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Old 08-13-2007, 02:20 AM   #1
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Could anyone recommend a good campground in the Natural Bridge or Lexington, Virgina area that has full hook-ups. We're looking to stay somewhere around that area or maybe even close to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a week next summer. I'd like to start doing my "homework" now and would prefer to stay somewhere that is scenic and with sewer connections. We'll be travelling in a hybrid travel trailer. Thanks.
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Could anyone recommend a good campground in the Natural Bridge or Lexington, Virgina area that has full hook-ups. We're looking to stay somewhere around that area or maybe even close to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a week next summer. I'd like to start doing my "homework" now and would prefer to stay somewhere that is scenic and with sewer connections. We'll be travelling in a hybrid travel trailer. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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We've stayed at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parkô at Natural Bridge, about 5 miles from Natural Bridge, located on the James River nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Interstate 81. You'll have a choice of either a waterfront site along the James River or a deeply wooded area.

Some of its amenities are large RV Sites, WiFi, Pull-Thru Sites, cable TV, swim lake, canoeing, fishing, game room, camp store, hayrides, mini-golf, 50 amp service, swimming pool, and trout pond.

It's also a Passport America park and may give a 50% discount on some of your stay.
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:54 AM   #4
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I second Richard's recommendation. I've been there and it is a very nice CG.
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The Verona KOA is really nice but if you want a senic park my recommendation is Country Waye up in Lurray.
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There is the Lexington KOA which gets good reviews on rvparkreviews.com. I've not been there in years.

Richard and Gary: good to hear about Jellystone. Years ago, we stayed there often in our TT when it was James River Recreation Area. It was sold to some very grumpy people who chased everyone away. Apparently, it is under new ownership and doing well. We need to check it out since it is only about 1 1/2 hours from us.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:59 AM   #7
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We stayed at the KOA on the way to Vermont last October and the Yogi Bear on the way back and both were nice. We prefer the Yogi Bear.

The Yogi Bear has riverside W E in the lower campground and a choice of shaded or open campsites with full hook ups in the upper campground. KOA is all shaded sites and our reservation was for full hook up but they put us on a W E only.

Just East of the Yogi Bear is a neat little country store if you need supplies.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:25 PM   #8
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don't know if it is still there, but about 5-6 years ago we stayed at the Campground at Natural Bridge. It is near the hotel. It was a nice shady CG.
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Sorry to be negative about the Yogi Bear Park at Natural Bridge, but I will never stay there again.

They would not honor my advance reservation because they said it was not in their computer. I had a hard copy of the emailed confirmation with me but that was useless to them.

Next I asked for a "passport site" and they said no because I applied for a reservation and had a confirmation...Because they knew they would have to refund 50% of my deposit, they started to acknowledge my reservation and agreed to me put in a site in their "wooded" area.

Fine, but because the site was so short they made me put the Toad in their overflow area quite a walk away.

The overall condition of the campground was sloppy and not well maintained...I rated it a 2.

The next thing was I discovered they actually double dipped the sales tax. Instead of just giving me a cash refund they insisted it had to be a credit card refund transaction.
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:11 PM   #10
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I wouldn't stay at Yogi Bear in Natural Bridge if it was the last campground in the world.
I tried to stay there using Passport America and it was off season and only one othe camper there. The site they gave me was for a mountain goat and with wood and levelers I couldn't get level. I then asked for another site and it was worse than the first one. After trying a total of 3 sites I asked for my money back and stayed in a rest area on I-81. I would recommend staying at KOA a little pricey or Yogi Bear in Luray right before the skyline drive.
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Tom and others.....I wonder if there could be the possibility that either time has elapsed since the "good visit" and it's gotten worse or maybe time has elapsed since the "bad visit" and it's gotten better?

HERE is a link to the rvparkreview site, where there were stays recorded in March,May,June and August of this year, with four of the five being favorable...
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My good sam group and another both were at Yogi-Bear last fall at the same time--NO one had a really good level site--My club say they will NOT go back there--several sewer tops were missing and maintenance could care less-the place definately needed help-
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I want to thank everyone for their great replies to my question. It would seem that the opinions vary quite a bit from one place to another. I guess it all boils down to what flips your switch. Over all Yogi Bear sounds fairly decent, but I am concerned about the fact that it is divided by a highway. We wouldn't have any children with us, so that wouldn't be an issue. Are there any campgrounds within a 50 mile radius that might be good possibilities?
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One of the reviews on rvparkreviews is mine. We usually go there twice a year and have always found the park clean and the staff friendly.
It is expensive as we have found some KOA's. And yes, not all of the sites are level. We find this to be a comfortable place. The campground is split by a secondary road, but this should not be a deterrent. The sites on the hill are a short walk from the camp store, pool, mini golf & lake. We camp there in a motorhome.
Wildwood Campground is located on RT. 130 about a mile east of the Parkway. This is smaller, and has quite a local following. There are weekend concerts with some of the best local talent in our area. Wildwood is about 15 miles from Jellystone. RT. 130 is a two lane primary road that has some twists & turns. The pull is not bad and the scenery is great.
Hope this helps you with your decision. I live in the area near Wildwood and may I can help with other info about my part of Virginia.
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