Date of Stay: September, 2013
Very pretty state park that surrounds a small, man-made recreational fishing and non-powered boating lake. Access from I-64 is via 2-lane US highways which are in good shape and wide enough to prevent white-knuckle syndrome. The park office carries a few emergency camping supplies, and there is a small general store/gas station (with diesel) on the park entrance road. The park office sells firewood during office hours. Staff is friendly and helpful, and there is an active ranger-led activities program during the summer and fall. Canoe, john boat and paddle boat rentals were available on the Fall weekend we stayed there. Bathhouses were clean and functional during the entire weekend stay despite a full campground. The office advertised free Wi-Fi in the campground. I can confirm Loop B had a strong, functional connection on my iPhone and iPad. I didn't turn on my TV, so I can't comment on the over-the-air TV signal. As with most VA state parks, arriving early for a weekend reservation is recommended since sites are not assigned. The park was pretty busy from about 3 pm until 8 pm on Friday, and the larger RV spots fill quickly. Part of Campground A and most of B and C are next to the entrance road, so you do get some auto traffic noise during daylight hours. But, it does motivate you to get out and enjoy the lake and hiking trails. Tent, pop-up and small trailer users have a good choice of pretty sites by the lake and up on the hill under the trees in Campground A. Larger RVs are generally confined to Loop B and part of Loop C. There are 9 RV35 sites reservable by phone for larger RVs, though anything bigger than 30'ish feet can be a bit challenging to maneuver around the B Loop. I camped in a 27 foot trailer and fortunately had no trouble making the initial left turn into Loop B (there is a tree right next to the road on the left side). There are a few pull-throughs in the center of Loop B and along the road headed to Loop C. All the electric sites had at least 30 amp service. Most of the RV sites I looked at seemed reasonably level. Site 6 was a bit challenging with front/back slope, but a 30 ft trailer was able to get leveled with some effort. All the Loop B sites were hard packed crushed gravel with a fire ring/cooking grate picnic table. A couple had an adjacent gravel tent pad. Unfortunately, the dump station is a bit awkwardly located between the contact station and the parking area for the office along the entrance road. Long RVs might have a bit of trouble getting positioned if there are cars parked in the office lot. Overall, I highly recommend this park for tenters and small RV’ers. We camped here in a 27 foot travel trailer. If you are traveling in a big rig, head north of I-64 almost the same distance to Lake Anna State Park instead – another beautiful VA park with plenty of large sites.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
Great state park very near the Auburn University campus. Easy and quick approach from I-85 down a straight and gently rolling two-lane road. Park roads and campground loops are paved and RV sites are crushed rock. Spots are relatively level, wide, and should be deep enough for almost any rig. A few spots are perpendicular to the road and backing in a big rig might be challenging. The sewer connection on most of the sites was in the back, so you might need extra hose if you have a midship dump valve. Most sites are very well shaded and have plenty of room between to afford some privacy. The McVay Loop bathhouse was always clean, and the staff and host were friendly and accommodating. Firewood and ice are available at the park office. There is no camp store but a Walmart, Winn Dixie and many restaurants are within 3 miles of the park on the north side of I-85. The park has a great system of hiking trails though they could be marked better. I attended Auburn and spent a lot of time here during college. The park gets very busy with day use students and can be quite noisy on fall and spring weekends, so be ready for it. If you want to stay here on a home football weekend you have to get reservations many months in advance. The website lists reservation call dates for home weekends. The only negative comment I have about the park is the noise level from traffic outside the park. You can hear it quite well from both camping loops up until about 9 pm. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable visit and we will return in the future.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
Goods: Great state park with a ton of things to do...hiking, swimming, paddle boats, mini-golf, a sky-lift up the mountain to the Natural Bridge, a lodge with a restaurant (DO NOT drive your rig up the hill...no room to turn around), great picnic areas, friendly and helpful staff everywhere, clean campground restrooms, campground Wi-Fi for a small fee, firewood/ice at the check-in station, and a couple of country stores within 2 miles. The view from the Natural Bridge is impressive, especially in the Fall with leaves changing. The trails are well-maintained and absolutely beautiful. Others: First, the campground spots are really close together. While I saw a couple of big 5th wheels and motorhomes in the park, it took a lot of patience to get them into and out of the pull-through sites. The middle pull throughs are level but the outside ring make take a few blocks to get you level. Depending on your site, you may have to connect to water/power on patio side of your site, so bring an an extra hose and power cord. Second, the campground is located right off KY-11 with occasional semi and motorcycle traffic at all hours of the day/night. Combine that with the close sites and you have a noisy camping experience. Also, the campground is well lit with street lamps, so bring a dark tarp to block out the light if you are tent camping in the main loop. Last, the dump station is located on the campground access road on the left side of the road (as you are exiting) at the bottom of a hill. It makes dumping a bit scary if someone coming down the hill into the campground isn't paying attention. Recommendation: Definitely visit NB State Park! Loved our four days there despite the campground shortcomings. If you have a smaller rig and don't need 50 amp power consider B28-B35 as they are a little deeper into trees and on the other side of the stream from the main loop.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
Great campground for a getaway from the busier VA state parks. The trip out to the northern neck is worth the effort. There are some 2-lane roads coming from I-95, but no low overpasses or narrow bridges to worry about. The campground was spotless and well maintained as are most VA state parks. It consists of 30 sites plus a group cabin. Most sites were pretty level with packed gravel driveways and loose gravel tent pads. The park has seven large pull-thru sites, though most of the sites appeared capable of handling even the largest equipment. Bathhouse was clean and well-stocked, and the individual shower rooms, laundry and dish washing sink were very nice. It was obvious that the friendly volunteer hosts worked very hard to keep the place nice and inviting. The camp store has standard oops-I-forgot-that items and also rents various kinds equipment. Firewood is available and stocked in the campground with an honor system. This is a nice, quiet park for a few days' stay and we will definitely return.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Great RV campground that was just recently completed in the park. Located away from the river and the original tent campground, it has the typical loop layout and construction of other upgraded VA state park campgrounds - hard packed gravel pads that will support up to 60 ft. rigs, large gravel tent/table area, 50/30 amp service, and a fire ring with cooking grate. Bathhouse was spotless. Pads were relatively level, though I did see a few motorhomes with level blocks in use. Cell service with Verizon was nearly non-existent once you got past the park entrance and down into the valley. I was a little disappointed that they chose to clear cut the campground site before construction. Only a few sites around the outside of the loops offer any remaining shade trees. The access road off the main park road is pretty steep downhill, so be prepared. There are several ranger-led nature presentations nearly every weekend. There are several trails to walk around and a few canoe/tube outfitters in the area to get you going on a nice trip down the river. Overall, it is a nice facility. We would return.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
Good park for a spring shakedown trip. Limited full-hookup sites and they are significantly more expensive than elec-only sites. Full sites are grouped together a little too closely, but other elec-only sites are well spaced and provide good privacy. Sites were not very level so bring plenty of blocks. Facilities were well maintained. Full service regional park with kayak/canoe/paddleboat rental, swimming pool, frisbee golf, horse trails, etc. Great location close to DC. Would recommend for a future visit.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
This was a good park for an overnight stopover along I-81. Easy access to I-81 via a 4-lane highway. Both daily and monthly sites are available. Sites are reasonably level but very closely spaced. If you are group camping, this might be a good thing! The camp store was well-stocked with RV parts/supplies and common food items. Staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The park maintains a common area with a pool table and video machines, and offers transportation to big, local cultural events. The park even programs its own social events from time to time. The best amenity was the Super Walmart and a couple of chain restaurants within a mile. Overall, a great spot to stay during a short visit to the local area or for an overnight stop along your way.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
This was a great park! All the water/electric spots are large enough to accommodate the largest rigs. Spots are large, well-spaced, level and hard-packed. Each has a picnic table, fire ring with grill grate, and a loose gravel tent area. All sites, with the exception of several pull-throughs, back up to woods and provide enough space between sites to not feel crowded at all. The two bathhouses were very clean and were equipped with private showers and laundry facilities. The dump station had two sewer outlets, water connections and trash dumpsters. Park access was excellent with state/county roads large enough for big rigs. Hiking trails are well-maintained and marked, and many are multi-use pedestrian/horse trails. The park lake access has a beach for swimming in the summer. Firewood is available for purchase at the park office. There are several convenience stores outside the park within five miles, but no camp stores for RV/camping-specific supplies. Overall, camping facilities at Lake Anna were the best I have experienced in Virginia. I highly recommend visiting in October when the leaves are changing colors and the crowds are small.