We stayed at this campground due to convenience (location for a family event). Price $30 a night (no credit cards, only cash or check). Here is the run down: Positives are as follows: • Price - $30 a night – for electric/water & sewer (can’t beat the price) • Location – 10 minutes from Martinsburg, from interstate 81. • Big pull through sites • Staff – very friendly – we liked the manager a lot – when our A/C kicked off due to heat, and we had to leave the campground for our family event, and he agreed to stop by our camper to make sure the A/C kept running since we had 2 dogs in the camper. • There is a small stream behind the campground – I think they call it Opequon river. The water looked clean and flowing nicely and you can walk under the new route 9 bridge, but I can’t see anyone fishing from the river banks - they are too high and the water seemed too shallow. I wish we could have heard it at the camper – it would have been soothing. Negatives: • No swimming pool • No playground • No cable • No Wi-Fi • Several permanent trailers but no one bothers you and the staff tries to move you to a non-residential section. I think it is a lot of space for a 40 site campground – surprisingly – we had a huge yard area. • No bathhouse, you will need to use your own camper for showers and bathroom. They have something being built that looked like a bathhouse but it was not done. • Right beside new interstate 9 east/west and you hear the traffic when you are outside the camper, and even inside if a tractor trailer or emergency vehicle passes. • If you like scenery and nice landscape at your campground, this also might not be your cup of tea because they have equipment lying around the building under construction. Bottom-Line: • We would stay again, due to location and price and staff. It is more of a one-night stand to pull into if you need to stay overnight somewhere when you are tired. • Also, it is a little hard to find. Take the exit off the NEW route 9 for Opequon LANE (it is important that you look for LANE on MapQuest, not “road” or “drive” because MapQuest will take you to some God awful location if you look for a “drive” or “road”. • When we stayed, Friday and Saturday (last weekend in June 2012) a tornado hit Martinsburg, WV and our camper had the electric awning ripped completely off. This was of NO fault of the campground, but I think being out in the open field like environment didn’t help when the 85 mph wind rolled over the bridge and up to our camper. We were not there when it happened or we would have rolled our awning in before the storm. The manager cleaned the down trees up very quickly. They do try to keep it a fairly decent place. • Lastly – this campground is NOT that bad, so I hope that is not the picture I have painted. This is not really a place to have your summer vacation, however, they need to advertise more – a website, add some pictures of the BIG sites, advertise price and location and then once the bathhouse is in, perhaps invest in a pool and I think business would improve drastically. Again – we would stay again, probably next year for the next family gathering.
Super crowded over memorial day weekend - to be expected - playground very packed all weekend. I met some nice people there though. The boat launch is available for 10 dollars for the whole weekend. They have a small swim area on lake for the kids - crowded, but still okay - fairly safe. Sites for non-seasonal are a little too small for campers longer than 25 or so feet. Our friends could not open their awning and one guy across from us had to stick out in the road to open his slide out. I had a golf cart and since I am handicap and had proof, it was allowed. another fellow was told to put his cart back on his truck without handicap proof. I don't know what their issue is with gold carts. the staff use them and I saw the lady who owns it driving around on one too. My mom had to pay $5 a day to visit, and her truck was hit in the over fill parking lot - of course no one left a note to claim responsibility. We had sewer, but could not hook up to it because of the position of our camper on the site. We had to angle it so we did not stick out in the road. Sites are kind of crappy when it comes to length and width. we do plan to return for labor day because it is a good place to launch our boat, close to my son's home, and we are meeting friends there, but we reserved a spot on a hill in the open so we won't have problems fitting our 40 foot travel trailer in the spot. There are a ton of seasonal sites, some very old campers, but the sites are actually well kept even though campers are old. They had activities like music each holiday weekend night. They had a nice stocked store. I went night fishing; caught a lot of catfish. If you like people, boats, water, kids, nice people, lots of activities, this campground is for you.
We just spent a weekend with friends camping there. Love this campground. The sites are mostly primitive, super wooded, mostly water/electric. They have a pool & small playground for kids. There is nothing fancy about this place; that said, if you like camping in the woods (sites big enough for 5th wheels), then this is a good place. You can have campfires and we pulled our trailer in backwards to face our friends & shared our campfire - - what fun. It is the type of place to go to get away from hustle & bustle – never ever crowded. There are a dozen sewer sites for large rigs, but they are not well shaded. There are about half dozen seasonal – which are away from the rest of the campground. There is no Wi-Fi, there are no weekend family activities like larger campgrounds have, but again, this is a campground for people who like wooded areas – quiet and primitive. They have a ton of tent sites, lots of space for pop-ups, and plenty of room of large campers as well. We will be going again in late July with 4 other couples. Can't wait. Kum-ba-yah!
We stayed here as Coast to Coast members but this is not our home campground under that platform, so we were not able to select a specific site. When we got here, they put us in a site that was split level, meaning the site actually had some steps on it from where you parked to where your picnic table was, but they graciously let us switch to one more flat site because I don’t do steps very well. I asked if we could reserve a site in the future and the answer was no, as only owners can do so. The staff was SUPER friendly, very nice, chatting neighborly kind of folks. There was a nice large pool. The campground has 24-hr security and you have to stop at the gate when going in. The road in is paved, but from Rt 55 (off rt 66) it is many many miles out, through suburbs and then into a rural area and more than once we had to check our directions to make sure we were going in the right direction. WiFi was available for $3 a day, however, even after we paid (on-line) it was barely accessible the first two nights we were here. I will always complain about paying for WiFi, I truly believe it should be a free service. There was a methane gassy smell that kept swarming around us (to me it smelled like sewer). I was told not to worry, that smell came and went. My hubby thought they were having a sewer pump issue but no one confirmed it. Although the campground is relatively small in size, less than 100 spots, the game room is huge, separate sections for different things. Has a 9-hole putt-putt, but it was unattended the whole time we were here, could not find any clubs or balls to play. They have a really small (2 or 3 animal) petting farm with a mini horse, so the kids liked that. You can ride horses here (or rather rent them) but I heard it was pricey, something like $40 per session. The water was light brown from all of our faucets the entire time and when we asked around, everyone said that was “normal." We never drank it, just showered in our camper with it. The playground has some cool things for the kids to climb on and play around, but, and for me, this is huge: the playground is at the front of the campground, near the main road, and on a curve of a road marked 45mph, so imagine a car losing control. My kids played here until the first car barreled around the corner and then I made them come away. We picked this campground because of a reunion in the area. We might stay again, but not too sure.
I have never seen so many old, dirty, degraded, disgusting, broken down and apparently some abandoned campers in all my life, possibly from past permanent residents. Some parts of it looked like a travel trailer grave yard. The pond was stagnant, the lake looked OK. It was awful. The few sites with water/elect/sewer available to camp in are in various areas around the campground; however, they are mixed and mingled with the permanent folks. A few people had fixed up their permanent places very nicely, but they are surrounded by the not so nice. It's ridiculous. People do drive slow in the park, but the dirt roads kick up a ton of dust and within 2 minutes, our car was covered in a thick film. I did not feel safe except when we pulled out of the gate. The presidential cabins looked good, but that's it, nothing else. The staff were nice - so there, the only plus really. We are Coast-to-Coast members but won't spend our $10 to stay there again. It's too scary.
Two lists - - pros and cons. Pros=We were met at the gate by security. They were extremely pleasant guys and told us why we had to wait a few minutes to move forward, then chatted with us while we waited. We purchased a premium site over the phone and got the exact site we were quoted as having. There were a few trees around us, but for the most part, this is NOT a primitive highly wooded campground, but if you have A/C and an awning, or park amongst the trees they do have, it’s a-okay. It is a small campground – quaint. They bring you a fire ring if you ask. The premium site we had was A-12; it is the BIGGEST site in the campground, right at the playground, which was PERFECT for our 6 year old granddaughter. The office staff was really nice. They had us escorted to our site to make sure we fit – but the largest RV or motor home you could drive would fit into A-12. They offer high speed internet. You do have a bandwidth limit, but the whole time we were here, we never reached it, and we downloaded M/S essentials updates and played games. The best spots for shade are the “V” section. You can make reservations on the phone during peak/holiday weekends, or over the internet during non-peak weekends. No one from the staff tried to run us down with any golf carts to say we were speeding – ever. They were all NICE. My hubby picked up his dad for a 30 minute visit and cup of coffee and no one told us he could not visit, nor did they follow us to the campsite to collect money for his short stay. The pool was nice, the playground is great for little ones, a large wooden, really long wooden train and a swing set made the day. The campground store was pretty big for such a small campground, but stocked nicely. Cons=The price seemed a little high, $56 a night and there was NO cable television. There was no free internet, you had to pay either $4 a night, or for 2 nights it was $6. The highway noise is prevalent. You can’t escape RT 37 (which is not as busy as RT 50, but tractor trailers are there). If you are in your RV with A/C running, you can barely hear it. We really did not let it bother us. The picnic tables seat 4 people – 4 normal size people. We asked for a 2nd table because there was 6 of us, but because it was only 5 adults and 1 child, it was not considered 6 so we were told no, but told if we went and registered for 6 adults (meaning we pay more) we could have a 2nd table – how utterly ridiculous. So if you are fat, or if you need a normal size picnic table, either register for 6 or bring your own. If you stay in one section near the fence, fartherest from traffic you are beside cows. I am a country girl, so no biggie, but they are there and with cows you get some cow fragrance if you know what I mean. We are primitive campers, much prefer backing our unit in the woods and having privacy, but we did like it here fairly well. We were totally surrounded by campers the whole way, but everyone minded their own business for the most part, so we had a good time. Most sites were fairly level, but bring a few boards just in case.
We'd stay again because it's a decent campground, (aren't all KOAs). But our opinion is that it costs way too much for 2 nights of camping. $124.65 for 2 nights: 4 adults, 1 child, in a 30 ft travel trailer, water/elect/sewer and 50 amps although we requested 30 amps. Because they did not have any 30 amps left, we had to pay $10 extra for the 50 amps. What made me mad was I had reserved a PULL-THROUGH site on-line a week in advance, w/30 amps and got confirmation. When we got here, we were put in the smallest back-in site they had. It was way too close to the neighbor, because we had 2 opposite side slide-outs and an awning, and although the site was deep, it was too narrow and the sewer was in a set place so we could only back our camper in so far. The site backed up to a recently dug up partial of ground that was muddy and half blocked off. Once here, we could not fit our trailer and truck, much less a 2nd car, so we had to move to a bigger site and pay that extra cash for more amps, which we did not need. They have a nice pool, and it's a clean campground. Bonus: you can have campfires. You can bring a dog with a leash and they have a few nice pet walks. When we moved to the bigger site, all was well as everything fit nicely. The cable TV was full of static, but so was our neighbors, so they came and fixed it straight-away and the static cleared. Good internet service: however, my kids, spouse and I have different cell phone companies and between the 3, none of us had cell phone service until we got in the car and drove out of the campground. We would definitely stay again, but only with written assurance of our desired specific camp sight. I just got out my receipt and double checked the price before submitting this review, and see that they charged $45 a night for the camp site, $10 a night for the extra (unwanted amps) and even though 2 people "should" be allowed per site, they actually changed me $20 for 2 nights for 4 people (so people are not counted in the campsite price which is a bit ridiculous). We had 1 child and were charged $6 for 2 nights. So KIDS are NOT part of the camp price either. I am thinking we might not come back after all. I am shocked they did not charge us for the 3rd car when it pulled in, but it is not listed on the receipt and they did give us an extra car pass.
This campground is extra nice, absolutely huge and growing. We've camped here many times over the last 30 years and the expansion is enormous. There are a lot of things for the kids to do (not just watersports) and every week all summer long they have activities. They have primitive sites (which we love), and cabins and you can bring your boat. The kids liked crabbing. We brought our camper and our car and had to pay for the car to be here: which seemed ridiculous because it does not cost them anything to let our car sit here. But good luck getting reservations, because it is always packed which I guess speaks for itself.
We have stayed here about 3 times now, because it is close to my husband’s parents house. Although a nice campground, it is not primitive and there are not a lot of shaded spots, they are more open. It’s not a slam against the park, that is just how it is. We’d stay again because of the location.
Here’s the thing(s). This is a nice campground: it has everything they say they do, but if you are annoyed by interstate noise, don’t stay here. When our A/C was on in our camper, we did not hear it, but with the A/C off, it sounded like you were sitting on the interstate (I-95) as it borders the interstate, only separated by a service road. It is a clean campground and the maintenance folks are quick and receptive to help if something is needed. There are shaded spots, but this is not a primitive place, the sites are small (very small), long and narrow and close to each other. They have campfire rings (we loved that). The kids went to the shower house and said it was really clean. The pool was tiny, but clean and only 5 foot deep at deepest end, so I felt the kids were safe. They do allow for dogs, another plus. They advertise a WiFi hotspot, there lies the problem. We brought two laptops so the kids could play their internet games once we turned in for the evening and I could finish a report for work before Tuesday. WiFi is a joke. The first day we had 2 bars, then 3 bars, service was fair or good. The 2nd day we had 1 bar or no bars, no service at all. Finally, the last day here we had 4 bars BUT, it was midnight when I was trying to get on to finish my report, so I assume it is a bandwidth thing and everyone with their computer had beat me to the bandwidth throughout the day. So please do NOT count on using the internet WiFi while here: you will be disappointed. If you are staying overnight this is okay. I’d stay again but only if the other campgrounds were full, but I doubt that I’d make it my vacation spot due to the interstate noise, non-existent WiFi and because of how small the sites are.