Date of Stay: April, 2015
First time at this park. Was a little surprised that the terrain wasn't flat like so much of the NC coast. Our site was located at the crest of a hill in the red section. As such, we had an ocean view...again, not something we're used to on the NC coast. The park is spotlessly clean. Management really keeps after this place. Crews go around the park all day picking up trash, cigarette butts, and dog waste left by uncaring guests (Grrrrr). The sites are grass covered and here again, it's manicured. I was really impressed with the care provided to this facility. The young gentleman behind the customer service counter has to be one of the friendliest people I've encountered in that position. He could not do enough to make us feel welcome and informed about the area. All of the staff I encountered (including the guys picking up dog waste) were pleasant, smiling, and appeared happy to be there. In short, I was impressed with this place. If you're looking for a nice oceanfront location on the Crystal Coast, look no further. This place does it right.
Date of Stay: December, 2014
Nice place. It's not Bluewater Key, but it's okay. Very upscale in appearance. The people we met were cordial and welcoming. The pool and spa are nice, but beyond that there is not much to do at the resort, and nothing outside the gate is within walking distance. As a transient visitor I found it surprising and unacceptable that a highly rated resort has wifi available only at the clubhouse. It would also be helpful if their pre-visit email included instructions for checking in after hours and weekends. That was a clumsy process that created a less than favorable first impression. We're glad we experienced Pelican Lake and had an enjoyable time, but we're not impressed enough to come back or consider purchasing here. The search for our long term snowbird destination continues.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
For a state park, this 4-year old campground was better than we expected. We loved the size of the sites and the separation between them. We were on the upper tier of sites (#2) where most, if not all, are pull-through sites. The sites' patios are staggered, so your next door neighbor isn't peering onto your patio when he looks out his window. The lower tier had mostly back-in sites, but were much closer to the river access points. I was a little disappointed in the access points, thinking they would be more user-friendly, but that's just me. The electric and water utilities were flawless. Satellite access in the upper tier was excellent. As noted before, cell phone service can be a challenge. The visitors' center has a Wi-Fi network that you can access while there. It's a bit of a hike to get there, or just drive as most do. Otherwise, you need to drive into Front Royal, about 8 miles away. Our camp host was a tent camper, and a very pleasant one at that. Overall, a great, relaxing, and quiet campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
A great little campground nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley very near I-81. With generous pull-through sites, the campground is equally suited as a traveler's overnight stop or as a base of operations for exploring the nearby Shenandoah Caverns and other local points of interest. Owned by a wonderful family with a background in both business and RVing, this campground oozes pride of ownership. All of the facilities are new, and judging from the effort we observed being put into it, it appears they intend to keep it looking that way. The owners operate an on-site cafe/snack bar that serves up a surprising variety of tasty menu items. We found this cafe to be a great idea for patrons who have just stopped for the night and may not want to break out a grill or spend a lot of effort on meal preparation. It appears the cafe gets some local traffic as well, a testament to its quality. The sites in this campground are graveled and reasonably level. The water pressure is fairly high (80 psi at our site), and the electrical pedestal and sewer inlet are well placed. The Wi-Fi works about as well as we've ever experienced at a campground, and all campsites are satellite-friendly. There is a modern, zero-entry swimming pool that is a welcomed relief on those hot and humid valley days like the first day we were there (95 degrees). The weekend we spent here was one we will remember and we hope to return at some point. The campground and its ownership are a good package and they deserve our business.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
The campground is adequate for a nice stay in the area, however I do have a few criticisms. The first is the length of the pull thrus and the tight campground configuration. The pull thru sites in the area we were in were barely long enough to contain both our motorhome and toad, and could only do so if I unhitched the toad. Numerous sites containing fifth wheels and TTs could not hold both the trailer and its tow vehicle, resulting in tow vehicles being parked in spots that were not within campground policy. Combined with the narrow interior roads, the randomly parked tow vehicles created obstacles when it came time to depart the campground. On the morning of departure, I could not exit my site without asking my immediate neighbor and their neighbor to move their trucks for me. Secondly, there were places throughout the campground that needed attention from someone with a weedeater. I noticed this mostly on campsites that appeared to have been occupied for an extended period. Lastly, I think it's very odd that the campground doesn't have cable. There's just no justification for that. As a heads up, I'd like to make note that the water pressure at our site consistently measured 80 psi, which is a bit high. That's a lot of negatives, but honestly, the campground has a lot going for it too. We had two days' admission to Lion Country Safari included in the cost of the site. We took advantage of that and had an enjoyable time in the park. For a KOA, I think this campground is a decent value.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
This was our second Christmas season visit to Bluewater Key, and since we didn't have the "OMG! WOW!" factor of a first visit going on, I think we were able to view it more objectively. Make no mistake, in our view this resort is at the top of the RV resort food chain despite any negatives it may have, and there are a few, but none really worth mentioning. For the most part, we found our fellow neighbors and residents to be pleasant and friendly. The RVs in residence ranged from million-dollar plus motorhomes with all the trimmings to a travel trailer. You can see things here that you won't normally see at a "campground", like the one couple who had a daily maid service come to their motorhome. If you are concerned your RV isn't a rock star's tour coach, don't be. Just be aware of the park's minimum requirements and go for it. The staff seemed ever-present, constantly checking on things and readying lots for new arrivals. We were on a canal site this year, and one distinct advantage it has over a bayfront lot is less wind to deal with. Quite a few of tikis on the bayfront lots do not have windscreens, and that can be problematic if you want to sit outside in the winter with the wind blowing. Contrary to our concerns going in, bugs were not much of a problem on the canal. There were two nights that the wind was near dead calm, and we were slightly bothered by no seeums, but that was easily addressed with bug spray. Our lot was very tastefully landscaped with just the right mix of foliage and accent lighting. Frankly, at night with the lights on it was nearly as beautiful as any resort of any type we have ever visited. If you've never been here, you owe it to yourself to experience what RVing can be. The only things missing were a sandy beach and a drink service. Put it on your bucket list and do it. I promise you will not regret it.
Date of Stay: December, 2013
This campground was quite an upgrade from where we have previously spent our stopovers going to and from the Florida Keys, and since we have now discovered this place, I do not foresee returning to our old stopover location. This is a very neat and clean campground that appears to receive a lot of loving care. Since we pulled in after the close of working hours, we did not meet any of the office staff, but the manner in which after-hours check-in is handled indicates a well-run operation. The pull-through sites are more than long enough for our 40' motorhome and toad. The site widths appeared generous as well. The pool and pool house appeared to be well maintained. In short, we are very happy with this campground and may return in the future to use as a base for exploring the coastal Georgia area.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
Rate is for an oceanfront site with 15% Outer Banks (OBX) Getaway Card discount. This was our fourth stay at this campground in the past two years, our latest in the year, and this is my second review of this campground. The OBX is truly preparing to hibernate for the winter. There were not many establishments open, and it seemed many of those that were were preparing to close for the winter. Having fewer than 20 campers at Camp Hatteras' 400-site campground felt weird. Nevertheless, the weather for our particular extended weekend was fabulous! Sunny days in the high 60s and low 70s. It's a shame you can't count on that weather every year during November. I've upgraded my rating for the campground to a "9" based on the fact they have converted to city water. Gone is the salty taste of their previous water system. I'll give them a "10" when they no longer charge to use the cable system. Otherwise, unless you want to talk about updating and upgrading the office/clubhouse/pool house to compete with the KOA's new post-Irene behemoth next door, there really isn't much to improve on, and certainly nothing to complain about. We will continue to choose this campground as our OBX destination for the foreseeable future.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
I do not hesitate to use the word "resort" in this review. This facility is upscale, and blends in with the landscape and feel of Hilton Head Island. There are three distinct areas of this resort, and each has its own feel. We were on a lakefront site and found it to be very quiet, peaceful, and scenic. The forest lots were also quiet, and each loop felt like its own neighborhood. For obvious reasons, the clubhouse lots are great for families, and tended to be a little more active and noisy, but not crazy...the typical sounds of children in a pool. Having said that, there weren't crowds of children at the resort, even on a holiday weekend. The pool and tennis courts are first rate facilities. Wi-Fi and cable were flawless. Management's emphasis on maintenance and cleanliness is on display throughout the resort. Our only negative comment concerns the fact that it isn't close enough to us to be a frequent weekend destination.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Really nice area and campground. Nice spacing between sites, and decent privacy. The camp hosts were delightful people and everyone we encountered in loop C was friendly. As noted already, there is no cell phone service, Wi-Fi, or OTA television. One really feels cut off from the rest of the world, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are only 4 sites in this campground that are rated to handle 40 ft rigs. These sites are in probably the only area in the entire campground that trees don't interfere with satellite reception. It seemed that all of the other sites were heavily treed. The lower lake, beach, and day use areas were very crowded on the weekend. The C loop, next to the upper lake, was a very peaceful place, away from the crowded day-use areas. This was our first visit to this CG and as soon as we returned home we made reservations to return in the fall. We are fans.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
Convenient to interstate and sits behind a Dollar General Store. Good enough for an overnight stay but a bit overpriced for what it is. Roads and sites are unimproved sand/dirt. Supposed to have cable, but we never found a cable connection on the pedestal of our pull thru or either of the adjacent pull thru sites.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
We overnighted here on our way to Key West. A bit off the beaten path if traveling the FL Tpk or I-95, but not too far. You can hear the lions in the park which is immediately adjacent to this campground. The pull thru we had was large enough to handle our 40' MH and toad. Nothing wrong with the campground, but we will choose somewhere else to overnight in the future due to the cost.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
What's left to be said about Bluewater Key? How about this: I caught a barracuda off the private dock on our site. Awesome park, awesome way to spend Christmas. This is RVing the way I envisioned it when I began to think about getting into it.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
Another wonderful campground in a beautiful national park! Much has been written already about this campground, so my comments will focus on our particular campsite, which was E118. This campsite was the only reservable big-rig capable site available when I made our reservations. We discovered why when we got there (I wish I had read more of the reviews, as the issues with this site are covered by at least one other reviewer). To cut to the chase, there isn't a level spot anywhere on this site. It's not just a little out of level, but a lot! I used every 2X10, every Lynx leveler, and every inch of travel of the hydraulic jacks we had to level up our 40ft motorhome, but I still could not get it level front to back. The bottom edge of our front bumper was at least 2.5 ft off the deck. The last step out of the motorhome was a doozy! I wish I could post a photo here because our motorhome looks like a 737 rotating for takeoff. I was able to get it level enough that it wasn't uncomfortable, and we were only going to be there two nights, so we stayed. Otherwise, I would have moved somewhere else, even if it meant leaving the campground altogether. In my opinion, E118 is not a suitable campsite for a tent or a large TT or MH, and Recreation.gov should not list this particular site as big-rig friendly . Perhaps a pop-up or a small TT would work better. Regardless, I still give the campground a very high rating because it is such a wonderful place overall. We will be back again, again, and again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
What a wonderful experience. This campground and national park turned out to be exactly what we look for when we head out to the great outdoors. Places like this bring out the young Boy Scout in me from long ago. The majority of the campers this weekend were young, outdoorsy tent-campers who spent the majority of the day exploring and hiking the trails of the park. Some people may be content to spend the majority of their stay in the campground, attached to their RV umbilical, but we feel that doing so misses the whole purpose of this park. The campground was quiet, serene, peaceful, and occasionally roamed by wildlife. While there are no hookups, no cable, no over-the-air TV, and we never once missed them. There is so much to get out and explore, and we were able to only scratch the surface during our short weekend stay. As far as the sites themselves, our site (E196) was remarkably level, but unfortunately not all are. It appeared that the sites in loops G, H, and I were less level than others. I was impressed with the camp store and wayside, both within walking distance of the campground. The rangers and other workers in the park are very upbeat, friendly, and professional. What’s not to like? We cannot wait to go back!