Rockahock Campgrounds is in the midst of a major upgrade which will place it high in the ranks of destination campgrounds in the Williamsburg, VA and Tidelands area of Virginia when it is complete. It is a very large campground with a variety of kinds of sites and amenities. We stayed their for a week in September during one of its semi-annual bluegrass festivals. Internal roads are mostly gravel and sites are level and well graded. They are pretty tight, and sewer connections from your next door neighbor my be very close to the patio pavers laid out for your site. There are much larger and more isolated sites available at a premium price. Park Wi-Fi is inadequate and in need of serious upgrade, especially when there is a crowd there, and access to cell service (Verizon) is weak, but present. Park cable is available, but limited. The towers for services are a goodly distance from the pavers, so hooking up for many rigs may require extensions on hoses or electric cables. The Park is in the midst of building a resort quality mini-golf and already has a very nice bouncer and playground. We understand that a lazy river is in the planning stages. Showers and rest rooms are large and clean with plenty of hot water. Any kind of shopping beyond basic requires a fifteen - twenty mile drive toward Williamsburg. Despite the reservations expressed here, I'd keep an eye on Rockahock as it extends its amenities and continues development. There are a number of sites with permanent residents in them, but they are carefully separated from transient sites.
We spend time at Dumplin Valley RV Park each September and have stayed there at other times when we're passing through or staying in the area. Dumplin Valley is neither a destination campground nor a high amenity place to stay along the way. It is, however, a very well kept, clean, and comfortable place to stop for a night just off I-40 or to use as a base for visiting Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, the Great Smokey National Park, or Knoxville. Hosts are friendly people who do their utmost to make each stay a comfortable one for RVers. While amenities such as cable TV, park Wi-Fi, or a swimming pool are not directly available, the open grassy sites make finding a satellite TV signal easy, and there is strong 4G cell service for RVers who own their own connection devices. Knoxville is close enough to make over the air TV easily available. Sites are grassy and level, access is easy, and the park is never filled except during the September bluegrass festival. Dumplin Valley is a delightful place to stay.
Dixieland Music & RV Park includes an enclosed pavilion, making it an excellent site for music festivals. We stayed here for a week surrounding a bluegrass festival. The park has hosted bluegrass festivals for many years, and has recently come under new management and been restored and improved. Sites are sufficiently wide for RV's to have slides and awnings out. There is a part Wi-Fi system as well as a cell tower fairy near with reliable 3G service for our My-Fi device. The rest rooms are kept exceptionally clean and the grounds are, too. All permanent sites are clean and well cared for. People coming to Waldo should remember that the town, located on U.S. 301 is a notorious speed trap, providing almost all the income for town management. Drivers should remember and drive appropriately. The park is an excellent venue for small-medium music festivals as well as a good stopping over place for sno-birds heading in either direction.
Dumplin Valley provides a quiet, country setting just off exit 407 of I-40 in East Tennessee. It is a simple quiet campground that provides few amenities and all the necessaries. The restrooms are spotless, the grass neatly mowed, and The hosts are friendly and helpful. It is an ideal spot for an RVer to stop for a night while heading across Tennessee or to visit the sites in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg if you're not looking for a resort setting. While there is no cable TV, over the air TV from nearby Knoxville is excellent. We have stayed there three times during the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival and for an additional week because we like it as a campground.
We used our Sr. Access Card to pay for our stay at the very nice Bandit's Roost COE campground convenient to Wilkesboro, NC and Wilkes Community College where the annual music festival Merlefest is held in late April. The site is on W. Kerr Scott reservoir, and has large, well-shaded sites as well as closely stacked lakeside sites on a peninsula. The showers are kept reasonably clean, except on weekends when heavy use makes this more difficult. Internet access via cell towers is strong. There are a number of sites offering satellite shots. We stayed there about a week this year and plan to return.