Bethel Recreation Area - Park and FamCamp
Bethel Recreation Area

Bethel Recreation Area - Park and FamCamp

 
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Location

Installation
Langley AFB, Hampton, VA
GPS Coordinates
37.09232, -76.43085
Location Information
Langley AFB, Hampton, VA

Directions

Directions
The recommended way to the campground is by getting off I-64 at exit 261A and go West on Hampton Roads Center Pkw. For less than one mile to Hwy 600 or Big Bethel Rd. Then North about 1.5 miles on Big Bethel Rd to Saunders Rd. There is a traffic light there and you can only turn left. Turn left and go about 1/3 mile where the entrance to park is on the right hand side of the road at a sign "Hidden Road". The park is well indicated but there is a curve in the road just before you get to the entrance. Alternate directions are: I-64E to exit 258-us 17N-1 mile,rt on Harpersville rd 1 mile Park on left. When you get to the camp there is an office where registration forms are located. You fill the form out and enclose one copy with the payment of the number of days you plan to stay in an envelope that is provided. Deposit that envelope in a slot that is locate by the office. Select a vacant spot and hook up.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(757) 766-7627
Mailing Address
Bethel Recreation Area, 123 Saunders Road, Hampton, VA 23666-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round
Reservations
Accepted.
Internet Access
Phone connection in hallway near office.
Pet Information
Allowed with the usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
15 day stay limit when full, otherwise 90 day stay limit. Lower rates are for sites without sewer.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
21
W/50A/S
$15 - $20
N/A
$450 - $600
Tent
8
None
$5
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

Bethel Park, adjacent to the Bethel housing area, is one of Langley’s best-kept secrets. It’s beautiful scenic area surrounded by water is perfect for outdoor relaxation. Bethel park offers pavilions, fishing equipment, ball fields, paddle boats, barbecue grills, volleyball and equipment rental. Don’t forget to checkout the Paintball Park while you are there.

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4.6
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5.0
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5.0

June 2017

This place is on the upswing. The staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The facilities are being refurbished gradually. Wifi now available from the office and reaches about through the first two rows of the park. No more road construction on the way to the park, either. This place is a hidden gem! Good location, good rates. We will be back.

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3.9
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4.0

June 20-21 2015

The location is excellent if you want to be in the area. There are other famcamps in the immediate area but they were all booked up for the weekend. The entry to the park isn't as bad as others make it out to be. You can pull forward enough to see in both directions. There is obvious signs that some work is being put into the park and I talked with the park manager and they are making an effort to move out some of the homesteaders. The showers do need work but if campers would cleanup after themselves it would help. There are no amenities or facilities here and it's a drive to Langley. The value is dependent on your reason for staying. It was valuable to me as I had friends near the park. My overall experience was good. We would definitely stay here again.

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3.0

Sept 2014

Just stayed here a week visiting friends before heading west. All sites are back in, no pull throughs. If you have a toy hauler and you're hauling your toys, you'll have to unload before backing in. Lot's of pine trees and lot's of pine needles all over. Seems like no one ever cleans them up. Satellite TV, Forget about it, although we did get MeTv on the over the air antenna. The bathhouse needs immediate attention looked like it needed a pressure washer taken to it. I'd stay here again cause it's a short drive to my friend house up Rt 17 but there is another park to the north I may try next time.

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April 1-4, 2015

First of all, the entry into the park is a nightmare. It's in the middle of a blind curve and then when you turn in you have to say a prayer that you don't break an axle. The sight is trashy. The bathrooms smell like something died in them. But wait, you have to meet Dennis the menace. Apparently, he is an employee. Perhaps he was hired because of some hire the psychotic program. He engages campers in what would normally be called a conversation except that a conversation involves two people taking turns speaking. He does these monologues that are long, outrageous and inappropriate. I wanted to shoot myself an hour into his diatribe. I was thinking I should fake a heart attack but it occurred to me he wouldn't notice if I did. I saw him do his one man psycho show for several campers. Some of them were trying to fix a meal over a fire and he just kept going on and on and on. They ended up eating while he told them his stories. I felt so bad for them. It appears that not only does he work at the park but also lives there. He has a tent there but spends all his time in the office. I suppose it's good having an employee there 24 hours a day. I just wonder if it's not a good thing having a lunatic on staff. What's the hiring criteria? Are you breathing? Okay, you're hired. I'm horribly disappointed that the government would hire someone like this and even more upset that nobody has noticed how insane he is. Perhaps this explains Congress. But, back to the park. If someone would clean things up, have the entry repaired, empty the trash cans, clean and dissinfect the bathrooms, and put a muzzle on Dennis, it might be a decent place to camp.

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3.2
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4.0
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3.0

19 March 2015

Drove through CG today since I was in general area for the week. Winding busy road to get here and dangerous entering and exiting the area. The CG is on base property but not secured other than signage stating military property. The road to and around the CG are hard surface, sites are decent size not huge, concrete pads that would look a lot better if the pine needles were blown off. Kind of a dreary look to the CG which could be improved with a little effort. Bathrooms and laundry in same building as office, all showing age but kept fairly clean. There were only 5 or 6 campers in the CG. This would not be one of my first choices of CG spots for the area but I would stay here based on what I have seen.

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4.0

November 2014

We stopped here again on our way south and spent 2 weeks. The office is now located on the campground side of the recreation facility, so you don't have to take a long walk to check in and pay for your site. Isaac and Bill are friendly and responsive, however the base facilities took 2 days to replace a 50 amp circuit breaker. The base needs to put some funds and effort into supporting this campground.

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4.0

August 2014

We are one week into a three week stay here and so far not bad. The staff is friendly and helpful. The door to the office is closed but it looks like that is just to keep it cool and there is an "open" sign on the door when there is someone there. The bath and laundry facilities could definitely use some upgrades. The city street leading to the campground is pretty narrow and curvy so if you have a big rig, be careful.

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2.0

July 29, 2014

We stopped here looking for a new site from Williamsburg, VA. The campground has gone down hill. As previously noted drainage is nonexistent. The bathroom facilities are ok but limited space in washer/dryer area. Unable to talk to camp host since they had the door shut and apparently a really good BS session going on. Expected much more from an USAF FamCamp, we won't be stopping here.

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4.0

April 2014

BIG change! Homesteaders are gone!! We stayed here in November on our way south and again in April heading north. In November we were told changes were coming, and they now have limited length of stay which has made the homesteaders move on. There were 7 sites available, when we arrived. The staff is friendly and responsive. There are improvements that need to be made to some sites. Drainage is an issue for a few sites, but not so bad that some gravel and dirt couldn't fix. We hope the command will support the ideas the staff has for improvement.

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(Updated: April 03, 2013)
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1.5
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3.0
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2.0
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1.0
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1.0

March 2013

Too many homesteaders. Entrance is not very accessable. Accident waiting to happen. Very disappointing. If that was my first introduction to Military RV Camps I would have never tried another.

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(Updated: September 03, 2012)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Sep 2, 2012

I love this place it is close to my house so I don't have to drive miles and miles to go fishing the people that work here are friendly and nice.

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(Updated: February 28, 2012)
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1.8
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4.0
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November 2011

Have never stayed here, but we lived in Hampton for many years before selling the house and going fulltime in 2006. We have driven through each time we come back to the area to see if anything has improved . . . . . it has NOT. In the past we have tried to contact the manager for reservation information without success. On our last drive through we saw much of what has been said in earlier reviews - lots of permanent residents and trashy sites. There were 2 open sites that had "Site Reserved" signs hung on the utility posts. It is amazing that this situation has existed for more than 6 years (possibly longer) according to these reviews without corrective action being taken by the command group. Having been to numerous FamCamps in our travels, this is without doubt the worst! We hope improvements will be made, as this could be a very nice facility especially since the loss of The Colonies FamCamp at now closed Fort Monroe.

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(Updated: September 23, 2011)
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3.2
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4.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

14 - 17 September 2011

After being told over the phone that no vacancies existed for the whole month of September, we stopped by just to check out the facilities, and we were told that a spot had opened up. Our site was sufficiently large for my Class A motorhome and towed vehicle, pretty level, and clean. I would not have been as happy with a few spots, notably #21, because of considerable standing water on the site after a rain shower. The bathhouse was spacious and clean. There is no wi-fi or cable service, but we had good 3G cell service. We had full hookups, although our site had only 50 and 20 amp connections. My only beef with the facility was with apparent homesteaders who could do a much better job of policing their sites, and with one who apparently thought that parking his SUV right in front of the bathhouse instead of real parking spots just feet away was okay. Oh, and you take your life into your own hands as you exit the fam-camp onto Saunders Road. It's on a curve in the highway, and considerable vegetation interferes with your ability to see oncoming traffic in both directions. Regardless, I plan to stay there again whenever I visit Hampton.

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4.0

25 April - 1 May 2011

D.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Fairly nice campground. All sites are in the trees. The only way that a satellite will work is if it is detached from the rig and moved to the street. I did not see all the permanent residents as previously mentioned.

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Septamber, 2009 & June, 2010

Location is great and has such great potential, but that’s the end of the nice things I can say. Bethel Park is no longer a FAM Camp; it has turned into a mobile home park. The mobile home park there has 20+ sites, nearly all of them occupied by permanent residents; there is even a family that lives in a cargo trailer with an attached porch! All the other reviews are spot on, and it appears that little has changed since the review that was made in May of 2006. Command needs to issue a few an eviction notices before I’ll visit again. Don’t waste your time here. Cheatham Annex is just a few miles (30) up the road towards Williamsburg and is well worth the drive. It’s quieter, way nicer, and puts you inside the “historic triangle” of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown which are all just a few minutes away from the gate.

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May 22, 2010

Outdoor rec opens on Mondays at 9:00 am and Tuesday thru Friday at 10:00 am. To reach the campground directly call 747-342-4281. We wanted to stay on May 22, 2010, however could not get in touch with anyone that could give info on the campground. Opted to stay away. Read the reviews and decided it was not worth the effort to try to stay after all.

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12 Aug - 26 Aug 2009

Lacking is not the word for this FamCamp. Sites are over grown, many sites are permanently occupied, and they have a 90 day max stay. It is easy to tell by the six foot tall tomato plants, insulation wrapped water hoses, attached wooden steps, semi-permanent "tent" garages, should I go on? When it rains all sites flood except those occupied full time. Tent people even use cones to reserve parking places near the laundry/rest room facilities. When we arrived, on a Wednesday, there was no one to assign us a space. Could not find the office. Drove past the laundry/rest room building because that is what it is! Turns out there is some info on how to contact management if you arrive any day outside of Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Not very useful to someone from out of state because all phone numbers lack an area code. This is, without a doubt, the worst military facility I have seen in four years of full time RVing and using all service campgrounds from coast to coast. Must be because it is off base; out of site , out of mind. Place needs command attention.

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Live In The Area

I agree with the folks who have visited this campground and found it lacking. I drove thru there a while back and it was awful!. The sites were overgrown and people left garbage and old, dirty toys and plastic storage containers in the site which were not removed. I will do another drive thru soon and talk to the 1 SVS CC if it is still trashed. I did not think they paid anyone to watch over the campground due to its condition. I am not proud for anyone to know I retired from Langley recently :)

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May, June 2008

T. L. left this review using the Directory software: I think cost is high compared to other military campgrounds and mediocre facilities. Campground is part of Betthel Park, which has pavillions, picnic areas, boat rentals, ball fields and paintball field.

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January 2008

We thought this Famcamp was a nice, quiet and safe place to visit. All the sites were "back-in". A few of them seemed vulnerable to flooding in heavy rain. Bathrooms/showers were well used but serviceable. Two very good washers and dryers. The CG Manager was prompt to respond when needed. Security Forces made frequent drives through the CG. Not bad for a short stay.

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