Hipcamp host Andy T.
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One-of-a-kind really only begins to describe 1-acre Sharp's Island! For starter's, this is the only legal camping option in the city of Richmond. You read that correctly. This is your own private island, and it's right in the heart of downtown RVA! The Piedmont meets the Coastal Plain right here at Sharp's Island. That makes for amazing fishing, especially during the spring

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One-of-a-kind really only begins to describe 1-acre Sharp's Island! For starter's, this is the only legal camping option in the city of Richmond. You read that correctly. This is your own private island, and it's right in the heart of downtown RVA! The Piedmont meets the Coastal Plain right here at Sharp's Island. That makes for amazing fishing, especially during the spring shad and striper runs. 

Some other incredible things about camping at Sharp's Island: You can motor up to it from Ancarrow's Landing in your john boat or you can canoe over from the trail just below Mayo Bridge or make this the destination for your downriver raft/kayak trip; at summer river levels there are literally dozens of great swimming holes along the banks (we can sell you tubes for lounging); choose your own campsite: sandy beach or forested interior; Fire pit ready and waiting for you. And lots more!

(You have to get to Sharp's Island on your own, but we can rent you a canoe or kayak!)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 24 guests per site
Boat
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Andy a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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One North Face 4-person tent and one 6-person REI tent available

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

BYOB! Raft, kayak, canoe, motorboat...They're welcome on Sharp's!

Fishing

Sharp's Island might be the single best shad and striper fishing spot in Richmond...seriously.

Paddling

BYOB! Raft, kayak, canoe, motorboat...They're welcome on Sharp's!

Swimming

In the summer, this is an incredible spot to wade and swim in the James River.

Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sharp's Island in Virginia.

Swimming hole

In the summer, this is an incredible spot to wade and swim in the James River.

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The vibe at Sharp's Island

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher H.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2019

Loved our stay on Sharp's Island. Will definitely be back and for longer next time.

Hipcamper Alexandra

A piece of nature in the city

Alexandra G.
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July 1st, 2020

This is such a cool place to camp! It's literally an island in the middle of Richmond - Andy was super friendly and accommodating, and the island is a great place to camp with friends and get a bit of nature in the city. You do have to bring a means of water transportation (kayak, canoe, etc) so keep that in mind! There's a tent platform or you can camp in the a-frame building. Amenities include an outdoor bathroom area, grill, little library and of course the a-frame!

The a frame can close in case of a storm or if you want shelter from the coldSharp's IslandAndy showed us around the island and loves continuing to add to it's beauty!Sharp's Island
Hipcamper Gabby
Gabby U.
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July 3rd, 2020

What a gem! Sharp's Island is such a fun spot for swimming, sitting by the campfire and all around hanging! I rented a canoe and kayak from Andy which was major in terms of getting across. He helped us out by even driving them out to us. The river can be a little tricky after rain but it's shallow enough for nothing crazy to happen. It was an interesting but safe adventure!

A frame was perfect to get out from the hour long storm!Perfect hammock sleeping spot and swimming holeWhere you end up on the island! It's a short 3-5 min paddleWhere you start your voyage
Hipcamper John

Private island

John Y.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2020

Great stay

Hipcamper Alexandra

Awesome memories!

Alexandra M.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2020

It’s a great spot!! We loved exploring. It’s beautiful all times of day. Definitely make sure you have enough canoes or kayaks for everyone to go riding around. Great experience!

Hipcamper Cameron

Downtown island camping!

Cameron J.
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October 12th, 2020

Amazing experience! Andy’s direction and communication were excellent. Crossing over from parking lot to river took a few trips to get gear down but easy access, short paddle and then you are transported to a completely different world! The paths through the island take you from sandy beach through wooded area, up to rocky formations and a smartly positioned A-frame (Kept us dry on a rainy night)and an amazing new metal sculpture. The juxtaposition of nature and city views is truly unique. Will definitely be back! Please go, enjoy, and respect the island and river by packing out what you bring and leaving no trace.

Rolling river sounds...Awesome metal sculpture by Keith RamseyA-frame was a great place to stay dry!Looking back at launch.
Hipcamper Nate
Nate L.
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November 8th, 2020

Really cool spot to stay a night in the city while feeling like you’re outside of it. It was a nice paddle over and back, and the island has a well maintained path to explore on. The landscape is varied, between exposed rock, sandy beach, and a forested interior, with all three offering great places to pitch a tent. Plus you can sound like a high roller and tell your friends that you casually rented out an island for the night

Hipcamper Rutger T.
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September 24th, 2020
Hipcamper Christopher H.
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August 23rd, 2020
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July 26th, 2020
Hipcamper Molly M.
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June 16th, 2020
Property
Sharp's Island
State
Virginia
Country
United States
$65/night
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