Date of Stay: August, 2006
We arrived at campground middle of week and had no problems checking in. However, on Friday, they had campers backed up waiting to check in. The campsite was suitable size for our 19ft Bantam, somewhat level on gravel, firepit and picnic table. Campground was clean, trash was picked up daily, beaware of ants going up the your connections to inside trailer. Camp store was okay, but not a wide selection of items - stores in Glasgow and right on 130 have more selection. Pool was clean but very heavy on the chlorine. We like the little swim pond they had with a beach. Overall, not a bad campground...I rated this only an 8 because upper campground is a decent walk to the pool, pond, River, and store. They do rent golf carts for $45 a day - which we did not do. I would visit this campground again
Date of Stay: May, 2006
This is a nice campground that is well off the beaten path. GPF is about 2 miles off Route 17 in Gloucester County. Access to the campground is was very well marked once you got off Rt 17. Arriving at the campground - and you automatically notice the "permanent residents". Of the 223 sites, I would say 75% of them were permanent residents. And they all own golf carts. Now I'm against a campground having 3/4 of their lots full of permanent residents, but I will say - everyone I talked to or met were friendly and take care of the campground and with it being well secluded CG, I'm sure the PR's are the ones that keep it open. This CG was very clean, the showers were old concrete building but cleaned daily. The grounds were manicured and like I said the "perm res" did take care of the property. They are updating their swimming pool which will be nice addition for the summer. They did have activities for not only permanent residents but all campers. My DW and I had a ball watching the "golf carts/cars/models" drive up to an OUTSIDE PROJECTION SCREEN for the Saturday night NASCAR race. Yes this campground even had it's own drive in theater...or is that golf cart theater...it was hilarious. All in all, it was quite, nice sunny weekend trip out. We would camp here in the future.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
For our first weekend trip out this year, we wanted to stay fairly close to home so we decided on Chippokes. This park located in Surry County VA is located on the James River, however, the campground is back off in the park with no views of the River. It is early April, so the park didn't have the gates manned or anyone available (at gate) to give you information. So I drove to visitors center (which was manned) and found that the camphost had our reservation. Up driving around the campground, the first thing I noticed was how UNLEVEL the sites were on the upper side of the camproad. There are 32 sites and I parked on the lower side which did take a few back breaking attempts to get my trailer level. Once I struggled through this obstacle, I did relax and enjoy the quitness. A saturday rainy day gave us an opportunity to explore Surry County (Edwards Ham Shop) and a free trip across the James River on Jamestown Ferry. The State of Virginia has a ban on outdoor fires (wood burning and charcoal), so we were unable to sit by the campfire on this trip. A hard drivin rain Saturday evening and night keep us inside. The next morning I was impressed to see that the rain water had drained away fairly good. The camphost was very friendly and did say that the Park is adding more "big rig" friendly sites that supposely has sewer hookups. The park does have a swimming pool, however, like I said, it is early April and not open. Even though we were in a TT, I choose to use the facilities at the campground and they were extremely clean for a state park. Their was only one bathhouse in the campground, and separate mens and womens restrooms. They had four shower stalls which were also clean and lockable for safety reasons. I assume shared shower stalls for both sexes. There is no store on the campground, so a 10 min trip out to the closest store is required if you forgot something. Other than that, it was a quite and relaxing weekend, the DW and I would visit this park again.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Newport News holds its' annual folkfest first of October and this is the second year we've camped here. Campground was fairly full due to the festival, but the sites are spread out over the campground, allowing you not to be "cramped" as some of campgrounds are. Water and Electricity are the only provisions the sites provide. We used the restrooms and showers because my water heater didn't work, and that's the only reason I gave this campground ranked a 7, the facilities are old, concrete, and need of updating. I saw no signs of cleaning while we were there. Otherwise, mild temperature days, cool nights made this a wonderful weekend. We will camp here again next year.
Date of Stay: August, 2005
I was at this park early May and what a difference summer makes. In early May, half the sites were empty, restrooms were immaculate and it was very laid back. Mid-summer, with a campground 90% full, Cherrystone did an excellent job of trying to keep up that year-round look. I'll start off first by saying I think ALL campgrounds that allow permanent residents should put them in an area not occupied by daily campers. Cozyacres in Powatan Virginia did that and I was impressed. Our site was very tight due to some very large pines, and where I had to park the trailer for hook ups, I couldn't put my awning out because the "permanent" resident next door had his trailer verticle on the site and his two vehicles next to the trailer. I didn't say anything because we were only there two nights, but if I would have been staying longer I would have asked him to move. This is a family campground and Cherrystone did well to keep the kids happy with numerous events. Swimming pools were clean, although warm (it is summer)... and events for kids were ongoing every day. The DW and I enjoyed the "Adult Only" pool. As for the restrooms, they were cleaned twice daily, but like I said earlier, the campgrounds was full, so the restrooms received heavy usage. They did well to keep up. Another feature I liked about Cherrystone is even though they rented golf carts, most kids and even adults used bicycles. So with high cost of crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the campgrounds summer rates, we enjoyed our weekend here with several tent campers and would return (mostly likely when school started back).
Date of Stay: July, 2005
I choose this CG over others in the VA area because of reviews I read on this website and I wasn't disappointed. The CG is a small area outside of Richmond and not hard to get too. The campsite was clean, on gravel and level, with picnic table and fire ring available. CozyAcres is expanding, although during our stay there was no intruptions or noise. A walk around the CG and you would find fellow campers that cared for the CG and no area was messy or needing attention. The only reason I wouldn't rate this CG higher is the bathhouses. There were alot of tent campers there and the bathhouse was not cleaned the entire stay we were there. Although not filthy, it could have used a daily cleaning. I believe if they paid alittle more attention to the bathhouses, this would be a top notch CG. We would stay at CozyAcres again.
Date of Stay: May, 2005
For the first trip out this year, we were totally impressed with this campground. I pre-registered (prepay) and drove up to gate, got my pass and directions to site without any hassle. Site was directly on the bay: we were able to enjoy a wonderful view and sounds from the bay. Staff at the store was friendly. Well kept grounds, and impressed by the bathrooms. Cleaned daily and although not spotless, was very well maintained. Everything worked fine. We will definitely return to this CG.