9.3 Excellent
     
Gladstone, Virginia

James River State Park

Gladstone, Virginia



Gladstone, Virginia
Phone: (434) 933-4355

Sites: 31
Recent Rate: $30 7/2016

Latitude: 37.622933594901
Longitude: -78.797035217285

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

22 Reviews

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay here at least two times per year-the first trip of the season and the last with sometimes a couple thrown in during the summer. It is a great campground with roomy wooded sites and excellent restrooms/showers. We camped at James River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Red Oak
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is another example of the high quality of Virginia State Parks. The Park is clean and well maintained. The park host was friendly and very helpful coordinating a quick repair to the site 50 amp breaker with park maintenance. The bathrooms were spotless with modern toilet facilities including a laundromat. There is a new visitor center with daily activities. Pull through sites and back-in sites with 50/30/20 amp service are available. Dump station is located at the park entrance with easy access. We had no problem navigating our 38 foot MH through the access roads and park roads. There is no WiFI, no TV reception and could not get satellite reception. Verizon had 2 bars. The main attraction is James River access that offers fishing, kayaking and boating. The park has excellent access with boat ramp. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19 Red Oak Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

James River is the main attraction. We enjoyed visiting Schuyler Va and the Walton Mountain Museum.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

We found this park to be nice but isolated. The park has a number of walking/biking/horse trails but during the week we were there it rained and the trails were muddy. There is a nice Visitor Center in the park. With recent rains the James River was running too swiftly for any canoe/kayak activity which is available in the park. Most sites are shady and would have trouble with a roof top satellite dish. We were able to get one of the sites that opened to the south and were able to connect to DirecTV. No over the air channels. No AT&T service in the park. One of the park hosts told us that Verizon had limited service inside the park. Definitely a back to nature location. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Red Oak 1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Long way to any grocery store so make sure you stock up before heading to this park.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is a fairly new park and all utilities worked well. There are no reservations so you pick your site when you get there. We were disappointed that it is about 20 miles away from anything. You are truly in the middle of nowhere. It rained most the time we were there but the drainage was good. They have a Visitor Center that was nice. The laundry was very clean and I think it was 1.25/load. There are lots of trees but we were able to get our satellite dish where we could get a signal. No AT&T and we have a Verizon MIFI that had minimal coverage. We were the only ones in the park for most of the week we were there. If you want to go to the river, you about have to walk as it is quite a ways away from the campground. Would like to rate this place higher, but with the price and being in the middle of nowhere we probably won't return. We camped at James River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Red Oak
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Bring everything you need or plan on a 20 mile drive to pick up to pick up something..

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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful state park that is located near Appomattox Courthouse National Park. The road in is narrow and has some low hanging branches which required a bit of 'defensive' driving! Sites are not assigned ahead of time so you get to choose from those that are available. All sites are good sized and will accommodate any sized rig - disregard the size limit information on the park web site. We took advantage of the canoe/kayak rentals in the park and enjoyed a very nice paddle down the James River. We would stay here again. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Extremely helpful park personnel, very well maintained. Provided mail service. Laundry facilities centrally located with very reasonable prices and clean, well maintained equipment.

All parking pads are asphalt. If the weather is hot, use supports under RV jacks. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
176
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Kayak and boat rental nearby. Park personnel are very accommodating and helpful. Prices are very reasonable. Safety class provided before launching.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here with a dog, so the rate reflects a $5 pet fee. Used this as a shakedown trip for a new camper. Wonderful sites with plenty of room. From front bumper of truck to rear bumper of trailer we are almost 50' long, still more room left in spot. Good hiking trails. Good bath house, seemed to be a newer campground. We camped at James River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 141
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite spots. Rate includes a 10% Va Park pass discount but $5.50 for one dog. Red Oak campground is about 4 yrs old with large (mostly level) sites and gravel is starting to show it needs maintenance. Bathrooms are very clean, with large individual showers. Great spot to spend a few days, be sure to get reservations on the weekend. JRSP no longer assigns campsites, but you pick when you arrive, as is done in the rest of the VA state parks. Looks like the equestrian campground with hookups will be open next year. Great walking trails. Good place for dog to swim in river. We camped at James River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park We stayed in the Red Oak camping area in sites 1 & 2. Large sites with plenty of shade and room to move around. Visited the bath houses although we didn't use them, very clean. Great place to ride the bicycles and take the canoe trip down the James River. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has become one of our favorite places to camp. It is located in the foothills with a beautiful countryside, and the James River is very clear and clean. The park rents canoes and kayaks and has a shuttle that will drop you off 6 miles upstream, and you can float back to the Park's canoe livery and get out. We have our own kayaks and for a small fee they even transported our equipment via their shuttle. There is only one camping loop (RedOak) with power and water hookups, and those sites have plenty of wooded space between them. Only the tent campers can camp right on the river in the primitive sites. The bathrooms and showers in this campground are the cleanest of any campground we have been in. We camped at James River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a GEM in the crown of the award winning Virginia State Parks. We had a group of 7 coaches of the Cardinal Winnies and ALL considered this one of the best and most enjoyable CGs we have visited. Phone service is almost nil. But with a CG such as this one, you forget about the cell service and tend to relax a lot more. Enjoy !! We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in Red Oak; it was beautiful. A great campground; this is a hidden gem. It is very quiet and all sites are large with a lot of space between sites. The roads are paved. The restrooms and showers were exceptionally clean. Our cell phones worked for outgoing and incoming calls. There is a very clean dump station at the entrance/exit of the campground. We enjoyed this park so well during our stay in July 2008, we returned in July 2009. We plan to visit at least once a year. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with wonderful river for tubing and kayaking. We had a torrential down pour of 4" on Thursday when we arrived. River rose from 4.5 feet to almost 11' overnight, and speed went from 4800 CFM to almost 11000 CFM. River was closed to rentals for obvious reason, but I have my own kayak and went out with a friend. Still had a blast. Have been here before when water was at 3' and tubed and swam and had a lot of fun. Lots of hiking trails, but a little hilly for bikes unless you are in really great shape. Three ponds to fish in and trails for horses, too. Bathrooms were pretty clean, but showers had a little more debris than I like on the floor. Would not stop me from coming again, and we will. Love this park even though it is a 2+ hour drive for us. We camped at James River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We use James River State Park as our site for the 2009 Virginia Spring Pop-up Portal Rally. We had 16 pop-ups there and over 60 people. Sites are very large and most are very shaded. The campground is not real close to the river but is a real nice area. Bathrooms is nice and they keep it very clean. They have canoe rentals at the park for some fun on the river! This is one of our favorite places to go. We will return again! We camped at James River State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Great State Park right on the James River. The RV campground is not on the river. However, tenting is on the river. The RV sites are large enough to fit any size rig. Enjoy hiking, biking, and horse back riding. There is a canoe livery and camp store at Canoe Landing. We camped at James River State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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