Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $45.00
We very much enjoyed this park. It is huge and mostly occupied by permanent residents, but it is very clean and the sites are very spacious. We were not on the waterfront, but very close to it. They have 2 piers that you can go on to fish or just sit on a bench. We were not able to get any TV reception or WiFi. The store has lots of camping necessities and souvenirs. The staff was very friendly. We would definitely go back. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
This is a huge park. Many of the sites are occupied by seasonal people. Many golf carts cruise the park. Our site which was level grass was one row from the water front sites but we still had a water view from the front of our coach. Our site had cable and water connections on the opposite side of the coach from the sewer and electric hookups, which was strange. We needed two water hoses to reach the faucet and our coax cable would not reach the cable hookup but the office loaned us a second coax cable. They were having cable problems so the cable wasn't very good and we resorted to using our antenna which gave us several channels. They do have Wi Fi which is acceptable. There is a nice fishing pier. We didn't use the pool. the staff was friendly and helpful. We liked the park and would recommend it to others. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 9 nights during pony penning week. We made our reservation back in April and requested a waterfront (Assateague Channel) site. We arrived around 9:00 in the morning (check-in is anytime after 8:00 AM with no extra fee for early check-in) on a Friday and were assigned a waterfront site perfectly sized for our rig. The campground staff (both check-in and camp store) were very helpful and friendly. We backed in with no problem and were greeted with an awesome view of the lighthouse and a band of ponies the area is famous for grazing out on the marsh. The waterfront sites have 50 amp electric service and good water pressure, but they do not have sewer. We were a little bummed about that since we were staying 9 nights, but we made it work, and honestly the view was worth the inconvenience (purchased one of the famous blue totes at the camp store, reasonably priced I might add). Reading some of the other reviews, it seems many did not care for the seasonal campers, but honestly we didn’t see anything terribly run down and the seasonal sites are pretty well segregated from the nightly sites. I also saw some negative comments about Tom’s Cove not accepting credit cards or on-line reservations, but I count that as part of the charm of the place and in keeping with the quirkiness (in a good way) of the rest of Chincoteague Island. My only complaint is with the excessive number of golf carts in the park. Being in a waterfront site, I suppose there were maybe a few more carts “cruising” the waterfront than there were in the rest of the park, but it seemed excessive to us. The rules also state that you must have a drivers license to operate a golf cart, but I know there were underage kids driving them. We saw one group pulling wheelies with their golf cart! Maybe a bit more enforcement is in order. Pros: friendly helpful staff, very nice fishing piers, nice clubhouse, nice pool (we did not use), great view of the pony swim, clean restrooms and showers, Mr. Whippy ice cream truck comes thru the park in the evening. Nice sized sites, clean dump station area, nice mix of open and shaded sites, well stocked camp store Cons: too many golf carts and lack of operator rules enforcement, no fire rings. We would definitely stay here again (next year). The $57 rate includes tax. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $42.00
Nicer than most giant parking lots, side-by-side, back-to-back camping, which is not our style. Few golf carts, a blessing. Close to everything "Misty" and all the rest. Staff is very nice. We would stay again, and ask for a treeful site. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $47.00
Our site (P-68) had a fabulous view of the bay. it was awesome!! The signage to the park was very good. The check in staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful. The interior roads are gravel and level. Our site was fairly level, grass and dirt, pull thru and had reasonable space between sites. There are several seasonal campers but we were in the transient part of the park so the clutter of the seasonal campers did not effect us. Our site had no trees so we had no trouble using our roof mounted satellite. Also the park had cable with a handful of channels. Our Verizon cell signal was excellent. We were close enough to the Club House so we were able to get a reasonable wifi signal from our motorhome. Also, they offered a military discount which is always heart warming to know people show their appreciation to our military. If we were back in this area we would definitely return if we could get the same beautiful view from our site. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $41.00
Just returned from a weekend trip to Toms Cove Campground. Overall, the park is beautiful, located on the bay in Chincoteague. Morning and evening views are spectacular, you can't beat it. However, the campground lacks modern facilities, no Wi-Fi, not all sites have cable. Camp store lacks many supplies and does not accept credit cards for payment. Seasonal sites look awful and are in need of removal or better management. The regular sites are actually a very nice size however, the water and electric hookup are on different sides of the site necessitating an extension cord for electric. While the location is fantastic, this campground needs serious updating and cannot expect to have return visitors just based upon the views. Other campgrounds do have the views AND the extras. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our first camp ground experience with our new Travel Trailer and we had a great time. We camped with other friends who were in tents across from us and we all had a great time. The sites are a little narrow, but we still had plenty of room for our slide outs, and we also were in one of four spots in the E Section with sewer. We had a bit of trouble getting in, but we did manage. The staff was amazing, and the grounds were also very clean. The only drawback was that the mosquito's were horrible. They did spray a couple of the days and that seemed to work a bit. We are looking forward to going back next year for Memorial Day weekend again. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Travel Trailer.
We drove through this campground during the 2010 Memorial Day weekend to check it out as for this year. We knew from that visit, how busy it would be this year, so that was not a shock or turn off to us. I do believe the campground was completely full. Tom's Cove has a LOT of perma-campers or permanent seasonal sites but in our opinion they have saved the nicest sites for their overnighters and weekly visitors. These sites are near to the water (Tom's Cove) and with a clear view of the Assateague Lighthouse that comes on every night. Many of these sites are also shaded with very tall pines. All the waterfront sites, all though completely gorgeous, do not have sewer: only water and electric. The view from either of their two fishing piers is beautiful. We even saw a couple of the wild ponies roaming the marshes on Assateague. We enjoyed just sitting on one of the benches and watching the water activities of other vacationers. We do not have a boat so I cannot comment on the boating facilities. Popped into the club house/game room. Pretty standard in my opinion. Checked out the Country Store. Nice amount of food, grocery and RV supplies, plus a lot of fun (albeit some tacky) home decor and novelty gifts. Also had postcards, mail drop, ice, souvenirs and a fun old phone booth inside. This was a novelty to my kids who have grown up with cell phones. Why on earth would one need a phone booth? Staff was friendly and accommodating. There was a bit of a mix-up with the site we had requested (mostly ours as we read the site map section incorrectly) and they found us a superb alternative site. The site we had was nicely shaded and on the end of a row so we had a very nice amount of space. Only draw back is it saw a LOT of traffic. Which would not have been so bad if it weren't for the dust that created. I'd love to see the campground put down some kind of dust control. Not sure if they can use calcium chloride being so near to the water, but something to keep the dust down would be soooo nice. The perma-campers did seem to enjoy just cruising around on their golf carts all day long: entertaining, I guess? (Sorry, but I just don't get that.) Being that it was M-Day, there was quite a bit of partying that went on and all though quiet time is 11 p.m., it carried on past this. Someone put off fireworks at just past 11 p.m. and because we have young children trying to sleep, we did give security a call. Apparently they must have gone by and reminded the campers that it was quiet time as things pretty much quieted down after that. We stayed until Tuesday so by Monday afternoon, the entire area around us had pretty much cleared out and was so quiet. I would imagine if you stayed during any non-holiday week or weekend, the campground would be quiet like this. But again, we knew it would be very, very crowded for M-Day weekend. Campground was clean and well cared for. All though we did not use the bath houses for bathing, we did use it for the toilets now and again. They were a bit dated but on the whole, freshly painted, clean and functional the times that we used them. They were hot inside though so the ventilation was not so great. The campground does not provide fire rings but you can bring your own or most sites have fire spots from previous campers that you can use. I am not sure what the policy is on bringing your own firewood but I did see several campers unloading their own from their trucks/campers. We did not get a chance to visit the pool but it looked nice: smaller in size, but nice none-the-less. Making reservations is a bit outdated. You have to do this all by snail mail. Yes, this lends to the old time feel of the campground but it would be a nice improvement to be able to secure your site online and pay online too. They do not accept credit cards for payment of sites which simply is not convenient to many customers. Again, just remember to bring cash or your checkbook! On M-Day weekend, we even had a visit twice daily from the Mr. Whippy ice cream truck, much to the delight of my children and me! If the truck does not come to the campground during your visit, be sure to visit their place on Maddox Blvd! Their soft serve ice cream is the best! Their Cyclones are a treat! I have been coming to Chincoteague camping and/or vacationing in vacation homes for my entire life (I'm 46 years old) and this campground was exactly what I expected it to be. Chincoteague is a wonderful place to visit; family friendly, great shops, quaint little town and nice restaurants. Some years are worse for mosquitos than others. However, they do spray by truck and also by air when it's really bad. Bring along some bug spray and don't let the mosquitos stop you from enjoying this lovely little spot on the Eastern Shore! We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice campground, our 3rd stay at Tom's Cove. The staff is very friendly and the store is well stocked with everything from souveniers to food and camping supplies. The restrooms were clean and the showers were wide and modern. We stayed on the Memorial Day Weekend and had a great time. If you enjoy fishing, nature, and the beach, you'll love this area. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $44.00
This is an old campground with mostly long term sites, however, the short stay area is away from the rest and directly on the ocean. The sites are very large and divided by split rail type fences. Compared to the other campgrounds on the island, this looked to be the best. The office help had little knowledge of the area and were rather too laid back-"the sites might be muddy so pick whichever one you want". The office smelled terrible. If you want to see the wild ponies, this is as good as it gets. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $57.00
We're relatively new to RVing, so our range of comparisons is limited. But we found this to be an excellent facility for our needs. We arrived late on Friday, and requested a waterfront site, which we received. The park was full by the morning, with the annual Chincoteague Oyster festival that weekend. Our site was grass and dirt, nicely level, and with a spectacular view of the bay. The owners were pleasant, the store decent (a little understocked at the end of the season, but 30% discounts on almost everything but food), and the other campers helpful and informative. I do wish that Tom's Cove would allow online reservations and accept credit cards, but the process of sending a deposit check wasn't bad, and neither was paying cash on check in. However, not being able to reserve a site, or be guaranteed a waterfront location in advance, would leave too much to chance if you really must have a waterfront spot. Tom's Cove is a little out of the way--a couple of miles to town. We don't carry a toad, but were able to use the town trolley service, which operates seasonally (and for major events like the Oyster Festival) to get around--there's a stop at the entrance to Tom's Cove. Our kids were able to easily bike to mini-golf and other attractions. Scooter and electric car rental places are plentiful. We found plenty to do on site--fishing, kayaking (we brought our own), star gazing, and generally lazing around. There are bugs--but that goes with the waterfront territory in Chincoteague. We met several families who have been coming to Tom's Cove for years, and we could see why. We will return again the Spring. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $41.00
This was our 4th year at Tom's Cove and we've always been fortunate enough to get a water front site. To be clear the water is Assateague Channel. The channel is loaded with Croakers, Flounder, and crabs and you can fish all you want without buying a license as long as you are on campground property. (They have a site license). Regarding the park itself, they are obviously putting some money into the sites. There are new water and electric connections (including 50 amp where previously there was only 30), and the main road has been paved with new stone. Still dusty but the whole island is famous for its dust. The price is reasonable and the campground in good shape and being improved. Apparently the cable TV was out while were were there due to a direct lightning strike. Fine with us. We didn't watch TV. Too busy watching the sun rise over Assateuge Island, Bald Eagles fencing with Ospreys, and ocean waves rolling ashore. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
My family and I stayed at Toms Cove on the weekend of June 18-20th. Lets start with the positives. The staff was very friendly. The campground was clean. The bathrooms were clean. The pool was clean. Overall very nice. They also had trash pickup two or three times a day. The camp store was fully stocked and a Mr Whippy ice cream truck that came through at least twice a day. Needless to say that made my 7 year old daughter very happy. Plenty of shaded sites if that is what you prefer. No problems with electric and sewer. They were both located perfectly. OK, now for the drawbacks. Very dusty. we were always wiping things down to keep them clean. Golf carts and mopeds to many and going way to fast. The pool was to small for a big campground and loaded with chlorine. After an hour at the pool my daughters eyes were smoked for at least the next few hours. Sites were not very big. Small pull throughs. Overall a nice campground and would recommend to all !! We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Travel Trailer.
We called to see if there were available sites and were lucky enough to get a waterfront in our 36' motorhome. We were thrilled the first morning to wake and see the ponies across the bay in the fog. Just a wonderful view. Has two fishing docks that were well used and boat dock, toured area for a few days and would recommed this to all. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.
This was our second trip to Tom's Cove. This Park is large! We stayed in "O" section on the corner and were able to glimpse the bay that the park is situated on. Most of the sites are nicely shaded with a few exceptions. Our daily activities to the beach, biking, kayaking, and a quick trip to the NASA visitor center kept us out of the park for 80% of our duration. But while in Camp, we enjoyed strolling down to the dock and letting the kids play in the playground. The pool looked nice, but maybe a little small for the amount of people it had to accommodate (it was packed.) The store was packed to the gills to accommodate anything you could possibly need and then some. The bathrooms/showers could use a little TLC to make them more comfortable, even something as simple as an exhaust fan could remove the feeling like your sitting in a sweat box. The showers while clean, were difficult to get yourself changed into dry clothes. The floors were soaked and you had to leave with a towel draped around you to change back at the trailer or you had to do a shuffle/dance to change in the miniature stall to get yourself dressed without soaking your dry clothes. That aside, we'll definitely be coming back and will probably pay the extra $10-$15 / night fee to have a bay side site. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.