August – September 2007 – For my first month-long stay in Charlottesville area, I chose Misty Mountain Camp Resort as the most convenient to the business district. My plan was to seek temp legal assistant work in the downtown area and it’s only about a 15 mile commute.
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.
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. Link to campground site map.
This is me in site #69 with the bathhouse to the left. I really liked this spot – plenty of space and I was able to get satellite TV reception through a hole in the tree cover. At the time I was here, 50 amp electric service wasn’t available to these upper level sites, but it was in the works.
Sites 21-24 – This area is closest to US 250.
I loved walking around this sweet little stream.
Malia’s 2 Cents: This is really a nice park and I enjoyed my time here. The staff is super nice and the location is convenient to downtown Charlottesville and is only 7 miles from the southernmost entrance to Skyline Drive. I would have happily stayed here the entire two months, but when I first checked to make sure I could connect to the Internet using my Verizon air card, 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.
More Info on Misty Mountain Camp Resort:
56 Misty Mountain Road — Greenwood, VA 22943
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