This is the third time we visited this park and this is the second time I've reviewed it. We were pleasantly surprised to find the trees that were in our way the last review were no longer present and it was easier to maneuver this park. There are not many big rig friendly sites and you have to call on phone to make the reservation for the sites but it isn't a problem. We saw more tents in this park than trailers which was not an issue. Our site was large with lots of room and easy to back into and pull out of. They now have wifi available at your site so that was an added benefit that we didn't expect. We only received three channels over the antenna, but didn't really watch any TV while there. There is a swimming lake and trails to hike. It's a beautiful park. The bathrooms were always clean but on the last night I didn't have any hot water for the shower. The dump is not in the best location and had to wait to leave for somebody checking in to move so we could get to the dump but we were able to watch from our campsite and pull out when they pulled away. The dump station is located near where the contact station is coming into the park and spaces for people checking in. The only other complaint we had was the park police seemed to like to drive fast and were always zipping up and down the road at a speed higher than posted. There were a lot of kids in this park and it just didn't seem like a good idea for them to be driving that fast. We will go back and am looking forward to our next trip here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very pretty state park that surrounds a small, man-made recreational fishing and non-powered boating lake. Access from I-64 is via 2-lane US highways which are in good shape and wide enough to prevent white-knuckle syndrome. The park office carries a few emergency camping supplies, and there is a small general store/gas station (with diesel) on the park entrance road. The park office sells firewood during office hours. Staff is friendly and helpful, and there is an active ranger-led activities program during the summer and fall. Canoe, john boat and paddle boat rentals were available on the Fall weekend we stayed there. Bathhouses were clean and functional during the entire weekend stay despite a full campground. The office advertised free Wi-Fi in the campground. I can confirm Loop B had a strong, functional connection on my iPhone and iPad. I didn't turn on my TV, so I can't comment on the over-the-air TV signal. As with most VA state parks, arriving early for a weekend reservation is recommended since sites are not assigned. The park was pretty busy from about 3 pm until 8 pm on Friday, and the larger RV spots fill quickly. Part of Campground A and most of B and C are next to the entrance road, so you do get some auto traffic noise during daylight hours. But, it does motivate you to get out and enjoy the lake and hiking trails. Tent, pop-up and small trailer users have a good choice of pretty sites by the lake and up on the hill under the trees in Campground A. Larger RVs are generally confined to Loop B and part of Loop C. There are 9 RV35 sites reservable by phone for larger RVs, though anything bigger than 30'ish feet can be a bit challenging to maneuver around the B Loop. I camped in a 27 foot trailer and fortunately had no trouble making the initial left turn into Loop B (there is a tree right next to the road on the left side). There are a few pull-throughs in the center of Loop B and along the road headed to Loop C. All the electric sites had at least 30 amp service. Most of the RV sites I looked at seemed reasonably level. Site 6 was a bit challenging with front/back slope, but a 30 ft trailer was able to get leveled with some effort. All the Loop B sites were hard packed crushed gravel with a fire ring/cooking grate picnic table. A couple had an adjacent gravel tent pad. Unfortunately, the dump station is a bit awkwardly located between the contact station and the parking area for the office along the entrance road. Long RVs might have a bit of trouble getting positioned if there are cars parked in the office lot. Overall, I highly recommend this park for tenters and small RV’ers. We camped here in a 27 foot travel trailer. If you are traveling in a big rig, head north of I-64 almost the same distance to Lake Anna State Park instead – another beautiful VA park with plenty of large sites. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was a small pretty park that was nice once we were able to maneuver our way around and into a spot. They had 3 pull through sites, but on one you would have had to go all the way around the loop and come in from other side. There were a couple of trees that we had an issue with, one caught us on the drivers side and when he maneuvered away from it we caught another tree with the awning on the passenger side. Very tight turn through trees and the next day we could see marks on one of the trees where we were not the only one to hit it. After getting past the trees, we had to decide which spot was easiest to get back out of when we left in a couple of days. The park is definitely not big rig friendly. We were in a 30 foot and the sites were supposedly RV35. The site was large enough, it's just driving the loop in B. Walking the park: there are a lot of pop up sites and sites that you possibly could fit in at 30 feet. Some of the electric/water spigots aren't positioned very well. The park had a swim beach, trails around the lake and it was near the Cumberland forest. Was told it not wise to walk in the forest, as it was the first day of hunting season. The bathrooms were clean and one of the showers I tried had a hard time getting the water to run hot. Upon leaving, the dump station is not positioned very well and had to wait for people checking in at the office to leave so we could get our trailer into the dump area. The Virginia state park system not taking site specific spots, could be an issue for this park if you were here during a busy time and did not have a pick of your sites. We were lucky to be here off season and not have many in the park. Not sure if we will return to camp at this park unless we hear that some trees have been removed to make it easier to get around. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here when Hurricane Irene came. The campground is a fairly small park. They say that it is bIg rig friendly, but B loop (the only loop for larger campers) is pretty tight. I watched a large Class C spend 10-15 minutes trying to get in to his spot, the only one of I think three that were 50 amp. There are a lot of tent/pop-up sites here, so if you are larger, look for some where else. The dump station is a bit small, and if there are cars parked at the ranger station, a larger RV would not be able to dump. The park itself however, is very nice. Even the afternoon that the hurricane was coming, they still had the rangers out and doing things for the kids. The staff were also AWESOME! They were very friendly and anxious to help out in any way. They had patrols out all night that the hurricane came through, making sure that all the campers were safe and secure. The only reason I did not give it a 10 is due to the tightness of B Loop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We chose to start our 2009 camping season a hour from our house. Bear Creek is a older park with smaller sites. Some site are hard to get in due to trees in the way but we enjoyed it!!!! Sites by the water are mostly for tents. A loop is mostly tents and a few electric sites and are tight for anything over 20 feet. B and C loop are bit bigger and easier to get into. We enjoyed the park we went back for the forth and enjoyed the lake and the area. Will recommend to anyone who likes a place to relax and not break the bank!!! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a beautiful park with some nice trails and a very nice lake and swimming beach (we
did not use because it was too cold). All the sites were shaded and pretty private. I could forsee a problem with Loop A for bigger rigs, but it was perfect for pop ups. The ranger told me that they save some of the larger sites for bigger rigs, though I didn't investigate this. It was very quiet and of course, the ranger was very friendly. The bathrooms were clean relative to many I have seen, but with only one open, it could have used one more cleaning during the weekend. Also, a pet peeve of mine is public bathrooms running out of TP. The ladies room ran out of both TP (in one stall) and soap. But, I have to say we had a great time and it was quite relaxing. I would go back if in the area again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.