Date of Stay: September, 2008
We have stayed at this park many times since 2001. The park is very nice and has many nice amenities. One of the reasons why we keep going back is the fact that Pine Acres has on site RV rentals and allows us to camp with our friends that don't have their own RV's. Over the years I have been continually impressed with how well the rentals have held up, they are very clean and the owner of the park replaces them after a few years of use. The campground is situated on Lake Dean and offers waterfront sites. This is something that other campgrounds have converted to seasonal sites only; not the case here. The pool area is very nice although a bit cramped for space (needs more room for chairs). The hot tub is also available but for adults only - kids are NOT allowed in or near as they will be quickly told they cannot be in the hot tub. The park offers boats to rent, a bait shop and a small, but well stocked store. The snack bar offers breakfast and lunch and you can eat in their cafe located within the store area or outside on picnic tables. On our most recent trip the WIFI was up and running and we were able to connect very easily. I can't speak to the coverage throughout the campground, but near the store area it worked fine. Some sites are smaller than others and can be a bit difficult to get into, so definitely make sure you mention the size of your RV so you don't end up on a site that's too small. On the weekends there are some organized activities or arts and crafts for the kids (some for a $) and if all else fails, there's a game room and playground. The campground is always clean, restrooms and sites as well. We've never had an issue in this regard. It's obvious the owner, who can be seen working at the campground runs a tight ship. The one big negative I will add is that this campground has become the most expensive campground that we camp at (even more than Fort Wilderness!). The waterfront sites are considered "premium sites" and they command a premium price. In the summer season, a family of 4 on a premium site for a weekend will cost $90 a night - $180 for a weekend of camping is a bit expensive in my mind. Despite the price, we do enjoy this park a lot and will return again.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This place is beautiful! We camped on an interior site and while we didn’t have a direct water view, we had no trouble getting a glimpse of the water and the beautiful sunsets. The sites were all flat, concrete pads and the grass was well manicured. The pool area was very clean and relaxing after a day at the beach (which was only a short walk away). It definitely did not have a “campground feel” to it but more of resort/condo complex (but in a good way!). Restaurants were only a short drive and the boardwalk area of Virginia Beach was about 20 -25 minutes. Great place to ride your bike. Back Bay Wildlife Refuge is a mile or so down the road and it also had some great bike paths. We loved staying here! What a great vacation.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
After reading so many glowing reviews about this campground and spending some time on their website, we were so disappointed when we arrived. Where should I start??? The campsites were close together (and we were in the “big rig” area- which was supposedly more spread apart than the other sections.) It was dirty and weeds were growing everywhere. The pool area had lots of weeds and the small garbage bins were in need of emptying. The kids working were not very friendly and the mini golf course was in complete disrepair. The camp store was fully stocked but seemed very chaotic. It did have a lot of camping supplies but a lot of other junk too. Fires were allowed, however, there were no fire pits which made for interesting fires right on top of the road or camper next to it. Their website makes this place seem like the best place on earth but once you arrive, you realize that there is not one “real” photo of the campground—no pictures of the brightly colored, carnival-like, paint peeling buildings. I brought my daughters over for the craft (along with about 20 other people) and my younger daughter got the “last craft supplies”. Needless to say, my older daughter was very disappointed. One of the staffers seemed sympathetic to our plight but the other seemed totally indifferent. While the setting at the campground (right on the water) is a pretty sight, when you get down to the water’s edge, there was garbage and junk all over the place. People didn’t pick up after their dogs either. If you are looking for anything to do outside of the campground, forget it. There is nothing around. We had a two night reservation and ran out of there after 1 night. UGH! What a disappointment.