Where Can I Camp in George Washington National Forest?

George Washington National Forest is a massive expanse of public land in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. It covers over 1.8 million acres and provides endless opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and more. With so many different areas to explore, it can be difficult to decide where to camp in George Washington National Forest.

The forest is divided into seven ranger districts: Lee Ranger District, Warm Springs Ranger District, North River Ranger District, James River Ranger District, Jefferson Ranger District, Shenandoah Ranger District and George Washington/Jefferson National Forests. Each ranger district has its own set of rules and regulations regarding camping. Depending on where you want to go camping in the forest, you’ll need to check with the appropriate ranger district for details.

Most of the campgrounds in George Washington National Forest are operated by the U.S. Forest Service and some are operated by private companies. There are more than 80 developed campgrounds throughout the forest offering a variety of amenities including RV hookups, tent pads, picnic tables and fire rings.

Some also offer showers and restrooms. Most sites have beautiful views of nearby mountains or valleys.

If you’re looking for something a bit more rustic than a campground site with amenities like running water or electricity hookups then there are plenty of designated primitive campsites located throughout the forest as well as dispersed camping areas where you can set up your tent wherever you’d like – just be sure to follow all Leave No Trace principles while doing so.


No matter what type of camping experience you’re looking for – from rustic primitive sites to full-service RV hookups – there are plenty of great places to camp in George Washington National Forest. Just be sure to check with the appropriate ranger district for rules and regulations regarding camping before setting out!

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Chris Powell