4 Parks near Suffolk, Virginia
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
Jun 2016 - $47.00
No discount rate offered for one night stay. Rate is for a large, FHU, 50 amp, back-in, gravel site with a raised wooden patio with picnic table. The campground was easily accessed from US13. The main interior road is paved; the secondary roads are gravel. We did not have satellite access because of the trees. We had good Verizon cell/MiFi reception. We would stay here again. - Dave51
Oct 2015 - $41.00
Well laid out. Sites good sized. Level. Roads were wide enough to traverse easily. Must go through a residential area to get to campground. Good wi-fi. We were permitted to wash coach, which really needed it. - EdGuru
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
Oct 2015 - $15.00
Level private site. Small narrow entrance to site over a culvert. This might be a problem for a larger motorhome. Most sites not for big rigs. - MsLucy
Apr 2011 - $15.00
The campground is several miles by road from the excellent nature-visitors center where you can rent canoes or kayaks to paddle in the lovely cypress treed lake. Nice hiking trails, one of less than a mile between the campground and nature center. Great for nature lovers. Campground has a circular paved road with 20 dirt sites about a central bathhouse that was clean with hot showers. Several water faucets by circular road. No site E/W/S. Many trees. The attraction is the nature center,lake and trails. Very pleasant and helpful park rangers. I would stay there again in my Roadtrek B van. - 210jem
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