12 Parks near Newport News, Virginia
Oct 2016 - $34.00
The park now has an office/store/laundry to rival any 'resort' at 3 times the price. Next in line for financial attention should be the sites themselves. A level site is a rarity. Some have slopes which are quite extreme. Some grading & paving would go a long way to bring the campground up to the standard of the office. Also, be sure to bring a table cloth for the picnic table. A common complaint but if only campgrounds would give their picnic tables a cleaning a couple time a season with a pressure washer. Overall the park is a gem in the middle of a whole lot to see & do. If you like to be jammed next to your neighbour, have a train or highway right next to you & pay double the price for the pleasure, don't stay here. The few negative comments aside, this is a great park. - Veebyes
Aug 2016 - $34.00
Great campground to use as a base for visiting the historic triangle. Exceptionally clean laundry room at the office building. Some of the sites are exceptionally unlevel. When reserving, ask for details on the site you are assigned. Our original site was described as "steep" and would not have worked for us. Lots of trees...be aware of falling limbs in strong winds. Great bike riding park. - tom&kathryn
Aug 2016 - $36.00
An older campground located on the North side of Newport News. Convenient location with plenty of activities in the park and nearby. The paved roads are narrow and winding making it difficult for very long rigs. Most sites designed for smaller rigs. It took awhile to find one to back into, but they have plenty to choose from. - Bburgbrewer
Sep 2016 - $49.00
Fort Monroe is a decommissioned Army fort in 2011 and is now a National Monument. It's called the Colonies because each of the 13 RV sites is named after one of the original 13 colonies when the nation was in it's infancy. Our site for the week was Massachusetts. The fort is surrounded by water, and was first commissioned in 1861, just months after the start of the Civil War. The park itself does not have many of the regular amenities, like a pool, spa or game room. What it does have are paved sites and paved roads. The sites are widely spaced and are full hookup. At the current time only 5 of the 13 sites are 50 amp, but the new owners are in process of adding 50 amp to the remaining sites. Some sites are shaded, but others are more open and sunny. One of the oddities of the sites is that the water hook up is located on the passenger side rear of the site, so at least a 25' water hose is required for hook up. There are some amenities, like some playground equipment, lots of surrounding open grassy area that was well trimmed, and a walking path that ran along next to the seawall on the Chesapeake Bay. The restrooms/showers are clean and handicapped accessible, but there is just one for men and one for women. In between the shower areas is one washer and one dryer. There is a club/restaurant on the site, called the Paradise Club which serves food and beverages. However, the day that we went was our first day arriving at the campground, and it was also the last day of operations for the club as it was closing for the season. On the up side the RV park was spacious and dead quiet at night. On the down side, the heat during the days, and the presence of various biting bugs kept us from spending much time outside. A different time of year may be better. We paid $49 a night plus tax. There is also no Wifi offered at the park, but due to the close proximity of a cellular tower, our Verizon air card was blazing fast. - SargeW
Oct 2015 - $40.00
This is a nice park with just 13 spots. The spots are spacious and you can't beat the scenery and quiet calmness. We really loved it. Fort Monroe is amazing. If you stop at The Colonies be sure to take a day to walk around the wall of Fort Monroe, you won't regret it.
The park itself is fairly basic. Just one washer/dryer. Two restrooms with showers. A decent supply store. And an ok recreation room.
Access to the beach is across the street and down a 100 yard (or so) driveway. This puts you on the seawall, and there are stairs down to the beach. This beaches on the island are all great for beach combing. - JPen365
Mar 2015 - $45.00
We arrived when there was leftover snow on the ground from previous snowstorms. It was plowed very nice in there, and we were able to get into our spot easily. Once the snow melted, the ground was loaded with dog poop and cigarette butts from other campers. We cleaned up close to 3 packs of butts just in front of our door. It is very quiet here, and you can hear waves from the ocean, and fog horns when its foggy. Very relaxing sound. There is only 1 washer, 1 dryer, and they are right at the entrance to both the shower rooms. If anyone is doing laundry its a tight squeeze, but passable to get into either shower room. Shower rooms are kept very clean. The dryer took 1 1/2 hours to dry one load. There is no internet--not even up at the building. They rent a 2G Verizon wifi card for $20. There isn't any exercise room as stated on the website. Most of the campground is very clean, and the people in the office are friendly. Along the shore that doesn't have a beach, is loaded with sand spurs. Not recommended to walk dogs there!!!! Overall the campground is nice. A few of the sites do flood when it rains, and it will be ankle deep with water when it does. Fortunately, the only water we had to wade through was on the side where our levers are for the tanks. I think they need to enforce picking up after dogs. When we went down to the beach to walk, the entrance to that had a large pile of dog mess left there by one of the office workers dogs. (A few of us watched it go there). The picnic areas are full of it too. They need to enforce people cleaning up after their dogs, which is one thing that not only annoys me, but others. Overall, the campground is nice, mostly clean other than a couple of these gripes, and very quiet. Off season rates are reasonable, and electric is included with the price. I don't know what summer prices are. All the sites are level. - happy2013camper
Sep 2014 - $18.00
Conveniently located for us, just 2.5 miles from friends house. Didn't use the restrooms and showers but they appeared as if they could use some refurbishment. WiFi supposedly available but my computer could never find it. Thick tree cover prevented satellite TV usage but enough over the air stations available. Would stay here again. - kanem
Jun 2014 - $20.00
This is an OK campground for a short stay. Get good directions prior to entering campground. If you enter directly to the check in station you will not be able to proceed to your site via camp roads. There is very narrow low water bridge with a 5 ton weight limit. You need to enter by a different street and then walk .5 mile to check in. My site was very crowded to each side and I had to pull my power and water under the RV to an outlet next to another site (shared outlets). My site was dirt and I'm thankful that it did not rain. It would have quickly turned into a mud hole site, but considering price I would use again for an overnight stay. - trav
Mar 2013 - $25.00
Sites were mostly being used long term. We were only there for one night. Our site was dirt and had an inch or two of water on it when it rained. Never did see campground host. Bathrooms and showers were clean. - kenp
Nov 2009 - $10.00
Campground is located in suburban area of Hampton at the rear of a 100 acre city park. Park office is located nearby and staff are very helpful and friendly. Sites are fairly grass/gravel with large evergreens providing shade. Electric is 30amp. Water & electric are padlocked until you register. Arrive before 4:30 otherwise you will have to camp rough for the night/weekend unless you can catch the caretaker cleaning the showers, or driving through the grounds. HRT (bus) stops 400 yards from campground cnr Clemwood Pwy & Little Back River Rd & covers Hampton, Virginia Beach & Newport pretty well. $3.50 buys all day pass. $5.50 allows use of ferries & express buses. Park locked after dark, however road through Campground left open (turn left at 7-11 on Back River Rd) - which creates traffic - especially in the early morning. Nearby Air Force base (other side of bay) also can be noisy - but only during daylight hours. Great place to stay if you have business/visits to do in Hampton/Virginia Beach area & don't have other transport. - Sandy Potter
Jun 2016 - $20.00
This is a private club that allows visiting members to park overnight in an area close to the swimming pool. Call ahead for directions and approval to use the facilities. - A hitch and hop
Jul 2014 - $25.00
We stayed here during our pack and load out, since it was the closest park to our home. It was clean and well-cared for. Some of the sites, including ours, were too close for privacy. In addition, water is shared between two sites, necessitating the one on the right (us) having to run 50' of water hose under the unit to a pedestal almost under the awning. Finally, some of the full time and seasonal residents have let their units deteriorate or have surrounded them with tarps, tents, etc. This is always a detractor for us. We would stay here again if we had to be in the area, but likely not for vacation. - bigdipper
Aug 2013 - $22.00
We have stayed here several times, and it was always a nice stay. This time it was better! The grounds were better maintained, and the overall appearance of the campground was much improved! The new manager was becoming very involved in operating the campground rather than just being there! We will definitely be back! - ournextstop
Apr 2010 - $20.00
A great FamCamp just a few miles from either Virginia Beach or Historic Williamsburg. Campground hosts were very cordial, pleasant and knowledgeable, though I did have trouble getting them to return my call when trying to change reservations. The campground is well kept and in great repair. The base has all the usual amenities and is small enough you don't have to travel miles and miles to get to them. The Naval Air Stations and Norfolk Airport are far enough away you don't hear much jet noise, though there is some. There is some road noise in the sites up near the office but it isn't too bothersome. Wireless Internet is available for $7.95/night or $14.95/week or even better per month. Verizon works well and the cable TV has over 60 channels. Satellite access is available from most sites even though there are many trees in the campground. I would definitely stay here again. - GatorJohn
Apr 2016 - $37.00
Once inside the campground you must navigate narrow roads and tight turns to make it all the way to the back for the "pull-through" site area by "Tent Town". Paved sites are very nice, but hope it doesn't rain since the surrounding grass and mud in our case was 2"-3" lower than parking pad and filled with water quickly. The drive back takes you through a storage area that reminds one of a salvage yard. In the rules you are told they are inspected by the "health inspector" every 3 weeks so campsites should not appear to be permanent residents. This is basically ignored, plus children can be seen walking back from being dropped off by school buses. The approach from the north on US17 Business requires a tight left turn across a drawbridge then a quick left on the narrow road the campground is located on. The good, close to Norfolk and surrounding area. - Teacher's Pet
Oct 2014 - $37.00
The long and short of it is only camp here if you want to canoe or bike around the Great Dismal Swamp. Our takeaway was that the Swamp should be renamed to "The Really Not so Bad Swamp" and this park should inherit the "Great Dismal" name. Starting at making the reservation it took 20 minutes on the phone. Then at check-in, we waited another 1/2 hour. Then the entrance gate doesn't go all the way vertical so I had to negotiate it so that didn't hit it with the trailer. To get to the campsite you drive way back including a nice tour of a RV storage yard that looks like a RV graveyard (but hey - you can inquire about buying abandoned RV's). The site had low-hanging trees that brushed our rig as we pulled in. The site is paved but so narrowly it's hard to get your rig entirely on the pavement. I plugged in our electric only to have the box spark and electric go dead (glad I had a regulator/surge suppressor in line already). They sent a tech who grabbed MY 30A to 50A adapter AND $300 surge suppressor to test with, only to receive a bigger spark and no power. We called to try and get a new site while he worked on the power pole but they couldn't move us fast enough and he got it working (again grabbing my gear without asking to do a final test with). The bathrooms are marginal, showers look more recent but not well-cleaned. Showering was an exercise in tolerating being scalded and frozen along with a 95db ceiling fan in your ear. No paper towels or hand dryers in the bathroom. Lots of seasonal residents with ill-kept places, but that suits the park as everything the park owns is ill-kept as well. With driving range, horses, train room, exercise room, rental bikes, rental canoes, sports courts, tractor displays...the RV park is simply trying to do too much and failing at all of it. It all needs maintenance. It's all run-down. The only upside to our stay here was that we met a really great family camped next to us and met nice people in the laundry room. Otherwise it was hard to see anything in the park that wasn't in some state of disrepair. - Boyinks4Adventure
Jun 2014 - $27.00
This is a nice wooded park. The parking pads are adequate but in need of updating. Sewer hookups are for their permanent residents but the pump out is free and easily accessible. They will come to your site to pump out for $6. It is safe and all permanent campsites are well maintained. It is true that part of it looks like a trailer park, and the very back part has some very long term residents, but it is located near the dismal swamp trail and the staff is friendly. Pool closes at 8-- a little early for hot summer nights. Good Sam discount available. - NaniGulfShores
Nov 2016 - $40.00
This is a nice small state park. Very nice staff and camp hosts, and the sites (half of which are only a handful of years old) are in very good shape. I love that at some VA state parks you can now reserve a specific site. Definitely recommend this park. - SteveMM
Nov 2016 - $46.00
The park is beautiful. It is on the site of a plantation which can be toured. There is a visitor center, a lake, a pool. It is a well kept campground. The sites are well separated. We are in B loop which has paved sites, water, and electricity. We are here only for the night on our way down the coast. The Showers are gorgeous. There is a coin operated laundry and a book swap. The downside, which is a big one for us as retirees, is the rate - $46 a night. This is the rate for out-of-state guests. - The Davies
May 2016 - $27.00
We enjoy camping here each year. We stay in the newer loop (B). The campsites are well maintained with picnic table and fire ring, and the roads are wide and clear for navigating a large rig. The driveway is paved with a pebble rock area for the fire, and picnic table. Super easy to back in (or pull through) and level. Most sites have shade during most of the day. In the other loop (A), the sites are smaller, not paved, have picnic table and fire ring but more shade. Bath houses are a short walk away and clean. It's WAY off the main road so very dark and quiet. There is a nice walking/ biking path, playgrounds, and beach (though not for swimming). We do like to walk to the beach and walk along the water: it's just beautiful. It is not within site of the camping area, but the walk is not too far. (Unless you have little kids but there is parking near the start of the trail.) The pool is nice and well maintained, with a diving board, life guards and snack bar. The only thing I would change about this campground is the location of the playground. It is outside of the campground. It's within bike riding distance but really too far to walk to with little ones. The same for the pool really. It's a little closer, but too far to walk with heavy pool bags or little kids. However, there is plenty of parking near both. The reservations used to be first come, first served. They are changing to site specific reservations, but there really isn't a bad site at this campground. They have buddy sites so 2 campers can be near each other and these might not be pleasant if you didn't know the other person, but the other sites are pretty private. - mattifer
Oct 2016 - $35.00
We went to First Landing for a quick getaway (we live 1 hour away) and there are a lot of things to do nearby. We had heard about the flooding from Hurricane Matthew, but figured the higher dune line campsites would be open. Well, only one area was open (H) and several of those sites were unusable due to standing water. We rode our bikes around the whole campground to survey the dry campsites. Unfortunately while all of the dune line sites were useable, the loop roads to get your rig to them were still under as much as 2 feet of water! It is unknown when the water will go down. Interestingly, we did notice a couple of camp hosts in the closed area...with no campers to host! Nice job if you can get it... During check-in we noticed that all of the camp sites are being renumbered and many of them will be made site specific reserved in 2017. That means you can a reserve a specific site and no more first-come-first-served.
Back to our site, we 'cruised' the loop to see what 50 ft sites were still available...and noticed 3 of the 50 ft sites had tents in them! Now I understand the reservations were not site specific, but there were tent sites open...and I can't fit my rig in a tent site! We ended up one of two remaining 50 ft sites right in front of the bath house...negative points. Next the grass is full of sand spurs, very sharp, small burrs that grab onto everything! Shoes, pant legs, water hoses, electrical cords, etc! They also are tracked into your rig and are a painful surprise when bare footed. We don't invite friends with pets to camp here because of these things. They need to be cleaned out...more negative points. Did I mention the bath house? Since our spot was literally in front of the bath house, we had pedestrian traffic trapesing though our campsite at all hours. - CGRetired
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Premier state park of Virginia. Sites are as close to the Chesapeake bay as you can get. Shaded site afforded privacy and seclusion. While you can make out sounds of adjoining sites you can't really see anyone. Big difference if you're used to commercial facilities. Extremely competent and friendly staff.
Wonderfully maintained and serviced facility. Due to its popularity this park is extremely hard to get into unless you plan way in advance or use the Notification features on their reservation website. This park is an exceptional value and real natural treasure for Virginia Beach.
Can't wait to return. - Big Guy
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Great start at First Landing again. We love the specific site reservations with their pilot program. Glad to see they are going to expand the program in 2017. It's great to know exactly the site you have and not to have to rush to get to the campground. We can take our time and leisurely drive knowing we have a specific site with our name on it. We do wish they would repave the campground roads, very rough in places and sometimes tight to squeeze through. Great beach experience again, we love no life guards to "look after us". We are adults and don't need those blasted whistles screaming at every "supposed infraction". Quite a bit of trash around on the beach, I wish people would clean up after themselves, but we all know some people just suck the beauty out of everything. Uncrowded expansive sand is our idea of a perfect beach day. The boardwalk over the dunes to the beach needs desperately to be replaced, and have for ten years now, repairing a few boards a year does not make it feel like a secure structure to walk on as well as getting splinters if you aren't careful. They really catered to day use visitors with day use areas well maintained and patrolled regularly by park police. We like the feeling of being all by yourself most of the time, lots of trees and scrub brush between sites. Sprint cell service at the campground is OK and complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the office. Water and 30 amp electrical service is included at your site and worked well. Trees were abundant to hang out hammocks. Relaxation = Wonderful! Overall a great stay and we will definitely return here again! - AXLEONE
Oct 2016 - $42.00
Just an overnight stay here for us in the off season.
Very clean and convenient to major routes. Appears to be a mainly seasonal campground centered around 3 small lakes.
No dog park but leashed pets are welcome to walk most of the grounds.
Quiet in the off season but imagine that this campground is packed most of the Summer.
Staff was very pleasant! - Lab Lovers
Oct 2016 - $45.00
Called on a Saturday to make a reservation for arrival the next day. Clerk said they were fully booked for the weekend. I said "Even on Sunday?" Clerk realized there were sites coming open on Sunday. Arrived and was escorted to a back in site. All sites have a wooden patio platform. Had to adjust a bit to allow coach's steps to fully fold down. Lots and lots of acorns fell onto the coach throughout our stay. Neighbor site on the curb side was close, neighbor site on the road side was far away. The reverse would have been better. Cable and utilities worked well. Wifi was o.k. for email and Facebook. This place is probably very busy during the summer. Was pretty quiet for our 2 days. Easy access from Rt 13. Easy navigating the loop road with our 58' truck/5er combo. Site was just long enough for coach and truck to fit. To me, it is expensive for what you get, but this seems to be an expensive area. - TH travelers
Aug 2016 - $48.00
Davis Lakes is a tale of two campgrounds. The first campground is the clean, quiet, spacious, well-kept campground available during the week. The second is the loud, crowded, raucous party spot on the weekends.
Davis Lakes is a "destination" campground for a lot of the locals who come with their campers on the weekends. It has a private lake with lots of water toys for the kids along with its own small sandy beach. The campground is not very busy during the week, but fills to the capacity starting on Friday nights. Friday night and Saturday night, don't plan on sleeping much. Kids were running around on scooters yelling loudly until after midnight. Campers next to us were playing loud music, drinking, and making even more noise until later. Golf carts were racing around and more than one driver was drinking beer while driving. Campground staff don't seem to care, which is why I gave a lower rating on service. Most campgrounds wouldn't tolerate the behavior we saw over a weekend.
Sites seem to be mostly back-in, but were long enough for our 39' Class A and Jeep Wrangler. We had to position in the site so our jacks did not go down on large tree roots. Otherwise, the site was level and mostly gravel. Most of the sites are tree covered which is great for shade but not great for dish; ours did not work. There are 33 HDTV channels broadcast and Davis Lakes offers cable (we didn't try it).
WiFi is typical campground, which is to say it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Mostly, it worked but at slow speeds. I would give the WIFi a grade of C.
Roads inside the campground are paved and branches were well trimmed. Water pressure is on the low side at times, but adequate. We had 50amp service and no issues.
Davis Lakes is located along the highway but a large sound wall blocks almost all the noise. It is pretty quiet. - Bryanmsi