Location: Surry, Virginia
Webpage: Virginia State Park
General Description: Chippokes Plantation is at the heart of the Colonial history of the area. It is located just across the James River from Jamestown and Williamsburg, the first two capitals of the Virginia colony. Chippokes Plantation is one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the country since 1619. This 1,947 acre park includes the antebellum plantation mansion, outbuildings, and antique equipment in the Farm and Forestry Museum. Along with a Visitor Center and gift shop, the park has an olympic size swimming pool, and miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails. The campgrounds is divided into two loops. Loop A has 32 sites with water and electric hookups (20 and 30 amp) and Loop B has 18 sites with water and electric hookups (30 and 50 amp). Although less shady, the sites in Loop B are up to 50 feet in length. The park also had 4 modern cabins for rent.
1) The campgrounds are obviously used heavily during the summer months, although in early May the campground was fairly empty even over the weekend. All of the sites on Loop A had tentpads that were fairly level, but these pads were not accessible with the camper due to landscape timbers around the pad. Therefore we had to carefully choose a site that was fairly level to back the camper into, as some of them were too steep for the leveling equipment we have.
2) The bathroom facilities were clean, but dated. With only a single bathroom for the entire campground, it would be get very busy when the campground filled up.
3) The campground is centrally located for a lot of historical sites in the area. Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown are just across the James River accessible by ferry only 10 minutes from the park. Petersburg and Richmond are only about a half hour to the northwest and Norfolk and Virginia Beach only about an hour to the southeast.
4) As we spent all of our time outside the state park, we did not have the opportunity to see any of the park outside the campground. Therefore, I cannot comment on the antebellum mansion, museum, or hiking trails.