Sherando Lake is located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest (not too far from Waynesboro). Beautiful lake surrounded by hills. Camping is first come first served, so don't go on a Friday afternoon unless you have a backup plan. Down by the lake are warm showers and toilets. These bathrooms are nicer than the ones closer to the campsites. They are also used by people who come to the lake for day use. The lake is 24 acres fed by springs with a nice sandy beach for kids. No lifeguards. Hiking trails. Campsites are clean, but no rangers in the evenings to ensure quiet hours. The sites are level but the road is hilly. Larger vehicles need to be in the bottom loop further from the lake.
Nice campground though sites close to the front end can hear highway noise. Near the waterfall is very peaceful. Lots of shade. My only complaint are the showerheads. They can not be adjusted and the shower hits and adult in the chest. Very difficult to shower young children. Quiet hours are late on weekends 11pm and they have a band or karaoke and was very loud which made it hard to get the children to sleep. Over by the waterfall not as loud. Waterfall was very scenic and we could play in the sand.
I am always looking for places to take young children and Kiptopeke was great. The waves were small and we did not see any jellyfish though it was the first week of August. We rented one of their onsite RV's. It was a 1999, 29 ft. Prowler with bunk beds, bathroom with shower. The only thing you need to bring is towels and sheets. The RV was very clean and a ranger showed us how to use everything. Typically the RV's are rented only on a weekly basis, but if you call 30 days out of when you want to visit and there is no reservation then you can rent it on a nightly basis for $80.00. Quite a few of the sites did not have shade, so make sure you ask. Saturday night my husband took a shower at the bathhouse and said it was very dirty and stunk. Sunday night it had just been cleaned. Minimal mosquitos.