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States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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 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: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

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.

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart, Virginia

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

This is a wonderful park in the mountains of western Virginia. The bathrooms and showers were the cleanest I've ever seen, and the camp hosts were fantastic. There are a ton of things to do, including looking for the famous fairy stones, and the park is well organized. My only concern/complaint is that the sites themselves could use some work. They are, as a rule, much smaller than any other Virginia State Park we've visited. I feel like we would have been cramped in most sites even if we were tent camping. We found what we think was the best site in the campground -- site 1. It was somewhat private and large. If we'd been in any other site, I'm sure we would have been unhappy with our stay. I wouldn't recommend trying to camp in anything larger than a 30-foot trailer, and that might be a stretch. Our little hybrid travel trailer was fine, though. The roads also need to be repaired. In some sites, the asphalt is wearing away, creating a dangerous situation for campers. This is the only reason I couldn't give the park a rating of 10. I hope they have plans to work on that. We camped at Fairy Stone State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 1
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
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:

Don't miss the fairy stone hunting, and don't feel like you need the park ranger to guide you there. The area is easy to find, and can be crowded for the guided hunts. Also, be sure you're stocked up when you get there, because the nearest grocery store is about 30 minutes away.

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Aquia Pines Camp Resort, Stafford, Virginia

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground advertises that it has its own brewery (Wild Run) and is based heavily on that type of experience, right down to offering a ton of brewing materials in the camp store. Unfortunately, the brewery is now closed due to a zoning issue. I didn't find out until I got there. If I hadn't been disappointed about that, I would have enjoyed myself thoroughly. This is a nice little campground in a good location. The 30-amp sites, like the one we used, are a bit tight due to the amount of trees, and the roads can be a little scary, but it's a clean and quiet place. My only other complaints, other than the brewery, were the lack of fire pits at individual sites (there is a community fire pit), and the mini-golf course that is shown on their website map but no longer exists. We were in town for my son's soccer tournament, which we go to every year, and I think we'll definitely come back here next year. It's a good spot for a stopover, or for exploring the tourist attractions in the area. Side note -- there are many conflicting reviews on here mentioning the owner of the property. I found him to be a bit blunt and perhaps a little offputting, but after dealing with him several times, found that he's a very nice guy. We camped at Aquia Pines Camp Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long 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
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Williamsburg KOA, Williamsburg, Virginia

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice employees and a very nice and clean campground. The owner seemed a bit grumpy, but we didn't deal with him too much. We got a patio site, which meant it was a little larger and included a stone patio and a swing. The campground was perhaps 1/3 full, but they had plenty of activities going on in spite of that. In all, we'd absolutely go back. Our only complaint was the firewood. We paid $25 for four bundles, but none of them were cured properly. I can live with that when gathering my own, but if I'm paying for firewood it should be dry. When we started our campfire, the wood sizzled and we saw sap coming out of it, and it wouldn't stay lit even though we had a small firestarter and good kindling. We weren't the only ones having trouble, either. The only way we could keep a fire going was to go out and buy one of those fireplace logs and put it under the purchased wood. We informed the management via email and they said they would check with their supplier. No refund or credit was offered. While it's normally verboten to bring your own wood, next time we go there we'll buy a bundle or two of the kiln-dried wood in advance, and bring it with us. We camped at Williamsburg KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E22
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, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry, Virginia

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice small state park. Very nice staff and camp hosts, and the sites (half of which are only a handful of years old) are in very good shape. I love that at some VA state parks you can now reserve a specific site. Definitely recommend this park. We camped at Chippokes Plantation State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

My family has tent camped at this park many times, and this was the first outing with our new-to-us hybrid travel trailer. We picked a pull-through site to avoid the stress of backing in, but plenty of the non-pull-through sites would work for different size travel trailers. Keep in mind that at this park (and most VA state parks) you reserve a TYPE of site, and then pick the site when you get there from what is available. We picked site #10, and loved it.

It's a wonderful and quiet park with mature trees all around. Our site was more or less level, and was in good shape. There's plenty to do at the park. Swift Creek is great for canoeing or fishing, and the water park is good if you have young kids. Unfortunately, though, many of the locals use it as their public pool, so you will encounter some sketchy individuals at times. We prefer to camp here in the spring or fall, when the pool isn't open. This will definitely be our go-to park for a quick weekend getaway. We camped at Pocahontas State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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:

A grocery store is only about 20 minutes away, and a Walmart is only a bit further than that.

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