Date of Stay: June, 2010
We are new to camping and absolutely LOVE Castaways and how it truly caters to dog owners. The off leash dog park and dog beach are wonderful, complete with dog fountains and clean up stations. Well-behaved dogs are even allowed inside the store and on the pool deck (but not in the pool). We were a little surprised to find that other dog owners had not cleaned up after their dogs. Since this is bothersome for us and we want this campground to stay dog-friendly, we performed some extra clean up and for every one of our bags, we filled about 6-8 extras. Aside from the dog friendliness, we really like the location on the water, too. Our favorite sites are in Island Oasis. The kayak rental was convenient and lots of fun (we took the dogs on that too.) Our 7 year-old daughter enjoyed the pool, beach, and exploring on the sand bars, in addition to the Sun and Sands Club (meets 9-11am M-F during the season). The roads are nicely paved for easy bike and scooter riding. The pool is small but was never overly crowded (although I wish there was a life guard on duty). I will agree with another reviewer that the showers need some adjustment. The bathrooms were overall very clean, but the showers are so powerful that they spray outside the shower stalls and there is no way to contain the water so the bathroom floor gets pretty wet, as do your clothes if they aren't in just the right spot. Overall though, Castaways is an awesome campground and we have already made future reservations.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This was our first camping trip in our new-to-us motorhome. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The sites are somewhat close together, but we are learning that this is the norm in private campgrounds vs. state parks. While our neighbors were close, we weren't really disturbed by them (although they did park their tow vehicle slightly on our site). We were able to bring all 4 of our dogs and particularly enjoyed the tubing on the river and playing in the waterfall. The walk down to the river was a bit difficult due to a steep incline. The bathrooms were adequate, but kind of small, dark and not always clean. We did late check out and enjoyed a quiet day on our last day here, after most of the other campers had pulled out of camp. The campground is close to several attractions (Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive) and the Green Valley Book Festival which we visited after we checked out. We will likely return in the future.