Virginia Camping Laws and Regulations

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Rules for Using Rest Areas in Virginia

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Title 24. Transportation And Motor Vehicles, Agency 30. Department of Transportation, Chapter 50. Waysides and Rest Areas

Synopsis: These are the rules adopted by the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding the public use of rest areas.

24VAC30-50-10. Waysides and rest areas.

A. Waysides identified by name and without lights shall be open from 8 a.m. to one hour after sunset. Areas having security lighting will be open at all times.

B. When an area is posted for limited parking, the operator of each vehicle may be required to sign a register setting forth the time of arrival.

C. When posted, parking shall be limited to the period specified.

D. No overnight parking will be permitted.

E. Camping is not permitted at any time.

F. Sleeping in any section of the rest area building is not permitted at any time.

G. No vehicle shall be parked in such manner as to occupy more than one marked parking space.

H. No domestic animals shall be permitted to go at large. Dogs must be kept on leash and shall not be taken into any shelter or other building; guide, hearing, or service dogs as defined by the Code of Virginia are an exception to this rule.

I. No person shall pick any flowers, foliage, or fruit, or cut, break, dig up, or in any way mutilate or injure any tree, shrub, plant, grass, turf, railing, seat, fence, structure, or anything within this area; or cut, carve, paint, mark or paste on any tree, stone, fence, wall, building, monument or other object therein, any bill, advertisement, or inscription whatsoever.

J. No person shall disturb or injure any bird, birds' nests or eggs, or any squirrel or other animal within this area.

K. No person shall dig up or remove any dirt, stones, rock or other thing, make any excavation, quarry any stone or lay or set off any blast, or cause or assist in doing any of said things within this area without the special order or license of the commissioner.

L. No threatening, abusive, boisterous, insulting or indecent language or gesture shall be used within this area. Nor shall any oration, or other public demonstration be made, unless by special authority of the commissioner.

M. No person shall offer any article or thing for sale within this area except by permission of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

N. No person shall bathe or fish in any waters within this area, except in such places and subject to such regulations as the commissioner may, from time to time, specially designate by a public notice set up for that purpose within the same.

O. No person shall light, kindle or use any fire within this area, except at fireplaces designed and built for such purposes and the person or persons building a fire therein will be responsible for having it completely extinguished before leaving it.

P. No person shall discharge or set off within this area, any firearms, firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets, or other fireworks, except by permit from the commissioner.

Q. No bottles, broken glass, ashes, waste paper, or other rubbish shall be left within this area, except at such places as may be provided for the same.

R. No automobile or other vehicle shall be taken into or driven upon this area, except upon such drives and subject to such regulations as the commissioner may, from time to time, designate by a public notice set up for that purpose within the same.

S. Any person violating any of the preceding rules and regulations shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, be fined not less than five dollars nor more than $100 for each offense.

Statutory Authority

§§ 33.2-210 and 33.2-246 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR385-01-4 § 1, eff. January 21, 1987; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 10, eff. March 8, 1995.

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