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Old 07-29-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hi all:

I'm looking for some experiences camping in the area of "The Historic Triangle" AKA Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. We camped there this last April and were happy enough with our SP (Chippokes Plantation) on the south side of the James. BUT, running the ferry took about 1.5 hours out of our day and made it nearly impossible to "run back to the camper" during the day. While there, we investigated other campgrounds on the north side of the James but nothing beats the experience of someone who's stayed there.

The most interesting / likely to me seemed to be the Newport News City Campground. When we go back to the area, it is my current intention to stay there. I know there are a couple KOAs to the west of the area which would be good since we'd be travelling home westward to OH. But KOAs typically don't fit my needs (cramped, expensive) and the two I found seemed exactly so. I know there's a private-owned campground just outside of Williamsburg to the west just off of VA-60 (I think?!?). It looks like there used to be one heck of a nice CG on the north bank of the James right by the Jamestown visitors center, but that's apparently been closed a few year by the look of the place. Sad, because it looks like it was once very nice.

So, anyone have experiences / suggestions? I'd like to change CGs next time we go and I'd like to not stay at a different one for the next 6 years worth of visits until I find a decent one!
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American Heritage and Anvil Campground are both nice. Anvil is surprising in that the city has kinda grown up around it. It's small and feels like it's in the country, but it's a block from a "restaurant row" and about 2 miles or less from Williamsburg's historic district.

American Heritage is much bigger and a bit pricier perhaps, but again very nice - wonderful showers with complete privacy. However the Norfolk Southern main line to to the harbor runs within EASY hearing distance of this one - you'll hear the long coal trains running.

NN City is right off of I-64 and you might hear the traffic all night long unless you get one of the "WAY BACK" spaces.

It's more convenient to Yorktown than the other two, but not by much.

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