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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 5. Department of Conservation And Recreation
Chapter 30. Virginia State Parks Regulations

4VAC5-30-150. Camping.

A. Reservation. Camping will be conducted only under a valid reservation. A reservation is obtained from the individual park office, through the department's designated reservation system, or through the completion of the self-pay process. Payment must be submitted in accordance with all applicable prices and payment policies. Only an individual 18 years of age or older who is a member of and accepts responsibility for the camping party may be issued a camping reservation.

Camping may only be performed in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of the reservation. Any violation of the terms of the reservation by any member of the party shall constitute grounds for reservation revocation by the department, or by its authorized representative, whose action shall be final. In case of revocation of any reservation, all moneys paid for or on account thereof shall at the option of the department be forfeited and retained by the department.

B. Occupancy. Occupancy of each campsite shall be limited to not more than six persons or one immediate family, or other maximum occupancy permitted through an approved special use permit.

C. Camping units, equipment, and vehicles. All camping units, equipment, and vehicles shall be placed within the perimeter of the designated campsite without infringing on adjoining campsites or vegetation. Where high impact areas have been designated, all camping units, equipment, and vehicles shall be placed within the defined borders of the high impact area. There is a maximum of two camping units allowed per campsite; no more than one axled camping unit is allowed per campsite.

D. Camping periods. No camping shall be permitted in excess of 14 nights within a 30-day period. Park managers shall have the authority to increase the number of nights permitted by an approved special use permit. Any personal property left at the campsite after the reservation period check-out time shall be removed by park staff at the owner's expense.

E. Motor vehicles. Only two motor vehicles in addition to the camping unit allowed under subsection C of this section are permitted on a campsite with no additional prices. All motor vehicles shall be parked in the designated parking area of each campsite. Any additional vehicles beyond two are subject to daily parking prices and shall be parked at designated overflow parking areas.

F. Visitors. No visitor shall be allowed before 6 a.m. and all visitors must leave the campground area by 10 p.m. All visitors shall be charged the appropriate daily parking or admissions prices prior to entering the park.

G. Quiet hours. Quiet hours in the campgrounds shall be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Excessive noise, amplified music, or other disturbances that can be heard outside the perimeters of the user's campsite are prohibited during the designated quiet hours.

H. Pets. Domestic and household pets are permitted in campgrounds. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and for ensuring their pets do not disturb other campers. Horses and other livestock are not permitted unless facilities are specifically provided for them.

I. Generators. The use of combustion generators at campsites and in the campground is prohibited except when used by the department to perform necessary construction, maintenance, or repairs or for an activity approved by special permit.

J. Damage to any campground or campsite, not considered normal wear and tear, may be billed to the person registering for the campground or campsite on an itemized cost basis in accordance with the reservation acknowledgment or reservation confirmation.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-104 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR215-01-02 § 15, eff. May 4, 1983; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 11, eff. March 18, 2010; Volume 36, Issue 1, eff. October 17, 2019; Volume 38, Issue 12, eff. March 2, 2022.

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