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East coast hikers, almost ultralight backpackers - we're out for adventure, fun and to enjoy the great outdoors. When in doubt, head for the backcountry.
Date of Stay:
May, 2015 -
There's plenty of pros and cons to this place, this is our take on it.
- Waterfront sites available, large and pretty. All either full or partially shade.
- Lots of trash cans and spigots make it easy to keep things clean.
- Lots of bathhouses with showers. Bathhouse near us was kind of gross. The showers were flooding til I pulled a huge hair clot out. The bathhouse right by the camp host is pretty darn nice. There's soap, it's clean.
- no weird bug problems. No icky bug issues Iike excess gnats, skeeters, ants, spiders.
- nice little beach area and other lakefront picnic area- pretty and clean, nice for families.
-Dogs. You are allowed to bring your dogs.
-No maps posted anywhere unless you go and get one from the ranger station.
- Almost no cell reception here. Some areas where you might get a bar or 2.
- We had a terrible time with other people coming onto and thru our campsite. Because we had a waterfront site, we had people tromping thru at all hours, docking their boats by our tent, dragging their chairs into our campsite. It was really rude. If privacy is important to you this might not be the best place.
- Bathhouse near us was gross. No door locks or soap, but the toilet paper was locked onto the stall.
- Noise level. Saturday night people were screaming at the top of their lungs, dogs barking.. went non stop until past "quiet time."
- Not for hikers- more for boaters, sun worshippers, families, lake splashers.
-Dogs. This place has a constant audio backdrop of barking dogs.
- Rangers: I was napping since partiers kept me up. I heard a noise like a bear crashing thru the woods and looked out. A park ranger was charging down into our campsite-made a beeline for our picnic table and started going through our things without asking... That's illegal. Finally he looks up... We are both staring, and has a sheepish expression and says" uh sorry, I thought you had vodka bottles. I think we were the only people here not drinking! We camped at Kerr Lake SRA, Hibernia Campground in a Tent.
Hard to get to any other areas from here, not much else to do but this. Great for big families or if you have a boat.
To the park: If you are going to enforce alcohol policy, enforce it effectively and don't be patronizing and rude to your guests.
All in all, average. We won't be back, it just wasn't all that and the whole screaming people, packs of rude, loud teenagers and the ranger thing pushed us over the edge.
Date of Stay:
April, 2015 -
I love this place. Normally we tent camp but took a travel trailer here. It's just easier when you have more people and the weather can get hot.
I was so heartbroken for this place when I heard about the weather related accident this past year- they seem to have bounced back.
Management is usually good and helpful. The sites are a little smaller and closer together than some places, but there's lots of waterfront sites available, it's clean and there's tons to do. Fishing, boating, swimming, clamming, crabbing....you name it. It's a super summer place to kick back with the family and they are really good about having lots of different entertainment type options and events for all ages. The kids are never bored here. And if you don't have good luck with your fishing and shellfishing endeavors you can walk right down to their little store and buy some fresh seafood to throw on your grill. Good camp store on site too.
The only thing that bugs me is that darned Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Costs about $25 to go across (ouch) and it's a heck of a long scary bridge. I am not a bridge fan and this is one of my least favorite bridges. Cherrystone is worth it though. Best time to go is in the summer when you can really take advantage of all the water activities it has to offer. We camped at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.
Bring your rafts, water toys, fishing gear and cooking supplies. Last time I went they had little dinghys you could rent to putter around and fish in.
There's no other sights or attractions in the area- you come here for the park. Once we get parked and set up we usually stay put when we come here.
Date of Stay:
April, 2015 -
This is one of my favorite campgrounds. We spend a good deal of time on the AT in Shenandoah and this campground is such a nice respite. Here's what I like:
- It's lovely, on the side and top of a mountain and the sites are mostly in at least partial shade. It's also very quiet, and people are there to camp, not party.
- There's one of the best camp stores EVER on the way in. Blackberry milkshakes... Nuff said.
- The RVs are pretty well away from the rent campers. Good for everyone. The tenter aren't in the way of the RV folks, RVs don't have to worry as much about disturbing the tent people, generator noise, etc, and the tent campers don't have to be around all the big RVs. Win win.
- all the tent sites have a bear box, an even, flat tent pad area, grill and fire ring.
- there's secure trash areas within easy access, as well as bathhouse facilities an easy walk from every section
- the Rangers and staff here are helpful, professional and non obtrusive
It's so close to the trail, it's impossible to run out of breathtaking sights and fantastic hikes. It's truly a hiker and nature lovers paradise. You get people up here who are here to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, not a bunch of crazy locals looking for a party spot.
The last time we camped here we had some excitement. Keep in mind you are up on a mountain and the weather can change in a snap and get pretty crazy. Within seconds, we watched a cold dark fog roll in, then the temp dropped about 20 degrees and it proceeded to violently storm, resplendent with torrential downpours, loud thunder and frequent and impressive lightening. We huddled snug in our tent most of the night as it passed through. Pretty scary, but if you come up here remember that's what you might be signing up for.
Really beautiful campground. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.
There are so many hikes and adventures it's hard to choose. If you want a fairly hardcore rock scramble go to Bearfence, if you love the rocks but don't want to scramble, go up Blackrock trail. The falls are a nice hike, and there's swimming holes in the area as well