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Pohick Bay Regional Park
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Lorton
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Wow. Camping: camper, cabins, tent sits they have it all. Huge pool with water park (seasonal) Boat ramp, kayak launch area, playground, mini golf, frisbee golf, hiking, walk to Mason Neck State Park, an eagle sanctuary, walk to historic Gunston Hall. Miles of bike trails. 20 miles to Washington Dc and attractions. Perfect Park!

2  Thank danegirl100
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We just went to do a little walk about, away from the traffic noise. it appears to be a nice place to launch a boat or even some jet skis. there's also a mini golf course.

1  Thank JerseyAJ
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Reviewed December 14, 2008

We stayed a week in Pohick Bay campground the first week of April of 2008 in a tent, it was a great campground.We done a lot of walking and went to the bay and set on a bench and just enjoyed everything so much. We also went to the metro station and went to Washington, DC , WE HAD A BALL!!! One night we was without power and no bathroom, but no one could help that the transformer blew out, but they was on top of it to get it fixed, so we understood everything, sometimes things happens. We are so excited that we are driving our RV to Pohick Bay Regional Park in June 2009 and spend 13 days there!! Everyone there was very helpful and nice. It was nice and peaceful week!

1  Thank chillinSouthGeorgia
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Reviewed September 23, 2008

We're tent campers, and go to get away from civilization and commune with nature. However, this site is RV-dominated, with many sites looking like permanent residences. The sites were very close to each other, often with no trees or other shielding. At least all the sites had electric hookups, so no generators running all night.

The bathhouses were filthy.

On the plus side, they had a great, new playground for the kids, and a good ranger interpretative program.

This was a busy fall weekend, so campsites were full all over the area. I'd recommend Burke Lake Park, if its available.

3  Thank Minivandriver
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Reviewed June 24, 2007

We stayed in this county park for 5 nights in June 07. It's a lovely little campground, with spacious treed sites. The park has boat access to the bay and an outdoor pool. The estate of George Mason, one of the country's founding fathers, is a half mile walk by trail and is open to the public. It was quiet after hours all 5 nights we were there and had mostly young families/retirees. Very few tent campers; mostly RVs. The campground also has 6 air conditioned cabins with electricity. The campground is about 4 miles off Route 1 and about 11 miles from the Franconia/Springfiled Metro station (end of the line). We took the Metro into the city every day, parking in the garage at the station. ($3.75/day).

The cabins are pretty new and charming. We slept 4 teenagers and two adults and it was cramped, but acceptable. It would be far more comfortable with 4 people for the double bed and bunk beds in the back room and futon in the front room. The vinyl covered mats on the beds are pretty hard; comfort would be improved by adding your own on top. The futon was a regular futon. Bring along a small fan to move the cooled air into the back room, if you want. The weather we had while there was oppressively hot & humid for two of the days and we were very grateful for the AC.

The cabin contains a table, 4 chairs, full length mirror, microwave, trash can, broom and dustpan. The small porch has a bench swing. Our
cabin had very little room in front of it, but the others had more. There is a firepit and small grill. We had brought a screen house but
had no room to set it up.

We were very comfortable, and the cul de sac with the cabins is very close to the showers/bathroom. The shower buildings (there are two) have the only water spigots for the campground, and a couple of washers/dryers - bring your own detergent.

The outdoor pool is a pleasant wooded walk but would be challenging for fragile people. You can also drive and park at the pool. The pool
is an additional (but discounted) cost for campers, a fact not noted anywhere on their site or communicated during two phone calls prior to our stay (even when questions were asked about the pool). During our two visits to the pool, which is very large, clean and had a kiddie pool, the staff appeared to be entirely high school kids.

The biggest problem with this campground is the communication from staff to campers. We saw only one adult during our time; the ranger in his office. The staff was very young: during a visit to the office
to straighten out whether or not I had paid for an additional night (I had, but they had lost the record) there were 4 people: the youngest was a rising senior in high school, 1 graduated last year and 1 had just graduated in 07. The fourth was a friend who was just 'hanging out'.

My parents, who had joined us from New England with their fifth wheel, were very unpleasantly surprised to learn there was no water hookup at their site. Further, they weren't told there was no water hookup beforehand so they could fill their tank before setting up. The office information board and the website say "full hookups". Only a handful of sites (about 10) have water. This wasn't communicated to us.

The showers closest to us were closed down for 24 hours for maintenance. A trip to the other shower was unpleasant because the screen door had several rips and the interior was incredibly buggy-both flying and dead all around the sinks. A stall in the bathroom closest to us ran out of toilet paper on Monday and as of my last visit (on Friday) had not been refilled. Someone's personal soap dish which had been left behind sat on the shelf above the sinks for the entire time we were there. Overall, though, the bathrooms weren't dirty. There was a very small amount of trash (several odds/ends of paper/plastic) near our cabin which we cleaned up.

This is a great little park which needs a better, more informative website, older staff, and better management. None of the small problems we encountered were unmanageable; if we'd known ahead of time, we would have been less irritated by the lack of information.

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