About Joe J

Retired Navy SCPO. Currently living and working in central Virginia. Wife and I used to tent camp. Then we tent camped with air mattresses. Then moved to a pop-up and now we are in a travel trailer. Not sure whats next. We prefer camping in local, state and national parks but do occasionally camp in private facilities if they are the only campgrounds available.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, Virginia

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

Overall very pleased but be advised not all sites have water or sewer. If you book through Reserve America they do not make this very clear. I found out from reading a review here and called the campground office. My site 91 (and all of the sites in the 76 to 100 loop) do not have water. For a short trip up to 4 or 5 days this is not and issue for me. They do have potable water right at the camp store when you check in. My camp site was plenty long enough. The reservation system said 45 foot site and it was 65 ft long, plenty of room. The camp store was fairly well stock for its size.The bathhouse for the loop we were in is a bit of a hike from some of the sites. The park itself have a lot of trails, a pool and 2 boat launches. Mini and Frisbee golf courses. Plenty to do. Excellent jump off point to DC which is what we used it for. We camped at Pohick Bay Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
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
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Campground is convenient to the Lorton commuter rail station and not far from the Franconia metro station for trips into DC. 2 shopping centers less that 5 miles away. one just north on rt 1 has an Ihop, Dominoes pizza, Food Lion, post office, Italian Rest., Golds Gym among others. The other on Lorton Market Rd had a Glory Days sports grill , Chinese and Japanese rest., and anothe food market. We used the back roads to get to the metro station with good results. avoid the mess on I95.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Overall I was not impressed. I have been to 4 Virginia State Park Campgrounds this year and 2 last year and this is my least favorite. We stayed in a EW50 site so i knew getting there at 5PM we would not have the pick of the litter as far as sites go. The non-site specific side of the campground is to the left upon entering. There are only 31 sites total and only 11 of those are 50 foot sites. As expected all of the better sites were taken but there was 5 of the 11 left. Most were on the southside of the loop and just a cyclone fence away from busy shore drive.we ended up in site 5 which is right next to the bathhouse. There is no vegetation between the site and the bathhouse so you picnic table is right along the walkway to the bathhouse. The only good sites I saw were site 1, 7 and 8. I took a ride through the east loop that is all site specific and they are mostly 20 foot sites for tents. There were a few RV sites but even those seemed short and all the sites were very crowded together. On the good side, all the staff I encountered were great. Very helpful and friendly. A well stocked Camp Store that had fountain drinks and snacks (nachos, hotdogs). Our site while right next to the bathhouse was also right next to the boardwalk over the dune to the beach. The beach was great. Clean and well kept. All in all I guess its what is it that you are looking for. If peace, quiet and a little privacy is what you are looking for look elsewhere. If trailer park camping is you thing then this is just right for you. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry, Virginia

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

Nice state park campground on the James River. Lots of ranger activities like fishing tournaments, fossil walks and tours of the mansions in the park. There is also a farm equipment museum that is very interesting. Ranger were very friendly and helpful. Campsite was typical of the newer state park campsites. Drive was gravel and the picnic table/tent area was pea gravel. Site was level and easy to access. The sites in the loop to the right (can't remember if they are a or b loop) are older, mostly first come and not as level. They are also shorter and listed as E/W30 sites. We camped in site S01 with a 27 ft travel trailer and my pickup. My total length is 50 ft and we had room for a second vehicle. We camped at Chippokes Plantation State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
S01
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
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Try Anna's Pizza in Surry. Very good food at a good price.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, Virginia

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

Nice larger VA State Park with about 130 sites. We went here on a weekend and it is a popular park. If you reserve a 40' unassigned site come early on Friday to get the best sites. I showed up at 2 pm and had a pretty good selection to choose from but they really started rolling in about 4 pm. There is no early check in fee. We were in site 4 which is a pull through. It was mostly shaded and fairly private. As stated in other reviews all the shade is in the front loop. The back loop is pretty much all sun. One of the features I really like but didn't need this trip was the overflow parking arrangement. In most campground the overflow parking is a bunch of spaces in one location and if you are close good but if not .... This park has numerous overflow parking areas with just a few spots in each site. Makes it much more likely you will be close to one if needed. The camp store is very small but you are not too far from shopping in town. Nice long and narrow lake. There is paddle boat, canoe and kayak rentals. Bait is sold at the boat rental but if you need it get it the night you get there. The boat rental shop does not open until 10. A little late in my opinion. Overall one of my favorite state parks. If you like water sports you will like it too. I forgot to mention that there is a water park with slides. I didn't use it as I spent the weekend in my kayak but entrance is included with your camping fee. We camped at Pocahontas State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Belle Isle State Park Campground, Lancaster, Virginia

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

On of the nicest state campgrounds I have ever been to. The sites are large and roomy. Most are wooded and private with ample shade. They consisted of a large driveway, a picnic area with a table, light pole and fire ring, and pea gravel tent area. The bath house was clean and well maintained. Showers were spacious and had 2 3x5 rooms. One for changing and one was the shower. The changing room had a heater for colder months. There were laundry machines on site . The park it's self consisted a good number of hiking trails that we didn't have time to explore this trip. The park is laid out on a big cross with the camp store being at the center. To the left is the larger boat launch that is on Deep Creek. Straight ahead is the beach and picnic area on the Rappahannock River and to the right is the campground and the canoe launch/fishing pier on Mulberry Creek. There is also a canoe (or hike) in primitive campground that I didn't see. The camps store is small but has most necessities you might need. Staff were friendly and helpful. They have low cost ranger programs that are informative and fun. While fishing at the pier that had crabbing 101. All in all one of he better parks in the system. We camped at Belle Isle State Park Campground 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
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The fishing and kayaking was great. Not a lot of business or restaurants in the area but definitely try the Corner for lunch. They had a great hamburger. For dinner go to the Oaks. It doesn't look like much but the food is fabulous. I had the rib eye and my wife had the crab cakes. both were perfectly cooked and the salad bar was fresh. Prices were reasonable. Both are in Lively.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Point Campground, Buxton, North Carolina

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

As stated in other reviews this is a huge open field just in shore from the beach. Not as close to the beach as I though it would be. We camped in site K22 which is right by the beach parking and from the parking area it is still a bit of a hike (1/4 to 1/2 mile) especially if you plan to fish and carry equipment. I mistakenly believed you could have a fire on the beach (no campfires in this park) by the campground but no suck luck. The only place you can have a beach fire is on Buxton (or one of the other town's) beach right in front of the town. The parks was not crowded and very peaceful. This park has not hookups but does have bathrooms and cold showers (we didn't use either). We camped with a Yamaha 2400 generator and it was a life saver with the A/C running through the heat of the day (nice to be able to cool of after a hot day on the beach). Generator hours are 6am to 10pm. The night were mild (75-77) but very muggy and it helped that we faced the camper to the south to make use of the prevailing SSE wind blowing in through the screen door at night. Without the breeze and being in a camper with few windows I think it would have been tough sleeping. Overall it is a good campground. The roads and pads are showing their age but the pads are level. Lots of wildlife to see. I would stay here again but not June through mid-September. Just a little tough with the heat. One final note. The campground is open all night and while there are rangers making patrols there is the possibility of theft. 2 young guys in a site a few over from ours had their kayaks stolen. With such a big area and so few campers in the park it's very easy to drive through and steal someones belongings and not be noticed. We camped at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Point Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
K22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Rusty's Surf and Turf was excellent for dinner and try Fatty's for lunch. Take the hike on Buxton Woods loop trail, it reminded me of gulf coast of Florida.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort, Cape Charles, Virginia

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

Been here several times and never disappointed in the facility. The weather, that's another matter. We have been going here with a group for their Mothers Day weekend special (pay for Friday, get Saturday FREE) for a few years now. Problem is the weather rarely cooperates at that time of the year. Think we are going to move this back a couple of weeks next year. On the plus side, it's never crowded that time of the year.

Chose you site carefully. Some are large and spacious like 185-244, others in the area of 150's and such, are smaller and can be a challenge to get into. We were in site 193 and it was wide enough to put my 24 ft TT in sideways. As I have seen in other reviews the sites are mostly grass, (or sand if you are closer to the water) and get muddy when it rains. Looking forward to going back again in the summer. We camped at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
193
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Camp store is well stocked an reasonable. The restaurant had excellent food at a good price.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Prince William Forest RV Campground, Dumfries, Virginia

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

Staff were helpful and friendly. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. Showers looked clean and roomy although I showered in my camper. Campground is just of I-95 and convenient to DC, Mount Vernon, Arlington and other sites in the area. The Franconia Metro station is nearby and we used that to day trip into DC. There is a pool but it was not open yet. Roads were good and well maintained. The sites on F-loop are intended for small RVs and popup trailers. Were were in a 25 ft travel trailer. The site was a little short. I fit by parking the truck at an angle. These sites are very unlevel as well. I used all of my stabilizer blocks and leveling blocks to get close to level. First step up was pretty high to get in. Also had to switch from F3 to F5. F3 was just not doable. If your rig is bigger that 24 feet don't use F-1 through F8. The full hookup sites at the end of F loop are level. We camped at Prince William Forest RV Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F 5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

They also have several dry storage parking area you can rent by the day. We used one for 12 dollars. On our last day we packed up and left the camper there drove over to Mt. Vernon. Stopped in on our way home and picked up the camper. Very handy if you live south of DC.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

James River State Park, Gladstone, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Peaceful campground on the James River. We spent a weekend to go hiking and rent a canoe for a 6 mile trip down the James River. This park offers a lot of trails for hiking, 3 ponds for fishing and canoe, kayak, tube rentals. For camping it has 2 primitive campgrounds (one on a pond the other on the river), 1 RV campground (water and electric only) were we stayed and a horse campground.

Our site was mostly shaded and most all the sites were separated and private. Thin woods between each site. We had a great time and will go back again. We camped at James River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
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
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Pleasant small park on a small to medium lake. They have many more options for tent campers than for RVs. There are only 9 sites available for RVs and they are only 35 foot long. We camped in a 24 travel trailer and had no problem but it may have been a bit tight in a larger RV. There are a few pull through sites that had larger 5th wheels in them. The lake is beautiful and they have a guarded swimming area. There is fishing sites and trails most of the way around the lake. Paddle boat, canoe and kayak rentals are available. Park is set in the middle of Cumberland State Forest with lots of trails to hike. We camped at Bear Creek Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The gas station just outside that park had cheaper fire wood than the camp.

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