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Discover the natural beauty of Virginia’s River Realm. RV Campgrounds, Nature Park Camp Sites, Kayaking, and 465 Miles of Shoreline to explore!

Where Is Virginia's River Realm?

Full of delightful surprises, hidden gems, and friendly, small-town spirit. The 465 miles of shoreline, eight great small towns, and hundreds of unique attractions invite visitors to enjoy the wonder of a perfect oyster, the promise of a back road or secret cove and the pleasure of sharing a table with friends. A place where you can catch your breath, calm your mind and live your dreams.
Where Is Virginia's River Realm?

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Experiences

boating on the river & Chesapeake Bay

Virginia’s River Realm is located where the Rappahannock River & the Chesapeake Bay come together, making it a prime location for all things on the water: boating, fishing, kayaking, sailing, and the list goes on. Whether you want to BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) or you’re looking for a weekend rental, we have plenty of options to get you on the water!

Take a nature walk along our shorelines

The River Realm is full of wildlife and nature. Take it all in at one of our beautiful nature parks, where you can stroll along a beachy shoreline, esplore tidal wetlands, and hike along wooded trails. View our waterfowl, native plants and enjoy the beautiful, quiet outdoors.

Take An Eco Tour with our watermen

oin one of the Captains from Virginia Watermen Heritage Tours for the Bay’s best hands-on tours. Experience the Chesapeake Bay with an authentic working waterman as your personal guide. From learning about the Bay to how the oyster industry has returned to watching wildlife, this is as personal as it gets.

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Dining By The River & Bay

Merroir | Outdoor Dining on the Rappahannock & Chesapeake Bay

Merroir Tasting Room

A casual, relaxing outdoor atmosphere with surrounding river views, offering a small plate menu. Home of the famous Rappahannock Oyster Company. Their oysters are served fresh out of the river from their aquaculture farm. Sit at the deadrise boat, Ruby, converted as an summer outdoor bar.
Fish Hawk Tides Inn | Outdoor Dining on the Rappahannock & Chesapeake Bay

FISH HAWK at the tides inn

Fish Hawk Oyster Bar is a coastal eatery offering outdoor seating on the beach along Carter Creek. The resort’s Executive Chef, Truman Jones, elevates guests’ dining experiences at Fish Hawk Oyster Bar, and cocktail hour is filled with signature river realm-style beverages.
Deltaville Tap & Raw Bar | Outdoor Dining on the Rappahannock & Chesapeake Bay

DELTAVILLE TAP & raw bar

Where the river meets the Bay at the tip of the Middle Peninsula, you’ll find the best waterfront restaurant in Deltaville. Craft brews, wines and cocktails go superbly with low country boils, wings 5 ways, sushi bombs and crab cakes, pasta and burgers. Watch for live music events on holiday weekends.
Portside Grill in Urbanna | Outdoor Dining on the Rappahannock & Chesapeake Bay

Portside Grill in Urbanna

Nestled in the Urbanna Port Marina, Portside Grill has inside and waterfront seating. Sip your cocktails together as you watch the boats drift by. Portside’s menu offers local seafood and American favorites. Try their crab tots, Bay Dream oysters, crab cakes, burgers topped with crab, oyster fritters or sea spouts.
Urbanna Seafood | Outdoor Dining on the Rappahannock & Chesapeake Bay

Urbanna Seafood

Tucked away on Robinson Creek you’ll find a hidden local secret, where you’ll experience the most beautiful sunsets in Urbanna. Urbanna Seafood catches their own oysters and crabs locally. Share an Urbanna Bucket that’s hearty enough for two or nibble on specialties like crab balls with a zesty remoulade sauce.

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Ways To Stay

Bethpage Campground | RV Campgrounds in Virginia

Bethpage campground

If you have a fondness for the outdoors, try our 3 Time winner Best RV Resort in the nation! Rent a cottage or a RV site with full hook-up that includes incredible amenities such as a water park, playgrounds, fishing docks, lake beach, and daily themed activities.
Waterfront Rentals & AirBnbs on the Rappahannock River & Chesapeake Bay

Waterfront cottages

The River Realm is full of adorable waterfront homes that are available for rental for a long weekend or a week-long vacation. Wake up to sunrises on the Rappahannock or the sound of osprey soaring over the Chesapeake Bay.
Camping Areas in Virginia's River Realm

Belle Isle State Park

Awake to gorgeous nature views at Belle Isle State Park. With two overnight guest houses and camping, you “glamp” or camp under the starry skies of the River Realm.
Grey's Point Campground | RV Campgrounds in Virginia

grey's point
campground

This RV Campground is located right next to the Rappahannock River with expansive views of our iconic bridge. Rent a cottage or an RV site and start your outdoor vacation with water parks, playgrounds, fishing docks, and more.

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