If you’re interested in camping like a nomad, then ditch the tent and try a yurt instead. The round, skin-topped shelters are the latest type of pop-up you should know about, and they’re an essential part of any legit glamper’s fireside set-up.
You can get your yurt on at state parks throughout the Commonwealth the next time you plan on a staycation or weekend getaway. The dwellings range from steppes-of-Central-Asia basic to just slightly more modern.
This park has one of Northern Virginia’s most popular lakes, is on a beach, and has four yurts. You can hike, bike, or ride a horse through their 15 miles of trails—and you can also pan for gold. 6800 Lawyer’s Rd., Spotsylvania
Across the James River in Surry County, Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the country (working since 1619). 695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry
At Fairy Stone State Park, you can rent a yurt in the place known for its “legendary fairy stones” and its 168-acre lake next to the Philpott Reservoir. You can camp, hike, and swim, as well as bring your horse. 967 Fairystone Lake Dr., Stuart
Recreational yurts are a cross between a tent and a cabin, and First Landing has four for rent. Yurts come equipped with large wooden decks, picnic tables, a grill, and a fire ring. There’s also parking for two vehicles included in the $30 fee. 2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach
Enjoy your yurt on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where you can bird-watch, boat, fish, and picnic near abundant natural resources. There are also seasonal educational programs if you need a more guided adventure. 3540 Kiptopeke Dr., Cape Charles
Known as Buggs Island Lake, this state park is near the John H. Kerr Reservoir and is popular with fishermen. Aside from the yurts, there are also cabins, equestrian campgrounds, picnic shelters, and a playground. 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd., Clarksville
You can rent a yurt at Hungry Mother, one of the six original Virginia State Parks. The park is known for its 108-acre lake and picturesque woodlands. Located in the mountains, you’ll find a beach with a bathhouse and seasonal boat rentals. 2854 Park Blvd., Marion.
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