Staying outdoors in tents under the stars, cooking by the camp fire or relaxing in cabins or RVs remains a popular activity for outdoor enthusiasts around the world. Americans love to go camping, and every year the number of people who report going on camping trips is increasing.
Over 40 million Americans go camping every year: the majority sleep in tents or cabins, with some respondents reporting that they prefer camping in an RV or even in their own backyards. Most campers also indicated that they like to go for long hikes through natural vistas whenever they camp, and that they usually go for at least five camping trips every year.
Campers and hikers take trips to all 50 states in all kinds of weather, year-round. Campground locations vary, with some only accessible by car or boat, while other campgrounds are located very close to larger urban areas. Virginia campgrounds will differ from campgrounds in Texas, or from campgrounds on the beach, but most campgrounds have similar amenities for hikers, campers and other travelers.
Most campgrounds will have bathing facilities and some may offer food service. Campground locations tend to provide the bare essentials and hikers may want to contact individual locations to determine local food availability and hours of operation.
Virginia campgrounds — as well as campgrounds in other states — may require reservations in advance, and campgrounds that offer camping cabin rental may fill up rapidly in busier seasons. Family cabin rental may need to be reserved at the beginning of the year to ensure availability during family vacations.
Many people love to go camping: the freedom, the fun of sitting and telling stories outdoors, the opportunity to teach children about nature and the sheer exhilaration of “getting away from it all” are all reasons that many Americans love to go camping and hiking. With proper planning, families should be able to reserve camp sites in a timely fashion.