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We stayed in the backwoods part of the grounds. The sites were more private than the river sites. The winding layout allowed for more distance between other sites. The woods were beautiful with easy walking trails right from the site. There is a well stocked souvenir/general store just as you enter with camping supplies, ice, wood, etc. The RV sites are near the entrance to the campsite - this area seemed rather tightly packed-in with not much space between campsites (more of a party vibe). We are tent campers, so this wasn’t an issue for us. Friendly staff and warm atmosphere.
Multiple campsites right along the creek. Hike up a trail or up through the creek itself to a swimming hole only accessible to campers. Saw some decent sized fish swimming around in there. Hike even further up through the creek and there’s a second swimming area, a little shallower but nice and secluded. Only downside is the noise from the highway, which we could hear from our site (17) but maybe wouldn’t be as noisy if you were in one of the further campgrounds (closer to the swimming hole).
We stayed at a "group" site D167, which allows up to 15 people and 4 cars. While the campground is very nice, with clean conveniently located bathrooms, the site itself is probably not suited for a large group of people. First of all, it's located in the middle of a large patch of grass right next to other family campsites, so no privacy at all. If you travel with friends you might want to stay up a little longer and have a good laugh around the fire, but this site isn't really designed this way. The quiet hours are after 10PM and it's enforced. Second, the space is really limited, especially if your group members have larger tents. Also, there's no overflow parking, except at the entrance to the campground.
The showers are nice and clean, but they are coin operated.
The rangers are very strict. We had some food related items left on the table (salt/pepper shakers) and they were confiscated while we were hiking. I'm not saying it's wrong, but be aware, because these rules are not enforced at the same level in different places. We ended up with a $80 fine.
Also, since this is a national park, you cannot bring the firewood from outside, have to buy it in the park.
Other than that, we enjoyed our stay. The campground location allow an easy access to many trails within Shenandoah National Park, as well as close by, such as our favorite Old Rag Mountain. It's also technically a part of the NP, so keep your entrance receipt to show at the Old Rag's parking lot.
Make sure you taste blackberry ice cream at the general store at the entrance. It's a local specialty and it's delicious!!!
We stayed here several times in an RV. Short-term sites are in the very front but you do have to take a circuitous route through the campground to get back to that area after checking in. Many long-term sites (lots of weekenders) around the lake and up in the hilly area. Short-term sites are electric and water only but there is a free dump station down in the back. There is a pool and they also sell propane. Due to the COVID rules their pool may not be open 2020. Friendly staff and very quiet for overnighters. Easy access from I-85. Not sure about tenting as were RV only. Definitely worth a visit and highly recommended.
They used to be a KOA but dropped their membership last year because some of KOAs rulesjust didn't make sense for them.
We absolutely love this camp ground. It has spacious camp sites with a great amount of natural shade. The swimming area is clean and very family oriented. It has great hiking trails and if your looking for a relaxing fishing afternoon, they have some of the nicest fishing piers with ample sitting area. The sunsets over the water are priceless. Our grandchildren love that they are able to bike ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery.