VA - Westmoreland SP

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  1. elle

    elle New Member

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    I did a search and didn't see a thread for this park so I'm starting a new one. Sorry if I missed one some place else.

    We went over to Westmoreland SP to camp for Father's Day. Pretty nice place, they have a bunch of trails ~ one leads down to some cliffs where you can look for fossils, beach area where you can fish or rent paddle boats ($6/hour) or kayaks ($8 single or $10 tandem/hour) with a picnic area too, and then a huge pool with 2 diving boards and a small slide (the changing areas were clean, older but still well maintained).

    We had never been there before and checked in really early so our site wasn't ready (check-in time isn’t until 4 pm and then check-out the next day is at 3). The lady at the desk asked if we'd been there before or had any site preference, I said no just something near the bathrooms and shaded (all sites are shaded). She said how about A6, it's one of my favorites, ok lady we've never been here before A6 it is. We did a drive by and OMG, we had the biggest site in the entire park (there are several sites that accommodate up to 40 ft. but I think ours was the biggest of the big), it was almost sad to sit up our little 20 foot fully extended pop-up in that site. I swear, we could have fit 2 of our campers and trucks in that site and still had room to spare.

    We can’t wait to go back again and next time we’ll explore some of the local attractions (Stratford Hall or George Washington’s birth place)

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    Thanks for the info, was looking at going there in August.

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  3. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    westmoreland is a great park close to dc/northern virginia and far enough from everyone to relax. The fishing is nice in the river and for those hot days they have a pool. Got nice small towns in the area where you could antique shop(wife loves the stuff).

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    Just back from a weekend at Westmoreland SP. A definite "go again", nice (not cramped together) sites, all wooded. (I would take any site in campground A.... B is a little tighter togeher, with more sites for the 1 bathhouse... would not stop me from taking one, but A in my view is nicer)

    Kids had a blast at fossile beach (about a mile walk from the campground) sifting sand looking for sharks teeth (each found some), just stop at the visitor center, they have sifters you can borrow.

    A Saturday afternoon craft, Saturday evening movie (happy feet when we were there) at the visitor center. They had a afternoon kyak trip (pay extra for that)... we did not do that one... and in the warmer months they have boat rentals and a pool (also extra fee) all in all, a very family friendly, fun place to go.
     
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    I spent many weekends in my youth in that area. Westmorland use to also be a great place to find small sharks teeth on the beach. I still have a jar full of them, although you have to look carefully. We have hundreds of small teeth, and many large one's too!
     
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    We just got back from a trip there the weekend before the 4th of July. It was very crowded and we arrived on Saturday due to schedules, so we all of 2 sites to choose from and ended up with a site in B loop. A is definitely the better loop because it is closer to the water and has slightly less crowded sites. B loop the sites were right next to each other but backed up to woods, which the dogs enjoyed roaming around in. C loop would be great for tents but hard to park a camper of any sort in as there is a small path between the parking pad and the tent pad and not enough room to fit a camper on the parking pad, though even on this crowded weekend there was only 1 tent camper in that loop.

    You have to drive down to the main beach; it is not really a walk-able distance and very hilly. That said, there was plenty of parking and the driving wasn't a problem. Several times we just hopped in the truck and went down for a quick swim to cool off. There were 100+ people picknicking and swimming that weekend but they were all friendly and there was plenty of space for us to swim with the dogs. The water was lovely, brackish, and had gentle waves. We saw lots of small fish. There were many people fishing right of the rocks, so you had to be careful not to swim near their lines if you were going any distance out in the water (20+ feet). They had bathrooms, a snack shop, and a foot-washing station.

    We did the hike to fossil beach but did not enjoy it as it is quite a steep hill down to the beach and it was extremely hot, buggy, and muggy and there were many others who had the same idea so the beach was packed. Since there are no bathroom facilities, etc. on fossil beach and it was crowded, well...it was an issue. We preferred the main beach.

    There were a lot of flies and mosquitoes so I'd definitely bring a screen room if you have one. The restrooms were adequate though of all the state and ACOE campgrounds we've been to these were the least well maintained or cleaned. I was impressed that even with a packed campground all the other campers were quiet and respectful and we had no trouble with part-ers.

    We will keep this on our list to re-visit just for the brackish beach - we had a blast swimming with the dogs!
     
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    We just got home from Westmoreland State Park. I think I'd agree that the above reviews are on target. The boat rental prices may have increased by now though. We didn't check that out.

    We stayed in Loop B, Site 21. It was graveled, flat, and plenty long enough for our pop-up. We camped with friends in a TT that were in Site 14, angled sites that were back to back.

    We drove through Loop A, which was paved and had more pull-through sites. We liked Loop B better. It was a little less hilly and had a mix of tents in basic sites, pop-ups, travel trailers, and a couple of smaller motor homes. The camp store is across from Loop B. The campground is patrolled by park police and it was quiet.

    Down by the water, it can really get crowded on the weekends. Lots of people set up for the day with easy-ups, hammocks, and plenty of friends and food.

    I'm already thinking about when to go again this summer.
     
  8. roybraddy

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    Darn - Been trying to keep this a secret for a long time now... We just live some 25 miles from Westmoreland SP... It is most definitely our home site...

    We always camp in B loop in one of the Electric sites close to the Bath Room building...

    All of my mods gets tested here first...

    Only down side I can think of it seems like any and all storms that head for this part or Virginia all head for Westmoreland State Park... Been some real doozies here...

    I will be in LOOP B on the road going West from the Bath Room building at a large Tent Site spot (No hook-ups) to test out my new battery bank pretty soon now...

    This is my favorite spot in LOOP B (some 20 steps from the Bath room building - forget site number)
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