Date of Stay: August, 2014
This campground (cg) is old and run down. It's run on a cash only basis - so be prepared to have everything you need in cash up front. The cg is messy, and not well laid out. There are no dead end signs for example - not fun when your rig is 55’ long in total. Their map is hand drawn with markers and then photocopied for the last 20 years it seems - so it’s pretty much illegible and useless. Cell signal (not the cg’s fault) is abysmal and seems to move constantly. We were placed in a ‘previously’ seasonal site. The only way to fit our rig was diagonally. It took us 1 hr of jockeying back and forth for that entire time to fit our rig in - not due to the size - which was generous - but the horrid topography — there was a 8 ft tall rubble hill on onside (seemed to be just rubble and weeds dumped there), trees all placed ‘purposely’ but in such a way as to block any logical way to get into the site, not to mention the garbage on the site — and rubble such as old broken patio stones etc. On the site there were numerous beer caps, zip ties, garden hoses - it was a mess, as well as several points where you could simply drop your RV down a steep hill if you weren’t super careful. We spent a lot of times clearing crud out so it wouldn’t spike our tires. After finally getting the rig in - the pervasive smell of garbage took over - being that the site was about 100 yards from their ‘dump’ area - also a mess. We damaged several areas of our roof due to the very low branches on either side of the narrow ‘road’ (I use the term loosely). The same trees also pulled clear off our vortex vent on the roof (a feat!). Also, prior to the cg entrance is a super steep gravel hill - about 40 degrees, right after you turn on to their road - so you don’t have any real momentum to get up the hill nicely. (we received no warning of this when we called and reserved.) I would not recommend trying that hill with an RV in any sort of damp weather. The owners / managers themselves seemed nice, as did fellow campers (the few we saw). First night there they had a horseshoe contest - which was really rowdy - lots of loud yelling, loud cursing and beer clinking clearly heard even from several hundred yards away. The next day that area was still messy with debris from the ‘party’. We asked about return time for the gate locking and were informed ‘we only lock the gate on long weekends to stop people going into town late at night for more beer’! The water is completely undrinkable - in fact the supply was a buried green 20 year old garden hose … completely unsafe. The sewer hookups were a disaster and really seemed like an afterthought. And the water itself was terrible smelling. I think they were pumping it straight out of the pond. On one of the days we were there we had the pleasure of watching, smelling, and hearing their tractor pump the sewage from the front lawn pipes and go back and forth past our site with it to some ‘other’ place - all day long. The land is beautiful but the campground needs to be basically rebuilt. The cg store is really nothing but some old ice cream and t-shirts with the cg name on it (unlike the website ads). Wood is 8$ a bag (very large bag). The place is overrun by mosquitoes due to the stagnant ponds. Some of the seasonal campers are quite rowdy at times. The cg managers advised me the pictures on their web site are not even ‘their’ cg. I would not return.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
We did not camp overnight. We wanted to stop by this park and pay to dump our black and grey tanks. We called ahead, and they said they were big rig accessible. Even though it's a small park, it was a 45 min drive through their park having to go 1-2 miles an hour due to incredibly narrow roads, pot holes (huge - several feet across!), and an incredible amount of low branches. The employee had us follow him down a 30 plus degree hill, and a super narrow dirt path, and we took out several trees branches with our RV (NOT HAPPY about those scratches). We also had to put the truck in 4x4 to get up the hill (nearly didn't make it, and there was nowhere to back up and get a 'running start'). Campers were stopping us and telling us we nearly lost our entire sewer pipe system on the steep hill and that we 'shouldn't be trying that hill in that rig!" (which we wouldn't have if the employee and owner hadn't insisted it was big rig friendly). Then we finally got to the dump station it was a mess. They use chunks of concrete to help you hold down the hose, but their pipe it too small, so it flies off, and we have to clean up sewage. It's super muddy and messy. Then it takes another ten minutes to get out of the campground thanks to the same issues. We burned about a 1/8th of a tank of diesel just driving in this park. Don't camp here. It's mostly seasonals. It's not well maintained and in NO way can it handle anything larger than a20ft trailer and SUV. Lastly we had called ahead to ask how much to fill our fresh water tank with potable water and were told it would be $50.00. It costs more to get water than to camp there for the night which makes no sense at all.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Not enough trees -- sites angled so they get afternoon (hottest sun), dog park not yet completed (just grass and a hut), no water there for dogs, no shade for either dogs or humans, entrance is way to narrow for the new wider RVs, WiFi is useless -- its using 802.11 b - a 15 year old tech - and kicks you off as soon as someone new logs on... that's IF you can log on, noisy by a major hwy (400)... , only 2 pedestrian garbage cans in the park - both by the dog park - so if you're walking the dog you'll likely have to carry the effluent bag all the way back to your RV.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Nice, helpful Staff. Note: GPS (Garmin) shows this campground is in Temperanceville, VA. Wi-Fi is a joke. When I asked, I was informed its best at 'white tent.' However that was also so weak we could not even view connect to internet. Only time you could get any signal (1 bar) or bandwidth was at 4am. Cable TV is actually replicated DirecTV. Note there are NO local stations, so you're not going to get local weather! But there are about 20 or so channels. Pets allowed but not really accommodated. They ask you to pick up after them (of course) but throughout the ENTIRE park there are 4 garbage cans. So it means your carrying a bag of waste back to your site. The arcade is 3 video games, 1 air hockey, 1 pool table. Two ponds on grounds. Ducks, geese, and a horse pen. Treed sites are very treed (in a good way) and pull through sites are 100% unshaded (but grassed). Note: we were unable to get any cell signal anywhere in the park (T-mobile). Pump service available to those on non-septic sites ($5.00). No recycling. Would give it 10 if there was real Wi-Fi and proper local stations. (In trees there is no way to get your own satellite signal or local antenna stations.) Quiet park: very clean and well maintained. Will stay again.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We have camped here 1/2 dozen times in the past 6 yrs. This year we noticed its become 90% season - lending the feeling that you're imposing on the seasonals. The speed bumps are ridiculous - every 50 feet and alternating across the road so that your truck and RV goes over at a bad angle. This year they introduced plastic hot pink wrist bands and asked us to wear them the entire stay - we refused and said that was ridiculous. They were not removable in a way we would be able to take them off to go shopping etc - and my 83 yr father in law would not wear a hot pink wristband. They claimed it was easier to see in cars entering. Instead we got the traditional paper for the dash board (which flies away very easily) - how about a mirror hanger like all the other parks use? Wi-Fi was down - we asked for it when we reserved - explaining it was essential (being out of country visitors it was they only way we could reach our sitter). When we called about it (after checking in parking etc etc) we were told a storm took out the Wi-Fi and that it would be over a week to fix! We would have gone else where - they knew it was down and had been for more than a week. On our return visit it was back up but so flaky it was basically not there - constantly dropping connection and super super slow. There is a lovely pond for kids to fish in - but there is no fountain and many run off 'creeks' run to it - breeding a huge amount of mosquitoes - which were rampant. The sites are not level (and being they're grass and gravel - 20 ft wide - it would have been pretty easy for them to do so). I am tired of paying extra for everything (at $50 plus a night this place is on the high side already). $10 For my guests to visit for dinner (not over night), $10 for my father in law to stay over night (from dinner to when we left 8 AM the next day). While the neighbour has 2-3 kids and pays no extra for that - it should be 4 people per site regardless of age but since its an adult you get charged extra. There is a great water play area if you have kids. They introduced soft serve ice cream this year - but it was expensive - $3.Plus - and stale. They require $20 cash deposit for the gate card. Since they close up at 9 PM that means you need it for just going out for dinner - as the park is about 40 min away from major towns. I had to go to an ATM in town to get cash for it. We stayed here on the long weekend July 2-3, and then 1 day in the next week. Staff if very friendly. Ultimately, though I think we will camp somewhere else next year - it's too expensive, too many add on fees and with the seasonals and the unlevel site not really worth it. We have no kids so the kid's park is not really useful to us. They do take Good Sam cards for a small discount. They are close to many vineyards (some of the best in the world) if you are looking for wine touring. We camped in the row by the washrooms, which is pretty much the only overnight pull through section left not used by seasonals.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Staff is very friendly, however steer clear of them helping you park your RV. They gave us directions on how to back our 37 ft 5th wheel (50 plus feet long w/ truck) in the back row - which proved rather difficult - since there was little room to do so. We watched them try to direct another 5th wheel into a corner lot (way too small for it) and that took them 40 min and 10 tries. They have fantastic activities for kids - and a beautiful play area. They have a deck near the pool thats pet friendly (a nice surprise). The roads are pretty narrow. The sites are much smaller than advertised (wide angle lens were clearly used in the images). When we arrived all the sites had picnic tables in the middle of the site, so me and my 83 yr old father in law had to carry it to the grass - not fun. Their are quite a few seasonals (mowing their grass and their neighbours for 2 hours on a Sunday morning; not something I really want to hear on my vacation). The camp store is decent. Their bathrooms are spotless and there is a nice rec area in the basement of the main building. Only washrooms are in main building - so a bit of a walk unless you are camped in the next street. Many puppy pick up stations and they claim they are adding a dog park. (We did not camp with our dogs this time). Wood was $7 a bag - and turned out to be off cuts of 2x4's!! that is not camp fire wood and a bit of a rip off. They do deliver the wood and the newspaper daily. All in all this place is way too expensive and we will likely stay somewhere else next time. If we had kids with us then i can see the value as they have definitely catered to the kids with activities etc. Some nights ran $80.00 A night. This place also wanted you to wear wristbands - but they stated as long as you had it with you that was fine (ie in your pocket to show) if you wanted to participate in events. Did not need them to enter park. (In fact park security is rather lax as we drove in several times forgetting to put the yellow mirror hanger up and we were not stopped). Lots of chipmunks :) Who are friendly. Overall, nice park, clean park, but overpriced for someone who is just camping to see the local sights.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Very friendly cg owners, very tidy. They offered us a site with a deck at first (even though the rules state no dogs on deck sites), then when we asked for a bit more seclusion (since this was the dogs first camping trip) they happily obliged. Guided us up the hill and helped us park. They are very very dog friendly. There were many dogs of many sizes - even great Danes. My two large dogs were welcomed openly. Never a complaint that my puppy was occasionally barking (she was in training), in fact the staff usually waved at the dogs when they drove by on the golf carts. (I would say that the gas powered golf carts are a bit loud). The sites are rather narrow and our site had a walking path thru it - but they had no issue with us putting a rug out on that path and using it as part of our space. There is a nice dog park (small) which has agility equipment. The dogs are allowed everywhere but buildings and playgrounds. Refreshing to take them for a walk on the nature path (most parks don't allow that). There was a horrendous torrential rain storm - flooding the park out for several hours, but as soon as it stopped raining they were out in full force tidying up the debris, filling the holes from the flooding, and getting it all ship shape. I was amazed how fast they got it all back in order. The lanes are a bit tight w/ a big rig (our rig is 36 feet) for turns due to lots of trees. The cable is free, as is the internet. And they don't charge a cent extra for the dogs (again refreshing). On a side note - there is a great Korean diner south on Hwy 11 on the way in to Natural Bridge - we highly suggest the gal-bi (Korean BBQ). We will visit here again. We right behind the main house - a bit busy in that site.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
First off if you enter their address in your GPS it will never find it (just enter 2411 Regional Road 24 which is extremely close and you will see there sign by then). The need better signage on the southern side of their campground (no warning its coming up). The sites are excellent length - we stayed in both the shorter pull-thru's and the larger big rig site (which we paid 5.00 extra for to make it easier to make a quick exit next day). We have also camped in the back-in sites back when we had a 23'ft TT. The owners are nice and accommodating. We find the park a bit pricey - 50.00 a night - plus another 20 more for the 2 extra adults we had is basically the cost of a hotel room in the area. But when we were not able to stay long enough next morning to get a deposit back on their security card (needed for late entry) she recognized that we had camped there several times before - waived the deposit and made arrangements for a place we could drop off card at off hours next day. Campground is clean, & plentiful with birds around the lake/river. Would not use the shower area - as its an open locker room type situation, no protection from peepers, no locks on any doors - just an unlocked door to bathroom, and row of stalls with curtains. These are pay showers. Many (too many) speed bumps in park. Otherwise - we will return - its convenient to our family we visit, clean, quiet, and not filled with amusement park stuff like the other ones in the area. Trees on the sites would be nice also.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
During our stay there were two deliberate power outages - one for 1/2 day during a rain storm (it was cold and due to outage we had no fans or heat), then next day again for a few hours. They did not tell any of the RV's in that row that they were shutting down power so we could switch our fridge to propane etc. The site was too short to fit both our vehicle and RV (none could fit both on that row). We were in the 'big rig' sites. The site was poorly graded and we ended up with a water logged site with water 4-5 inches deep throughout every day it rained (7!). The campground is rife with very deep potholes (1ft or more - across entire roads) making it impossible to traverse anywhere in the campground without possible damage to your car or RV. Their workmen curse loudly and profusely in front of all campers - including children and elderly people (my near 80 parents were NOT impressed). The sewer pipe was broken (and therefore stank) - we reported it the day we arrived - it was not fixed and we were told they would "get around to it". They were re-graded 4 sites next to us for 3 days - stinky diesel tractors and lawnmowers going well over their own speed limit and killing any hope for peace and quiet. Picnic table ancient, broken and peeling paint etc. Campground owner standing at the gate in her Bathrobe telling us to 'slow down' when we had not even gotten into her campground yet (we never sped in the campground - frankly you couldn't cause of all the speed bumps and potholes). Advertised they had Wi-Fi internet - in fact in email said it was free - but did not state 'flaky, rarely works, and only available from front gate'! Tried to change us to a back in tiny site because they claimed there was sewage break at originally reserved site. Wanted us to try to fit a 37' fifth wheel And pickup in a 25' deep site - at night (10:30pm). Store is randomly closed when it supposed to be open. Laundromat washers and dryers are ancient, and tiny - and expensive. Rec-room area is a joke with two ancient pool tables, and 4 ancient games from the 80's -- tables from the 70's and pretty much nothing has been updated since 1983. Pond in center of play area has no fountain etc to stop mosquitoes breeding - so the mosquito issue there is rampant. No RV parts store on site. I am sure there is more but I can't remember now. Suffice it to say we are never going back.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Park is quaint, owners are friendly and courteous. We were guided to our site by a French only speaking owner, but with my limited French and his sign language we were able to easily communicate. He insisted we leave our truck hitched to the fifth wheel even though it was crowded for a holiday weekend (since we were leaving early next day) which was very considerate. Wi-Fi only available at restaurant. We stayed twice on our way to and from the east coast to Ontario. Sites are a bit short for a big rig - ours did not quite fit with the truck. Rates are good and we were not charged extra at all for the two extra adults with us (a first). On the 1st night we were delighted to find that they had a huge (70') bonfire with music and dancing for the campers (for the two upcoming holidays). It was far enough away from sites not to disturb them. On return visit we were greeted by name, and advised we could pick ANY site we wanted - we had a wonderful waterfront site and basically were allowed to 'over' park onto the next site in front for ease of exit the next day. Sites are level, clean, and were recently (at least the pull thrus's) all renewed and re-graded. Lake is pretty, and free lifejackets etc are available for use to use, also they have really nice modern paddle boats that seat up to 6 people. My only negatives on this campground are sites are a bit small, washrooms have one shower and one toilet per gender, and are not spotless, they could use an update, they should have wi-fi throughout park and finally the restaurant was closed at 7 pm which is dinner time. We will come back there if we are towing that way - as the owners were extraordinarily nice and accommodating to us who were just staying the night - arriving late and leaving early.