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Newport News Park Campground, Newport News, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2005 - $20.00
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This is a great park except for the restrooms. The sites are huge and beautiful. There are fantastic walking trails and biking trails. There are civil war earthworks throughout the campground and the people are very nice. The restrooms, however, are an absolute disgrace. They are the worst that we've seen, period. One of the two stalls in the ladies room on loop C was clogged and gross and we reported it early Saturday. Their solution was to block it off with a trashcan. That left only one working stall - and the door wouldn't shut on it because the hinges were falling off. One shower had no lock on the door and the latch on the other shower door fell off each time you tried to lock it. We left Sunday afternoon and nobody had done anything about the toilet. If you can do without the restrooms, you'll like the park. If you have to use the restrooms, you'll be disgusted. We camped at Newport News Park Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Ocean Waves Campground, Waves, North Carolina

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $29.00
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I was disappointed in this campground. Many of our problems were because of the site that we had. We were in site 29 which is right beside the restroom building. There is an exterior light on the bathhouse that is bright enough to read by at night- we had to use our reflective covers on the side of the pop-up to block some of the light - but it wasn't enough. Our site was so close to the bathhouse that it felt like people were walking in our site when they went in and out of the bathhouse. The doors were propped open always, so we had a clear view of the men's stalls. We also had neighbors renting the house on the other side of the fence from us who played loudly in their pool all day and partied on their deck overlooking us until very late each evening, and then got up early and had coffee on the deck, talking loudly. Fireworks until midnight added a challenge to getting the kids to sleep. I realize that the campground owners have no control over the houses next door - but you need to be aware that these rental houses are just a few feet away and pack your earplugs. I couldn't tell that quiet hours elsewhere in the campground were enforced at all. There were groups being very loud with yelling, running etc. until midnight every night. The restrooms were dirty - I went in one morning immediately after the cleaning crew left - and the fairly deep standing water from a leaking toilet that had been there the entire 3 days we were there was still there when they were done - they hadn't even bothered to sweep out the huge floating bugs. The large washing sink still had sand in it from the night before and the counters weren't wiped down at all. The faucet nozzle was rotting off from the salt air and was very unappealing as a place to wash dishes. The milk that we bought at the campstore was spoiled. We took it back and exchanged it for another bottle - and it was spoiled too. The garbage dumpster that was closest to the beach STUNK and you had to walk by it to go back and forth to the beach. I felt very sorry for the tent campers who were camping near it. In looking at the other major campgrounds at the beach, this one is the only one with trees - and if you're in a pop-up, get spots 24, 26, and you'll be do ok. They are close to the owners house, have no rental property overlooking them and have some shade. By the way, we'd had this booked for months - it wasn't a last minute booking. I imagine that the larger camping vehicles wouldn't have these problems with noise and light and having to use the restrooms - but if you're in a pop-up or a tent, watch out. On a positive note, the beach was nice and close. I've never seen so many shells - the kids got a ton of shells to bring home. Also, the price for the campground was excellent - even with cable, it was only $29 for a pop up site. We camped at Ocean Waves Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Luray, Luray, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $40.00
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We enjoyed our stay at this campground. There were many activities for the kids and the staff was friendly. The restrooms were very clean. The only complaint would be that the putt-putt area looked run down - many of the holes had mulch all over them. The water slide was fun - not too scary - the whole family enjoyed it. We were in a pop-up and in site 16 which I do not recommend. It's on a busy corner with no shade and anyone coming into or leaving the campground drives right by you. There were more shaded pop-up spots up on the hill with much less traffic - get one of those and you'll be fine. We camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Luray in a Tent Trailer.

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Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground), Elkton, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2005 - $16.00
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What a wonderful campground! This is truly a way to get back to nature - while we were sitting at our site 3 deer walked right by - what a treat for the kids! There are no hook-ups but the sites are paved (most are pull-thrus) and it's very quiet. Our site was level. They don't take reservations but as long as it's not a holiday weekend, the ranger said that you'll probably be ok. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent Trailer.

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Richmond North / Kings Dominion KOA, Doswell, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2005 - $31.00
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We like this park but if you're planning on going on a holiday - be prepared. We were at the campground for Memorial Weekend and it was full. While the campground itself is nice (the shuttle to/from the park is great and the staff is very friendly), the restrooms are inadequate for the number of sites. They have over 250 sites and only two bathhouses with about 8 showers and 12 toilets total for ladies. They tried to keep it clean, but with that heavy usage, it was impossible. There were many tent and pop up campers (ourselves included) who had to use the restrooms and had to stand in line - no matter what time of day we went. I-95 road noise is also a problem in the pop up end of the park. If you're looking for an overnight park, this would work too - spots were pretty level and they do a good job of separating pop-ups and tents from larger units. It's much nicer than Americamps down the road in our opinion. We camped at Richmond North / Kings Dominion KOA in a Tent Trailer.

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