Usually when we go out with our trailer, the campground is basically the "destination." In this case, the campground was a place to park our "mobile motel room" so we could explore the area and do a day trip to the beach.
This was our first time staying where full hookups were standard, and we had a pull-through site on a level concrete pad. A picnic table was provided, and a metal "fire pit" will be delivered to your site if requested.
There was decent space between the sites, though of course not like what you find at a state park! But speaking of which, American Heritage RV Park is just 4 miles from York River State Park. After getting set up, we went there and we highly recommend it for nature lovers.
The campground is also close to Colonial Williamsburg, and a little over an hour away (depending on traffic) from Virginia Beach and First Landing State Park.
The bathrooms were clean, showers had hot water, and the campground was very quiet. A train comes through the area a couple of times a day (and night), but we didn't find that to be a problem.
It's close to I-64 (easy on/off) and easy to find, though the actual road INTO the campground is pretty narrow.
We chose to stay here instead of one of the campgrounds in VA Beach just because traffic in and around VA Beach is crazy. Seriously. I felt much better about just driving there with my car instead of towing the trailer through that mess.
We didn't check out the pool, but it seemed nice and we saw people swimming. Some folks we met said they'd been at the campground a week.
Be sure to ask about AARP, Good Sam, AAA, or other memberships you have because they'll give a 10% discount when you check in. We had good cell service on AT&T and Sprint networks.
While it was the most expensive place we've stayed so far, compared to an oceanfront motel room at VA Beach during peak season, it was a very good deal. We'll probably stay here again in the future.
More about this trip (and all we did in 2 days!!) is on my blog:
After visiting the park many times, we finally camped there in July 2019. Most of the sites were huge and level, and we were able to choose a mostly-shaded site with water and electric near the bathhouse.
Everyone we met (rangers, people in the visitor's center, etc.) was very helpful and friendly.
We hoped to go tubing, but since the river was running high and fast, they weren't renting tubes, and we asked too late about renting a canoe or kayak. (They do drop offs and pick ups at certain times and reservations are recommended.)
Cell service is extremely limited, but there's wi-fi available at the visitors center and we used that to check in with our pet sitter.
It was SO HOT when we were there and we really wished there was a designated "beach" area on the river (or in a perfect world, a pool). Swimming is not advised due to rocks and drop-offs, but people were in the river, anyhow.
We'll definitely go again!
More pictures and information about our experience is on my blog:
We've stayed here several times, most recently in June 2019. Large, level sites with electric hookups. Potable water is available at various spigots around the campground loops as well as on your way in (to fill up your fresh water tank). Cell service is very limited, though this time I had intermittent service (for texting) with AT&T 4G.
Only C loop allows you to make site-specific reservations, and these fill up quickly. B loop is first come-first served, but that is often full, too. We're close enough (25 miles) that we'll sometimes drive over to claim a site in B loop then drive home to get our trailer. Wish there was a better system re: reservations!
But the lake is nice, bathhouses are clean, and we always enjoy being at Sherando--when we can get a site!
More pics and information about Sherando Lake Campground is on my blog:
We stayed here during The Heatwave of July 2019 (ugh) when the "feels like" temperature was up to 111 degrees. Because of that, we had to limit our outdoor time, but we still enjoyed our stay.
Our site was reasonably level once we backed in all the way, shaded, and close to the bathhouse. (Sites in the first loop have more shade than those in the second loop.)
We enjoyed touring the (air conditioned) nature center and CCC museum in the park, and the pool was wonderful!
Really hope we can visit again to take advantage of the trails, kayaking, and everything else this beautiful state park offers!
More pictures and info about our stay is on my blog:
We enjoy our visits to Misty Mountain. While close to home, it's like a mini-vacation when we're interested in swimming, playing pool, or participating in special events. We always stay on top of the hill where it's generally less crowded. Sites # 49 and # 50 are next to the woods (a bit more private), though it's a longer walk to the bathroom.
We're usually in the smallest trailer in the campground, as there are numerous motor homes and large trailers here. Water/electric hookups are sufficient for us, though many sites offer full hookups. We especially enjoy staying mid-week when it's less crowded.
While more privacy in the lower section of the campground would be nice, I think many people stay here for the amenities on site (pool, game room, playground, small fishing pond, etc.), as well as being close to all the vineyards, breweries, and historical attractions within a 10-15 mile drive.
Bathrooms are always clean, staff is always helpful.
When this is the type of "camping" we want to do, we always have fun!