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Belle Isle State Park
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Catherine R
Bryantown, MD152 contributions
This is an excellent place to camp. The bath houses are clean, the camp sites are actually level and quite large. We rented bikes and rode around the park. They also rent canoes. The “ beach “ on the river was too crowded for us to venture to use due to Covid. Any other time I would not hesitate.
Written July 13, 2020
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Christina A
Hayes, VA152 contributions
Friends
Nice park. Walked two miles, one to the beach and one back to car. Dogs loved the swim and had a spontaneous play time with some other friendly dogs. Bugs were only bad at the switch back from the field to the next trail. Prob was more to see and do. Wouldn’t mind going back and checking out more. This beach was not very big, not sure if it was high tide but not a lot of sand.
Written June 11, 2020
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bdaygirl
Virginia Beach, VA1,364 contributions
Friends
First post-Covid camping adventure and it was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for better weather. Our camp hosts were super great about getting us ice. We were one of the few tent campers on our two night stay. Bathrooms are spotless, with personal showers. Bring your bikes and kayaks. Accessible kayak launch makes it super easy to get in on the west side, boat ramp can be used to the east. Time it with a full moon for a beautiful rising. Definitely catch the sunset from the water with the giant eagle nest nearby. Sites were mostly shaded for the afternoon sun. Single loop with the bathroom at the entrance so an easy walk or bike ride from everywhere. Sites #28 and #29 are off by themselves. Boat rentals aren’t available yet and playground and shelters were closed so check before going if you need those. We biked most of the trails. Don’t miss the one near the kayak launch with the boardwalk. Tucked in the back you’ll find binoculars that allow you to see two eagles’ nests.
Written June 18, 2020
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Mark P
Lancaster, VA222 contributions
There's nothing untoward about this State Park. It is about 900 acres of coastal plain, well maintained and sporting a great variety of biting insects. Bring your permethrin. Lot of quiet space for wandering until the crowds arrive. Good observation blinds for watching Canadian Geese; but then you could stop by any marsh and see the same birds or their genetic twins. Trails are short, flat and often wet in the spring and fall. Good place to just hang. But if you are looking for something more stimulating, find another location.
Written October 22, 2020
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Dorrie M
Plymouth, MI53 contributions
Couples
We had been planning a trip to my paradise - the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I had spent many summer vacations on that beautiful National Seashore and craved a return. It has been over 10 years. Finally - we snagged a week off and decided to brave the coastline by reserving a camp spot on Ocracoke Island - Enter Arthur - the first Atlantic hurricane of 2014. The NPS closed the park before we even arrived, causing us to have to change our plan. Being that it was the 4th of July week, we had a tough time finding any campground near the water. As I watched the dismaying reports of the growing tropical storm Arthur - and threats of it morphing into a hurricane, I realized that my 10 year dream would be put on hold again. :-( Right about then, my husband said," ...what about Belle Isle State Park on the Rappahannock River?!" I was always intrigued with the name of that river, but had never had the opportunity to explore. My hubby said, "There is one more site left - should we take it?" As I sadly came to terms with my OBX vacation loss, I said, "sure, why not." We reserved online at reserveamerica, then called to be sure it went through. The lady who answered the phone was surprised there was a spot available, as she was sure they were full, however, our reservation had gone through! We were set for a site at Belle Isle State Park!! It was only a couple hours drive from Fredericksburg, where we had stopped for the night, so we were at Belle Isle by 11am. We were able to go right in and pick our site - it is first come first served at the park (though in 2015 some sites will be reservable) - there are 30 sites - we chose #15 - just around the bend - nice little nook. The camp area is very clean, and the sites are beautifully set up with a pea gravel square for a tent set up - will fit 2 decent sized tents or, for us, a tent + a screened house for sitting. There are picnic tables at each site, a fire ring with grill attached, and a parking space for car and/or travel trailer. Electric and water set up and two poles for lanterns or clothes line. Two things we realized at once - Virginia is very hot and muggy in the summer - and the bugs are plentiful! So no matter what else you pack...bring your deep woods bug repellent. We set up and then decided to take a little tour of the park - So much to see!! Bel Air Mansion and Guest House, which can be rented, a visitor's center that was still being worked on, a picnic area/beach on the shores of the Rappahannock (water is warm, beach sandy but small, osprey nest out from shore, water shallow (knee high as far as we could go), Primitive Campsite that can be accessed by walking trail or by canoe/kayak, boat launch for canoes, a little amphitheater, and acres of trails, wheatfields, marsh areas, and lots of scheduled activities put on by the park rangers. Everyone who worked at the park - employees and volunteers - were friendly and so very helpful. The cute little camp store provides information, a few little gift items and equipment for crabbing, canoeing etc. You can rent canoes, motorboats, kayaks, bicycles and GPS units for Geocaching. They offer free park packs to do wetlands, insects and nighttime exploration (back packs include information and activities). The park is a great homebase for exploration of the Northern Neck of Virginia as well. If you take a right out of the park, and drive along 354 (River Rd.) up to White Chapel Rd - take a left and up to Mary Ball Rd, then a Right - (Also known as route 3) - you can venture into the southern end of the Northern Neck where you will find Lancaster, Kilmarnock, Irvington all the way to Windmill Point. If you venture left out of the Park on 354 - you will find that route 3 meets up with 354 and takes you to the northern end of the peninsula including Warsaw, Montross, and up toward Colonial Beach and George Washington's Birthplace. Each town has its own little personality and history. Take the time to traverse the little nooks and crannies like Menokin - an incredible project of preservation and education! Sleeping in the campground is fabulous. Quiet and safe. The restrooms and hot showers are immaculate. Arthur did clip us on Friday 3am-8am - it poured, but our camp was well sheltered and we made it through with no leaking or flooding! Saturday night we partook of their "Triple Treat" activity - for $10 a person, we took a guided canoe trip, a hay ride and a little camp gathering at the amphiteater with s'mores. The evening was lead by Ranger Charlene who knew the park like the back of her hand and obviously has a passion for her beloved Belle Isle. Ranger Brandon helped with the tour - it was a fabulous way to end our stay. We then traversed over to the beach and watched 4 sets of fireworks across the river all at the same time! Belle Isle will definitely be at the top of our "Let's go there again!" list. For a Plan B trip - it ended up being the best Plan of all!!
Written July 7, 2014
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
Couples
The first thing I learned while researching and planning our trip to Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County, Virginia, that more than a few travelers have confused the 892-acre park with seven miles of shoreline on the Northern Neck's Rappahannock River with the island of Belle Isle in the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Visit them both but be aware which is which. Belle Isle State Park is located near the unincorporated towns of Litwalton, Morattico and Somers on Route 3 in Lancaster County. It is a peninsula surrounded by Tidewater coastal marshes. There are facilities for camping, fishing, boating and picnics. Wildlife observed include blue herons, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, turkeys, rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels, moles and various reptiles and amphibians. The property was acquired in 1692 by John Bertrand and Belle Isle mansion was built in 1760 and restored in the 1940s. The house, which is privately owned, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. However, there are two other houses in the park that can be rented for overnight stays. Meanwhile, the park has a campground with RV lots, tent sites and trailer rentals. A boat launch and rental boats also are available in the park. The trail system includes a mix of hiking-only and multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There also are three picnic shelters. Bicycle, canoe, kayak and motorboat rentals are available. It is tricky to get there but you won't regret the trip. From Warsaw, take State Route 3 east to SR 354. Turn right and follow for three miles, turn right onto SR 683 at Somers to the park entrance. From Kilmarnock, take Route 3 West to Lively, then left on SR 201 for three times, then right on SR 354 for three miles and left onto 683 to the park entrance. Once you are there, you'll realize you aren't in Richmond.
Written March 4, 2017
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Thank you for your very thorough review of Belle Isle State Park and for the warning about not getting it confused with the city park in Richmond. We not only have that issue with Belle Isle but we also have James River State Park not to be confused with the James River Park in Richmond. I am glad you enjoy Belle Isle State Park. Please let us know if you ever find anything that needs attention.
Written March 6, 2017
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Beachbuminthasun
Virginia6 contributions
Belle Isle is a newer state park in virginia. This place is immaculate!! Campground has 28 sites which have 2 lantern holders and a huge picnic table. Sites are very large, level and gravel. There is a tent pad at each site as well covered with pea gravel. Each site is wooded and feels private. The sites in the middle are pull thru's. Bath house is very clean-didn't even see a spider web anywhere!. Has private shower and changing rooms with hot water. Bath house also has utility sink to do your dishes and 2 coin washer/dryers. Sites have electric and water but no sewer. There is a dump station however. Park is very peaceful and beautiful. It is located in Lancaster, VA on the Rappahannock River. A great place to boat/kayak/canoe. There is a car top launch area on one side of the park and a boat ramp on the other. Also a great place to bike-nice and flat paved roads. There is a very small sandy beach that you can wade in the river to knee height. Playground and picnic areas are also very beautiful overlooking the river. Small camp store sells camping essentials, bait, and ice. Kilmarnock is nearby for restaurants, shops, etc.
Written September 27, 2010
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Scottydog2011
Bridgeport, WV2 contributions
Belle Isle is one of the best campgrounds we have ever visited. The whole park is immaculate. The campground is spotlessly clean - not one piece of litter to be seen; not even a blade of grass in the bathrooms at the end of the day! The pea stone pads for tent campers were even raked for the next visitor. The campground hosts made you feel welcome and could not have been friendlier and more helpful. Campsites are very private with electricity and water however we did have to purchase drinking water as the camp water had a very noticeable taste. There is no official beach but a strip of clean sand is available at picnic area even at high tide and many people swim here. Water is shallow a long way out. Fishing pier is good for crabbing. Only negative is the campstore does not really have any groceries and closest store we found is Walmart about 20 mins drive away. A wonderful park that lives up to Virginia State Park's reputation.
Written July 1, 2011
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TravelinUndertaker
West Palm Beach, FL31 contributions
Family
AWESOME PARK, I found the one place in the Country Verizon didn't work. WAS SOOOO HAPPY to spend time with my babies and they werent on the cell phones.

The campsites are HUGE as in 90' pull thru huge, 150 feet or better wide sites, you cant even see much less hear the neighbors and fellow campers unless they are walking up the road.

IF YOU HAVE WOMEN, this isnt the place to stay longer than a day or two unless you dont mind driving to the dump station. Mine dont have the concept of water conservation so my tanks get full quickly. The sites have water and good electric but no Sewer so ... keep that in mind.

Nearest Food Lion was 30 min away so bring food and snacks with you. I posted Pictures for you so you can get an idea of the size of the campsites. A commercial park would fit 10 coaches and trailers into one of these spaces EASY and still have room. I loved this PLACE!!!!
Written October 6, 2017
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1213pdg
Williamsburg, VA97 contributions
Couples
As an experienced RV'er/Camper, I have had an opportunity to stay at hundred of parks/campsites. I can say that this is one of the best. Sites are large with lots of vegetation to make it feel secluded. Restrooms and showers are spotless and there is even a laundromat. The campstore is small, but has some interesting stuff. The part offers a variety of hikes, a nice river, and rents boats and canoes. Just a great place in close proximity to Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.
Written September 10, 2014
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