Artillery Ridge Campground – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Location: 610 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-1288
Email: ArtilleryRidge@comcast.net
Date(s) Stayed: 5/26/15 – 5/31/15
Length of Stay: 5 days
Site #: #404 pull-through
Cost per night (with taxes): $38/night Mon-Thurs and $50/night Fri-Sun
Discount Used: Passport America
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3.5
Artillery Ridge Campground is great for those wanting to visit Gettysburg.
It is a family campground as well as for equine campers.  We chose Artillery Ridge based on other campground reviews found on the internet.
We made our reservations two months prior; the person on the phone was
very helpful in finding us a site that would accommodate our site and our wishes.  We found the check-in process was easy and quick; they were waiting for our arrival and had our paperwork ready.
The campground is located on the edge of the battlefield so you get the full feel of being there.  The center of Gettysburg is about 10 minute drive from the campground and only about 3-5 minute drive to the Gettysburg National Historic Site Visitor Center.
The roads into the campground are packed gravel; some have ruts from wear and weather.  Our campsite was in the back behind the horse stalls in the equine section; during the week it was rather quiet and on the weekend, it picked up with horse trailers.
We chose that are of the campground because of length of sites.  We enjoyed the outdoors; lots of birds, squirrels, bunnies, chipmunks and close proximity to the horse corral.  It was very warm during the day and sometimes, depending on the direction of the breeze, we can get a whif of horse
manure but it wasn’t too bad.  We are not horse experts but in our opinion, the horse corral could have used a little care, leveling and grass.  It looked like
a big muddy (when wet) dirt mess.   Most nights we were able to sit outside to
enjoy.  The campground had many mature trees throughout; none of which impeded our site or parking.
Our site itself was a packed gravel as well; not too difficult to level.
There were grassy patches throughout.  Each site was provided a picnic table and firepit.  Spacing between sites was average; about 20’ between sites.
Two sites over from ours was a permanent resident that a collector of junk outside (2 grills, 2 lawn mowers, etc.) in which he did not keep up.  In the area of our site stood two ‘tiny house’ residences.
The bath house was average.  They were clean; showers a little outdated
and small.  We did not see or use the laundry facilities so we can’t give an review on those.  The campground was family friendly; has a playground and pool near the entrance.
We did not use either so we can’t give an assessment of those.  There is a good sized camp store at the entrance in the same building as check-in.
It everything from basic staples, fishing supplies, pool towels and swim
noodles, and a great array of Gettysburg souveniers.
Special note: the entrance/exit is on a busy road.  When leaving the
campground, be vigilant as there is a blind curve in which motorists don’t
realize the campground entrance.   When leaving with your camper/coach, we recommend driving to the left of the campground sign before entering the road; you get a better view of the blind curve of those approaching and can enter the road more safely.

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Fort Belvoir Travel Camp – VIRGINIA (military) (Alexandria/Washington DC)

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Campground/RV Park:  Fort Belvoir Travel Camp – Virginia (military)

Location:  Outdoor Recreation (ODR), Bldg 778, 10155 Swift Road, Fort Belvoir, VA  22060  
Date(s) Stayed: 5/21/15 – 5/26/15
Length of Stay:  5 days
Site #: 45 back-in
Cost per night (with taxes): $50/night
Discount Used: none
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3.5


Fort Belvoir
Travel Camp was beautiful to look at however, it had its issues which earned it
3.5 stars.  To get to the Travel Camp/RV Park, we entered through the
Tulley Gate off of Route 1 (attention big rigs, its tight getting out of the
gate because of posts).  The travel camp is located ‘on post’ therefore,
we had to go through standard  military security and ID checks to enter.
 Once on post, directions given by the Travel Camp office were spot on.
 

The good:
The area was
absolutely beautiful.  The park overlooked the Potomac River; the view and
feel is spectacular!  Lots of wildlife, two Osprey nests, long pier for
fishing and nice walking trails on the park and in the woods.  The park
seemingly has been updated with new buildings, laundry, bathrooms and walkways.
 The laundry has three washers/dryers each ($1.00 each) with nice folding
table and chairs to sit and wait.  The bathrooms were immaculate; tile
floors and showers, stone or faux stone counters, etc.   The convenience
and distance to DC is great; although outside the post on Route 1 is rundown
but a jaunt down to Olde Town Alexandria is nice.  The post, being the
supposed ‘primo’ of military posts/bases because of its proximity to Washington
D.C. boasts it’s amenities.  Everything under the sun is on this post;
commissary, PX, fueling stations, movie theater, gyms, etc.

The
not-so-good:
The whole
campground is built on a river bank and very hilly which means the sites are
not level.  Be prepared to work with your leveling systems.  Bring
lots of leveling blocks.  This was ‘big talk’ amongst fellow RV’ers.
 Second, the cost.  C’mon, its a military post which is supposed to
serve ALL paygrades of the military, not just Senior ranks.  Even Retirees
will go elsewhere because most are on fixed incomes.  This is ridiculously
expensive for a) being a military post and b) the fact of the instability of
sites (lack of being level).   Third, get some WiFi towers on post.
 Ridiculous to be on such a large post and near major metro area, that
you’d expect better WiFi signals.  Finally, none of the gas stations on
post have diesel.  99% of 5th wheel RV’ers are pulling with diesel
engines.  We had to waste $8 in diesel just to go get it filled prior to
leaving.


So all of that
said, while it is in a beautiful area with great views and updated facilities,
its lacking in very important issues.  This Travel Camp we would have
expected to be at least a 4-5 stars but because of the not-so-goods dropped it
to being a mediocre RV park/Campground/Travel Camp.

Ivy Acres Lodge & RV Park – SOUTH CAROLINA (Piedmont)

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Campground/RV Park:  Ivy Acres Lodge & RV Park – SOUTH CAROLINA
Location:  201 Ivy Acres Drive, Piedmont, SC 29673
Phone: 864-220-9680
Date(s) Stayed: 4/21/15
Length of Stay:
 1 day
Site #: #315 pull-through
Cost per night (with
taxes): $32/night
Discount Used: none
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3

This RV park was easy to get to;
I-85 exit 39, only 1.3 miles.  The drive
into the park was a narrow driveway/road. 
The office was a large house so we didn’t know if we should ring the
doorbell or just walk in.  Check in was
easy; they were expecting us.  We have to
admit the grounds were beautiful, hilly and encouraged a good walking
workout.  There was a fishing pond in the
small valley surrounded by woods.  We
enjoyed sitting at various benches placed throughout the area.  Note that this is an adult only park for 45+
crowd, however children are welcome but management must be notified before
arriving so they can make appropriate accommodations.   Parental/Grandparental supervision required
at all times (probably because of the pond). 
Rates are for two persons per site; $ for additional campers. 

The campground area we were in
were much to be desired.  They were just
gravel sites with barely adequate hookups. 
The ground was very uneven therefore we had to use our blocks and play
with our leveling system.  The sits were
very close together.  There were mostly
permanent sites but they were generally kept separate from the temporary sites.  No ATV’s or dirtbikes allowed.  No firepits however, they had designated
gathering pits available loaded with wood for fires each evening.  Trash pickup was every morning by putting it
at the end of your site.  We did have
internet WiFi connection (AT&T) at the campground.   From what we’ve heard, there is a Camping
World about 30 minutes away.



In our opinion, this campground
is good for a pass-through overnight; not long term.  

America’s history REALLY began in Jamestown, VA

If you paid attention to history classes, you’d know that the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock on a cold Thanksgiving wasn’t the first to land in America. So that whole Plymouth Rock theory…yea…well. But don’t take our word for it, dust off the American History books and see for yourself. For those who don’t believe it, we’re here to set the record straight.

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Appomattox Court House National Historic Park – Virginia

In the first three weeks in May 2016, we anchored down at USNWS (U.S. Naval Weapons Station) Cheatham Annex near Williamsburg, Virginia.  This liberty port was two-fold. First, for visiting friends, family and shipmates; some even 250 miles away. Second, to learn a bit of our Nation’s history at Appomattox Court House.
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Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex – VIRGINIA (military) (Williamsburg)

MILITARY RV PARK  REVIEW

Campground/RV Park:  Navy Weapons Station Cheatham Annex – VIRGINIA (military)

Location:  Bldg. 284 Chase Road, WilliamsburgVirginia23185
Phone: 1-800-NAVYBED
Date(s) Stayed: 5/1/15 – 5/21/15
Length of Stay: 3 weeks
Site #:  #25 back-in (end)
Cost per night (with taxes):  $25/night
Discount Used: none
Connections: FHU
Stars: 4


We TOTALLY enjoyed our stay at Navy Weapons Station Cheatham Annex as its located right off the Colonial Parkway and close to Williamsburg and Yorktown.  There are signs on I-64 as well as Route 199 and Colonial Parkway showing Cheatham Annex exits.   This RV park is located on the Navy Base therefore, entrance is through gated and armed security; military, DOD and Civilian ID checks mandatory.    It is located very near Water Country and a short drive to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg.  Driving to tourist areas is convenient however, parking in downtown Yorktown and Williamsburg may be a challenge.  NWS Cheatham Annex is a very small Navy base.  It only has a shoppette with gas station (Diesel also!!!).  On the other side, there are rented cottages and water access.  Lots of nice places to run and ride your bikes.  Golf course on base as well.  Too many other amenities to list here so please, click on the link above for more info.



The location of the RV park was secure, manicured, beautiful and clean.  Mature trees surrounded the area but the RV concrete pad sites themselves were nicely spaced amidst young bushes and two-three year old small trees.  Sites backed into communal areas.  Each site were ample spaced and had a picnic table and fire pit.  Weekends were full and weekdays were approximately 25% to capacity.  The bath houses were new and clean; locking outside entries to each unisex room.  The laundry room was clean and roomy with three washers/dryers ($1.50 each), deep sink, soap vending machine, fold table and chairs.  Near the bath house and laundry was a small playground for young children.  There was also a conference room in the same building.  There were beautiful new cottages on the backside of the park.   Though sites were FHU’s, there was also a dump station near the dumpsters close to the entrance of the RV Park itself.  Navy Security drove through several times a day/night which was nice.  Because of military regulations, it was nice and quiet after 10pm, even on the weekends.  There were occasions of hearing the sound of freedom from artillery and range operations in the distance; nothing close and it wasn’t loud.



Free WiFi “IF” you could get on; frequently spotty and during the weekends, forget it.  We had our own AT&T hotspot which was spotty at best.  Only in certain areas of the park were we able to get an AT&T signal from one of our phones.  The other was Verizon signal was zero.  We waited until we were off base to make our phone calls and doing any internet work or research.  While the park itself and amenities were fantastic, this was the only low point of staying at Cheatham Annex.  The Navy needs to work on this.  If you work on the road via internet, you may want to think twice before staying here unless you have a WiFi booster.



Every morning, we were awakened at 0800 by the sound of the bugle playing the National Anthem and at sunset, we heard TAPS.  Please note military protocol of respect if you’re outside during both; remove your hat, hand over heart, face the bugle sound and stand at attention with no movement (teach your children and grandchildren this!); if in uniform, salute covered.  This is an HONOR to do so, please don’t run inside as our Fallen Warriors didn’t run away from battle in their day.



We plan on returning to NWS Cheatham Annex.  


9/11 Pentagon Memorial

One of the most-remembered memorials in Washington D.C., for us, was the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.  From a distance, we could tell where the American Airlines Flight 77 had made impact simply because of the new masonry.  All other evidence was nonexistent except for the Memorial benches below.  Once we arrived at the memorial, the feeling was like none other.

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