Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Feb. 22, 2019
Jun. 30, 2018
Document Documentand Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2018    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol PVAC    
Entity Registrant Name PENN VIRGINIA CORP    
Entity Central Index Key 0000077159    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Entity Small Business false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   1,510,525  
Entity Public Float     $ 1,148,060,849