Date of Stay: October, 2010
Stayed in the H Section for the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival. Positives: Cable TV. Solid surface pull-thru site on hillside. Nice area for walking dogs. Clean. Unique playground for the kids. Negatives: Felt very unwelcoming and we jokingly called it a concentration camp instead of a campground. Grumpy man on a golf cart constantly drove around as if looking for something to fuss about. 5 security cameras inside the arcade (is that really necessary?). Narrow, windy access road into campground. Highway noise. Smell of livestock auction. Workers actually standing in campground holding 5 MPH signs on Sunday morning (never seen that before). Witnessed the younger Littman fella yelling at an older worker in the camp store twice while we were there (very demeaning and rude). Odd rules like no scooters and $50 fee for arrival after 7 pm. Probably will not return.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Overall this is a pretty nice park with plenty of fun activities for the children. But I only gave it a 7 because I feel it's overpriced and aging. Our site was dangerously unlevel. The first step of our camper was 19 inches from the ground! We had a step stool but it still was quite treacherous, and twice we had children fall and hurt themselves on our steps. I also did not like paying an additional $17 for wristbands for amenities on top of the nearly $60 we paid per night. The putt-putt golf is old and somewhat run down looking and there's only one waterslide that appears to be old too. The cable TV hook-ups were cheaply done. Several sites share the same box so bring a long cable or you can buy one at the campstore. I'm sure they make a killing in the store selling those. No trash pick-up and the Wi-Fi was so weak that we were not able to hook up all weekend. I have higher expectations when I'm dishing out that kind of cash.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
My new favorite summertime campground! Last year I posted a review and gave it a 6, mostly because the swimming areas were inadequate for the number of guests. They have a new water park this year that is AWESOME for no extra charge. We camped 3 separate weekends in July already, including 4th of July weekend. Surprisingly, it never felt overcrowded. There were lots of bikes, golf carts and people out and about, but everyone seemed to be in a happy, go lucky mood and very friendly. My son even commented on how friendly everyone seemed. Our site was spacious; Internet connection was reliable; Cable TV; helpful staff; Putt-Putt Golf; Ice Cream Shop; Swimming Lake; planned activities. Can't wait to go back next weekend!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This review is based on the super sites: very large, concrete and paved sites. It's clean, has a dog park and nice swimming pools. Has a camp store with souvenirs and camping supplies. Also has Miniature Golf. We stayed in a regular site last summer and were not impressed. We have since stayed twice in 2010 in 'super' sites. There is no comparison. We will not return to this campground if we cannot get a super site. They are that good, and the regular sites are that bad.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
This campground was just OK. Not great but not horrible. Roads are not well maintained and had many potholes and very little gravel. Extra charges for children, dogs, cable, TV, etc. But we did receive a generous amount of firewood for the cost. We don't plan to return.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
It seems fairly obvious that you don't go to a Yogi Bear's if you don't have kids or grandkids. This was our 1st visit at this Yogi's and we hope to return next summer. There are many family things to do, both inside and outside of the campground. The campground is divided into 2 sections: river side and upper side. The sites in upper section appeared to be more spacious and private than the river sites. If you have children, you'd probably prefer being on the river side where the pool, swimming beach, and other activities are. Otherwise, you'll want to rent a golf cart. A previous poster incorrectly stated that full hook-up sites are only available in upper section. Full hook-ups are available right by the river now (new this year I was told). We were in site 107: one campsite from the James River and we loved hearing the sound of the river rushing over the rocks! The kids enjoyed hunting for crawdads and splashing in the river. Cable TV was not available at our site, but I'm not sure if it's the whole river side area or just the newer sites by the river. The Wi-Fi was reliable. I didn't see any bath houses: we don't use them, but I wondered where the facilities were for tent campers. For a fee you can purchase wristbands for putt-putt, water slide, and splash-down area. Activities were planned almost every hour during the weekend. We were impressed by the friendliness of most of the workers and fellow campers. We can't wait to return next summer!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
I had high expectations of this campground based on the reviews. Unfortunately, our initial impression was very disappointing. (Our exact words were, "If this place is better than the KOA, then it must be REALLY bad over there.") It was dumpy in our opinion and not well-maintained like previous posts stated. They'd benefit by having trash bins distributed thoughout the campground. It was not uncommon to see beer cans or water bottles littered in the bushes. And the squirrels and black birds rummaged thru the campsites and trash awaiting pick-up. This is a busy, loud campground. In addition to the jet noise (which promptly started at 0756 each morning and ended after 10 pm: some days were louder than others), there was a band playing at the main pool each night until 11 pm and Children's karoake at the pavilion (the echo from that thru the trees was awful sounding). But we enjoyed the swimming pools, and the camp stores had everything we needed. The super sites looked like another world from the site we were on: it was clean and modern over there! The trolley to the boardwalk was convenient as was the parking lot on 9th St. This campground is very popular with Quebec residents, and quite often we found ourselves to be the only English speaking people at the pool. We paid for the Wi-Fi for a week ($15) and it was not very reliable and we actually lost service after the 3rd day. It's doubtful we'll return.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
The level, concrete pads made set up easy. We stayed on the ocean side. Sites farther away from ocean are grassier and less sandy. Personal golf carts are permitted for no fee. Our children enjoyed the planned activities during our stay (they made tie-dye t-shirts with ocean water [$5] and made plaster footprints in the sand down at the beach[$1]). Bring your own drinking water. The Wi-Fi was slow and unreliable. It is a quiet campground. We will return. The price reflects additional charges for cable TV, 2 children, and 2 pets.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Camped here over Father's Day weekend. Very nice and helpful staff. Clean campground. Wi-Fi worked great. Cable was great. The campground was not filled to capacity by a long shot but it was VERY crowded. Kids on bikes and golf carts everywhere. This was our 1st visit in the summer months. The swimming facilities are inadequate for the number of campsites. The lake area (which looked really fun) was so full there wasn't a spot to sit on the beach. The trampoline in the lake looked very dangerous with at least 20 kids on it. The swimming pool wasn't quite as crowded (compared to the lake), but it was so full that all you could do was bob up and down - definitely couldn't swim because there was so many users. There was an adult-only pool that looked less crowded...perhaps they should open that up so there are 2 family-friendly pools for visitors. The putt-putt golf was fun and reasonably priced. Ice cream shop was a big hit but lines were out the door. Overall a very nice facility - just that the amenities are not adequate for the number of sites. It felt like it was busting at the seams with guests.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
Clean, clean, clean! We have visited about a half-dozen times since the summer '07, and each time we return we see improvements they've made. I can't say enough good things about this campground and the owners. This is the place we go when the family needs to escape for a weekend to recharge. We take our baseball equipment, bikes, games, etc., and pass the time simply by being together. It's not unusual for other campers to stop by your site and chat for a while, too. I can understand some previous posts complaining about the reservation mix-ups. Shulamit has it all in her head, so it does sometimes cause confusion if her husband or one of the work-campers a signs a site that Shulamit has saved for someone else (but didn't write it down). But she remembers your name if you return, so it makes the reservation process much smoother. There are no bad sites at this campground, so if you can get over the low-tech reservation process you'll be glad you gave it a try.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Unimpressed w/this campground. After getting out of the truck, my first remark was, "This is what we're paying $50/night for?!!?" Our site was full of exposed tree roots to twist your ankle on, and we almost ran out of wood blocks to put under the stabilizers to get the unit level. This is not the place to take children, either. We had 3 bored kids w/us (11, 8, and 5 yrs old). The game room was locked tight; the playground equipment had to be at least 35 years old, and the area was filled w/orange sand (that's always nice to have inside the camper); and there was no area for the kids to play ball away from the RVs as most campgrounds have. This campground's claim to fame is its location to Washington, D.C. (an hour+ away). The office/campstore/bathroom building was the only modern facility at the campground. Oh, and they've got cable TV so if you're bored (as we were) you can pay $50/night (in the off-season) to sit in your RV and watch TV. There are better campgrounds at better rates within an hour's drive from here. I would not recommend this one.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Beautiful park! Stayed in Campground B as other two were closed. The children enjoyed going on the nature trails, but they spent most of the weekend playing in the woods with the children from the camper next to us. Who would have thought a fallen tree could provide a weekends-worth of entertainment? We stayed one time last year (in Campground A) and experienced very low water pressure, but we did not have that problem this trip. However, several sites had electrical problems. The rangers ended up putting one family up for the night in a cabin until an electrician could come the following day. Our awning lights blinked on and off most of the evening. I'd rate this park a 10 if the hook-ups were reliable -- and if there was sewer hook-up. Regardless, we enjoyed our stay and will definitely return again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
We went for their Halloween weekend. The kids enjoyed the trick-or-treating and the Haunted House. But, other than that my husband and I didn't particularly enjoy our weekend of camping. We've been to this campground several times before, but this was without a doubt the busiest we've seen it. Due to shortage of rain, the roads were extremely dusty. Golf carts going back and forth didn't help. Even the inside of our camper had a layer of dust. It's somewhat disappointing to never see improvements to the roads when it's obvious they're raking in the money. I think this would be a cool campground to visit during the week in the summertime. But, I'm not sure if we'll waste our money on another weekend there. Just not our cup of tea -- way too crowded and quite a few campers were very disrespectful of their fellow campers by disregarding quiet hours. There's a great campground (Country Waye) just 3 miles down the road that is cleaner, classier and quieter.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Quaint and charming campground! This was our first time staying here but will not be our last. We usually stay at the Jellystone Campground when we're in Luray. One weekend that we were there, we drove thru Country Waye to check it out since it had received such good reviews on this website. The day after getting back home we called Country Waye to make reservations for the following weekend. It is a peaceful and quiet campground surrounded by farmland and pasture. Typical sounds at the campground: children laughing and playing, birds chirping, cattle moo-ing, occasional dog barking, and the buzz of insects at night. No golf carts running up and down the campground. We were in some of the newer sites, and they were very long. Thankfully we didn't have anyone on either side of us to block the beautiful mountain views. This is a small campground so don't expect some of the amenities that the larger RV resorts offer. But our children (7 and 4) had just as much fun here as anywhere else. Maybe more so since we gave them more freedom to do things independently. (You can see the playground and whole campground from just about any campsite.) We were impressed by the cleanliness and "homey" feel of this campground. And remember I mentioned hearing the cattle? That was the only drawback: when the wind blew just right you could smell cow manure. But, that comes along with the rural setting of the campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Beautiful campground with missed potential. Paved roads and most sites were generous in length (it's the width that's a real problem); nice landscaping; and attractive pool area; too many "homesteaders" with 4-wheel drive golf carts, though. We camped here with several other families, and we're glad we knew the people around us. The campsites were ridiculously close. There was only 2 feet between the end of our picnic table and our friends slide-out. Our site was Bluefish 27, and it contained 3 man holes, site 25's hookups and some sort of sewer box. I'm not exaggerating when I say that our 9x12 patio rug barely fit between our camper and the one beside us, and we had to put our chairs near the road because the utility hookups were an obstruction. This is not a campground to vacation at, as there aren't many (if any) planned activities (just because it's advertised on their website - don't believe it). The Splash Pool and Water Park were closed due to construction while we were there (wouldn't you think that would be something done during the off-season?). Thank goodness the playground was there, otherwise there would be nothing for the children to do. $49.95/night was TOO much for the "amenities" we got.