The Best Camping in Vesuvius

Looking for the best camping in Vesuvius? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Vesuvius. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Vesuvius

  • Raphine, Virginia

    Saint Mary's Wilderness

    6.03 mi / 538 ft gain
    Saint Mary's Wilderness is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Vesuvius, Virginia.
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  • Meadows Lane, Virginia

    Camp near Crabtree Meadows in GWNF

    5.0
    As stated, the campsites are free. They do not require reservations or permits and are on a first come, first served basis. Regardless of which direction you're coming from, you will be traveling on Crabtree Falls Highway until reaching Meadows Lane. This is a gravel access road that requires 4WD...
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  • Tyro, Virginia

    Hike to Spy Rock via Cash Hollow

    4.9
    5.7 mi / 1207 ft gain
    The hike is part of the George Washington National Forest, and can easily be combined with nearby Crabtree Falls (300ft cascading waterfall with a hike to the top). The entire trip is 5.7 miles, and there are nice campsites at the base of the summit (no water source) if you want to add on this pr...
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  • Amherst, Virginia

    Hike Mount Pleasant

    4.7
    6.15 mi / 1700 ft gain
    From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate. As it's a loop, you can start at either entrance, but I prefer heading left to get the longer leg of the hike before the summit (always better to have an easy journey down in the a...
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  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Camp at Sherando Lake

    4.0
    Sherando Lake is a beautifully maintained dog/family friendly campground situated between two lakes. Upper Sherando Lake is available for fishing only but the larger, 25 acre, Lower Sherando Lake offers swimming, fishing, kayaking, and relaxing on the beach.  The campground is divided into three ...
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  • Roseland, Virginia

    Backpack Reeds Gap to Rockfish Gap

    5.0
    20 mi
    Note: We usually get a chance to take this trip in the summer, so please pay attention to the weather and pack accordingly. This description is for a July/August hike and the temperatures were in the 80s during the day and 60s at night. During this time of year rain showers are always a possibili...
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  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Backpack Three Ridges Loop

    4.7
    14.2 mi / 3960 ft gain
    From the parking area at Reids Gap, start off on the white-blazed A.T heading south as the trail begins on the left side of a clearing. You will begin climbing Meadow Mountain shortly and in .8 miles arrive at the top of the ridge, where you will continue on downhill for another .8 miles until y...
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  • Amherst, Virginia

    Swim at Panther Falls

    5.0
    0.7 mi / -100 ft gain
    From Lexington or Buena Vista, Virginia, take Rt. 60 east for several miles. As soon as you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway, look for a gravel road on your right marked Panther Falls Road. This is a fairly bumpy gravel road, so take it easy. Follow Panther Falls Road down the mountain for just ...
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  • Goshen, Virginia

    Hike Goshen Pass

    4.5
    5.6 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The parking for the trailhead is down an unmarked gravel/dirt road about 1.5 miles upriver from the Virginia Wayside rest area on Route 39 West. You'll see the swing bridge out across the river and the road will be immediately after this on your right. The road goes back about 200 yards to the pa...
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  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Humpback Mountain and the Rocks via Appalachian Trail

    5.95 mi / 1122 ft gain
    Humpback Mountain and the Rocks via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Nellysford, Virginia.
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  • Roseland, Virginia

    Camp at Devil’s Backbone Basecamp

    5.0
    This place has it all : a bomb fire pit, live music, distillery, restaurant, 48 taps, mountain views, and more!  Not to mention, it’s in a great location for exploring. It’s close to tons of breweries, wineries, and cideries, it’s just a few miles from the Appalachian trail, and close to Shenando...
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  • Afton, Virginia

    Dobie Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    5.92 mi / 1329 ft gain
    Dobie Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Nellysford, Virginia.
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  • Swoope, Virginia

    Elliott Knob Trail

    8.48 mi / 2382 ft gain
    Elliott Knob Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Craigsville, Virginia.
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  • Afton, Virginia

    Rockfish Gap to Dripping Rock and Humpback Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    16.44 mi / 3340 ft gain
    Rockfish Gap to Dripping Rock and Humpback Mountain via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Afton, Virginia.
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  • Waynesboro, Virginia

    Beagle Gap to Blackrock Gap

    27.88 mi / 5554 ft gain
    Beagle Gap to Blackrock Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Crozet, Virginia.
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Moormans River Overnight Loop via Appalachian Trail

    17.46 mi / 3091 ft gain
    Moormans River Overnight Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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