We had reservations for four nights for a "shakedown" of our new camper, but enjoyed this park and the area so much that we ended up staying eight nights instead. The park has two loops. A is more rustic and has smaller sites suitable for tents, pop-ups and small travel trailers. B loop has larger sites and can accommodate campers up to 45'. B loop sites are a few dollars more than A loop sites. There is also a group camping area. Rental cabins are available and they are a ways away from the camping loops. Restrooms and showers at Chippokes were clean and in good working order. Showers were private and had locking doors. There is a laundry room on Loop B, although we didn't use it. The park operates a pool (summer only), visitor's center, farm and forestry museum, a plantation house and a mansion. Mansion and plantation house tours are done on weekends (extended hours in the summer). There are walking/hiking trails and the park offers a 'fossil walk'. We took the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry several times. It's free and only five miles form the park. It can accommodate vehicles up to 12'6" and 28 tons. The ferry docks just a mile from Jamestown Settlement and from there you can either drive or take a free shuttle to Colonial Williamsburg. From C-Williamsburg you can also take a free shuttle to Yorktown Victory Center.
This was our first visit to Shenandoah River State Park and we very much enjoyed our time here. We stayed in site 8 in the E/W campground, a gravel back-in with a tent pad (smaller gravel). We had a neighbor on only one side, which was nice. All sites in this campground have hookups for water and electric (50/30/15). There are no sewer connections except for the campground hosts' site, but there is a dump station available at the top of the hill. Some sites along the outer perimeter have a nice view of the hills: sites 9, 10 and 12 especially. Sites around #25 back to trees. There are several huge pull-through sites that would accommodate about any size rig. Funnily enough, one of them was occupied by a little pop-up at the time we were here. Camping cabins are available in a variety of sizes: from a little camp cabins with bunk beds and a table and chairs, up to a six bedroom lodge with all the luxuries of home. The bath house was very neat and clean. There are 4 private showers with lockable doors in the rear of the building. The water was always hot enough for showering. There are also a washer, a dryer and a dish washing sink at the bath house. Reservations made on line are not site-specific, so you just choose whichever site you want from those available when you arrive. There is a $5 reservation fee tacked on when booking via ReserveAmerica. The park attendants were not finicky about check-in time and allowed us in several hours early. Those arriving after normal business hours will have their reservation information left in an envelope with their name on it at the attendant station. Our TracFone (using the AT&T network) had 4 bars at our campsite and we were able to use our VirginMobile MiFi for Internet access without problem. This park has lots of hiking trails, equestrian accommodations and river access for inner-tubing and kayaking. (We didn't see a launch ramp for boats, but weren't really looking for one.) A ranger at the Visitor's Center told us that they were organizing a float trip on inner-tubes for the next day: only $5 per person. We were sorry we had to miss that. At other times of the year there are also ranger-led canoe and kayak trips. There is quite a lot to do outside the park as well. Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park are not a far drive away. (We saw a bear!) Skyline Caverns is just down the road a bit and there were a couple of outdoor-type businesses that take groups out on canoe trips and such. Several other posters noted that the road into the campground is a steep and winding, but it really isn't all THAT bad. We did hear a couple of train whistles, but they were off in the distance and not loud and rumbling. There was no traffic noise to speak of. All-in-all, this is a wonderful State Park with a little something for just about every type of camper.