The Cove

Gore, Virginia

980 Cove Rd
Gore, Virginia 22637
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Sites: 3000 acres
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.216627786727
Longitude: -78.372859954834

Elevation: 1223' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • 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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • 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 ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • 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 ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Ratings overview

6 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Go in with the right expectations, this is NOT an RV park. They have fixed up the road going in but it is at least a mile or more of a rough gravel road. We camped closer to the "off season", the site we had was unlevel, difficult to get our fifth wheel level. There is shared water, fortunately there was no one else on the next site so we could stay hooked up to the water. No sewer or sewer dump. The previous patrons had moved the stone fire ring and picnic table, we had to move both (the fire ring stone by stone) in order to get our camper placed along the hook ups. There is no cell phone service. This is more of a "natural outdoorsy" campground. There were some nice amenities. We went for the ATV trails. However, it was expensive compared to other trail systems. There are a variety of trails, from super rocks to climbs to mud. Jeep trails too. They have a large pond that you can kayak, canoe, swim. Lots of room to walk around and explore. I had read reviews that the staff was rude. We experienced very pleasant and helpful staff. This would be a great place for tent camping, unsure if there are showers and actual flushable bathrooms though. Definitely a country feel and nice escape from people. We camped at The Cove in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

The middle section (away from the trees) had the most level sites. The outer sections (along the tree lines) are unpredictable.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

I wasn't sure what to expect when I made a 2 night reservation at The Cove. I had read mixed reviews And my nephew and my girlfriend, who both accompanied me on this trip, were not that impressed. However, I saw a diamond in the rough here. Below are my pros and cons:

Pros- Sportsman's Paradise. If you shoot, fish, ATV, hike, jeep or snow tube, this place is for you. Pristine settings between 2 mountain ranges with crystal clear lakes and ponds. Close to Tuscarora/Great Eastern Trail.

Cons- Our site wasn't quite level. The water spigots are shared. The entrance road is not for the faint of heart or those who are very fussy about their vehicle.

So being an outdoorsman I really liked this campground and may return some day. We camped at The Cove in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Tips for other Campers:

You can hike to The Pinnacle and the Tuscarora/Great Eastern Trail. Fishing was very good at the Cove Lake Boat Dock. The best time to fish is a dusk and dawn.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Our favorite park by far. In the mountains, out of the way and "rustic". Staff are very friendly and helpful and not there to deny anyone a good time that aren't bothering others. We stayed TWICE this summer! We camped at The Cove in a Motorhome.

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

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $98.00
Overall Rating:      

The last campground was not our style, so we sacrificed $50 and called around. The Cove had a lakeside rustic cabin for $95 plus taxes per night. So we drove the 15 miles to the Cove. The last 2-3 miles of which is dirt/ gravel, rough roads. Once we saw the lakes and mountains, my 15 year old son and I loved it. My wife was sketchy about the rural nature, as we had gone from the extremes of a campground next to the highway, to out in the middle of nowhere. I've stayed at worse places though. Try the steaks from the little gas station out on the main road (Gore road and Backcreek road). They are from Gore farm and are excellent on a grill. The cabin on site 2 was very, very old, built in 1972, according to the owner. The campground has been in the family since 1950 something. The lakeside cabin was very dirty and in poor condition. As we were 3.5 hrs from home, we decided to go to Wal-Mart 13 miles away to buy a mop and broom to clean the floor. There were stains, leaves and etc. There were mice in the cabin also which freaked out my wife. The view was beautiful from our site and once cleaned up, it was bearable. The showers were kind of disgusting though. There were dirty leaves on floor, no soap dish or place to change. The water was hot, though the doors did not close properly. The crappers were disgusting: essentially dirty outhouses with very old toilet seats. Apparently they don't invest time cleaning anything or invest money fixing up things. This place has SO much POTENTIAL. Nice local RVs. There are 4x4 trails, a gun and rifle range, fishing, hiking and swimming. It is upkeep that is lacking. We had a great time though. We would like to go back with our popup camper instead of staying at that neglected cabin. Owner: if you read this, please fix the place up and you'll have a goldmine. The gun range did get annoying as they shot all day Saturday and Sunday with rifles, pistols and noisy high power guns. Well, if you like it rustic, and laid back: have at it. The owners were very nice and helpful people. It was not so bad after all. We camped at The Cove in a Campground Cabin.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

I'm struggling to pick a rating here. That's because if you are looking for very rustic secluded drive-in camping, then you will find what you are looking for. This is an ideal campground for those with 4x4 truck campers because you can access the more remote sites. The roads in the campground are not the best. Forget big rigs. If you want an electric site, they are mostly located in a very muddy open field with little to no privacy or shade. I didn't want to even go near the restrooms, let alone use them. They could have been fine for all I know but very out-house looking. I think the main attractions at this campground are winter snow tubing and 4-wheeling. The camp has the appearance of a huge public campground and I thought stuff was pretty well marked, only without the rangers and without... well... without any campers. And it was because of that reason we left early and didn't stay. There is just something a little bit terrifying about being the only camper in a campground like that. I will just forewarn you that my biggest complaint was that we were there for hours and didn't see a single person. Maybe the winter is their busy season but summer evidently is not. I would give it the benefit of the doubt had it not been for the mud, lack of mosquito control near the lake, and the camp office had a lot of rubbish odds and ends strewn about outside. The most disturbing of which was a bowl of what looked like dog food just sitting out there long after the office was closed. This is a good way to summons bears and bears are the last thing on Earth I want to see when I'm camping all alone in a very remote mountain area with no cell phone service (Verizon). This could be exactly what you're looking for, but definitely not for us. We camped at The Cove in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Where to begin. This is a very, very rustic campground. Campground sits on 300 mountainous acres. There are 8 different camp areas. Some of these areas has about 20 different sites. The sites are not well marked. The roads are not paved and are very rocky. They are also very poorly marked. We started to walk down toward the lake to swim and then realized that we were actually on the ATV trail. If you don't have a high clearance vehicle, beware. If you can not get a site in camp area one, I would recommend not going in an RV. They only have a few "bath houses"; we were near porta potties. This reminded me of camping on Skyline drive only more primitive. If you are into ATV riding and camping this is the place for you. They also have a target range I believe for shotguns. The major draw back that I have with this place, aside from the roads, is the cost. The cost is $12 a person per day. Each child under 12 is $6. So for a family of 4 you are looking at spending $72 for the weekend. We enjoyed ourselves very much and the people there are very friendly and nice. As I mentioned before there are really only two draw backs, the roads and the cost. We camped at The Cove in a Tent.

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