Chippokes Plantation State Park

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  1. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

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    This is a nice park app. 8 miles east of Surry Virginia and across the river from Jamestowne which can be accessed by a free ferry that runs 24/7. The drive from the campground to the ferry is app. 12 minutes with a 20 minute ferry ride and then app. 12 minutes to Colonial Williamsburg. They have n Olypic size swimming pool, a riverside beach area, a historical area consisting of the original plantation structures some of which you can tour for free. Near by are other historical sites such as Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort which can be toured for a combined $12 admission and of course acrosss the river is Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktowne. The campground host (Mr. Lee; July, 2013) is friendly and a former pop-up owner all though he now has a TT.

    The campground is divided up into two loops. Loop A is the oldest and built before RV's became popular so the sites are small and unlevel. Each site has water and electricity. The shower/Restroom building is two small as there are only 4 showers, two of which are handicap accessible for 30 sites. In addition the vent fans in the showers were not working and the water pressure is poor. As this loop is older there is a good amount of shade to be found but care must be taken if your rig is over 25' open in length. The best sites were sites 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 31 and 32. Sites 8, 10 and 22 were ok. The sites as noted earlier are unlevel and gravel driveways with very nice level tent pads.

    Loop B is much newer with asphalt drives. The trees in this section consist of mainly pines so not as much shade as in loop A but still a good amount at most sites. This section has 18 sites all with water/electricticty. There were 6 pull thrus and unlike at most campgrounds these pullthrus have privacy and are spacious and just might be the best sites in the whole campground. Hard to say that there are any bad sites here but sites 1,2 for folks that like privacy might not be the best and site 11 and 12 are less shady.

    For those folks wanting a campground close to Colonial Willimaburg I would recommend this campground. Should I return, I will most likely stay in Loop B this time but won't be disappointed if I can get the right site in Loop A. It should be noted that you can not reserve a site only which loop you want to be in it. Upon arrival you go to the visitor center where the friendly and helpful people give you a packet including a car pass, site placard, pool tickets(if not get them from the host), several brochures and a Virginia State map. You then go to the campground and set up on a vacant site.
     
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    Just some additional info., Surry Virginia has a Dollar General Store with a very small amount of basic groceries and a Circle K gas station convenience store. If you forget anything or need groceries for the most part you have to take the ferry across the river to get it.
     
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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Shhhhhhh.. you cant tell the world about my fav park!!!!!! this is a great place if you want to visit williamsburgs area and not be camping on top of other campers. I hosted a pop-up rally here a few years ago.
     
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    Chippokes is our favorite camping spot and a great getaway - since we're only 50 minutes away. We were there last weekend, Loop B, and had a great time!
    The kids love the pool and the geocaching!
     
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    Plenty of supplies , full size grocery stores etc. available in Smithfield, about 30 minutes away , without having to take ferry. But the ferry is a relaxing ride!
     
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    Campit EAT SLEEP CAMP

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    And if you go to Wakefield, there's the Virginia Diner, Tastee Treat and IGA grocery store. About 6 miles up from Wakefield there's the best pork Bar-B-Que (Cowlings) you'll ever eat!
    Just to add to the info. :)

    Campit
     
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    We just returned from our first trip to Chippokes Plantation State Park. We could have used a couple of more days. We didn't have time to tour the mansion or the agriculture museum, let alone any of the hikes.

    Loop B is now entirely site specific reserved. Loop A has a few site specific sites, but is mainly general E/W reserved. The sites on the outside of the loop are pretty decent. The sites on the inside of the loop are very unlevel. If possible, get there early to pick your site.

    We would like to go back and spend more time.
     

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