Reviewed by EP13 on June 6, 2011
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Tent camped here May 22-25 and can recommend site #23 in Loop B. I completely agree with both of the previous reviewers!! The site was huge, private and had a back trail leading out of the site and up to the bathrooms. Granted we were there just before the Memorial Day rush, the place was virtually empty. In the entire B loop there was only 1 other site taken.
I have two 4 year olds and it was impossible to remove them from the beach! The water was surprisingly warm already. If you are used to clean & patrolled beaches, this one wasn't. I had to repeatedly tell the kids, "No, don't touch that....don't step on that trash, etc..." And definitely take care of your "business" before you hit the beach as it is a lengthy walk back to the bathrooms!
As for the bathrooms, perhaps they had read the prior review about cleanliness because 3 mornings in a row there was a nice gal in there scrubbing away! Of course there were your typical bugs/spiders/moths, but to be expected when camping. As for the showers, they were definitely hot & very spacious - I had both my children in there with me and had enough room. However, the water pressure is overkill. It could take the paint off the walls! You don't want to put your face in direct flow unless you need dermabrasion! They should attach some kind of water conservation device to slow the flow.
And I also agree with the reviewer who commented on the lack of Rangers and lack of tornado warnings. Before our trip there, we read both reviews & didn't really give the negative comments much thought. OUR MISTAKE! BUY A WEATHER RADIO before coming here! And introduce yourself to the wonderful camp host & hostess! They saved us BIG TIME! Let me explain, having just returned from a drive around town, the guys & gals checking your ID as you drive in gave an upbeat wave & thumbs us as we drove past their ID check. Then as we pulled into the site the camp hosts drove up in their golf cart to warn us of a tornado warning effective from that minute (4pm) to 8pm in the evening with winds predicted to be up to 65 mph! I hadn't even turned my vehicle off when they were telling us this...so we jumped into immediate action taking the wet clothes off the line, tossing our camp chairs, etc into the back of the truck. Within 2 minutes of their warning, the screen house was taking flight!! I felt like I had a kite by the tail, but was able to collapse it and the poles (barely), throw them in and dive into truck!!! We were soaked within 10 minutes of the warning! Here's where we give kudos to this site! Facing #23, set up your tent to the left. You'll be tucked in next to the dune and it could very well SAVE YOUR TENT! Hats off to North Face too! A good tent and rainfly are priceless! So, the winds were clocked at 75mph, trees were down everywhere, power to most VA Beach residents was knocked out for hours & two trucks were blown over on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge!! Think we would have gotten a warning from a Ranger? NAH! Guess they were too busy running for cover! Thank goodness for those hosts who lost their own screen house so they could warn others. And some campers I met the next day never even got a warning. Lots of upset campers, for sure! The frustrating part of this story is an hour later we went to leave the park again and I made a comment about that horrific storm and wondered aloud "Gosh, think we'll get hit again?!" When the dope who earlier waved us in shifted his computer screen so we could see the storm had moved out to sea! WHAT AN IDIOT! He knew the storm was on it's way, he had an NOAA Weather monitor AND NEVER said anything when they gave us a little wave!!
Bottom line, if the people in the little shed had more of a clue and interest in helping the campers out, I would have given this camp ground 5 stars!
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