books, sweets, toys, and a collection of authentic printed art pieces.

Location: 1540 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592

Paul C. Edmunds Memorial Park

Paul C. Edmunds Memorial Park offers a playground, disc golf, and a picnic pavilion. The Southern Virginia Botanical Garden displays a gorgeous view within the park, showcasing the most beautiful landscape of trees, shrubs, and flowers. On the north side of the garden, you can hike on the Woodlands Trail, which is a certified wildlife habitat.

Location: 3164 Dan River Church Road, South Boston, VA 24592

Clover Ridge Farm

Clover Ridge Farm offers horseback riding lessons and holds horse competition events. The farm sits on 70 acres of land and caters to retirement boarding, temporary placement for horses in need of some R&R, and boarding for clients who prefer to ride their horses on the trails and grass arena daily.

Location: 100032 James D Hagood Highway, Clover, VA 24534

Hunting Creek Vineyard

Visit Hunting Creek Vineyard for a complimentary tasting of their different blends of wine. Step outside the tasting room to their outdoor seating area and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine as you take in the beautiful scenic view of the land. Bottled wine is also available at the vineyard.

Location: 2000 Addie Williams Trail, Clover, VA 24534

South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway offers Saturday racing events from March through October. Whether you're a first-time fan or have gone to see an action-packed, high-octane event before, you're sure to have a blast at this racetrack. There is a concession stand if you get hungry or thirsty while you're at the event. Coolers are also permitted but must not be over 14 inches long.

Location: 1188 James D Hagood Highway, South Boston, VA 24592

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How to Get to
Staunton River State Park

From Scottsburg, head southeast on VA-344 E/MacDonald Road toward Sydnor Trail, and continue for 8.2 miles. The park entrance is on your right. 

Entering Staunton River State Park

Staunton River State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Staunton River State Park Entry fee (per vehicle, 1-4 adults) : $5.0

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