Featured Way to Play: Hiking

Hiking trails loop around Lake Ruth Ann and through the woods at the front of the campground. Great for walkers and bicyclers, they pass through some of the beautiful hardwoods of Virginia.

Virginia byways are some of the prettiest roads in the nation. Bicyclists love traveling these country roads. Two pass very close to the campground and running groups often use Small Country as a stop-over point as well. These drives are particularly beautiful with the autumn leaves.

The Quarter Deck is centrally located next to the mini golf course. With an expansive deck and tables it offers a great place to watch kids or friends play golf. It also offers a variety of table games for FREE, along with boat rentals and LOANER life jackets for the lake. You can also buy water balloons and play with the giant sling shot Water Wars.

Special Events range from Christmas and Mardi Gras and beach parties to Que and Cruz, the annual Championship BBQ contest that also offers an antique car show, vendors, music, and food.

Fall Ways to Play for the Family

Fall is a great time for camping, and we have a fantastic list of fall family camping activities that the whole family will enjoy on your next trip.


  1. Nature tic tac toe – This one is easy and great for kids and adults of all ages. The game remains the same, 3 in a row to win. But what makes this extra fun is that each player must find their own pieces around the campground. Rocks, pinecones, acorns, or some yellow leaves all work great as game pieces.
  2. Find the tree leaf hunt – Speaking of leaves, it is a great time of year to start pointing out which leaves belong to which trees. Make it a scavenger hunt and include a small prize. This game is fun for the whole family and teaches kids about nature.
  3. Study the stars and constellations – The five easiest constellations to spot are The Big Dipper, The Little Dipper, Orion, Taurus and, Gemini, learn how to spot them here – http://blog.eurekatent.com/5-constellations-everyone-can-find/
  4. Build a colorful fire together with just a few ingredients and a little pre-planning you can have an amazing display of color in your fall campfire! (http://www.smallcountry.com/taking-your-campfire-to-the-next-level/)
  5. A classic– I spy. There are so many different things around the campground and campsites, this game is sure to entertain the whole family for hours.
  6. For a twist on an old standby, try playing the alphabet game as you relax by the tent or hike along a trail. The idea is to find a natural object that starts with each letter of the alphabet and make it through the whole thing!
  7. Write campfire songs, create your own instruments. Use old hollow logs as drums, whistle, and get out some spoons! Anything works, just get creative! Write new songs or re make your favorites.


We hope you enjoy camping in the fall as much as we do and that these fall family camping activities come in handy this season!

Day Trip to Small Country Campground

During the busy days of back to school, it can be tough to find week day or weekend activities that are great for the whole family, and cost effective. Look no further, Small Country offers day passes to visit and enjoy the great amenities at our campground. This means the whole family can come for the afternoon after school, or from open to close on either day of the weekend, or on teacher work days!
Visiting for the day gives you access to all of the great play areas for the little ones. You can fish on the lake ( no fishing license required) or just relax on the beach and enjoy the view. Don’t forget that we also have horseshoe pits and hiking trails that dot the campground and are also available for day pass holders. If you visit during early fall, you may find that the pool is still open and we are still swimming in the lake as well!
While our Mini-Golf course and boat rentals are not included in the day pass price, they are still available for pass holders to purchase and enjoy at their discretion for just a few dollars more. So if Mom wants to relax by the lake and Dad wants to play Mini Golf, everyone can enjoy exactly what they like!
Day Pass guests can also enjoy most of the campground events. The only time this is not allowed is if we are serving dinner to campers.
Can you guess the best part? Day passes are only $15.00 per person! That is less than a movie ticket, and covers a whole day of excitement. Come on down and enjoy the day with us at Small Country. See you soon!

Campground Events for the Family to Love

Many popular locations offer campground events. Small Country Campground is no exception. Starting in the spring and running through the end of fall, there is an event here every weekend. Most events are included for campers, and guests who would prefer to visit for the day are welcome to join in on the festivities as well.

Campground events are a great way to get involved with the camping community.  You can mingle with other campers, let the kids play, and have a great time with new people who have similar interests to your own.

Three of Small Country’s most popular annual events include Que & Cruz, a day of barbecue competition, antique cars and trucks, food, vendors and music; MagStock, where geeks demonstrate their ability to generate computer game music; and our own Oktoberfest, with German food and music.

It doesn’t stop there! Small Country has become a popular destination for weddings, company picnics, family get-togethers, and camping clubs.

Our 3600 sq. ft. Pavilion provides inside space for weddings and dances, seating up to 400 people. Receptions for 200-300 can be done, as well. An outside deck of 24′ x 50′ adds significant additional space for dancing or entertaining.

The Song Shed is another great place to get married or hold a party. Musical events take place often. It is also the center of festivals with vendors of food and wine and other goodies.

The Island has been the site of several weddings. A bridge makes it ideal for activities and/or group camping.

Small Country has its own team of DJs who specialize in weddings and receptions, but who can spin any sound for your event. Contact Your Sound Choice website or give them a call at 540.223.3922.

Our very own catering team is Bill the Grill Guy, a barbecue specialist for certain but able to provide all types of food and all the courses from soup to nuts – salads, desserts, anything you need. Call Bill at 540.223.6329 or email him.

We hope to see you at an event soon!