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This campground is lovely. It’s on Gordon Creek which flows into the Chickahominy- able to rent kayaks, has a playground, a pool, and nesting ospreys, a bald eagle/s can be seen. Undergoing some renovations but still a nice campground. I’d go back.
This campground is one of our favorites, Large sites that are easy to get in and out of. It each site has a grill, picnic table and a fire ring. A couple of the sites have some drainage issues, but only after repeated heavy rains.
The best part is the big tall mature tree's, it's overall peaceful here, and we stayed every few weeks here one summer and it felt like home. The office staff was friendly and helpful, keeping our names on a waitlist so we could come back and back, and it almost always worked out that we got a site for the week's that we needed.
There is a small playground in the campground area, but right next to the campground is a large play area that has a rock wall that our kids really loved playing at. The only negative I could say is that there is also a large field for events and a paintball field, so the nice peaceful quiet area can end up being a bit loud and less peaceful on the weekends if there's an event scheduled. But for the 5 or 6 weeks we spent there, there was only one weekend that anything occured (was a paintball event) and really was not horrible, but something to be aware of.
This is a military campground and you do need ID cards for access, Military Police do patrol the area and often set up an ID check point at the entrance.
What a great camp! A small family farm with 5 sites around the property. We chose site 2 for our family of three and a dog and it was the perfect size. The hosts were so friendly, and we were able to walk around and see the chicken coop, small lake, and barnyard with goats and geese. The campsites are great (about a 5 min walk apart), with a fire pit, picnic table, trash, and ours had a set up for a hammock. Even with what it looked like every campsite full, it was peaceful and pretty. Our toddler had a blast! They are a working farm so it was fun to have the option to buy eggs, herbs or wine. We picked up a t-shirt on the way out and will be back for the troller :)
In the words of novelist John Barth, “Neither dry land nor sea, … the Chesapeake is neither salt nor fresh; emblematic equally of stagnation and regeneration, of death and new life…” Barth then goes on to describe the slow immersion of these marshlands under the rising tides wrought by global warming.
Is this in-between land that special? I see other places affected by climate change and other coastal parks exhibiting some stagnation and regeneration, but the stagnation stands out here as no other place in memory. That could be depressing if you don’t perceive the regeneration part.
The neighbors in the campsite next to us said they came here because places like this (and everyone else) are doomed. It is hard to escape that thought while here.
With our site near the water, the first wondrous experience was a beautiful sunset, the like you will have a hard time finding in most of the Eastern U.S. To see more of the island, the observation tower near the camp store is about 25 feet above ground level. Better yet, try one of the many paddling trails in and around the island.
The fire roads laid out in a grid along with all the mucky black drainage ditches are eyesores typifying the stagnation Barth wrote about, but I learned some plant lore and met a very showy holly tree while hiking the whitetail trail.
The island with birds of many feather is a great show. Sitting with binoculars on the campground side, I saw a snowy egret, a white heron, and a great blue heron all within the circle of my binocular viewing angle. Many others caught my eye while in flight. Be sure to bring binoculars!
Our departure is scheduled for a sunny day. After many colorful sunsets hinting at dissolution, the brightness of a new dawn will end this trip with a message of hope.
We spent a night at this camp ground with our toddler. It was easy to reach and really fun! Everyone was friendly and the site was easy to find and clean with a picnic table and fire pit. The site host swung by with fire wood to buy ($5 bundles) just after we arrived. We chose a tent camping site (without electricity) and the bathrooms were super close and clean with showers and some laundry facilities. Also a lot of close, short hikes with the beach a very short hike away! We will definitely be going back soon.
Note: When we arrived, our site tags were actually hung at the entrance gate for easy pick up. The office number may be hard to reach, but someone is normally answering in the morning around 9.
We arrived on opening day (March 19, 2021) for the season. They had unfortunately been a victim of the rain and the main road to the campground had washed out. Alternative routes were set up to enter and exit. I understand from reading other reviews that they can routinely have problems when it rains . We were placed in a small site in front of the check in location. We were pre assigned a site and not given a choice. The mud and puddles were so bad we couldn’t locate the sewer connection. But the next day they came over and found it for us and leveled out some gravel piles that had been dumped on the site. The site was level and gravel. A picnic table and fire ring was available. The roads are a bit narrow and there are lots of trees. Plenty of nice area to walk our dog. We didn’t use or even go in the bathhouses so can’t comment on those. All in all it was okay… as long as it doesn’t rain. It appeared there were some full time cabin residents and camper residents as well. Location was great and we loved going into Colonial Williamsburg from here.
You’re sleeping on sand so comfort score is already 5 stars! Not to mention you’re right next to the First Landing State Park beach! The campground and beach is on the corner of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean right above Virginia Beach.
We stayed at site 174 which is one of the sites closest to the beach but on the other side of the road. It was only me and my daughter for this trip but there were man made spaces for up to 3 large person tents!
Our site did not have any good placement for a hammock but many other sites do have great trees for hammocks or slack lines!
Our spot also had water and electric hookup.
Overall great park, great campground, and great experience!