Our journey down interstate 81 included miles driven in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. That sounds impressive but really, it was only a 3 hour or so trip. The drive was an easy one without any traffic to speak of and no big hills to pull. By early afternoon we had arrived at Skyline Ranch Resort near Front Royal, Virginia.
We are here as RPI members and I expected a rate of $10 a night. However, upon arrival I was told that since my rig is wired for 50 amps I had to take a 50 amp site (normally 50 amp rigs have two air conditioners but ours has only one so we do just fine on 30 amps) and that it was going to cost me another $5 a night. Then, when I paid with my credit card I was charged another $6. Our $10 a night quickly turned into almost $17 a night. That’s still quite a bit less than I would have paid elsewhere, but a lot more than I expected to pay.
My site was already assigned. The majority of the campground is in nice woods with a view of the mountains which pretty much surround the campground. However, we found ourselves in the corner campsite parked in a small field. This spot, it turns out, is a bit of a mixed blessing. On one hand, there are no trees at all – on the other hand, I was able to get satellite TV almost instantly. On one hand, we are pretty much at the most distant corner of the campground – on the other hand, we have a big front yard, something hardly any other campsite here offers. The only negative that doesn’t offer an “on the other hand” scenario is the inability to see the mountains. Bummer! Within a 15 second walk up the road there are mountains. Here…zero view.
There are several nice features here: a nice activity center, a big pool, a nifty mini-golf course, a min-chapel that hosts regular church services, and several activities scheduled for the weekend. We’re literally 10 minutes from Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park and about an hour from Washington DC. There’s strong WiFi but it’s $3 a day. I’ve opted to stay on my Verizon hotspot even though it’s a weak 3G.
If I return here I think I’ll lobby more strongly for a site with a bit of shade, 50 amps or not. I’ll also mention that several reviews of this place reported stinky water. (update: according to a comment from the campground the water system has now been upgraded) We haven’t found that however my external water filter is now very dirty and needing to be changed after just a few nights here.
With the unexpected fees, the field parking spot, and the dirty water balanced by nice amenities and a pretty good location, I’d give this place a score of 6 or 7 out of 10.