Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Not all camgrounds are created equal

There are many wonderful things about being able to travel around exploring this great country. One of the interesting parts of the adventure is searching out campgrounds to call home for periods as short as one day to as long as a month or maybe a bit longer. After more than three years of looking for campgrounds, it is very clear that not all campgrounds are created equal. It is also very clear that words used in advertisements for campgrounds like: resort, spacious, level, luxury, exceptional, amenities etc are mostly worthless in assessing the quality of the campground.

What is required in deciding on a campground is impartial research via RV reviews and an understanding of the number of available campgrounds where you want or need to be. In short, you need to be accepting of less than ideal conditions if the situation calls for it.

In the several times we have traveled the state of Virginia, we have found that there seems to be a limited amount of campgrounds compared to many states and lots of those could be considered marginal at best. We are traveling north on Interstate 81 to visit with several friends and found very few campgrounds and even fewer acceptable ones based on RVer reviews of our short list.

In the end, location is almost always a major factor. We have settled on the Dixie Caverns campground. Its major attraction is proximity to the interstate (read on top of) and is used by folks visiting students at nearby VA Tech College. This is one of those that makes no pretense on amenities, but understands that except for some rather old units permanently set up, it is an overnight place for those going north/south or for those visiting local students. It does have free WI-FI and cable and pull thru spots that are extremely narrow but usable. I would not want to spend a week here but is perfectly acceptable as an overnight spot. A willingness to be flexible is a key to traveling with less frustration.

I should note that this campground got its start as part of Dixie Caverns attraction which opened in 1923 and is still providing cavern tours.


Judy and Emma said...

I, too, have stayed in some rather "interesting" campgrounds in my travels. Some just don't suffice even for an overnight. Drove through and out of one of those on my way to MN a couple weeks ago. :(

Corrie, Dan and Gumbo Ryan said...

unbelievable, we stayed at very same RV park when driving the Blue Ridge Parkway 20OCT09. we agree with you, that there seems to be shortage of RV parks in VA near highways. we left Parkway expecting to find RV park with miles, next thing we know we are in downtown Roanoke during rush hours, we opend RV camp book & punched Dixie Caverns RV into GPS, & ended up driving another 20 miles! at that point we would have accepted anything! - corrie & dan

Beloved's Bride Carmen said...

We are looking foward to reading aobut your RV adventures. THanks for letting us peak in.