The best way to put this is ...if you're looking for a commercialized, camper/trailer-preferred campground, this is NOT going to be it. This campground is best suited for tent camping and is not suited for people looking for a commercially run site.
While the owner of this campground DOES come across as "eccentric," I found her to be a very nice lady. Sit and talk to her a while...hear her stories. She's got a lot of them. Yes, the area around her home is definitely cluttered, but the campsites and grounds themselves are beautiful. Sites 18-22 are the best ones to get as they are far away from the road and a bit more secluded. Campsite 22 provides the most privacy. If you take campsite 20 or 21, you will need to bring a canopy for shade. Sites 18 and 19 are well-shaded. The included photo(s) are of campsite 21, where we stayed.
I was actually quite impressed that an 80-something year old lady could maintain this place as she has. To the best of my knowledge, she maintains the grounds BY HERSELF, which astounds me because the whole grounds flood badly at least once a year. She'll tell you of times when the entire camp store was under water! Yet it is still up and running.
The photos on the website do not do this place justice. The rock formations and mosses are beautiful. The river itself is gorgeous...except for after it rains when it is rushing madly by! Each tent site is equipped with a firepit (rocks formed into a pit), a trashcan, and a picnic table. There are bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. It's not luxary, but it's better than SOME places I've seen! Wood is expensive ($10 per "bunch" and a bunch is not really defined), so I recommend bringing your own wood if possible.
- Also Known As:
- Gooney Creek Campground Hotel
- Gooney Creek Campground Hotel Front Royal