I am a little more of an "outdoor adventure followed by a warm shower" girl. Especially after they chopped my neck in half last year for my brain surgery. Sleeping on rocks just doesn't appeal to me, no matter how many months of recovery I've had.
However, my husband and kids are so darn cute, and they really love camping, so I will do it anyway. Prince William Forest Park offers several lovely camping areas including three "frontcountry", one "backcountry" and 5 cabin sites. This time, we opted for Oak Ridge, which allows tents and RVs. Loops B and C are reservation only, but loop A is first come first served. Turkey Run is great for groups, and we've camped there with Cub Scouts before.
Also sleeping bags. PWC Dad may have taken us on our first family camping trip when our kids were 6 months, 3, and 5 and forgotten the sleeping bags. I may have also driven back from Lake Anna with said 6 month old at 2am, and because of that I always double check that the sleeping bags made it in the van.
I just don't.
Want to have your own camping fun? Here are a few site recommendations, both from myself and from readers, in and around Prince William County.
Prince William Forest Park (Dumfries/Triangle) sites start at $20/night or $10 for seniors/passholders. Note that you'll still apparently need to stop at the Visitors Center and pay the park entry fee ($5/week) on top of that. We assumed it was included in the price, which was apparently wrong, but luckily we have a pass. Tent or RV or Cabin. Showers, bathrooms, activities.
Greenville Family Farm (Haymarket) site prices aren't listed, but apparently vary based on whether or not you want electricity. Fishing ponds, showers, bathrooms.
Leesylvania State Park only offers group camping.
Burke Lake Park (Fairfax) sites are $28/night and Burke Lake Park offers lots of fun (including a train and carousel). However, sites are first-come, so be sure to plan to arrive early.
Shenandoah National Park (Front Royal-Wayensboro) start at $15/night and include tent and limited RV
Christopher Run Campground (Lake Anna) starts at $32/night cabins, lodges and tent sites available. This is one of my family's favorite sites when we camp with my parents, who have a boat.
Todd Lake (Stokesville) $16/night for tent camping, showers/bathrooms/drinking water available.
Sherando Lake (Shenandoah) has reserved or first-come camping for tents and RVs.
Out-of-County (Bit of a Drive)
Starlight Camping Resort (Pennsylvania) $42/day for 2 people, $3/day for each additional child or $5/adult.