Is Luray, Virginia the South’s Most Underrated RV Destination?

Is Luray, Virginia the South’s Most Underrated RV Destination?

WHERE TO CAMP:  I must confess, Luray, Virginia used to be a place where we crashed for the night on our way to visit family in Asheville. But in recent years we have extended our stays there–and for good reason.  It is a remarkable RV Destination in its own right that is blessed with two campgrounds that we love and adore.  Jellystone Luray and the Luray KOA couldn’t be more different if they tried–but we love them both.  The Jellystone is action packed and Disney-like for young kids and the KOA is lovely and peaceful. There are links below the photos to reviews of each of these campgrounds.  Can you say win-win?


Jellystone Luray


Luray KOA

WHAT TO DO: Both of these campgrounds are a short drive to the Thornton Gap Entrance Station to Shenandoah National Park.  We spent years driving past Shenandoah and saying “we’ll get there someday.”  When we did finally get there we fell in love and wondered how we ever neglected this stunning and woefully underrated National Park.  Here is a handy dandy guide to spending a day or two hiking and exploring in Shenandoah. Link below photo.


Family Fun in Shenandoah National Park

The National Park is not the only source of family fun in and around Luray, Virginia.  We also recommend taking a tour of Luray Caverns, which is mysterious and beautiful,  and then heading over to Bear Mountain Ziplines for a sun-filled adrenaline rush that the whole family will remember. Follow the link below the photo for information about both attractions.


Luray Caverns and Bear Mountain Ziplines

We easily think that an RV family like ours could spend an entire week in Luray, Virginia and have a blast each and every day.  The landscape is beautiful, the campground options are varied and world-class, and Shenandoah National Park is filled with gorgeous family friendly hikes and waterfalls.

Have you ever camped in or around Luray, Virginia?  We would love to hear about your trip in the notes below!

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