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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, West Virginia

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

We've been to Pipestem several times in the last three years, and it is still one of our top places to visit. We have two older teens and a seven year old and this is at the top of their list as well. There are volley ball courts, pools (for a fee). basketball courts, tennis, par3 golf, miniature golf, a stunning pro golf course, horseback riding, trails, soccer golf, frisbee golf, and tracks for remote control cars. The resort is simply picturesque and it is worth a trip to the hotel to see the view over the gaully from the lobby. Also, take the tram to lodge down by the Bluestone river. There is a five star restaurant down there as well. The Nature Center is very interesting, offers programs, and well staffed. There is a small library there that we utilize every year. They couldn't be more helpful and some of the kids' books are one of a kind and we love them. The campground itself is spacious and well laid out. The only caution is for trailers or RV's over 40+. I saw plenty of them, but be aware that the pads on the sites are small. The sites themselves are wide, but maneuvering onto the pad for something large will require a little effort. We will be back next year! We camped at Pipestem Resort State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
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
Tips for other Campers:

We love driving a few minutes up the road into Athens and eating at Genos Pizza. Truly, this may be the best pizza on the planet! So incredibly affordable and wonderful service!

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $100.00
Overall Rating:      

Yogi was crying while we were there. He didn't understand why campground ownership never seems to put money back into the park for maintenance and grounds, but expanded the park for even more sites on an already overwhelmed park and staff. Interior roads in campground in upper section are a disaster - heavily rutted and sections of pavement missing. My site was spacious and not that unlevel, but my friend's next us both had really unlevel sites and one had a huge tree stump to maneuver around. Lower section sites are so unlevel, we saw rigs jacked up on their stabilizers on top of boards or whatever they could find with wheels completely off of the site. Lower section sites near the river are so tight, they look like a state fair parking lot Two other families in tent sites who were camping with us paid $65 a night to stay in tent sites where the grass has not been cut and weeds had taken over the back half. To really improve things, start with combining two sites into one. This place had a ton of empty sites on the upper section and more people would come if the sites were properly maintained, level, and the lower sites had enough space. The pool is old and small for this size campground. There needs to be another one added in the upper campground. Those sites in the field in the blazing sun would be the perfect spot for it. The inflatable water obstacle zone in the pond needs to be completely replaced. The swimming pond is disgusting and needs to be dredged. This campground needs at least two more bath houses. They are also short staffed, but I've read the owner's comments on reviews of his park and he refers to making repairs over the winter...but those reviews go back at least five years. Why on earth they chose to push further back on the upper section and open up yet more sites for seasonals (which also isn't getting mowed) is beyond me. I'm heartbroken because we've camped here for years and we won't be returning. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Upper Section
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

Campground has plenty of activities, but tubing or canoeing down the James River is nearby and it is a gorgeous river. Natural Bridge is a must see.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Shenandoah Acres Resort, Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has had a lot of love and work poured into it recently, and I believe the owners have a good handle on moving this park towards a destination place. Lots of activities for all ages. Large lake swimming beach is a huge draw. Be aware that the lake is not deep and diving is not permitted. It's a very pretty park and laid out very well. You will be guided and assisted with parking your rig, and this is a huge plus. Our site was spacious and shaded. Some sites had less shade. There is a very shaded and very nice tent area. Showers and bathrooms are new, clean, modern, and well designed. I appreciated the upscale tile and faucets. On the negative side, golf carts. Literally everyone had a golf cart except for us and one other person. This adds more to noise than any diesel truck pulling out. It simply made the entire stay seem busy and noisy. This was really the only negative. I'm glad we came and gave this one a chance. It is awesome to see such dedicated owners and I truly believe their service is top notch. We camped at Shenandoah Acres Resort 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
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is really not much to do very near the park. You would have to drive about 20-30 minutes to get to the national park for hiking. Still, there are quite a few activities and amenities here in the park, that if only staying for a weekend, you wouldn't need to leave.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Riverside Campground & Resort, Sevierville, Tennessee

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

If you're looking for convenience, peace and quiet, courteous and professional service, cleanliness, level and gorgeous sites, then look no further. We were not expecting the quiet and beautiful views from a campground of this size and popularity. My daughter and her husband stayed just a few sites away from us in a cabin and even though the cabins were close together, they also had complete enjoyment and privacy. Although I didn't use the showers, they were the most up to date, modern, clean and downright beautifully decorated I've ever seen in a campground. They looked much more like upscale hotel bathrooms. They were always clean. The only downsides are that this campground does not really have tons of activities (we didn't care and appreciated the calm atmosphere). There are a few, but mostly on the weekends and there is a church service on Sunday. We didn't attend, but it looked nice and welcoming. The other downside is that the sites are on the smaller side. However, we drove through several campgrounds in the area further in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and the sites in these campgrounds were about half the size of what was available at Riverside. We still had plenty of room for our chairs, bikes, and extra table. Everyone who had slides was able to use them. We simply loved the convenience as we didn't not have to fight traffic or make tight turns to get in and out of the campground. This was a huge plus for us. It is also about fifteen minutes away from all of the attractions in Pigeon Forge and a little further to Gatlinburg. We will be back to Riverside and the sooner, the better. We camped at Riverside Campground & Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Riverfront
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We used alternate routes into Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. They are faster and not so laden with traffic.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort, Montebello, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We couldn't wait to get to Montebello after reading all of the wonderful reviews. What we found was a mixed bag. The store is as described; clean, cute, well-stocked, and picturesque. Employees are plentious. First, please note that you must climb mountainous roads to get into the campground. They are pretty, but steep and curvy...so just be careful. The campground is across the street from the store. I only saw one employee enter the campground on Sunday evening to collect trash. They seem to hang out at the store. The bathrooms were not cleaned the entire time we were there. The men's restroom was great, but the ladies' was terrible. The playground is small and quite a distance from the sites. Someone has spent some money on some landscaping. That's nice. Wish they would spend some on things you need in the campground. The sites themselves need some work. Most sites have very little gravel and are unlevel. The campground roads need to have more gravel and some work done. Our site's road was full of huge ruts. There is a brand spankin new barn facility behind the store that is gorgeous. Just wish they had spent more money on grain and hay. So, you can trail ride on their horses because they're safe because they're so weak from being underfed. Does this make sense? I think this place was once beautiful. I think the funds are not going back into the campground. It is a shame. I would return if they'd improve the sites and totally revamped the entire campground. I wish they would feed the horses more and not offer the trail rides. I'd rather see them well fed and happy. We camped at Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA (formerly Wildwood Campground), Monroe, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

It is a small, but pretty campground. Things are kept very clean here. They have plenty of activities for all ages, and there is live music every Saturday night. Only problem I really saw was the restrooms. There are only two stalls available for women and two stalls for men. The same goes for the showers. There is another bath house with one more shower for men and one more for women, but only the three cabins are allowed the use of those facilities. If they will add another bath house with three stalls each, I would rate this one much higher. If you have your own facilities, then this wouldn't be an issue for you. But for those of us in popups and tents, it is an issue. We camped at Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA (formerly Wildwood Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

The swimming lake is very clean. They need to watch for people bringing in alcohol in concealed containers to the beach area. Plenty of employees to help with activities etc... Our bathhouse had NO hot water in the ladies section for over 24 hours...Definite downside. Hope they get that fixed. Lots of activities for the kids etc...well managed and clean. We will be back in August. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Wytheville KOA, Wytheville, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

First, the good: Kids of all ages will love it here - from toddler through teens. Go carts a short distance from campground, as well as par 3 golf. Campground amenities include the bomb of all game rooms (huge arcade, batting cages, indoor miniature golf, and play area for toddlers and preschoolers); basketball court, horse shoes, volleyball area; and swimming pool with slide. All of these things are in wonderful condition. We first visited here in 2002 under the previous owners and then it needed updating. The new owners are doing just that and everything looks good. The bathrooms are clean (although, one more bath house would be nice). So, why not a perfect 10? The full hookup sites are really small and I mean small. Really, I think it would be better to put two sites into one and then they would be average size. True, they wouldn't be able to accommodate as many campers, but the campers would not feel like sardines. The employees were quite friendly and helpful. Even though we camped over a holiday and the campground was packed, everyone completely behaved and kept up with their pets. Yes, we will go back, but during a less crowded weekend. We camped at Wytheville KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Melville Pond Campground, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are looking for planned activities, this is not the place. If you are looking for a pristine campground, level and large sites, clean bathrooms, then you have found it. We are definitely going back next year. These people no how to lay a campground out and there was no crowding of sites. Only reason I did not give it a full 10, they need one more bath house. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Artillery Ridge Campground, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved the horseback tour, even though it is very pricey. The campground itself is very nice and the playground is awesome. The staff was very helpful and we enjoyed the diorama. We learned so much! Although I didn't care for our particular site, we will go back. The sites are VERY small, so that is what kept me from rating it a 10. We camped at Artillery Ridge Campground in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Elizabethtown / Hershey KOA, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Well, unlike the previous poster, I did not appreciate the fact that this campground had people coming in at ALL times throughout the night (think, pop up people pulling in at 3:00 a.m. and setting up not even trying to do it quietly). Our site was a joke. Sure, we had some shade but the site was on an open hillside and it took us an hour to get somewhat level. I put that the bathrooms were clean, meaning that they were cleaned on a daily basis. However, someone needs to get in there and do a detail job, (think baseboards with some mold etc...) They have so many employees, that the bathroom jobs should be a no brainer. Yes, you will find the employees running around on golf carts checking for I have no idea what...and you will have a departure notice left on your windshield. The one nice thing about this campground is their miniature golf which is really quite pretty and enchanting. We will try another campground the next time we are visiting Hershey. There are scores to choose from in the area. We camped at Elizabethtown / Hershey KOA in a Tent Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Shenandoah Valley Campground, Verona, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is neatly organized and in good condition as far as camp sites go. Most of the sites on the river seem to be for dry camping. We were given a more spacious spot on the top of the hill. Almost all of the sites are shaded. The weekend we went, the campground was completely booked. However, there was plenty of staff to help with the crowd. I did feel the lady cleaning the restrooms should have had about three more people helping her and they should have been cleaned three times a day due to the sheer volume of use. Perhaps this campground just needs another bath house. We all enjoyed the activities and with the exception of keeping dogs on a leash and cleaning up after their mess, most of the campers seemed to follow the rules. Had their been another bath house or cleaning done more often, I would have rated it higher. The bathrooms weren't atrocious, the cleaning lady just needed a little more help to keep up. We will go back. We camped at Shenandoah Valley Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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