Date of Stay: August, 2014
This is a rustic park near Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg. It's also conveniently located to Yorktown and not too far from Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and other attractions in Williamsburg. The sites are large and several have lots of room between them and the next site. The sites are paved but the area under the awning can be either grass, leaves or dirt. We went in without a reservation and drove around and picked our site. Lots of sites to choose from not all are level. The sites on the water seemed to be the most unlevel. The bathrooms were clean and recently painted with wonderful water pressure. Bike trails to ride and bikes to rent if you don't bring one. I really loved this park and we will definitely go back.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This was not a bad place to stay for touring Salem, Boston and Concord. The sites were small but for the amount of time we spent in the park it was okay and all the neighbors we encountered were friendly. The electric hook ups were behind us and you had 2 sites together on the electric box so one would have to have a super long electic cord. The water was like the last reviewer said behind the camper hanging along the fence. There was a lighthouse, and day use beach with wonderful views of the water. The bathrooms were a concern when we got there and wasn't sure how it was going to be sharing them with the beach people and all the other campers but never saw anybody in the shower when we went and they were always clean. We did experience a lot of rain on the 4th and had about an inch of standing water on the ground but it wasn't a problem. We never did use the dump facilites that were at the sewer plant so can't comment on them but that was probably the biggest drawback of the park. Would probably stay here again though if in the area.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This was a very nice campground and the people that worked here were all very friendly. There were a variety of sites and only a few offered sewer but they had a honey wagon that you could sign up for to come by if you needed it. We were in a field and sometimes it was hard to differentiate where exactly your site began and ended. The showers were clean and the water was metered. It said 50 cents for 7 minutes but it felt like a lot longer than 7 minutes and never had to use more than 50 cents for a shower. There was a body of water within walking distance of the campground with spectacular sunsets. My son loved the pool at the campground which featured 12 feet with a diving board. The Island Explorer bus comes through the campground every 30 minutes which made it wonderful for getting around Bar Harbor and Acadia. If ever back in this area we will stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We stopped here for a couple of nights on our way to Maine. We found this campground a little pricy for what we paid for. We only had an electric/water hook up so the expensive price was without sewer. Our site was on a small hill and took a lot to get it level and didn't achieve a full level. When looking at the map of the sites and you choose your site to reserve you don't realize how unlevel some of the sites are. There were some full hook up sites that looked to be in a field with no shade. The bathrooms were some of the worse bathrooms we have used in all our years of camping. The stalls were small, dirty, and no adjusting your water temperature there was only one temperature. The park did have some nice trails to hike and we found railroad tracks with a tunnel leading underneath the tracks that led to a river. The dump is just like the last reviewer said it's up a large hill that seemed even larger coming down and you're dragging the end of the trailer coming off the hill onto another hill to get out of there. Probably won't return to this park and will find another place to stay if ever come back to this area.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This is the third time we visited this park and this is the second time I've reviewed it. We were pleasantly surprised to find the trees that were in our way the last review were no longer present and it was easier to maneuver this park. There are not many big rig friendly sites and you have to call on phone to make the reservation for the sites but it isn't a problem. We saw more tents in this park than trailers which was not an issue. Our site was large with lots of room and easy to back into and pull out of. They now have wifi available at your site so that was an added benefit that we didn't expect. We only received three channels over the antenna, but didn't really watch any TV while there. There is a swimming lake and trails to hike. It's a beautiful park. The bathrooms were always clean but on the last night I didn't have any hot water for the shower. The dump is not in the best location and had to wait to leave for somebody checking in to move so we could get to the dump but we were able to watch from our campsite and pull out when they pulled away. The dump station is located near where the contact station is coming into the park and spaces for people checking in. The only other complaint we had was the park police seemed to like to drive fast and were always zipping up and down the road at a speed higher than posted. There were a lot of kids in this park and it just didn't seem like a good idea for them to be driving that fast. We will go back and am looking forward to our next trip here.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We visited this campground 2 weeks prior to our visit to reserve a site and see the facilities. We left with a paper where we had reserved and paid for our first night on site 31 along the creek. We were looking forward to camping on this site with the creek running behind us and were disappointed when we got there and were told we were on site 39. On getting to the site they sent us it was a small site and we were not sure about our trailer fitting on it. I walked back to the office and was assured that it was a 40 foot site and was given a second option for a site to choose. When returning and looking at the second site the hook ups were on the wrong side it was set up where you almost had to pull in and not sure how you would get your tow vehicle back out. So we stuck with 39 which our 30 foot trailer completely filled. We backed up as far as we could and still had very little room for the tow vehicle. This was a very nice facility with several trails to hike, a lake and a creek we didn't get to camp beside. There were 2 campground loops one up on the hill and the one below that we were in. Where we were at the bathhouse was on a hill. There were 6 different bathrooms and they were always clean when we used them. They were nicely decorated and very homey. The 3 on the left had little water pressure but the ones on the right were much better. They had various activities for the campers to participate in and on Sunday they offer donuts and coffee. Not sure about returning to this campground or not.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
We stayed here at the end of the year and rang in 2014 here. It was a quiet, smaller park with large sites and trees and foilage between sites allowing privacy. Our site was long and wide. The bathrooms were always clean whenever I used them. Good hot showers and heated bathroom. We used this campground as a base for touring nearby Charleston which was about a 45 minute drive. The price was very good and will stay here again when we come back to tour Charleston again.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
This is probably the prettiest Virginia State Park. The people working within the park were very friendly and the landscaping was beautiful. There was a really good wifi signal available at the campstore which had rocking chairs and tables with umbrellas which made it very nice to use. You could also get a wifi signal at the pool and visitor center. Our site was very long and we were in the newer section called Lover's Leap. The water and electric area had a patio type area around it and the sites were huge. Was able to receive some stations over the antenna but after programming television never turned it back on due to all the things available to do in the park. The boys loved the pool with the diving board. The chairlift down to the tunnel was a lot of fun, rode it on 2 different occasions the Saturday night we were there they had the tunnel lit and a 9 year old very talented fiddler playing. Lots of trails to hike and scenery to see. There is also the wilderness road blockhouse there. So much to do and so much to see that we can hardly wait to go back again. You are at a higher elevation here but it wasn't a problem for us and our 30 foot travel trailer. We came in the dark and had no problems we were just a little surprised at the road up to the campground but no problems getting up it.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
This was a very nice campground with very large sites. There were a number of pull throughs and we were in one. It seemed the sites were all separated by some form of foilage so you couldnt see each other. There were several sites that were next to each other that would have been great to share with a friend. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean and well take care of. We took our bikes and rode the various easy trails they have. The camp host and workers in the park were all very friendly too.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
As others mentioned, the road coming into this park was hilly and curvy, but not the worse that I've been on. The truck and trailer handled it fine. We arrived at the park a little after 9pm and were unaware that they closed the gates at 10pm. If we had been later we would not have been able to get in. This being said, we had friends who were an hour behind us and the park host was very accommodating and gave us a number for them to call when they were on 822, so that he could be here to let them in and register them. We were in campground A site 49, and our friends were in site 47. Both sites were easy back-ins and were very level; they had a type of ashy dirt on the ground that was somewhat messy when it rained. Our site was on top of a steep hill with a drop off behind our site that dropped down to the lake. There was a bathroom in campground A with flush toilets and sinks, but no showers. The shower house was down the hill between campground A and B. There were 4 flush toilets in there and 4 showers. The one night I used the shower, I was in the last stall and had very little to no water pressure. Daughter was in another stall and I could hear the water beating on her. On the TV antenna we received a fair amount of over the air channels. The different employees of the park system we met were all very nice. Did notice the sheriff for Patrick County driving through many times. The dump station was another slight issue. To get to it, you had to do a very wide swing out of campground A. There were dump areas on either side but it would only accommodate one trailer at a time. It was on a slope, so was hard to completely drain your downhill tank. We were lucky that we were the only ones here to dump at the time, but could see there being a problem if there were more than one waiting. You could easily have people from the campground below and above waiting to dump.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We stayed here on the way to upstate NY and on the way back. It was in a great area for touring the Pennsylvania area. On the way up we toured Gettysburg and Lancaster and on the way home we did Hershey. The sites seemed to be all pull throughs and fairly level. Had a fair amount of room between them and the WiFi was great. No cable TV but a number of over the air channels. There is a little traffic noise from 283 which runs behind the campground, but with the air conditioning running it's not too noticeable. The price was right and if we have an opportunity to come back this way again we will stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We recently stayed here the week of the 4th of July. It is probably the prettiest park we have ever camped at. Our site backed up to Lake Ontario and we had a beautiful sunset all 4 nights that we were here. There were 2 shower houses, one was old and the shower would not run warm and you would push a button and it would run for about a minute and then turn off and then you would have to push it again. The second bath house had 2 showers and they had wonderful warm water and good water pressure. They were always clean, but on 2 of the days we were here the women's bathroom stunk. We had a roaming phone signal, we had Sprint, our friends had Verizon. If we lost the signal we would sometimes pick up a signal coming out of Canada and would have issues connecting. Had to go to the campstore on a few occasions to be able to call out. This campground does have electric and water but the water is not placed within easy reach. Ours was on a spigot with our neighbors and we had to run 2 hoses under the trailer to be able to connect. There is a lighthouse on the grounds, and the lady working there was very friendly and spent time with us giving a tour. We used this as a base for touring Niagara as it was about a 45 minute drive to the falls. We were able to use our parking pass at the state park at the falls and saved $10 a day. If we are ever back in the area we will stay here again.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
We stayed in this park for 4 nights after Christmas. We found the hosts very friendly and accommodating. When our friend in a pop up went to ask the host about his hook up he came back with a heater that the host had lent him since it was going to get chilly that evening. The majority of the sights were pull throughs and did require some leveling. Our particular sight faced away from the road and faced the marsh. I especially loved that. We were on the first road of sites and I felt those were larger than some of the other sites. The bathhouse was always clean and had wonderful hot water, however it wasn't heated and it did get cool a few nights we were there. There were palm trees and trees with spanish moss all over the place so it was wonderfully shaded which this would probably prove to be a benefit during the summer months. Didn't have too much difficulty driving the trailer through this park. The historic part of the park is a separate area and you have to pay an additional fee to visit. We will visit this park again.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
This was a small pretty park that was nice once we were able to maneuver our way around and into a spot. They had 3 pull through sites, but on one you would have had to go all the way around the loop and come in from other side. There were a couple of trees that we had an issue with, one caught us on the drivers side and when he maneuvered away from it we caught another tree with the awning on the passenger side. Very tight turn through trees and the next day we could see marks on one of the trees where we were not the only one to hit it. After getting past the trees, we had to decide which spot was easiest to get back out of when we left in a couple of days. The park is definitely not big rig friendly. We were in a 30 foot and the sites were supposedly RV35. The site was large enough, it's just driving the loop in B. Walking the park: there are a lot of pop up sites and sites that you possibly could fit in at 30 feet. Some of the electric/water spigots aren't positioned very well. The park had a swim beach, trails around the lake and it was near the Cumberland forest. Was told it not wise to walk in the forest, as it was the first day of hunting season. The bathrooms were clean and one of the showers I tried had a hard time getting the water to run hot. Upon leaving, the dump station is not positioned very well and had to wait for people checking in at the office to leave so we could get our trailer into the dump area. The Virginia state park system not taking site specific spots, could be an issue for this park if you were here during a busy time and did not have a pick of your sites. We were lucky to be here off season and not have many in the park. Not sure if we will return to camp at this park unless we hear that some trees have been removed to make it easier to get around.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
Hungry Mother has 4 different campgrounds and this review reflects Camp Burson. The sight was gravel and level, a little on the short side but still plenty of room to pull the truck in sideways and be off the road. The sights were large and had grassy portions between the pads. After riding around the other campgrounds I do believe this is the only campground in the park that I would stay at. There are some large pull through sights in Burson and fairly shaded sights.