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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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Staunton River State Park

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

Fall is the most appropriate time to visit Staunton River State Park. You will get to enjoy hiking, biking, birding, watching animals and doing water-related activities under mild weather conditions.

What is the climate of Staunton River State Park?

The state park has a humid, sub-tropical climate, with moderately hot summers and mild winters. Rainfall is moderate throughout the year, and summer temperatures can reach a staggering 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Staunton River State Park?

Staunton River State Park is home to black bears, bobcats, mountain lions, white-tailed deer, red foxes, squirrels, coyotes and more. Its avian habitats are abundant with great blue herons and woodland raptors.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Staunton River State Park and what is the cost?

Reserving a camping spot at Staunton River State Park is not a requirement. You can book space during busy seasons to avoid missing a site. The cost of booking a space is $10.

Are pets allowed at Staunton River State Park?

Pets are permitted at the state park, but they must remain on leashes throughout their visit. They must conduct themselves appropriately and avoid intimidating wildlife. Owners must clean up after their pets.