Park quality: Very nice campground. Neatly laid out. Most sites are pull-throughs. Reasonably priced considering how nice the park is. There are few trees, so could be hot in the summer. But the lack of trees made our stay more pleasant since we were there in the fall. There were some seasonals, but no run-down rigs. Very well managed park.
Access: Close to I-95 and US-301, but far enough way to not hear the road noise.
Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
Return yes/no?: Yes.
Notes: Between Raleigh and Fayetteville NC. Close to major shopping in Smithfield about five miles away.
Site number/quality: #87. Gravel pad. Very level. Gravel seating area. Thickly wooded, but site was cleared. Easy parking. Our site is the newer “End Loop”, and was quite large. Quiet and fairly secluded.
Park quality: Nice state park, with very nice campground. Not far from Richmond. Close to shopping in Chesterfield.
Access: Away from highways. Four miles off VA-10 and 15 miles off I-95.
Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
Return yes/no?: Would love to.
Notes: There are lots of well maintained hiking trails in the park, and two lakes. There is also a small museum about the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, which originally built the park during the Depression. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy most of the time we were here, so we weren’t able to enjoy the park as much as we had hoped. Becky took a day to drive into Richmond and take some pictures along the Canal Walk.
Site number/quality: #A86. Gravel and dirt pad. Fairly level. Concrete seating area surrounded by mostly bare ground. Heavily wooded. Our site was next to the highway and was quite noisy.
Park quality: Run down campground. Clearly was nice at one time, but buildings and sites are in need of upgrading. Lots of annuals. Close to interstate. The main advantage of this park is that it is not far from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. It is also a short distance from York River State Park.
Access: Directly off I-64.
Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile very strong.
Return yes/no?: Probably not.
Notes: There is a lot to do in this area. We very much enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg. In fact we spent two days there.
Site number/quality: #9. Gravel and dirt pad. Very level. Concrete seating area surrounded by grass.
Park quality: Nice campground, but overpriced. It is close to interstate. Not far from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and Montpelier, home of James Madison, and Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. The area is quite pretty with rolling hills and mountains all around.
Access: Directly off US-250 just off I-64.
Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
Return yes/no?: Yes, if passing through.
Notes: We took a wonderful day trip to Monticello in nearby Charlottesville.