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Tom's Cove Park

Chincoteague, Virginia


8128 Beebe Rd
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 920
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.91090
Longitude: -75.38664

Elevation: 8' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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43 Reviews

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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 47

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

We brought our granddaughter here to see the Chincoteague ponies. It was after the pony swim, so the campground had lots of open spaces mid- week even though it was still summer vacay time. We printed out the online form and mailed it in ahead of time. Our site had water, electric and sewer and had a good view of the water. This was our second time camping here and we were once again pleased with the service and location. It isn't a "pretty" campground, but it is useable and well located. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
P21
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Was here for the pony swim. There was a mixup in our reservations but they were able to accommodate us. Of course the place is packed for the pony swim which is to be expected. Management is friendly and helpful. Sites are OK and not TOO close together. Would stay here again if we were in the area. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site L 10
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We have come here off and on for 15 years, and nothing has changed. The reservation and registration process is archaic. Reservations must be mailed in with a check for deposit. NO CREDIT CARDS are taken online or on site. The staff doesn't seem to know what sites are taken and which campers are where, probably because they rely on a handwritten index card system for registration. As well, the staff is rude and unhelpful: the only thing that actually has changed in 15 years.

We come back because it is the only campground we have found on Chincoteague with true waterfront sites. Otherwise, we would go elsewhere. Too close to the water for sewer. Bring honey wagon.

Bring cash or a checkbook. Credit cards are not accepted. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D5
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 47

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

This huge campground is located right on Assateague Channel, we had a clear view of the lighthouse and saw ponies grazing across the channel. Many campsites have a view of the water. The actual waterfront sites are only water/electric. There are full hook-up sites just across the road from many of them. The park only takes cash/checks. They do not accept reservations by phone. For advanced reservations, you print out a form from their website and mail it in with a check. Even then, you can not reserve a specific site. We called at the last minute and they said they had plenty of room for drive-ins, and they did. We drove in and chose our site, and then told the folks in the office where we were. We were among 4 campers in our section during the week, and 20 more joined us on the weekend. The section we were in could accommodate 60 or 70. Your utilities may be on the "other" side depending on what site you are in, so bring long hoses, etc. The firewood was reasonably price, and dry and easy to burn. Bring a fire ring if you have one, it you don't campers have built rings out of bricks and blocks. We 'borrowed' ours from an unoccupied site. It is a lovely park with friendly and helpful staff. We definitely plan to return here. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
P-48
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Chincoteague Museum is REALLY good. Wallops Island NASA Visitors Center is interesting, too. Captain Zack's fish tacos are good. AJ's on the Creek has good food, too. Captain Dan's, where the locals go for seafood, is good and has huge portions. If you want to cook seafood at your campsite, Ricky Howard Seafood has limited choices but is nearby on Beebe Road. Gary Howard Seafood is on the other end of the island and has more seafood choices.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

Campground looks a little rough when you first drive in as there are a lot of run-down full time sites. Staff was helpful and allowed me to choose the site we wanted. there was a lot of rain prior to our arrival and the sites were a little muddy. Our site was across from the fishing pier and there was no one in front so we had great views of the water and lighthouse. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
P65
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take Captain Dan's around the island boat tour. Best part of our stay on the island.

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Review Count: 139
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

This large park has good facilities. The spacious grass sites were a bit muddy after heavy rains. The amount paid is with no discounts; only cash or checks are accepted. The above price is with tax and seemed high for offseason. Reservations are made only by going to the web site, printing out a form and mailing it with a $40 check, but staff will tell you how full it is expected to be by phone. Permanent and seasonals are separated from the short-timers. Wi-Fi was faultless but the short-time part of the park had only a few customers. Camp store is very well stocked. Fishing permitted off the park's dock. Some days the wild ponies can be seen with binoculars from the dock. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
P53
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a short car ride away and not to be missed. The wild ponies are restricted to a portion of the Refuge and can be seen easily by auto. Bring binoculars. Paths are paved and open to bicycles. The Wildlife Circle is restricted to foot and bicycle until 3 p.m. each day. Birds and other wildlife were few and far between in mid-May but an eagle family was in residence.

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Review Count: 338
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 49

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

We opted to back up to the water for 2 days. What a gorgeous place to see a sunrise or sunset. Very helpful and courteous personnel. There is a small store there. A good place to use as a base to see Chincoteague/Assateague ponies and NASA launches. We camped at Tom's Cove Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Several boat tours to see ponies and dolphins in the area. Spend a few hours at the NASA place at Wallops. Very interesting.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $53.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $57.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

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.

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