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Watermelon Park Campground
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Berryville
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Owner description: Watermelon Park features camping, tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the scenic Shenandoah River. We're proud to offer the lowest rates in the tri-state area!
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Just spent this last weekend at Watermelon Park camping on Friday and Saturday night and canoeing all day Saturday. I really enjoy this part of the Shenandoah and was looking forward to a fun camping trip with friends. While Watermelon Park is extremely convenient, located right on the river, and the canoe rental operation had affordable prices, a shuttle service and decent rental boats, I would not recommend camping here. You pay per person to primitive camp, but there seems to be no limit to the amount of people they let on the property. Arriving early on Friday allowed us the opportunity to secure a somewhat private spot, but the situation quickly changed on Saturday and Sunday. After arriving back from canoeing on Saturday evening I had to politely ask a family to move their tent and camping equipment that was set up 30 feet away from us in our absence. Another car pulled in at 2:30 AM and attempted to set up camp just 20 feet from us while their headlights were shining into our tent. Car alarms were going off sporadically through the night and what little quiet we experienced from 3 AM to 6 AM was quickly shattered by loud music and shouting. Previous campers leave trash and belongings upon their departure and it appears there is little effort to clean these things up.

If you go camping to get away from people and enjoy the outdoors, do not pick Watermelon Park as your destination, instead just rent boats or tubes here and find another spot to camp. If your like me and enjoy spending time outside the city and you value and respect our natural areas then do not stay at Watermelon Park, you will be disheartened by the stress this natural area is experiencing from entirely too many people staying in one area and not respecting what is around them.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

My son, his friend, and I stayed here for the weekend last year for the Shenandoah Riverside (Bluegrass) Festival. Last year (and this year) they had discount tickets for $20 for Fri- Sat. That included the festival and primitive (tent) camping. The bands were amazing.
The tent sites are first come first serve. I was there around 7:30am to pick a spot. We were right by the river, about a 100 yrds from the bathhouses (showers and toilets, ladies!), and abot 200 yds from the stage.
The boys stayed in the river. They swam and found a bunch of golf balls (you can also fish). We went tubing Saturday. It was $10 a person and included a shuttle ride. We all loved the tubing. It was a lot of fun (relaxing too!). I did not see one snake :)
Each site has a picnic table, and likely a fire pit (made from rocks) that somebody else left. There's plenty of wood laying around, so there's no need to bring your own. There is also a store that has ice, and whatever else you might need (it's also where you rent the tubes & you will need a credit card for them to hold as collateral, but you can still pay with cash).
Last year, you needed quarters for the showers. The bathroom has since been renovated, so I'm not sure if that still applies...
Right now the prices are $30 per person over 10 y/o, for Fri-Sat. Weekdays,I think it's $10 per person. And Saturday only is $20.

They have a website that'll give prices for everything (including RV camping, kayaking, etc).

1  Thank CandiLynette
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Spent yesterday floating on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River courtesy of the great staff at Watermelon Park. Arrived mid-day to rent a tube and hit the water. The staff are fun, safety conscious and yet relaxed. The atmosphere is very laid back. The float trip from boat landing out exit point is only about 3/4 mile, but the river flows so slowly that you can spend anywhere from 1.5-2 hrs. on the water. The water is shallow enough to stop in spots and swim a bit. The water is a bit deeper mid-river, just before the take-out (and rapids). We had such a blast on the first float, we went again!

We saw a Bald Eagle, Blue Herons, lots of dragonflies, fish, frogs, and other wildlife. What a great, relaxing, fun day!

1  Thank Pam S
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Reviewed September 1, 2014
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