Date of Stay: August, 2010
We camped at Site # 98 for 4 nights, and the fee I quoted included all of the fees, Reserve America and taxes included. We were able to receive more TV stations over the air by using a small portable TV antenna. Sprint cell phone reception was good. The password for using the Wi-Fi at the park is displayed on both front doors of each store, so whether you are at the fishing pier or the campground store, you can easily connect to the Internet. We were also able to connect to the Wi-Fi at our site, if we sat outside our camper. Reserve America does have pictures of most of the actual campsites on their website, so this is a big help! Bathrooms were kept clean, I only wish that there was more ventilation in the bathrooms, fans and cleaned off screen vents would be a big help. You can walk to the beach from your campsite, or you can also drive to various parking lots scattered along the beach and park closer. Many of the lots at the beach also have bath houses and outside showers for personal needs. Although in the past the gate has been closed at night, this year they had a security guard posted, and we were able to come and go any time of the day or night. I would still advise calling ahead for a late arrival, to get the security code for the gate, just in case they change their policy. There are programs for children and families at the nature centers. I wish they had the schedules posted near the restrooms, so that more people could know about them. The fishing pier is open nightly, and there are fish cleaning stations positioned along for clean up. We enjoyed walking along the beach at dusk and visiting the pier to see if the fishermen had luck catching fish. The beach usually has gentle waves and is very safe for swimming. Everything is cleaned up pretty well, we did not see much trash laying about anywhere. This is one of my favorite parks to visit. I wish we lived closer!
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Our cost for camping for one night was $31, but we also paid $5 for one night for our dog. (Total cost was $36) I hope that they discontinue pet fees at the VA state parks, it's very unappealing. We were told to drive through the park and pick our site, there were several open because we arrived mid week. We picked site #100, this site was open, no shade. At this time, there is a firewood ban, and you are not allowed to bring in any firewood for fires. Firewood was available for purchase at check in. Most of the campsites in this area of the park are spread VERY far apart, so any worry of bothering your neighbor should not be an issue. We were able to bring in many TV stations with just the small antenna, with out issues. Sprint cell phone coverage was good, but no 4g yet in this area, even though Richmond is supposedly updated to 4g. Bathrooms and showers were kept clean, but the lights do go out in the restrooms at night. There is a motion detector on the lights at the doors, and if there's no motion by the door and you are still in the restroom, you will be in the dark, so bring a flashlight! The showers are individual rooms with just the shower, which is nice for privacy. There are no fans for ventilation though, so can get steamy inside, especially when its already hot and humid outside. The pool was closed when we were there, but we did arrive in the evening and were only there while traveling though the area, so this was not an issue for us.