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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
1/23/2022

4VAC5-30-150. Camping.

A. Permit. Camping will be conducted only under permit. A permit is obtained by completing a valid Virginia State Parks Camping Permit Form or Honor Camping Application and submitting payment in accordance with all applicable prices and payment policies. A camping permit can only be issued by the park management. 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 permit. The act of placing a reservation through the state parks reservation center does not constitute a camping permit.

Camping may only be performed in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit. Any violation of the permit by the permittee or any member of the party shall constitute grounds for permit revocation by the department, or by its authorized representative, whose action shall be final. In case of revocation of any permit, 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. The term immediate family shall mean relatives living at the same common household of residence.

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.

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. Check-in time shall be 4 p.m. Check-out time is 3 p.m. Campers may be permitted to occupy campsites prior to 4 p.m., but no earlier than 8 a.m., if campsites are available. 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. All visitors shall register on the visitors register. 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. Generators, 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 only with payment of all applicable prices. 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.

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.

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