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“One of the best of it's kind” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gooney Creek Campground

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Gooney Creek Campground
7122 Stonewall Jackson Highway, Front Royal, VA 22630   |  
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Australia
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22 hotel reviews
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“One of the best of it's kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed there for 2 nights mid June. Only one planned, but we couldn't resist an extra day.

If you are a 5 star type person, this is not the place for you. If you want a true camping experience, in a beautiful spot, with enough facilities to make the experience comfortable, then this is as good as it gets. The showers and toilets are a bit primitive, but they work, and are clean. We were there mid week, in an RV, and there were not many people there at the time. The experience might not be quite the same if it was crowded. Some traffic noise from the bridge during the day, but it was quiet at night.

The creek is small, but the waterhole at the top end of the campground has enough water for a dip. Fish, too.

And Gloria is a Living National Treasure. If you ask she might come and have a drink with you, and even a meal. It is a worthwhile experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beachwood, NJ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Great camping experience! Some of the sites are smaller but that didn't matter as it was just me and the dog. There is traffic noise but it fades into the background Don't know why the person from Fairfax thought the photos were fake, I had no trouble locating where the pictures were taken, they are definitely NOT fake. The creek was beautiful. Flush toilets, hot showers, and there is even a library of sorts. Gloria is 85 and takes care of the place solo. She does a great job, is very sharp, and does not miss a trick. Full of stories. Wonderful to have a conversation with. Had her over for campfire chili one night. I took some day trips (there are a ton of wineries and a distillery within 25 mile radius), spent a day or two reading and hiking and just had an all around relaxing week. I do plan on getting back there next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

Love Gloria. 85 year young lady who is owner & caretaker. This is real camping folks. Take yourself to a motel if your expecting 5 star amenities. The owner is witty, friendly, wise & takes no nonsense. We love her and look forward to sharing a drink or two with Gloria every year. We also invite her to a real campfire meal as well. Camping experience is about the people and being the outdoors the way its intended. The sites 18, 19, 20, 21 are the best most secluded creek front and out of way of vehicle over the bridge noise. The sounds of creek will put you to sleep quickly. Two years ago we spotted a black bear crossing the creek while we were up creek in swimming hole. It paid us no mind and kept on. Snakes are in water. We have never had any problems or danger. This is our family tradition now and even spent our anniversary here :) Gloria has an area for kids to play. It's her joy and pleasure to see kids enjoying themselves.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

We just returned yesterday from one of the most wonderful camping trips we have had in a long time. The pictures on the Gooney Creek website are very accurate! It is beautiful! We stayed at site #18. It's the last campsite on the campground. This campground was great! We were next to the water and a short walk from the swimming hole. The water is crystal clear and the sound of it running over the rocks was very relaxing. The campground is best for tent camping with two people. The entire campground was well maintained and the owner does it all herself! The wonderful time we had talking to the owner was part of the joy in our trip. She is a lovely lady. Gloria is a wonderful, gregarious and delightful woman. She is delightfully witty, so be on your toes! She sells ice and wood. Bring your own supplies. If you do forget something, there is a 7-11 a few miles up the road. The campsite reminds me of the old fashioned campgrounds from long ago. Very peaceful. We stayed during the week and there were not many people. There is a road next to the campground, so you will hear traffic from time to time if you have a site near that road. Site 22 is the most private. Sites 19 through 21 are also private and close together so if you have a group or family, those would be great if rented together. There is a Men’s and Women’s outhouse along with the regular bathrooms. The bathrooms have hot and cold running water and flush toilets. There are also showers! There is a large sink on the side of the bathrooms to wash your cookware. At night, the main area of the campground is lit by a lamp pole so you can see without any problem. Sites 22 through 18 do not have light at night so bring your lantern and flashlight for the night time. We loved the fact that there was no lighting because the moon was almost full and reflected off the running river. It was so beautiful! This is a no frills campground. If you want a fancy campground or expect a KOA site, then go someplace else. This is just comfortable, basic, clean camping. Our first visit, but we will be returning soon!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

It's been 2 years but I want to go back. The woman who runs the place is a gem. She told me stories and we had a great time talking. The campground is very nice, plenty of space on each site. fishing on grounds was awesome too. Bathrooms clean and showers hot. What more can you ask for while tent camping?

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

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.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Fairfax, Virginia
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

TERRIBLE!!!!! DO NOT CAMP AT GOONEY CREEK! None of the pictures you see on the website were taken at Gooney Creek. Gooney Creek is the backyard of a very creepy and old woman who could have stared in the film Deliverance. It is not at all beautiful like the website,its all rock and no shade. There is nowhere to swim and no privacy from fellow campers. The entire creek is ankle deep with the exception of one small area where we spotted a water moccasin. She also charged us 10 dollars for 10 pieces of wood when the website says you get a barrel full.The bath house is filthy dirty along with the entire site. STAY FAR AWAY FROM HERE.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7122 Stonewall Jackson Highway, Front Royal, VA 22630
Location: United States > Virginia > Front Royal
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty lodging in Front Royal
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