Date of Stay: August, 2012
First time at Twin Lakes State Park. Check in was nice, go pick your site and let them know the number. It's slightly annoying, though, how the check in procedures vary from state park, to state park. This one wanted both vehicles license plate numbers, and one of the vehicles was not there yet. Just was at First Landing SP, and they could care less. Anyhoo.. This campground is very much suited to trailers, as the sites are very well maintained gravel. Very tight, though, so watch out if you are on the larger scale. We did have a tent, and choose E/W, so it was a bit difficult with the tent stakes and the gravel, but there is a separate tent area if you want. Sites were a decent size, but seemed close together with no foliage between. Bath house was probably the cleanest I have ever seen, maybe better than Disney. The beach sand area was raked and and cleaned nightly. There is a seasonal concessions, again clean and friendly. Paddle boats and canoes for rent. All in all, a very enjoyable three days. If we are in the area again, we'll be back!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Nightly rate reflects base $31+6 (2 kids at $3 each) +5 (extra adult). A little bit nickled and dimed. Anyway, the campground is about 10 miles from Charlottesville in the woods. No cell phone (Verizon). They had WiFi, which was slow, but okay. Bathrooms updated and very clean, but there are several signs informing you that cleaning is from 12-1 pm and NOT to enter. I guess you're out of luck if the urge hits you during that time. Playground in good repair and the game room was fun. We had a tent site with water and electric: and all of those seemed to be cut out a hill, which meant positioning your tent was awkward, because of the possibility of rain running down the hill. Ended up stretching close to the road, away from the hill and it was a good thing as the thunderstorm that night was quite severe. Sites are pretty big, but right next to each other, so not a lot of privacy. All in all, it was a good experience and we'll be back the next time we're here visiting family.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We love Chippokes! Second time back and had a great time. Sites would be hilly for those of you in a RV, but tents are fine with tent pads. Bathrooms were cleaned daily and there are separate showers. It was really hot, so we had a great time wading in the James River. This campground would be perfect for us, if the playground (which is very nice) was located in the campground, not out to the side, so that you have to drive or hike to it. Otherwise a super place and we'll be back!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We camped on "Side A", which though shady, was a bit hilly. It didn't bother us, but I can see where it would be tough to level for some. The park was almost empty when we arrived, and filled up for the weekend, but still didn't seem too crowded. This is a super park, with plenty to do. Rangers are very nice and personable. My kids loved the pool, which is Olympic-sized, though while we were there, entire kid's camps and daycares would show up to swim! Maybe that could be spaced out a little better. Bathrooms were clean, with a few frogs wandering into the shower, adding to the camping atmosphere. Walking and fishing along the James can't be beat. We'll be back.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Our 1st time here and it was great. We camped in the older section, to take advantage of the more wooded sites, and were allowed to pick our site and just call the office to let them know which we picked. Camp Host greeted us before we even unpacked! New playground. Pool was wonderful, though really busy on the weekend. Lifeguards were very attentive. The bath houses were in good repair, but could have really used a good spraying down with bleach. We had a great time, though and we'll be back.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Back camping at our favorite local campground. Nice big site at B28 - the bath house was new and very nice. As always the beach was great with our site being near the dune crossover. The checkin process was VERY LONG this time, the staff did not seem very together or organized. It was an annoying way to start, but once we got through that, everything was great. We'll be back.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
We camped in the 2000 loop, which was kind of far away from everything, but we were by the Group Camping area that has a short cut bridge to the Meadows Trading Post, which helped. Sand pad for the tent was approx 34 x 20, with an additional 15 x 10 "L" with the charcoal grill. Lots to do, tennis, pool (kind of showing it's age)basketball, pony and trail rides and much more. Leave at least one day to just play around the campground. This campground is HUGE. Bring your bikes. We did get a golf cart the last few days for something new, but they are $50 a day. Internal buses were slow, and external were either very GOOD or very BAD. There seemed to be no middle ground. Everything is very clean and immaculate as only Disney can make it. We loved it and we'll be back!
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Nice family campground and playground. BIG shaded sites. Water is communal. Nice helpful staff. That being said, the bath houses need some work, as this is a city run campground, but they could be at least cleaned more than once a day if it is busy, and it was this weekend. Make sure you take TP, you might need it! Laundry room sink was stopped up and never addressed. Quiet time was not enforced, as the Ranger just drove around with his windows up, and then you never saw him after 11 pm. Party Central. Dogs were everywhere and were tied to trees and even in the bath houses! We probably won't be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
One of the best kept secrets in Virginia Beach! HUGE campsites. Bath houses are cleaned daily and while we were there, checked several times a day. Park Rangers made regular patrols. Short hike over the dunes to the beach. Shower at the end of the dune crossover to wash off the sand. One play ground, so you have to drive over there. Camp store has everything you could need. Lots of interpretive programs and even had a nightly family movie. We'll be back!
Date of Stay: November, 2006
We normally are tent campers, but rented one of the campground's travel trailers for Thanksgiving. After an Extremely rocky start - no propane, so no heat, key broke in lock, and other things, the campground staff rallied and went above and beyond to make things right. The restrooms in the rear of the park are old and unheated, but the ones in the front are new and look great. Ditto on the playground, the one in front is new, and the one in the rear is old. All and all, it was a good base for Washington DC, if you want something a little more inexpensive than College Park, which we did. We will be back.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
This campground has A LOT of seasonals, some quite grouchy. Very small sites, our tent was right up next to one of their rental travel trailers and I could hear the person in it snore! They also let a group of half drunk guys set up a tent site around 11 pm 2 sites down from us. I don't have to say how loud they were. On the good side, the beach is great and the bathrooms were clean.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
Lovely campground. We had our tent right on the small lake, so my husband just walked out the door to fish. HUGE tent sites. Everything was very clean, including the bath house. Nice playground, which the kids enjoyed. Game room a little old, but fine. The pool had not opened yet, but looked good. The only thing that prevents a 10, when we got rained out, and I had to dry out everything in the laundry, the dryer was quite expensive for the time received.