This camp is 325 acres, and has over 100 building situated on it. Facilities available on Camp Pendleton include a small arms range, a helicopter landing strip, classrooms, barracks, dining halls, maintenance garages, training fields, and a chapel. (Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation). The construction of Camp Pendleton occurred in three distinct phases. The first was in 1912 when basic structures such as the rifle ranges were built. The second took place in 1919 when the U.S. Navy added onto the ranges and built other buildings that are no longer standing today. The third and final phase occurred during WWII when the U.S. Army constructed various buildings that are still present today. It was during this third phase that the facility was dedicated as Camp Pendleton.
When Camp Pendleton was created, it was situated in a sparsely populated woodland area. However, as time has passed, Virginia Beach has grown up around it. It is currently facing encroachment issues, and will likely undergo several changes in the coming years regarding usage. This is due to the fact that the Virginia National Guard no longer depends solely on this base for their training, and the encroachment has made it a hazard to train with firearms there. The City of Virginia Beach has requested multiple times that the Camp be converted into a State Park, but thus far it remains a military reservation. (Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation).
In 2005 Camp Pendleton was listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.