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States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an update to a review I posted a couple of years ago. Since that time the campgrounds management has been turned over to a new contractor (Royal Elk) and from what we saw they aren't doing such a hot job of hiring campground host's. We arrived in in loop 3 at 4PM and the Host showed up at my trailer at 9PM to finally check us in, and didn't know if she had already checked us in!! We were camped there for 4 days and saw the Host's twice during that time and no one cleaned the showers or rest rooms during that time. The men's room is down to one toilet and one sink as the other 2 are broken. Fortunately there were very few campers so things didn't get too bad in the restrooms. Additionally, in my earlier review I suggested taking a short cut via Jackson River Turnpike and Richardson Gorge Road. DO NOT GO THIS ROUTE if you are towing or driving an RV. There is a section where part of the road has washed out and there is a tree down blocking part of the road. Going this way was never for the faint of heart as it is dirt and very narrow most of the way and if you meet someone it can be nerve wracking. We camped at Bolar Mountain Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61 loop 3
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
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

12 miles to nearest gas station. Gas available at the marina but off water and pretty expensive. Nearest grocery, a small IGA and a Dollar store, is about 16 miles.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort, Montebello, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here one other time about 5 years ago (review is on this web site), and I can honestly say this place has gone downhill. The roads in the campground are rutted and extremely narrow, same as 5 years ago. The site I was assigned to, 30, I couldn't open either of my slides. Moved to 31 and with some maneuvering was able to get both slides and the awning out. Both sites were not level and required about 2" of lift. They claim to have a "beach", but you couldn't pay me to go in the water.

Getting out was harder than getting into the site, with large trees making turns very difficult, requiring backing in a couple of cases. My trailer is 31' and it was tough getting through this place. NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY! The only redeeming thing about this place is its proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway (3 miles). If you come in on the parkway it is much easier than trying to come up route 56 which is extremely steep and twisty. If you come in on the parkway from the Waynesboro end, your GPS may try and take you on Campbell Mountain Road. DO NOT take this road. It immediately turns to dirt and is extremely dangerous!

Stay on the parkway and take the route 56 exit. We camped at Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY, terrible interior roads

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Goose Point Campground COE, Bassett, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Located on a point on Philpott Lake this is a very nice campground. We were on site 30 loop C, a very nice site once you get your trailer situated. This site is a bear to get into as there is a steel gate and gate post right in the area you need to maneuver. Site 29 across the road is the same, hard to get into. I took a side marker light off my 31' trailer getting in, but other than that I had no issues with the roads. The campground seems to be inhabited by lots of locals, which I suppose if I lived nearby I'd do the same. I made my reservations in February to get a site during the week in May, you can't get in on weekends they are all booked. There is a nice beach and boat ramp with a fairly large parking lot. To those of you with small children, some of the sites in loop C are not kid friendly as they have 15 to 20 sheer drops to the lake and this lake is extremely deep, even close to shore.
The restrooms were exceptionally clean. There are only 2 showers in each restroom. The dumpster is 1/2 mile up the hill, as is the dump station. There is another restroom at that location with more showers. We camped at Goose Point Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 30 Loop C
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
20 Amp, 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:

This place is very remote so bring everything you need as it is quite a haul to any shopping. We have Verizon and had fine reception. You can get some local over the air TV channels. Quite a bit of boat traffic, so if your a kayaker (I am) or canoeist be aware. The lake has extremely steep drop offs from the shore.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bolar Mountain Campground, Warm Springs, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a US Forest Service campground on Lake Moomaw in Virginia. We stayed in Loop #1 site 19 which has 30 amp electric but no water or serwer. The drinking water tap is only about 100' from the site so I was able to hook up a hose to refill my water tank. The site is relatively level, I needed about 2" of lift on the curb side. Everything in this loop was clean and neat and very quiet (we were there during the week), the restrooms were clean as were the showers. You can't see the lake from the upper loop, but if you want to really rough it (no electric) the lower loop sites are all waterfront. The lake and surrounding area are absolutely beautiful, with mountains totally surrounding the lake. There is a beautiful sandy beach, about a mile away, (no life gaurds) and the water is clean, sandy bottomed and warm. There is a marina where you can launch and retrieve boats, but no gas is available. There is no additional charge for the use of these facilities if you are a camper.
Getting there:
We went by way of I64 to 252 which turns into Rt 42 which takes you to Millboro where you get RT 39 to Warm Springs and the Rt 39 and Rt 220 intersection. Route 42 had only one stretch of fairly steep twisty road (5-10 miles) but the rest was pretty easy. Route 39 (after the 220 intersection) on the other hand has a very steep, up and down, and very twisty (multiple hairpins) stretch to the Rt 600 intersetion. I suggest taking Rt. 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) which avoids the climb and descent. It will turn to dirt for about 3 miles but the road is in good shape. It has no guard rails and there are some pretty good drop offs and narrow spots. Decide for yourself which is best for you.
When you get to the camprground there is nobody in the booth at the entrance, just go to your site and the campground "host" will come to your site and check you in. We camped at Bolar Mountain Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
19 Loop 1
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

This campground is extremely remote. There is no TV reception, and cell service is sketchy at best. We have Verizon, and we had 1 bar which allowed us to text but calling didn't work for us. If you need gas, get it before you head to the campground as it is 12 miles to the nearest station. There is a station on Rt 39 on the left just before the Rt 687 turn that you can get a rig into. The only grocery store that I know of is an IGA in Warm Springs on Rt 220.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

New Point RV Resort, New Point, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our second time at this campground. Since our last stay it has become almost exclusively a seasonal camper campground. The sites left for transients are pretty much the leftovers no one wanted. I got to my assigned site and found a car parked in it (belonged to a campground employee) which required getting office staff to come and push it off the site. While I was waiting for this to happen I was accosted by a "seasonal" camper who very belligerently told me I was "blocking the road" and he wanted me to move my 50 plus feet of truck and trailer so he could get by with his compact car. There are multiple side roads he could take. I didn't need this after just driving for 3 hours, and the car on the site. Very unpleasant experience.

Beach is great for kids, as you can walk to China and still be only up to your knees. Dogs not allowed on beach at any time and no other place for them to run. Lots and lots of golf carts stirring up dust at all hours. I guess if you're a seasonal camper this would be just fine, but it is terrible for transient campers.

Not big rig friendly at all, narrow roads with some impossible turns and lots of tight turns. We camped at New Point RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Eva 1
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

It's about 8 miles to the town of Matthews where there is a Food Lion, some restaurants, gas stations. Other than that it's about 25 miles to anything else.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

New Point RV Resort, New Point, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is definitely geared to the seasonal camper, as approximately 80-90% of the sites are seasonal. Some of them are very well kept and others look like they have been there for years with little regard to their appearance. We talked to some seasonal campers and they said that in the last year there have been some big changes for the better, when the campground was sold. They had only good things to say about the current manager. It appeared to us that the changes that were happening involved adding some park model units that will be rented, and some of the sites appeared to be in the progress of being worked on. Some of these were previous seasonal sites with old add-a-rooms still on the site (ugly). This place has potential as it has a great white sand beach with shallow water which I'm sure is great for kids. We stayed on site H-4, one row back from the beach. It was between two seasonal campers. The site itself was OK sized and nearly level (one row of leveling blocks), but it was mostly all sand so was very dirty. Utilities were well marked and worked without problems. There is no cable TV, but you can pick up several channels from the Norfolk area via antenna. The town of Matthews is about 10 miles and has a Food Lion and other necessities. We camped at New Point RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean and neat small campground. New owners appear to be making positive changes. Site 17 was level and the utilities were easily accessible. No cable or internet, but some local TV channels. Very convenient to the Blue Ridge Parkway (1 mile) and not that far to Lynchburg. We camped at Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA (formerly Wildwood Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco, North Carolina

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

After reading some of the older reviews of this campground and the treatment by the office personnel I was a bit leery. Turns out that the guy in the office was a pleasure to work with and can't possibly be the same person that others had problems with. I was expecting to be crammed into a small sandy site with no shade but was pleasantly surprised to find a nice sized site with a tree (C6) and grass, on the canal. We had a nice view of the sound and the breeze kept the bugs away. The pool was nice. I can't comment on the rest rooms as I never used them during our stay. The cable TV and the Wi-Fi worked fine. We camped at Frisco Woods Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Fries New River Trail RV Park, Fries, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very unique RV resort! Absolutely spotless! We were on site 2 which has a waterwheel and a large elevated deck. Super easy to back into, and site is absolutely level. The owner is a genuinely nice person that really did an outstanding job of building this park, and his wife (didn't meet her) makes great muffins! We camped at Fries New River Trail RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort, Montebello, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Small campground not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Getting there can be a challenge as the roads are quite steep, twisty and narrow. We were on site 33 which was a pull through, but in order to get off the site I had to go through a site across the road due to trees (thankfully no one was using it). Site itself was shaded and appeared to have fresh gravel, almost level. Roads are very narrow and in need of work (severely rutted in places). Grounds were generally very clean. We were there during the week and it was very quiet. WARNING: If you are towing or in a motorhome and your GPS attempts to take you on Campbell Mountain Road, DO NOT take this road. It is directly off the Parkway with a sign pointing to RT 56, and is immediately dirt and loose gravel, becomes very steep, twisty, no guard rails with steep drop offs, generally pretty scary. We camped at Montebello Camping & Fishing Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Otter Lake Camp Resort, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean park. Roads are VERY narrow. Site was large, fairly level and utilities were well placed. LOTS of dogs and kids as well as seasonal campers. Cable TV and WiFi good. Quite a long way off the main road (seven miles from RT 209) on a twisting hilly road, not sure it's worth the drive or the nightly fee. We camped at Otter Lake Camp Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean park. Site was almost level. Utilities weren't marked real well but worked ok. Cable TV and WiFi good. Only real complaint is the glaring street lamps at night, kind of ruins the outdoor experience. We were here during the week so it was pretty quiet, don't know about weekends. Lots of seasonal campers. My navigation system (Ford F-150) took me through the middle of East Stroudsburg on RT 209 Business, so if you have a big rig you may want to check your route. We camped at Mountain Vista Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Shady Acres Campground, Carver, Massachusetts

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Almost totally seasonal campers with a handful of back to back transient sites. Roads are all dirt and narrow. Site was level but all hard packed sand so it makes for a dirty trailer. Site was very large but utilities were a total guessing game, we ended up using someones else's water and the sewer did not have a connector on it so I had to put weight on the hose so it wouldn't come out. No cable TV and on air is sketchy at best. Wi-Fi worked OK. Pretty noisy at night even after "quiet time". We camped at Shady Acres Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Fort Chiswell RV Park, Max Meadows, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the cleanest RV parks I have ever stayed in! Even though this park was just off of I-81 you could not hear the noise from the road as a hill, with cattle grazing, provides a sound barrier. The rest rooms are immaculate! Great place to stop off of I-81. We camped at Fort Chiswell RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Mountain Lake Marina & Campground, Rocky Top, Tennessee

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site had trash on the ground (cans, discarded gloves for sewer), no cover on the sewer connection. There were four wheelers and motor bikes running up and down the roads. We camped at Mountain Lake Marina & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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