Fort Eustis Recreation Area

 
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Location

Installation
Fort Eustis, Newport News, VA
GPS Coordinates
37.1609, -76.595
Location Information
Fort Eustis, Newport News, VA

Directions

Directions
Newport News I-64 Exit 250A

Contact Information

Phone Number
(757) 878-2610/2565
Mailing Address
Outdoor Recreation, Bldg. 828, Kells Drive, Fort Eustis, VA 23604

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Accepted up to 6 months in advance.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Bowling, Paint Ball, Aquatic center, Propane, Tennis.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Commissary
  • Exchange

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
9
W/E/S
$20
N/A
N/A
Cabins
5
Full
$75
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

This travel camp has nine campsites which were designed to blend in with the beautiful flora and fauna, which surrounds Lake Eustis.

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2.6
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19 March 2015

I did a drive through this campground today. This is not a place that I would stay unless I had no other options. Fairly easy getting in main gate if you come in with camper stay to the right. There are a lot of stops and turns getting back to the CG, which is in the back corner of base close to the water. Sites are plenty large enough for anything you are driving or pulling but they are dirt sites. Roads in CG are gravel covered potholes which needs some work. Really nice commissary and exchange on base as well as gas station. Transportation museum is close to main gate as well. This would not be my first choice of places to stay in the area.

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June 22, 2014

We did a drive through today. This is not a place that we will stay at. From observation I would agree w/review on 7/12/2013. Hard to believe this is a military installation.

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June 28-July 5, 2013

This really is a trailer lot and not a camping site. This was one of the worst experiences my wife and I have had in more than 4 years of camping. It was our third trip to Ft. Eustis. We had to share hook-ups with a camper who was "pigging" off our site. Therefore, I couldn't seal the sewer which resulted in a terrible odor and thousands of flies. The person who was "pigging" got drunk and came pounding on my door and other camper's doors at 11:00PM. He just wanted to talk. Finally got the sewer fixed. The site is in very poor shape. Most sites filled by very long-term RVs. The command at Fort Eustis has to step in and correct this situation. I got a $60 refund, but my trip was ruined. Make this a true camping site or make it a long-term trailer lot.

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(Updated: April 26, 2013)
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2.0
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4.0
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April 2013

Second time and last time staying here. Nothing has changed, Noisy... not kept up..... Had to share all hook ups with neighbor..their water line running past front of our unit. Sewer line running along the back side of unit. Staff friendly and helpful but not their fault. If you are an RV'er this is NOT the place. Taking the kids camping it's o.k. Plain to see that no money in the past has gone into this place to make any improvements. Heavily wooded so no satellite coverage, no cable hook up, antenna reception poor. Would like to occasionally watch news or favorite program in evening. Not a chance.

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3.0

8-9 Aug 2012

R.L. left this review using the Directory software: - Had no problems making reservations or getting checked in. We were able to add a night at the last moment. It's a decent campground, we stayed in #8, a pull through with plenty of room for our 35' fifth wheel. We just followed the gps through the base, and although it wasn't looking anything like a campground would be there, it was. Got through with no difficulty. We came mostly for the commissary, which is excellent.

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(Updated: July 25, 2012)
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1.6
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2.0
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2.0
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2.0
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1.0

July 24, 2012

(We ended up not staying at this campground) As fulltime Retired DOD we thought this would be a nice campground to try. But when we called to set up our reservation the lady on duty took all of my information including our arrival & departure times...then asked for my Social Security Number. What??? We've been RVing all over the US and CAN, including military campgrounds and no one has ever requested my SSN. I refused (as everyone should - since even law enforcement says not to give out your SSN to "just anyone") and she said she couldn't take our reservation. I called the MWR Director who told me they are using a civilian software that requires that they input all SSN's and that he had run it past the Jag Officer - they said it was "ok". Well it isn't ok for us and we elected to stay at a different military campground...this one is now off our radar for good! So we feel the over all experience, deserved a 1 star.

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3.5
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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3.0

Nov 13-18, 2009

We arrived just after the Noreastern storm had passed. The only real problem we had was with the reservation system. I called a few days early and was told no SSN, No reservation! After a call to the office of the Director of MWR that problem went away. That office called the FAMCAMP office and told them to make my reservation without the SSN. I hope they can delete this requirement so I don't have to make that call again. The help at the FAMCAMP was very friendly and offered directions to downtown. No map of the Ft Eustis facilities was available at the FAMCAMP office? A local newspaper machine at the office would be a nice addition. No problem with parking our 5th wheel or with the hookups. The park road network was full of muddy potholes that a simple load of stone would fix. There is a terrific little BBQ restaurant next door to the FAMCAMP office with free WIFI 24/7 from their patio. Very nice facility but under used. The only road into or out of the campgrounds is closed during the week from 0630 to 0730 for PT.

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3.5
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3.0

Nov 12-16, 2009

Don't know how anyone could have problems size-wise. We have a 39' 5W and there are no restrictions driving or parking. Got here mid-nor'easter, so it was very wet and windy. Biggest problem was with reservations--we did get the last space over the weekend. Had a fill-in office guy and he took 45 min to do our reservation. Think he put me on hold whenever someone walked into the office. Biggest heartburn was they wouldn't make a reservation unless I gave them my SS#--said that is how they tracked your reservation. Haven't had any FamCamp require my SS# in several years. In this day and age of ID theft, think it is very wrong to put one's name, address and SS# in one place. When I checked in and complained was told that all the info was safe in their computer!!! Will see the MWR director on Monday if I can and have words.

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June 23-24, 2009

J.C. left this review using the Directory software: Campground needs a lot of TLC. Road is narrow and big rigs will have difficulty. On the plus side, the rates are inexpensive and they have 50 amp service, water and sewer. The Restaurant right by the park is nice and relatively inexpensive.

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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Feb. 17 - 24, 2009

This was our third time here. I was surprised what we found based on the ratings here. Although there are only 9 sites, they are very large, easy to get our 30' tow behind in. It was a easy hook up to water and sewer and out Sat had a clear view to the Southwest side. You need to call ahead for reservations as it fills up fast. The office has limited hours so plan on checking in with the site manger in spot 4. Do not plan to go in and out during PT hours as the road leading in and out is closed. It is close to 64 and travel was easy. The cost to stay is 1/2 the price of Newport News Camp Ground $18.00 a night, and was a great deal. I highly recommend this facility.

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4.3
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0

11-12 Aug 08

This campground has did a 180 degree flip, the homesteaders have been ordered to move on and now equal access to other RVers have granted. They also have a rental trailer section already setup for visitors without an RV. I know I rated this campground hard before but since my last visit I have a change of heart and has already made reservation to return in Sept for my wife's birthday. Good location to the PX, gyms, recreation facilities. Thanks to the Manager that decided to see the right thing for all soldiers and vets who want to have access to their recreational benefits such as this Military campground.

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3.3
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4.0
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July 2008

P.C. left this review using the Directory software: Changes have been made to the policy, it is set up that you can not stay more than 30 days. The campground is located close to all the vacation sites. Needs more bathroom facilities and a laundry facilities even though the laundry facilities are within 1.5 miles from the campground. Even prior to the change there were always two or three sites available.

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1.6
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4.0
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2.0
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1.0
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1.0

Oct 06

The Campground is not professionally ran, they allow people to stay as long as they want, it should be called a trailer park instead of a family campground, some have been there for 2-3 years, of the 9 sites only 1 is available for using all the others are Home Steading. The Hookups are backwards and they don't have a separate dump station if you Dry Camp, Oh yeah they have people hogging those areas as well, Management has failed this campground. The club there is closed now, and the PX, commissary, USO, Gyms are very close by. The rule of thumb there is if you know me I'll take care of you and you can stay as long as you want

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Sep 2006

The camp area is a 1 star in my book! It is located about a 1/4 mile away from the base club, that is open to 0300 on weekends playing hip hop. The bathrooms/showers and trash recepticles are located on the side of base club. They are also nice enough to piggy back their sites with those that don't leave on time, and still collecting full fare for each user.

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