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The Cove

Gore, Virginia

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I wasn't sure what to expect when I made a 2 night reservation at The Cove. I had read mixed reviews And my nephew and my girlfriend, who both accompanied me on this trip, were not that impressed. However, I saw a diamond in the rough here. Below are my pros and cons: Pros- Sportsman's Paradise. If you shoot, fish, ATV, hike, jeep or snow tube, this place is for you. Pristine settings between 2 mountain ranges with crystal clear lakes and ponds. Close to Tuscarora/Great Eastern Trail. Cons- Our site wasn't quite level. The water spigots are shared. The entrance road is not for the faint of heart or those who are very fussy about their vehicle. So being an outdoorsman I really liked this campground and may return some day.

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Nice setting, has RV/tent/standard cabin/deluxe cabin/caboose sites. Owner was very friendly and would drive by numerous times to make sure that everything was OK. Overall, I liked this campground and will probably return again someday.

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Sites can accommodate RV's up to about 35 feet. However the road to the campground (VA678) is very narrow, as is the campground perimeter road so you have to be careful when getting there and backing into a site. Here are my pros and cons: Pros: Very nice/friendly camp hosts, good fishing along Passage Creek (I caught 4 small fish in about 45 minutes) , lots of trails to hike, fairly new bath house with hot showers and flush toilets, refurbished old cabin as well as historic furnace site. Cons: The water fountains were not working, the dump station was not working, no W/E/S (except for the camp host), they have a water pump within the park, very crowded on weekends and during hunting season, no cell service, no satellite service ( except for the camp host).

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This campground, in my opinion, looked like it was once a very nice campground. But now, it looks like it has fallen on hard times. About 60 sites, some have W/E/S. There was trash all over my site. I had to take a black plastic trash bag and filled it half way with trash. There were two travel trailers on each side of me. Both were dirty, run down, had pieces missing and hoses, cables, trash and insulation strewn all around them. The sewer line at my site appeared to be 'full'. I should have left right then. But I didn't. The 30A connection was on a weathered log, had no front plate, no containment box, no cutoff switch and was exposed to the elements. The one positive that I will say about this campground are that both of the employees that I dealt with were very nice, though they did not appear to agree with my observations, offer solutions nor apologize for the condition of the park. Unfortunately, I can't go back to this place nor can I recommend it to anyone else.

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I stayed at Endless Caverns RV Resort near New Market, VA in July of 2015. The weather was a bit cooler than it had been. The place was immaculate. Passport America rate was around $22.00. The staff was friendly. And they had every amenity available except cable TV. But the Dish worked and one can get OTA reception from Harrisonburg, VA. This campground is built into the side of South Massanutten Mountain. It is terraced with large stones separating the 300 sites. The pool was nice... and cold! The bath houses were clean and modern. The campground was only about 10% full on a Wednesday night the 3rd week of July. There is pizza delivery available to this place. I took the Caverns tour the following morning. I was the only person there so I had a private tour. Anyway, I am happy that some good campgrounds do exist. And Endless Caverns RV Resort is one of them!

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Pros: -Beautiful landscaping. Reminded me of a Disney Resort -Features not found at other campgrounds such as an RV/boat wash and a 'Rivah Cruz'. -More cable channels than I have ever seen at any other campground. Cons: -It's big. Over 1200 sites. About half are full timers, rental cottages and seasonal sites. And they have the choice sites right at the confluence of Robinson Creek and the Rappahannock River. -The bathhouses are in serious need of remodeling. Too few stalls, not ADA compliant, the stalls are too small and there is no air conditioning in the bath houses. -No tenter's allowed. They say it's due to their permit. As a backpacker and car camper I find this discriminatory.

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This campground has about 100 sites. About half of these are RV sites. My site had 20/30 amp service. Their web site said that they also have some 50 amp sites. The roads are gravel. My site, though level, was grass only. The main activities available here are fishing, hiking, biking, boating, rafting and tubing. This campground appears to be run by a local outfitter. The bath house was clean. They have handicapped facilities. In order to get to this campground one has to drive .75 miles along the C&O Canal Towpath. It is narrow, so if another vehicle comes along from the opposite direction, some compromising is in order. There is an active train track just beyond the towpath, so bring ear plugs. And the campsite URL is potomacrivercampground.com, which is a bit confusing. My Dish Tailgater worked fine and Verizon cell service had two bars. This is a nice campground for a quick getaway trip. I will return here.

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This was my second time here. About 42 RV sites, 6 group camping sites and about 50 tent sites. Electric only. But they do have a very nice bath house with water and a dump station. If you do camp here and have a satellite dish, request a site on the right side of the 'A' loop campground as you enter it. A better shot at the southern sky. I didn't and could not get my dish to work. However, I had a Turk Amplified Portable Antenna as a backup. I was then able to get about 40 TV stations. I walked the 2.6 mile round trip to the new Wiehle Ave. metro station. Very nice. There are trails that you can walk through the park to get to Sunset Hills Drive, then Wiehle Ave. via the W&OD Trail. But you need a park map or you will end up on a side trail and in a residential area. Don't ask me how I know. We tried fishing in the lake but there was too much hydrangea. We caught nothing but 'seaweed' so we returned to the camp site shortly after we arrived. On the whole this is a nice park. At $43 in an urban area I think that is an OK price. There is a water park, swimming, hiking, skate board park, fishing, and camping. The only things I didn't like were that the camp office only has ice and wood, There is no camp store. That and the poorly marked trails. But for a place close by to just get away to, Lake Fairfax Park is a nice campground.

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Here's my report on Ramblin Pines Campground, Woodbine, MD. It's about 30 miles southwest of Baltimore and close to I-70 in MD. It's been there at least 30 years. Over 200 sites. Well maintained, the restrooms were small but clean and updated. They have a lot of amenities such as a fishing pond, pool, horse shoes, bounce pad and shuffle board. We had a nice corner site that included sewer, cable, electric and water. You could tell this was an older park because they had a telephone outlet as well. The staff was nice and the store was well stocked. The only issue I had was that the water supply was encased in a large concrete pipe placed vertically in the ground with a cement cap. I imagine this is so that they don't have pipe freezing issues. However, it was very difficult to get the water hooked up. I tried leaning down into it with no success. I had to get into the pipe and squat down in order to get the water hooked up. Then repeat the process in order to disconnect and rinse. This was very inconvenient. Other than that we had a nice time here and would return to this park.

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I took the Blue Ridge Parkway - VA56 to get to this campground from northern Virginia. The parkway was a pleasant drive even though they were repaving sections of it. If your GPS suggests that you turn left onto some shortcut side roads before you hit VA56 DON'T. These are very narrow forest service roads with huge drop offs. If you meet someone half way, one of you will have to backup. I only had to drive 3 miles on VA56. It was winding, narrow and was constantly going uphill or downhill. The general store where you check in and get supplies is on the north side of the road while the campground itself is on the south side. I was talking with a lady who was a member of the family that owned the campground. Among the things she told me was that they have RV's up to 40 feet stay there. I found that amazing as the road coming to the campground was bad and I thought the sites were a bit small. She also said that her father worked for the park service and opened the campground after he retired. I asked if this was a former forest service campground because the sign looks just like a forest service sign. She said her father made it that way because he liked the FS signs. This is the first campground that I have been to where I saw no class A RV's. I only saw travel trailers, 5th wheels, tents, pop ups and one other class C RV besides mine. They have two ponds, one within the campground for catch and release (I caught 1 Sunfish!) and a trout pond at the entrance where you can fish for free but have to pay by the pound for the fish you catch. The rest room and general store were very nice. The only short comings that I saw were that there is no cell service, no Wi-Fi, no cable and satellite dishes don't work due to the massive trees within the campground. My site was not quite level and everything (picnic table, water, electric and sewer) were on one side and spaced out. So in order to make most things work, I had to forgo sewer and use the dump station when I left. However, I had a very relaxing weekend here and would return.

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I concur with some of the comments posted by others. This is a former KOA that is run by a couple. I personally had a nice stay here. The owners were very friendly to me. They had limited Wi-Fi and I got my Dish tailgater to work. The issues I had were that the tenting areas did not look well maintained, the fishing pond dam broke resulting in a mud pit, there was trash along the fishing pond trail as well as some tent campsites and the store had what looked like items left by previous campers in it presumedly for sale. It looked like the owners were trying to maintain a large campground by themselves and were not able to get to everything.

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We stayed here to attend my son's wedding in Virginia Beach. The staff was friendly, the site was level, Wi-Fi was strong/fast, and the weather was great. Overall, a very nice campground. I would stay here again. However, next time I would take the shuttle to the beach rather than my toad. Parking is expensive in VA Beach.