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2019 – Gettysburg Farm Thousand Trails – Dover, PA


We were at Gettysburg Farm Thousand Trail near Dover, PA less than a year ago and I wrote this review then. Obviously, not a lot has changed in just nine months so this will be a brief review with some new photos.

Last fall when were were at Gettysburg Farm the creek-side sites were closed due to flooding. This stay they were open. However, the area got quite a bit of rain right after Independence day and those sites got pretty soggy. I’ll include a few photos of the wet conditions. I don’t think I’d want to stay in that area which is basically grass camping with water/electric hookups.

The rest of the campground had some standing water, but nothing that would cause anyone any problems.

We appreciated the helpful staff who went out of the way to make us feel welcome. Also, the pool was open and much enjoyed by many, especially during the flip-side of the rainy days when it was very hot and muggy.

One thing I noticed, especially on the hotter days is that one row of campsites is right across the road from some of the animal pens, including the pigs and goats. It may be that you really want the farm experience, but if not, you might want to pick a spot a ways away from those pens.

When you reserve a campsite at Gettysburg Farm you now pick whether you want a w/e/s site or just one with w/e. Of course, the FHU spots fill up first. Don’t get me wrong, some folks really enjoy the creek-side spots and, with the free pump out service, it really isn’t that big of a deal (although, the potential standing water problem would concern most anyone). Anyway, if you want to get a FHU site on a summer weekend you will want to reserve early if possible.

Another change we noticed is that new arrivals aren’t allowed to check in before noon. One morning I saw four or five rigs lined up waiting to move to a spot even though there were a number of vacant sites. In this case the early bird just gets to wait till noon.

Again, we like this campground and would have no problem returning for another visit.


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2019 – Harbor View Thousand Trails, Colonial Beach, VA


We enjoyed our stay at Harbor View Thousand Trails in Colonial Beach, VA. This is a smaller Thousand Trails with only 144 or so sites. The campground is mostly level with decent spacing between the sites. However, campsites in much of the campground are “back to back.” There is room between sites, but the neighbor to the back will practically be bumper to bumper. I will mention that there are a few pull through sites and also some tent sites.

This is one of the Thousand Trails campgrounds that have started assigning spots based on rig size. We were led to our site by an employee on a golf cart. The site was, indeed, suitable for us. During the week there were a few vacant sites, but things pretty much filled up on the weekends.

The campground features a large pool, a basketball court with a new playing surface, and a mini-golf course which was being redone during our stay. From what I could tell the campsites are all 50 amp/FHU sites.

The place has lots of tree cover providing welcome shade on hot, humid afternoons. It also makes it practically impossible to get a satellite signal. It looked to me like the seasonals have chosen a few spots that offer a “hole in the sky” for satellite. I used all my satellite finding skill to spot one of the Dish Network satellites. We didn’t get most of the channels we usually get but we got the baseball games we enjoy and that worked out for us.

The nearest Walmart is nearly 30 minutes away but Colonial Beach has a couple of grocery stores and plenty of eating places. There are lots of historic attractions in the area and we enjoyed visiting several of them.

Harbor View doesn’t really offer a view of any harbor. There’s a marina adjacent to the property on Mattox Creek but it isn’t associated with the campground. No campsite has a view of even the creek although a few are close to a small fishing pond located in the campground. My Verizon signal was quite good giving us solid data service.

All in all, Harbor View is a nice place and worth adding to your Thousand Trails camping plans.


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2019 – Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails – Gloucester, VA


We last visited Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails, Gloucester, VA in 2013 and we were looking forward to this return visit. The campground didn’t disappoint and we had another nice stay. Really, not much has changed since my previous review, so I’ll just post a few more photos and let them speak for themselves.

The previous review is here.

I will mention that we were disappointed that the hot tub was out of order this visit. Also, there was some kind of electrical failure that impacted a couple of sections of the park, including the one we were in. We decided to leave a couple of days early rather than just change campsites.

All in all we enjoyed this second visit to Chesapeake Bay and recommend it.


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