Date of Stay: July, 2013
Candy Hill is fine. It is very clean and the upkeep is generally good. It is a campground for people looking to pull off the road and stay the night. They have a great store and arcade. I would say it is one of the most fully stocked camp stores I have seen. Additionally, it was a quiet place. As long as you get a site away from the road it is peaceful. Having said all of that , the campground is very old. The pool is very dated and in need of some maintenance. The kiddy pool is literally a Wal-Mart plastic pool. I had to keep telling my kids to stay away because it was filled with bugs and algae. The bathrooms are very, very old and dated. Again, it is fine for a stay over, but it is not a destination campground.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
This campground has improved by leaps and bounds. The owners are invested in making this a family friendly place. With the jumping pillow, snack bar, pools, docks..etc...there was a ton to do. Of course there are still improvements that could be made, but it is 100% better than it was. I would recommend this campground for families.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This was a very nice park. Despite being built on a steep mountain, the sites are graded, level, and large. The caverns are nice, and they did a good job on the exclusive campground flashlight tour. It was a very quiet campground, with no excessive golf cart noise or drunken foolishness. The staff and fellow campers were great. My only suggestion would be to enlarge the pool. I would recommend this campground.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
This is a campground with potential, but real issues with the clientele. On the positive side, the location is nice and the facilities were cared for at acceptable levels. Having said that, you need to be a certain kind of camper to tolerate the craziness at the campground. If you are into confederate flags everywhere (including tattooed to the chests of the men and women who wander the campground), this campground is for you. If you are into loud music blaring from golf carts until 11:00pm each night, this campground is for you. If you enjoy watching stone cold drunken campers stumble around the campground while screaming and yelling, this campground is for you. If you like going to the beach and praying that the drunken boaters don't run into the kids who are swimming, this campground is for you. I have been to dozens of campgrounds and in my experience, this has the most "party like" atmosphere in VA. If are you looking for that type of experience, North Landing Beach Riverfront Campground should be your destination. If you are looking for something suitable for families, you might want to consider an alternative.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
The park exceeded my expectations. My site was not level, but that was the only issue. The campstore is great. The jumping pillow, water slide and pools are nice. All in all: a great weekend.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
There were both positives and negatives to this campground. First, we camped here during Labor Day weekend. It was booked up well in advance and we were put onto a waiting list. To be honest, I did not give it much hope, but they called us a few weeks before and gave us a site. The setting is nice, with the river views on the lower campground and the wooded sites in the upper campground (they are separated by a road). There are tons of things to do and in general, the campground is well maintained. The river access is just super. There also seemed to be more than sufficient staff on hand to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Our site was not level and required about 30 minutes of messing around with blocks to raise one side of the camper 10 inches. We were directly across from the sewer dump station (not more than 10 feet from my site) which was gross. To be fair, we were on a waiting list and beggars can’t be choosers, but it was a bad site. The golf carts were annoying. It was crowded, so they were even worse than normal. I got to witness my first golf cart accident, where an 8 year old boy was mowed down while riding his bike, by a golf cart that was flying down a hill. The kid was pinned under the cart…thank God he was wearing a helmet. My biggest complaint about this campground is the fact that they nickel and dime you for everything. The water park was extra. Cable TV was extra. It cost $60 to use one of their tubes and have them drive you up river. There were tons of planned activities for the kids, but most cost money. I get that campgrounds need to raise revenue, but this is the worst I have seen yet. I will end with a positive story (sort of) that illustrates some of my experience this weekend. On Saturday night a domestic disturbance broke out at a campsite. The people were low-life trash and they were cussing at each other and threatening each other at 1:30am. They woke everyone around them up! Someone called the emergency number at the campground and the owner was there is a flash. He threw them out and sat there while they packed up and left. I appreciated this level of attention in an attempt to make this campground family friendly.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is a tough campground to rate. The pros include the owners, who were just great. hey were very friendly and eager to help. The campground is clean and the landscaping is well maintained. The bathrooms were just ok. They were cleaned twice a day, but the layout was tight and the quality of the floors/walls/fixtures was just ok. There are a few seasonal campers that had well maintained sites and seemed friendly. The camp store was adequate and the laundry facilities were really nice and modern. Also, the campground is located in a convenient location with the Dream Park about 3 minutes away, the Baseball HOF about 10 minutes away and the Soccer HOF about 20 minutes away. Now to the negative aspects of the campground; there are almost two campgrounds. One is in a field and the other is in the woods. The wooded sites are really nice. The sites in the field are just ok. They are well spaced, but I am just not partial to camping in a field with 30 other campers who can all see each other. My second knock on this campground is the pool. It is a nice pool and it was well maintained. However, the pool seemed way too small for the size of the campground. This is especially true for a campground that caters to kids who are playing baseball at the Dreams Park. All in all it was a good campground, but not a great campground.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We used this KOA as our base for activities in Niagara Falls and Toronto. It is located on Lundy’s Lane, which is a busy commercial road that leads into Niagara Falls. Despite being sandwiched between a busy road and a set of railroad tracks, we were not disturbed by noise. The kid’s playground and jumping pillow are top notch. There are a couple of outdoor pools and one indoor pool. They were well maintained. The camp store was well stocked. The staff were friendly and helpful. It is an extremely busy facility, with people coming and going non-stop. If you are looking for a park that is close to the action with great kids activities, this is your place. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing experience, go somewhere else.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
I was disappointed with this campground. I stayed in the upper part of the park. The sites were really close together. I was in a pull-through site and I would say that my travel trailer was about 3 feet from my neighbor. The pool was in really bad shape. The kids kept falling because the area around the pool was covered in a slippery slime coating. The store was nice, and the general atmosphere was good. It was easy to find and the grounds were well kept. In summary, it is OK, but not great.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This place is big….really big. As we drove down the access road we could see the campground to our left and we were worried. The TTs were stacked side by side in row after row. We soon realized that this was a storage area...thank God. The check-in process was quick. We were escorted to our site by a camp host who helped us get positioned into the site. The site was basically level (a minor adjustment was necessary). The sites are huge. They stagger the sites on all weekends except during the oyster fest. The pools are dated, but we were told that a water park is being planned. The park was very well kept. The playgrounds we well kept and updated. The boat launch and docks were in good shape. The camp store is one of the best I have encountered. The seasonal section is well kept and very separate from the massive area used for weekenders. I was amazed that the park was as quiet as it was considering how many people were there. All in all…a really nice park that is worth the price.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This campground did not disappoint. It is very wooded and free from road noise. The bathrooms were perfect. Our site was level and adequate in size. The campground is a bit older and there was not a ton to do it is more of a place to stay while visiting the area vs a destination spot. The campground was full of UVA football fans the weekend we were there. Although the campground was full, there was enough space and people were all behaved. I would go back.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We camped in a pull-through site. The sites are really big and spread apart from each other. Our site had a separate picnic table area that was framed by timers and filled with crushed stone. Our site was slanted and required help from a neighbor to get our camper level. I would say it was off by about 12 - 14 inches. The park rangers and park hosts were super nice. They had activities such as hikes and lectures at a campfire. The pool is HUGE! The views of the river are stunning. It is a pain in the neck not having sewer, but the bath houses were close. My biggest beef was that the bath houses were not cleaned very well. All-in-all this is a great park and a great place to camp. If they had sewer it would be 10+.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
When we arrived we had a problem with our electrical connection. The main circuit kept tripping which cut power to several sites. The owner came to my site to see if he could help, and he was able to get everything running. He was very helpful and accommodating. The pool is small, but it is in decent condition. The views of the mountains from around the campground are stunning. There is no road noise at all…it is a very quiet place. There was music on Saturday night in a centrally located gazebo. This event created a nice sense of community. The Luray area has tons to do…we will be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This is one of the nicest campgrounds that I have ever seen. The majority of the campground is occupied by seasonal campers who own their sites. There must be really strict guidelines about the upkeep of the sites, because they were all in great shape. Our site overlooked the “back bay”, which was breathtaking. Our neighbors, each of which were owners in this community, were very welcoming and helpful. Our site was large and had cable TV, sewer and both 30 and 50 amps hookups. It even had a boat dock. The pools were small, but well maintained. Frankly, why use the pools when you have an amazing public beach (on the Atlantic, not the bay) no more than 2 blocks away. We will be back many more times.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
This park has a high percentage of seasonal campers. Generally, the seasonals and staff were friendly. There are tons of golf carts at the campground...it is part of the culture. There were two small pools that are positioned side by side. The pools are adequate, but not great. The access to the water was really nice. It was fun for the kids to crab from the docks. The quality of the sites varies and if the campground is full, the sites would probably feel tight. They were only half full the weekend we stayed and they did a good job staggering the site assignments. They have the strangest amenity I have ever seen at a campground...a Drive-In golf cart theater. All-in-all, the campground provides a nice experience.