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Charlottesville, VA area - Private RV Parks
Misty Mountain RV Resort
Waynesboro North 340 Campground
August - Sept., 2007

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For my first month-long stay in Charlottesville area, I chose Misty Mountain as the most convenient to downtown Charlottesville. I had thought I'd be working there and it's only about a 15 mile commute.

Misty Mountain Campground

56 Misty Mountain Road
Greenwood, VA 22943
(888) 647-8900

RV Park Reviews.com Camper Comments
Campground consists of lower and upper levels. This is view of lower level showing sites 5, 6, 7 in front and middle row sites 12, 13, 14. See website link above which has link to campground site map.
This is road to/from the upper level - it's about a 1/2 mile drive up a pretty steep, narrow road in places. I'd heard pretty negative remarks about it, but I really didn't find it too bad. Of course, I've been to Alaska and seen some really steep roads! All monthly sites are located in upper level. Fishing allowed in the little pond on the right.
This is me in site #69. That's the bathhouse to the left. This is a corner lot and I really liked it - plenty of space and I was able to get satellite TV reception.
When I first checked to make sure I could connect to the Internet using my Verizon air card at Misty Mountain I was able to and also had cell phone service. However, after a week or so, I kept losing the signal. When I called Verizon, they said they were surprised I could connect there at all! I was surprised when they said if I moved a bit further west, they had a closer tower and would have better reception. And even though Misty Mountain had free wi-fi, I was not able to stay connected to that system, either - at least not as dependably as I needed to. So I decided to move to Waynesboro North 340 Campground after a visit to confirm I could get both Internet and cell phone service there. Even though Waynesboro is twice as far from Charlottesville, by that time I had decided not to work downtown so that was not an issue.

Waynesboro North 340 Campground

1125 Eastside Highway
Waynesboro, VA 22980
540-943-9573

RV Park Reviews.com Camper Comments
My site #334. This looked to me to be the best of the lot. So many sites here are wooded, but this site and some others along this end was situated so that it pointed through a hole in the trees and I was able to get Direcway satellite TV here. This site is not paved, but that doesn't bother me. I really liked the large green grassy space. Across the road was a big pasture with horses that I glimpsed from time to time through the bushes. I really enjoyed the full moon rising over the mountaintop seen from my site, also.
This is the street you go down to get to my site. Some of the sites on this row have cement pads next to the sites.

These sites at the front of the campground are paved but are a bit closer together.

Some comparisons between the parks:
Feature
Misty Mountain
Waynesboro North 340
Rates $32 - $36 daily
Pay 6 in advance; 7th free
$440 - $475464.50
$25 daily
$157.50 weekly
$367.50 monthly
50 amp / 30 amp When I was here, the upper monthly sites did not have 50 amp service, but they were getting ready to install some. Most of the sites here had both and they didn't charge higher rates for 50 amps.
Cable TV Yes No
Wi-Fi Yes (sporadic for me) No
Swimming pool Very nice Very nice
Credit cards accepted Yes No (checks OK)
Rates & info as of September, 2007. Be sure to check with park for updated info.

I found the staff at both places really nice and helpful. As for location, Misty Mountain is definitely more convenient to Charlottesville and is only 7 miles from the southernmost entrance to Skyline Drive. But Waynesboro is more convenient to other areas of Shenandoah National Park. I definitely had better Verizon air card and cell phone service at Waynesboro.

I was enjoying Misty Mountain and wasn't thrilled about moving, but besides the Internet access, Waynesboro North 340 was $100/month cheaper and had 50 amp service. Once I got there, I absolutely loved it! My site was great with lots of space and nice pastoral views. I arrived on Labor day weekend and they had a big party with karaoke and good fellowship. I had a blast and met some really nice people who were my neighbors for the weekend. Paul and April were traveling with friends Don & Crystal, and they invited me over for their guitar picking party. April's sister, Star, had a sweet voice and her hubby Pat was an amazing guitar player, having played at the Grand Old Opry. They played some of the oldies (Eagles, etc.) that were right up my alley and brought me back to my younger, wilder days. They were the kind of neighbors you hated to see leave and two days just wasn't enough with such great folks. Don & Crystal are retiring and coming to Texas next year, so I'm hopeful we'll meet again.

Other local tips: About a mile up the road from Waynesboro Campground is the little town of Crimora. There's a little restaurant there named TNT Cafe. It's in a small complex with the post office, Village Market and Dollar General. From the minute you walk in, you'll know you're in a family owned business. Tanya and Linda will greet you like an old friend as you decide if you want the daily special (maybe Carolina style BBQ) or a good ole' fashioned hamburger, fries and milkshake. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm on Mon-Fri and from 9:30 to 3:00 on Saturday. When you go, tell Tanya and Linda that Malia the RVer says howdy!
Wax Job
While I was eating there the first time, I told them how tired my arms were from trying to wash and wax the RV myself. I was doing it in stages and was on day 4 by about that time. When I went back a few days later, they asked how it was going and I told them I had given up. My arms just couldn't do anymore and I was leaving in a few days. I'd just live with it being nice and shiny on one side and clean but still dull on the other. There was a young man eating at the counter and they told me he did truck washing and waxing. We got to talking and he came over and offered to do the other half for the very reasonable rate of $40. What a relief and a wonderful example of synchronicity! He did a great job and is a very nice young man with lots of upper body strength, so if you need a wash/wax job when you're nearby, give Jesse a call at 540-241-4886.
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