Bethel Recreation Area

Bethel Recreation Area - Park and FamCamp

 
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3.6  (27)
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July 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
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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November 2011
(Updated: February 28, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
1.8
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
1.0
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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12 Aug - 26 Aug 2009
Overall rating 
 
1.9
Location 
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
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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May 2006
Overall rating 
 
2.1
Location 
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
1.0
No question, this is a great location, and certainly it has potential. But the good things to be said stop there. With minimal sites, it is hard to get a reservation. Sadly, this is because a vast majority of sites belong to folks who have made this their permanent residence, and only a few sites left for visitors. During my short stay, I counted two coaches with state registration tags that were expired for greater than two years. Of the remaining sites, some are in low lying areas that tend to flood when it rains. The manager lives on site, and is friendly enough, but very hard to contact. I would not recommend this campground to anybody.
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22-28 April 2007
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Location 
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
At the entrance of the FAMCAMP, there is a building (previously was office/check-in). There no one there, no instructions for check-in. There is a sign indicating that an envelope with your site number would be posted. No envelope. There is a base phone, but the number to call is not posted. A man passing by told us the number to call. A lady answered the phone and gave us directions to the check-in office. The man told us not to take the RV to the check-in office, because there was a very small bridge we had to cross. From a number 1 to 10, I would rate this campground overall as 3. Although, there are full hook-ups, the FAMCAMP is not very well maintained. There are some long-term people in the FAMCAMP with lots of stuff and children, I would presume they are home-schooled, because the children are at the RV throughout the day. We visited this facility several years ago and it was very well maintained, but it has really gone down since than. It's very distributing, because the FAMCAMP has a high potential, but it seems no emphasis are place to upkeep of the facility.
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July 06
Overall rating 
 
2.4
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
1.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
Considered a part of Langley AFB but is not co-located. Campground is on Saunders Rd which is very curvy and has heavy traffic. Many low hanging trees along Saunders Rd if you approach the campground from Route 17. Best to come off Big Bethel Rd if you have a high profile rv. However, coming from Big Bethel Rd will mean a pretty sharp turn into the campground. You'll need to swing wide. Oncoming traffic on this narrow road may mean you might hold up traffic behind you while you wait for your chance. No biggy. Let 'em wait. They go too fast on that road anyway. Facilities are not kept up. Kind of sad since there is a civil service host who lives on site. Camp office is filthy. Dirt and cobwebs everywhere. Can usually reach host by cell phone. Base paintball field is located at this campground. If you hate being around kids having fun then you'd be better served looking elsewhere. The paintball field is very popular. Campground is located along the arrival/departure corridor for Langley. If you like hearing fighters you'll love this place. A lot of noise during flying hours. Satellite reception is virtually zero. Too many tall trees. People have been lucky in finding a signal but it requires setting your dish a good 50' from your site. If you have a roof-mounted dish you're out of luck. Priced right for this area. $16/night. Rates vary for lengthy stays depending on season. 10% discount if you have a Club Card with a "1st Services" sticker on it. Overall, a good experience. We are completely self-contained and didn't have to use the camp restrooms or laundry. If they were as bad as the office then our experience may have been different.
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Feb 2006
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Location 
 
2.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality 
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
Went into mens restroom 3 times in 3 mos. Not cleaned between visits. Totally filthy. Health dept would close it. No mail box,closest 1 mile to base ex annex for box. Manager-call on phone. Recommend overnite only.
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