We stayed at this facility on Memorial Day weekend, and selected it without seeing any marketing materials (web site, brochure, etc.). The private/family land where we had planned on spending the weekend did not work out, and of course, Shenandoah National Park had no available sites on Memorial Day weekend, but they were nice enough to help us find another. The rangers at the National Park called this campground the "Front Royal KOA," but as we discovered, it has not been a KOA in quite some time. Perhaps the fact that they had a vacancy on a holiday weekend should have been a warning sign, but we needed a place to stay. We are tent campers and our needs are simple and expectations were low. We were assigned a campsite that clearly had not been used in quite some time...our picnic table had been flipped upside down and was rotting...we traded the table for one from a vacant site next door. We also grabbed the other site's fire ring since ours was missing. The campsite was wooded and pleasant, and it was nice having water available at the site. While basically full, the campground was very quiet and everyone seemed well-behaved. We didn't use many of the "amenities" offered at the campground, partially because we weren't prepared for them (we had planned on spending a weekend fishing in the mountains, not at at poolside), and partially because they weren't available (like others have said, the waterside on the camp map is no longer in use). The restrooms and dish washing area were clean enough for us. The showers have recently been re-tiled (with actual tile) and were more than adequate. Because we just used the place as a "base of operations" and didn't spend much time there, it served our purposes. If we had planned on spending three days and three nights there on the property, this review would be less favorable than it is. Overall, I have been to worse campgrounds, but it is clear that this place needs an overhaul...some of the landscape features, buildings, and structures that are not in use could simply be removed rather than fixed up and the place would look/operate much better. I'd rather see no waterslide than one that doesn't work. No mini golf rather than one that needs weeding, new carpet, and painting. What is most important about the trip is that our 4-year-old had a BLAST and didn't care about the weeds and run-down facilities. He said to us as we were breaking camp, "Daddy, I know this trip didn't work out like you planned, but I think this place is just fine, and I had fun." The weekend was a success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A private campground near the entrance to the park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Front Royal Rv Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park