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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (Page 9)
KOA Natural Bridge, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Milepost 62

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  KOA Natural Bridge
  Jellystone Natural Bridge
  Natural Bridge

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Below are places stopped at along the way with links to their website.
Mile-post Campground
62
16 Recreation Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24579
540-291-2727
 

For the return trip south on the Parkway (Oct. 2007), my home was here in site #URI-1 for a great 6 nights. I liked how they didn't have big spotlights to spoil the clear, cool skies brimming with billions of stars. I saw 2 shooting stars here!

This is the view from my front window. Those clouds lingering on the mountains were a welcome sight in the mornings. This area is open meadow, but there are other sites further up that are heavily treed.

It was so great when my fellow fulltiming friends from Quartzsite, Helen & Bill, caught up with me here. They were one level up from me in a pullthrough. They said they really liked how big the sites are and how the restrooms and showers are so spotlessly clean.

On the lower level, there are sites right on the beautiful James River. The drawback is they don't have sewer hookups; just water & electric. This is the most popular one (L109) with great water frontage.

The owners, Margie & Maurice, are really nice folks who have owned the park for 6 seasons now. They said they've always enjoyed camping and that their favorite things about owning this park are the customers and the challenges of growing a business. They still have a few things on their wish-list, like a waterslide built into the bank on the lake and a bathhouse for the lower level (none down there currently).

Lots of recreation available here, including pool tables, swimming lake, pool, canoe & tube rentals and much more. Fishing your thing? They have a little stocked trout pond where you pay for what you catch, but don't need a license. The James River is another option, but you'll need a license from the Ranger Station. Hiking opportunities abound at the adjoining Jefferson National Forest. They have planned activities galore; the Friday I left they were going to be full for the annual pre-Halloween shindig that sounds like a lot of fun.

Free wi-fi, but I never could connect and another neighbor had the same problem, so if this is imperative, make sure you get a good site in range. I had no problem with my Verizon air card and cell phone here, though.

 

I had never stayed at a Jellystone campground before and if this is an example of a typical property and how it's run, I would not hesitate to stay in another one. The Adventure Bound Camping Resorts company manage other Jellystone locations, but the link above is to a particularly good looking property in Gatlinburg I hope to check out someday. If anyone has any feedback, I'd be interested in hearing it.
62
KOA Natural Bridge
214 Kildeer Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
540-291-2770
 

Site #12 was my full hookup home here in July, 2007 as I was heading north on the Parkway. Lots of space between sites on this row and heavily treed - no satellite TV but free cable made up for that. There is a section of overflow with only water and electric that is out in the open if that's important to you.

They also provide free wi-fi and I was able to connect from here. Strangely enough, I could not connect through my Verizon air card, even though I had the green light and 3 bars. I don't know if it was some kind of interference from the wi-fi or what, but another lady I talked to had the same problem. Cell phone worked OK.

Here are my down-the-road neighbors I met when I was out taking Gypsy for a walk. More accurately, she was walking me and decided to stop and visit with these nice folks for a while.

Ralph & Gail Davis and Clyde & Linda McIntyre were traveling together from Maryland. Ralph said their first visit here was when Ron & Libby first took over the campground. It had been run down and he said they're amazed at the improvements they see every time they return. He said on a scale of 1-10, he'd give this an 11 - not only because it's a nice, clean campground, but the owners go out of their way to make you feel at home & comfy.

This was Clyde & Linda's first visit and she said she was celebrating her recent retirement in style. They enjoyed visiting Natural Bridge and the nearby stock car races and appreciated having a well maintained campground as a home base.

When I met one of the owners, Ron, I passed along their comments and my own compliments. He said he and his family left Michigan and a job of 21 years for this venture. After looking at dozens of campgrounds in 6 different states, they settled here because of the beauty of this area. His and Libby's favorite part? That the family live and work together as a team. His four boys love it, too, and I often saw them out picking up trash and guiding campers into their sites. What a great family enterprise! From the friendly greeting by all the staff from the first time and any time I walked in to the office, I could tell that customer service is a priority for these owners. I had to compliment him on this, too, because it still amazes me that sometimes owners just don't "get" how important that first greeting can be to us when we're stopping for the night after a long day on the road.

I mentioned to Ron that the wi-fi was pretty slow and he said they are planning upgrades to that service. They also have ethernet and dialup available at the office.

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