“natural, wooded campground surrounded by history”
Thomas Jefferson's magnificent Monticello is a big draw here, and so is the woodsy Charlottesville KOA in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, where dogwoods bloom in spring and hardwoods blaze with brilliant fall colors. It's just a half hour to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway for stunning vistas, hiking trails, cave tours and waterfalls. KOA offers a combination ticket for a trio of historic sites: Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland (home of James Monroe) and Michie Tavern, where a costumed staff serves an 18th-century lunch. Also tour Jefferson's lovely University of Virginia campus and Walton's Mountain Museum, which re-creates some of the real John Boy's life. Try tubing and rafting on the nearby James River, enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard or dine in downtown Charlottesville. Back at KOA, enjoy the pool, sports field, game room, beaver pond and pedal karts. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 75 feet. Your hosts: Bryan, Dane and Ashley.
As far as the Charlottesville KOA, I wanted to like it but just can't. It is in an awkward, out-of-the way location and both of my GPS led me on a very narrow, absolutely no shoulder, over-hanging trees, one-lane bridge, winding, curvy road to get here. There were no KOA signs and once close, on GPS said turn left in 500 feet while my RV specific GPS said turn right in one mile. Coming the way I did, you see the KOA sign at almost the last minute and there is an oncoming blind curve - I had a school bus zip around that curve as I was turning - could have been disastrous (I "yea, everyone zips around that curve.) Regardless of your approach and what your GPS's may tell you, stay on I-64, take the Hwy 20 (south) to Red Hill Road - still a little curvy and narrow but at least a little bit of a shoulder.
The check-in host was really nice but considering the overall condition of the park and my impression, it doesn't warrant a $48 (weekday) $51 (weekend) price.
On entering, there is no clear signage so where to go to register is confusing and I apparently did it wrong - taking the loop to the left in front of the office. I mentioned that they should put a sign "STOP / PARK HERE FOR REGISTRATION," "yea, everyone says that," so I'm not sure why they don't. I had to unhook my toad on an angle since I didn't turn sharp enough to make the loop and there was a large tree in my way.
The interior roads are gravel and are good enough but, very confusing! I did not get an escort and the roads are not laid out as well as what their camp map shows. I had to stop twice to study the map; back up twice to get back on track; site signs are over-grown and not clear; the way the road and some sites are, you don't know if you are still on the road or driving through someones site!
Sites are fairly close. Mine was gravel, grass, weeds, and mud.
50-amp, water, sewer and 17-channel cable available and are convenient. I doubt you would get satellite at any but maybe a couple sites.
Despite some reviews, I could not get a Verizon signal. Free wifi which was adequate.
Standard KOA stuff - playground (currently a little muddy with all the rain), fenced dog area, pool - although, the pool is a little strange being somewhat isolated through the woods in the back - and it looked a little murky. Game room, camp store, laundry, etc. There is a Pet Walk/Nature Trail - muddy and overgrown. A "Beaver Pond" with fishing - not really - too overgrown and muddy.
I like the over-all "woodsy" nature but getting to the park, the price, over-all condition and the really bad check in parking, road navigation to your site (at least my site) warrants more of a $25-30 rate than a $48-51 rate and I probably would not stay here again nor make a strong recommendation.
On to Cherry Hill tomorrow!
Easily the nicest KOA we have visited. Extremely helpful staff and excellent sites in an beautiful area.
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