Outlanders River Camp Luray VA-Best Camping In The Shenandoah Valley

Outlanders River Camp Luray Virginia

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Last Updated on August 28, 2021 by Lori

If you love a campground with beautiful mountain views and spacious camping sites, then you will love camping at Outlanders River Camp in Luray, Virginia.

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Outlanders River Camp Luray Virginia
Sunset At Outlanders River Camp Luray VA Photo by L. Andrews

Where Is Outlanders River Camp Located?

If you’re looking for camping in Luray, VA, Outlanders River Camp should be on your list of campgrounds!

The Luray, Virginia campground is situated along the Shenandoah River and is just 14.3 miles from the Shenandoah National Park Thornton Gap Entrance.

This 100-acre Shenandoah Valley campground is open Year-Round and offers RV sites, tent sites, and camping cabins all with views of the mountains or the Shenandoah River.

RV camping with mountain views Outlanders River Camp
Beautiful mountain views at Outlanders River Camp Luray, VA. Photo by L. Andrews

About Outlanders River Camp

Outlanders River Camp (ORC) was built in 2007 on a 100-acre nature retreat with 3/4 miles of Shenandoah riverfront.

Relax by the Shenandoah River at Outlanders River Camp
Outlanders River Camp has 3/4 mile of Shenandoah River front. Photo by L. Andrews

I can honestly say that this campground is one of the prettiest campgrounds we have camped in!

One can tell that the planners meticulously laid out the campground and thought of everything a camper might enjoy!

Luray Campgrounds

When we were looking for a stop-over campground on our way from New York to The Great Smoky Mountains, we decided to focus on campgrounds near Luray, VA.

After reading all the Outlanders River Camp reviews, we booked a back-in site.

back in rv site at Outlanders River Camp
Back-in RV Sites at Outlanders River Camp Luray, VA. Photo by L. Andrews

My daughter and her boyfriend decided to join us and booked a Shenandoah riverfront camping site.

Outlanders River Camp Luray VA

Entrance to Outlanders River Camp
Entrance to Outlanders River Camp Luray, Virginia. Photo by L. Andrews

Our confirmation showed we were booked in a back-in RV site in the field area. From looking at the campground photos, I was a bit worried when I didn’t see any trees in this area, and we would be baking in the hot July weather!

Our plans were to leave Long Island, NY bright and early to make it across the bridges when there would be less traffic.

We knew it could end up being a 6-7 hour trip depending on traffic, so we called the campground to see if they had early check-in if we arrived before the 2:00 p.m. check-in time.

Camp Office and Store at Outlanders River Camp
Outlanders River Camp Office and Camp Store Luray, VA. Photo by L. Andrews

We have been to campgrounds where there is a small fee to check-in early, campgrounds where there is absolutely NO early check-in; and campgrounds, where they will let you in as early as 10 am with no fee if the site has been cleaned.

The office explained that there was no early check-in at Outlanders River Camp which we totally understood. We decided that if we were that early, we could just pull over in a parking lot until it was time to check in.

As it turned out, it took us a little over seven (7) hours, and we arrived 20 minutes before check-in.

We went ahead and drove on to the campground and hopefully find a place to park until check-in.

Well, there was plenty of room to park your RV or travel trailer at the main gate!

Jayco travel trailer at check in to Outlanders River Camp
Plenty of room for our truck and Jayco travel trailer at the entrance to Outlanders River Camp. Photo by L. Andrews

We decided to let the campground know we had arrived so the staff could let us know when the site was ready.

As luck would have it, our site was ready!

The owners were very pleasant making us feel right at home.

After getting our site number, a campground map, and a parking pass, and away we went to explore the campground!

Outlanders River Camp Map

Outlanders River Camp Map

As we pulled through the gates, we were surprised to be passing a cornfield! Then we saw the fishing pond with a fountain and some of the most beautiful views of the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountain Ranges.

Catch and Release fishing pond in Luray VA
Catch & Release Fishing Pond at Outlanders River Camp Luray, VA. Photo by L. Andrews

As we pulled to our site #10, I was happy to see that many RV sites in this area had mature trees, which added much-welcomed shade!

The sites are gravel for the RV and grassy for the picnic table and fire ring.

Our site was not level, but using our extra Lynx Levelers did the trick! (If you missed my campground review of Keen Lake, you’ll know that I rolled downhill all trip because we needed more levelers!)

Leveling camping trailer
Leveling our Jayco travel trailer. Photo by L. Andrews

The other thing I was so happy I purchased for the trip was a battery-operated fan.

I had asked my Aunt and Uncle who often camp in the south what the number one thing they would recommend for hot weather camping and they both said – a FAN to keep the flies away!

battery operated portable fan
Battery-operated telescopic fan keeps flies away!

This fan was perfect! I set it on the picnic table when we were eating, or by our side tables when lounging in our zero gravity chairs and the fan not only kept me cool – but kept those pesky flies away!

Walking around the campsite, we quickly noticed the back-in sites in this area are positioned diagonally, with each site set at a different distance allowing each camper to enjoy a large grassy area behind their RV.

Perfect for family camping games and for corn hole tournaments!

spacious rv sites at Outlanders River Camp
Spacious RV Sites at Outlanders River Camp. Photo by L. Andrews

Camping At Outlanders River Camp

Outlanders River Camp offers full hookup RV sites (back-in, pull-through, and premium sites), tent camping, and camping cabins.

RV camping Luray VA
Large spacious RV sites at Outlanders River Camp Luray VA. Photo by L. Andrews

RV Sites:

  • Back-in RV Sites – Full-Hookup, 30/50 amp, picnic table, fire ring
  • Pull-through RV Sites – Full Hookup, 30/50 amp, picnic table, fire ring
  • Super Sites – 60′ x 85′, Full Hookup, 30/50 amp, RV parks on concrete, concrete patio, covered picnic table, fire pit
Big Rig friendly RV sites at Outlanders River Camp
Large premium RV sites with concrete patio and covered picnic tables. Photo by L. Andrews

Tent Camping:

  • Riverfront, wooded, and platform campsites – Walk-in primitive tent sites, no pets allowed
  • Pull-up Sites – Accessible by vehicle, no electric, pets allowed
  • Electric Sites – Accessible by vehicle, electric, pets allowed

Camping Cabins at Outlanders River Camp

cute camping cabins at Outlanders River Camp
Cute Camping Cabins with mountain views at Outlanders River Camp Luray, VA Photo by L. Andrews

There are three camping cabins (Deer Cabin, Owl Cabin, and Oar Cabin) with beautiful mountain and Shenandoah River views with access to all the property amenities.

Check-in – 3:00 pm

Cabins sleep 6-8 guests

No pets or smoking in the cabins.

Must bring own linens, washcloths, towels, toilet paper, soaps, shampoo, paper towels, and coffee.

Cabin Amenities

  • Fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffee maker
  • Dining Room
  • Large bathroom with extra-large shower and vanity
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Outdoor fire ring
  • Charcoal grill
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • 8′ x 24′ covered porch with picnic table
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling fans in all sleeping areas
  • 2 bedrooms with queen beds
  • Queen sleeper sofa (No sleeper sofa in Deer Cabin)
  • Loft with 4 twin beds (No Loft in Owl Cabin)
  • RV in open living room
Horseshoes and playground at Outlanders River Camp
Horseshoes, Volleyball & Playground area at Outlanders River Camp. Photo by L. Andrews

What We Liked About Outlanders River Camp

We liked that it was just a short distance to walk to the beautiful and peaceful Shenandoah River where you could fish (with a permit), swim, and tube downriver.

Pro Tip – Rent a golf cart (or many campers brought their own). The campground is HUGE and to take the kids to the Camp Store for ice cream is a long walk if you don’t drive!

Check In And Camp Store Outlanders River Camp
Rent a Golf Cart At The Camp Store Outlanders River Camp. Photo by L. Andrews

While the area to begin tubing downriver is near the RV sites, the endpoint is quite a distance from the starting point!

Many people dropped off the tubers, then had someone drive the golf cart to the endpoint where they picked them up to drive them back to the starting point!

My daughter and her boyfriend rented a golf cart and then took us on a tour of the campground. It was so much fun! We would have never seen everything the campground has to offer as it is much too far to walk everywhere.

Outlanders River Camp Amenities

  • Camp Store
  • Full Hook-up sites (30/50 amp)
  • Big Rig Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Showers
  • Playground
  • Volley Ball Courts
  • Horse Shoes
  • Golf Cart Rental
  • Fishing
  • Tubing
  • Swimming in the Shenandoah River
  • Jogging Trail
  • Beautiful Views
  • 30 Minutes from Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park

Cons About Outlanders River Camp

  • There is no WiFi – but our cell phones worked fine!

Double Rainbow in Luray VA
Double Rainbow at Outlanders River Camp – Luray, VA Photo by L. Andrews

Thoughts About Outlanders River Camp

Outlanders River Camp in Luray, VA is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever camped in.

The sites are spacious and clean with beautiful views so you can’t help but relax while sitting by the campfire.

The campground is just a short distance to Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park.

Outlanders River Camp
Natural beauty all around at Outlanders River Camp Luray, VA. Photo by L. Andrews

While it didn’t have a swimming pool, it had the natural beauty of the Shenandoah River to fish, swim, kayak, or take a leisurely float tubing downriver.

Kids loved the state-of-the-art playground which was in clear view of most RV sites so that many parents could see their kids from their campsite.

There was plenty of space to take Buddy, our Golden Retriever for walks and play off-leash at the Doggie Park.

The planners of the campground even thought of a jogging trail around the property (and cornfield) that is well-maintained and kept mowed.

View of Blue Ridge Mountains Outlanders River Camp
View of Blue Ridge Mountains over cornfield at Outlanders River Camp. Photo by L. Andrews

Whether you love RV camping, tent camping, or cabin camping, you will LOVE camping at Outlanders River Camp in Luray, Virginia!

Outlanders River Camp

4253 US-211, Luray, VA 22835



Best Things To Do Near Luray, VA

  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Skyline Drive
  • Luray Caverns
  • Garden Maze at Luray Caverns
  • The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum
  • Luray Singing Tower
  • Cooters
  • River Hill Distillery
  • Castle Vinyard
  • Luray Zoo – A Rescue Zoo
  • Wisteria Farm & Vineyard
  • Triple Crown BBQ
  • Hawksbill Brewing Company
  • The Stonyman Mountain Hike
  • Luray Valley Museum & Shenandoah Heritage Village

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