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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

James River State Park, Gladstone, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We very much enjoyed ourselves at this campground. The park is centered heavily on water activities because a section of the James River is, of course, inside the park. They have two launch areas, and if you drive your car to the one downstream, they'll shuttle you back upstream so you can float down to your vehicle. The shuttle costs $5, and the float took about two hours. We brought our own kayak, and nearly everyone in the park seemed to have a truck full of inner tubes, kayaks, or canoes. If you don't have one, you can rent one from the park. The campground itself was nearly 100% full when we were there for the holiday weekend, but it was surprisingly quiet both during the day and at night. Most of the sites are good in one way or another, although we're used to a little more space in between sites at Virginia State Parks. Thankfully our neighbors were nice. The rangers were fantastic, as always. The bathrooms and showers were not bad, but not exceptional either. The park is VERY isolated. The nearest shopping is at least 20 minutes away, so bring everything with you! We camped at James River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Virginia Beach KOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $87.00
Overall Rating:

We've been to this KOA several times over the last few years. The employees are always great, the park is clean, and there are lots of fun activities. The sites don't provide much room, but that is typical for a KOA. The only complaint I had this time was the lack of flexibility with late checkout. We were in town for the big sand soccer tournament, and my son's last game was at a time when we would have had to rush to get back for the 12:00 checkout time. Also, if they made the playoffs (which they ultimately did) the tournament would run even longer for us. I asked for a late checkout, which they've always been happy to give me. The response was that they didn't do that anymore, but instead would let me stay for an extra night for half price. On the one hand, I understand they're a business and it was nice to not have to worry about what time we left. On the other hand, no one was using the site the next day, we stay there whenever we have a tournament, I'm a KOA rewards member, and a little flexibility would have been nice in exchange for my loyalty. There's another campground across the street from this KOA, and I'll be inquiring about their late checkout policies next year when I book for this tournament next year. We camped at Virginia Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Occoneechee State Park, Clarksville, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful park. The sites are big and many of them are right on the water. You can fish right from the edge of your site! The rangers and employees were fantastic, as were the camp hosts. If you have a boat, they have several places where you can put it in the water. There's also a lot to explore in the area. My only complaint was the road noise. The park faces the water just a little ways down from two bridges that go over the lake into Clarksville. In the morning, it was hard not to hear the cars, and in particular emergency vehicles (police/ambulance) that were racing across it. It somewhat ruined the mood. We camped at Occoneechee State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-31
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Clarksville and Boydton are great nearby towns to explore.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Belle Isle State Park Campground, Lancaster, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is definitely one of our favorite state parks in Virginia. The campground is laid out well, is in very good shape, and is clearly run very well. The camp hosts were fantastic. Our site (#25) was tucked back from the road and absolutely huge. We put my wife's car and our tow vehicle in the site and had room for at least two more vehicles. The pull-through sites looked great, too. Some of the other sites in the campground looked a bit small, but there were a lot we would have been happy with. I have zero complaints! We camped at Belle Isle State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you're looking for a good dinner, check out The Oaks and Corner Bar in Lively - about 10 minutes away. If you've forgotten something, there's a Dollar General near there as well. There's not much else near the park, unless you want to drive 20-25 minutes to get to Kilmarnock.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Luray KOA (formerly Luray RV Resort Country Waye), Luray, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

This is probably our new favorite KOA. While we normally prefer more rustic state parks for our family camping trips, this small KOA in the Shenandoah Valley is wonderful. We stayed in one of the more expensive sites with concrete pads and pergolas because that was the only site available, but we would have been happy with many of the sites around the campground. Everything was very clean and quiet, and the staff was very helpful. All of the sites were laid out well, with plenty of room. Our only complaints were the lack of a camp store and the lack of air conditioning in the bath houses. The camp store wasn't a big deal, as there is a country store about a mile away. However, using the bath house in August without air conditioning wasn't terribly pleasant. We camped at Luray KOA (formerly Luray RV Resort Country Waye) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
66
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you're looking for a local diner, check out Uncle Bucks in the downtown area. Slow service, but great food!

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Douthat State Park, Clifton Forge, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The park is beautiful and our site (#23 in White Oak) was one of the best we've ever had. We had tons of room and our site looked over a creek that babbled below us. Our neighbors were all very respectful and quiet, and the camp host was helpful.

One issue that kept me from rating the park higher was that the customer service was not the greatest. We experienced several park employees who seemed less than thrilled to be doing their job. We've never had that issue in a Virginia State Park, and it really surprised us. Also, the waterfront didn't seem to be run very well. They couldn't open the deeper area of the lake with the diving platform until 3pm, and it was Saturday in July.

One thing you should know is that there is ZERO cell service anywhere in the White Oak campground. If you or your kids need to stay connected, this may create a problem. Overall, we did enjoy our stay, but we can't rank it as our favorite in Virginia. We camped at Douthat State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
White Oak 23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to visit the Humpback Bridge, which is about 20 minutes away, near Covington. Very cool!

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Virginia Beach KOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We've been at this park several times, usually for a travel soccer tournament. We hadn't been here for 6+ months, though, and noticed they've really made some improvements. They recently renovated their activities area, adding a dedicated cornhole area, bocce, ladderball, and a propane firepit area. It looks very nice. As usual with a KOA, the sites are rather close together, but after several tries we found an area of the park we liked. There was plenty of shade, and it was close enough to the transmitter that our wifi was okay during the day. At night it was pointless to try to use it, but that's the case with most campground wifi. The Holiday Trav-L Park across the street is cheaper, but we think the KOA is nicer. You get what you pay for! We camped at Virginia Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Powhatan State Park, Powhatan, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

There is a LOT to like about this park, but it isn't quite for us. First, the good stuff: the park is in great shape and is well designed, very clean, and staffed with great rangers and camp hosts. However, the park just doesn't seem, as one ranger put it, fully broken in. It feels like a brand new park, which it is, but it doesn't feel like one that's ready for prime time. It's just too new, too open, and not grown-up enough. We love ALL Virginia State Parks, and may come back to this one again because it's convenient to home, but it won't be our favorite. In a few years, once things have grown up a bit, that will likely change. The only true negative (the rest of this is our preference) was the bath house water temperature. It never got above lukewarm. One tip: In most Virginia State Parks, the best campsites are the site-specific reservation sites. That is NOT the case with this park. All of the campsites are huge, and most of them could accommodate the biggest rigs out there. We weren't fond of our site (nothing wrong with it - just not our preferred location) but we stayed there because I booked it site-specific. The best sites, in our book, are 18-25. We camped at Powhatan State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

For a great sandwich, check out the Cafe at Maidens. It's about 10 minutes from the park and is *amazing*.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Holiday Trav-L-Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We visited during the off season, but the campground was still probably 1/4 full. It was our first time there, and we did enjoy it. The bathrooms were clean and up-to-date, the employees were helpful and polite, everything worked at our campsite, and the site itself was big and reasonably level. We've heard this is a party campground, and I understand the reputation is well earned. We saw a little bit of this during our stay, with some noisy neighbors. I don't think we'd stay there during the in-season, but for a March trip, it's a good location and the price is right. My only complaint about our stay was that the camp store was not open. We were told it's not usually open until Memorial Day. I could understand limiting the hours, but to not be open at all is perplexing and a bit annoying. We camped at Holiday Trav-L-Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Eden 318
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Virginia Beach KOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

This is my second time reviewing this KOA. We stayed there back in June of this year. Because I wasn't fond of the site we got last time, I requested site 28, which looked to be in a quiet corner of the park. The site itself was a decent size (for a KOA) and well shaded. However, there were a couple of issues. The first problem was my fault, because I didn't realize that corner of the park is MUCH closer to the main road, and thus louder. The second issue was that the wifi didn't reach that corner of the park. It was simply impossible to connect. If I walked two site rows closer to the wifi tower, I got a perfect connection. I asked at the office and they rebooted the router, but that made no difference. They did acknowledge that the corner of the park we're in doesn't get great coverage. This isn't the biggest deal in the world, but if you're looking for wifi, don't get that site! Other than the site, the campground was in good shape, with clean bath houses and the always-polite employees. There was a festival happening on the other side of the campground, but I was warned about it and chose to stay there anyhow. We camped at Virginia Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Walnut Hills Campground (formerly Staunton / Walnut Hills KOA), Staunton, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is an interesting KOA, and in many ways was the best we've ever visited. We can say with complete confidence that the site we had was the best we've ever had at a KOA. There are three sections in this campground, each very different. The first section is in a valley around their "lake" (really a shallow man-made pond), and has sites facing the water or the creek that runs into it. Our site was in this part of the campground. The site is huge for a KOA and is level with the water. The electrical box was pretty far away from our site. We had to extend our power cord its entire length. Most of the other lake sites have a steep hill between them and the water and are very close to the neighbors. The second loop at the campground is up the hill, and is in fairly thick woods. If you like more shade and some possible mountain views, that's the place to be, but we noticed that it can be quite claustrophobic when full (as it was on this particular weekend). The third section is made up of tent camping sites and rustic cabins, and felt VERY much like a state park. The facilities were convenient and, while the showers and toilet stalls were VERY small, they were reasonably clean. We would absolutely visit this KOA again if we're in the area, but would be very disappointed if we couldn't get site 35. We camped at Walnut Hills Campground (formerly Staunton / Walnut Hills KOA) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is a few miles from I-81, so road noise isn't a problem, but it's only 10 minutes from a number of stores and only 15 minutes from downtown Staunton. We had a good dinner at Kathy's Restaurant, a local diner.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This is a wonderful small campground surrounded by the Cumberland State Forest. Because it's surrounded by a state forest, it's very secluded. The only place to go if you've forgotten something is a small gas station/convenience store that's five or so minutes away. They have a great small lake with boats that can be rented, plus an archery range. The sites are rather small and tight. Most were clearly originally designed for tent campers. There are only a handful that are suitable for travel trailers, and only a few that can handle a larger rig. Also, I would never try to get a larger rig into this campground because the turns are very, very tight. Our campsite was the only one in the park that was paved. All of the rest are a mix of dirt and gravel. The bathrooms were clean enough, but not as clean as other state parks we've visited. Our only major complaint about the campground were our extremely loud neighbors (barking dog, ridiculously loud music, etc.) but rude visitors aren't the fault of the campground, and the camp host did try to control them as best he could. You can't fully control rude people except to remove them, and I didn't expect that. We would definitely come back here, as we know that 99% of our fellow campers are good and respectful people. We camped at Bear Creek Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to pack everything you need. The closest grocery store is almost a half hour away.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $78.00
Overall Rating:

As with most KOAs, the sites were tight and the roads and sites were gravel. We had a great site with a bit more room than many, but most were fairly close to each other. The employees were very helpful, and there are a TON of activities for the kids at this campground -- more than the other KOAs I've visited. The camp store was very large and very well stocked. We enjoyed the movie theater during a summer downpour, and (while it needed some repairs) the mini-golf was great. The pool was good sized but could use some work, and it would be great if a lifeguard was on duty. We witnessed multiple kids breaking pool rules and endangering themselves and others, and unfortunately their parents weren't doing anything about it. We camped with friends who used a cabin in the back of the park. While the cabin itself was acceptable, the road down to it was in horrible shape with large ruts. Roads in the campground were, as a rule, very tight. Despite these points, however, we had a very nice time and would definitely stay there again if we're in the area. We camped at Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
131
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a shuttle into Harper's Ferry, but we were told that it costs money to park your car at the spot where the shuttle picks up. It's a one to two mile walk to the pick up spot but parking is limited in town, so it's best to use the shuttle.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Virginia Beach KOA, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

This is a typical KOA. The customer service is great, but the sites are basically parking lot-style with a few trees mixed in. The sites are gravel, and it was quite dusty as a result. I camped with my 13-year-old son, and there was plenty for us to do. Overall, however, if you're more of a state park type camper (like us) you won't be terribly happy here except as a home base for other activities. We camped at Virginia Beach KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
207
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you want to go to the beach, there's a shuttle to take you there. For adults, it's $4 for an all day pass, and kids under 18 are free. It drops you off at the end of the boardwalk.

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 7

Prince William Forest RV Campground, Dumfries, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

There is a lot to like about this campground, but a lot that I really didn't like at all. First, the likes: -Campground staff were wonderful. -The bathrooms, showers, and pool were spotless. -We loved the mature trees all around and the walking trails in the park. -The location is convenient. -The price isn't bad. Now ... the dislikes: -The pavement was in bad shape all around. -The sites weren't level -Each campsite "row" was basically treeless, with no landscaping in between sites. -The sites weren't long enough to park your trailer and your car, and we have a small trailer. You have to park your car next to your trailer, making your space even smaller. And, even our small trailer was close to hanging out into the road. -The sites in E loop (and A through D) were practically on top of each other. There was only a small strip of grass in between each of them. Each row was basically a parking lot, and I despise that type of campground. -You have to pay extra for a fire pit, which is absurd. In the end, it was disappointing to have a parking lot style campground in a national park. We were in town for my son's soccer tournament, and if we have that tournament next year I might come back to this park, but only because it's convenient to the soccer fields. We camped at Prince William Forest RV Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E13
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Marine Corp Museum is pretty close. Also, if you need food or supplies, there's a Target just a couple of miles away.

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