Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
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Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay

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4.5
#1 of 2 campsites in Gloucester
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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A 280-acre waterfront Thousand Trails RV campground set along the banks of beautiful Piankatank River, offering both shady and open campsites. Chesapeake Bay RV Camping has full hook-up sites plus tent sites and rental cabins. Facilities at this coastal Virginia RV campground are clean and well maintained. Our friendly, welcoming staff is on call 24 hours. Upstream from the Chesapeake Bay, Piankatank River is perfect for boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, crabbing, and fishing. Both saltwater and freshwater fishing are within a quarter mile boat ride from Chesapeake Bay RV Camping. Nearby are 3 "living history" towns of unparalleled historical significance. Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement make up what is known as Virginia's "Historical Triangle", and the beautiful Colonial Parkway that connects them is worth the drive if you do nothing else.
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Pool
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Self-serve laundry
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The Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay hotel garners mixed feedback from visitors. While the staff often receives accolades for their friendliness and helpfulness, some guests note service inconsistencies and communication issues. Many find the entertainment engaging, yet others cite safety concerns and a less tranquil environment due to prominent annual site holders. The cleanliness of the campground is generally praised, though some high-traffic areas require more attention. Travelers appreciate the amenities like clean pools and family activities but feel the overall value doesn't quite align with the costs, describing some offerings as overpriced and lackluster.
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Benjamin C wrote a review Aug 2020
Virginia Beach, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails in July for the first time, having just joined Thousand Trails Camping in part to use this resort. We were NOT disappointed! The campground is in good shape and there is a strong mix of weekend warriors and seasonal visitors, with week long and permanent sites mixed in. The campground is clean, family oriented and energetic, with events each weekend day, present but not pushy rangers, an awesome ice cream shop, and a good cafe that does some cool specials during the week. The staff hosts bingo tournaments that engage both the adults and kids, there are glow foam parties for kids with scavenger hunts, there is an active Marina and boat launch, two pools, pickle ball, and if you are really adventurous, you can just sit outside your camper, cottage or tent and just watch the world go by. There are lots of wooded sites, plus cottages and tent sites with water and electric.
We came back the next month (August) for another weekend and we are having a great time! Our daughter loves the playground (something we can’t do in Virginia Beach because of Covid restrictions) and seeing the other kids. This was her first time and she loves this place! And I love the reduced cost when you are a Thousand Trails member, and they treat you like family.
Several standout employees: Sandy, the director of Entertainment services, and Stephen, the Bingo Master! Jim helped us with our membership and got us a great deal. And the Ice Cream scoops at the general Store? They want to KILL YOU WITH ICE CREAM! And it is great Hershey’s Ice Cream, and their idea of a single scoop is a double or triple anywhere else for like $3!
They made us feel welcome and wanted! We will come back often!
Come visit Chesapeake Bay TT in Gloucester, just a little ways from Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. You won’t be disappointed!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Melanie B wrote a review Aug 2020
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a relaxing place. Plenty of trees for the shade. Right on the river with a dock for boats, jet skis, kayaking, etc. it had a nice sized pool. The site was level and even in the heavy rain our location was well drained (corner c43). The family activities were nice as well, candy bar bingo, tie dye, and poker run. Their general store was lacking options, but that could be because some items are hard to come by right now with COVID, so it was nothing to complain about, and their ice cream cones from there were good! 😁 WE LOVED IT and would definitely go back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Resort52350352817 wrote a review Jun 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tent area could use gravel at water faucets. IT would help with mosquitos.
Some of the faucests leak. I would think this would help with the cost of water and would also help with mosquitos.
The up grade of flowers through out the park is nice. The upgrade of flags and painting in the putt putt area is also nice.
The signs that say out of order instead of plastic bags over electri post also looks better.
Hope they will get these sites fixed because the park could use those sites.
Staff for the most part are friendly. The young guy who took us to our site was very friendly. and a pleaure to work with.
Some people get special treatments and others do not. That makes you feel like you are not wanted the way others are. We have friends that camp there and the staff will stop at their site everytime they pass there. But, we can not even get them to wave when they go by use. I believe that little wave matters. It makes you feel like they care you are there.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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BrianMCO wrote a review Oct 2021
Denver, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a nice two weeks at this campground. The staff did a great job of having activities for the kiddos coming into Halloween time. Some annual/permanent rigs could use a good wash and some sprucing up but overall a nicely maintained campground with an easy to maneuver layout. We stayed in B49 and had a nice campsite view during the week. Weekend campers from Fri-Sun would camp in the open area in front of us but no serious issues with noise or anything. We will definitely stay here again. Do note - as with most TT places it is in the middle of nowhere. The grocery store is about 10 miles away and a Virginia state run liquor store is even further than that. We did a lot of driving south of here to see Jamestown/Williamsburg/Yorktown but the day trips and the history are SOOO worth it. Just prepare for a lot of time in your vehicle if you want to explore.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 18 Oct 2021
Dear BrianMCO, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your customer experience with us. We are committed to providing the opportunity for you to make some wonderful memories during your visit with us! We hope to see you again.
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Garland T wrote a review Mar 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The online check in is great. It was very stress free and convenient. Drove right to my sight without having to exit thentig and wait at a counter. Site was clean and well taken care of. This was my 2nd trip and I have 2 more weekends booked. The only negative was that the only sites with water were only 30 amp. The 50 amp sites have the water turned off during the winter. I filled up with water at a 30 amp site and moved to a 50 amp for my stay.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 10 Mar 2021
Dear grtravis1, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your customer experience with us. We are committed to providing the opportunity for you to make some wonderful memories during your visit with us! You are always welcome here.
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Debbie H wrote a review Oct 2021
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The campground itself is well cared for, sites are spacious and many are shaded and/or overlooking the river. Staff was helpful and pleasant. We had a perfect site overlooking the river. We stayed in October, so the pool was closed … but it would have definitely been warm enough for a swim, and the two pools looked well kept and inviting. We chose to go kayaking instead, and we weren’t disappointed. Yorktown and in Williamsburg were fairly close-by so we also spent some time sightseeing and biking there. All in all, a great trip and we’d definitely come back.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 14 Oct 2021
Dear 704debbieh704, Thank you for the 5 star rating. We value your feedback and strive to provide you with the best customer experience possible. Come back again.
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1Kris0143 wrote a review Jul 2021
Covington, Virginia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The resort is not being kept up like you would expect especially the cabins but over the first week the bathrooms at the pool were out of toilet paper for at least 2days before someone checked them which means they were not being cleaned or sanitized. I was not happy with the condition of the cabins I rented especially for what I was paying per night. I hope that the resort steps it up and does a better job with maintaining the property.
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Date of stay: July 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Dear 1Kris0143, Thanks for your feedback. We apologize for any inconveniences. We regret you feel disappointed with your recent visit to our RV resort. We continually work to improve our resort to meet our customer expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us. Your comments will be shared with our on-site team.
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Roadtosanity wrote a review May 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful park. They have pools, a game room, entertainment, and a place you could buy food. I wish that their food service would have been open during the entertainment. It would be nice to just have some snack food while you’re sitting out there for hours watching the band. The biggest complaint I have are the roads. There are potholes everywhere. I saw several vehicles get stuck because of the mud. For A campground this big they need to spend some money on gravel. My 20 amp plug kept popping but it was a holiday weekend so I wasn’t going to bother them. We stayed in E section there are no lights in that area and the bathroom has a lot to be desired. That bathroom really needs to be updated. The water was turned off for several hours during the day. And from 11 to 7 at night for one night. We did meet some annual campers in E section and they were so nice and helpful. This park could be doing much better for the amount of people they serve. This Could be a five star park if they take care of the bathroom, put lights on the roads and gravel the roads.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 14 Jun 2022
Dear Roadtosanity, Thanks for your feedback. We continually work to improve our resort to meet our customer expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us. Your comments will be shared with our management team.
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jaytfoster wrote a review Jun 2021
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
the camp site was ez to get in and out of- Staff was outstanding in all areas of the site. it was a short trip for 6 days but everything was so nice wish we could have stayed longer. bath houses where very clean- and pool was very nice. the store had all i needed to enjoy my stay as well.

thank you.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Encore Thousand Trails, Owner at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Responded 11 Aug 2021
Dear jaytfoster, Thanks for your feedback. Your comments will be shared with our management team. We are glad you enjoyed a 5 star visit with us. We always aim to deliver a great customer experience. You are always welcome here.
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The Dude wrote a review May 2021
Orlando, Florida
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been coming to this park for many years and with a few exceptions has always been a great park and great experiences for my family. For some years now I have been disappointed with the neglect of the Pickleball courts . After getting a total overhaul some years ago it has been slowly deteriorating. Court surface covered in dirt and not cleaned. Other debris on the courts. Dividing net torn and lose. On either side of the courts the putput courts and pool look in great condition. Putput has been repainted several times I’ve the years with lots of improvements. But nothing for Pickleball. This latest trip I was happy to see a huge change. Courts clean. Dividing net sewn together. Unfortunately I discovered that players had done the work instead of the park. Unfortunate that the park would create a situation where the campers felt they had to take it into their own hands. What do we pay our money for then campers have to help maintain campground property? At least the courts look much better now. Unfortunately cleaning them has exposed that the paint is starting to come up. Wish I could give more stars but campers come here to have fun not do work maintaining the campground.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from Margaret M
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Still understaffed...you can cut the grass at your site, buy not any common areas or dog park area. The park is generally unkept! The last stay we had a week ago still had all kinds of branches and debris on the ground after a thunderstorm the week before and the pot hole on the main road in along with the gravel roads in the park were very bad. The park water had been off more than on the last several weeks, so be prepared with backup wayer.
Answer from all4swva
Hollywood, Maryland2 contributions
Yes and any other water craft.
KarC asked a question Feb 2020
Arrington, Virginia
Is there camper and/or boat storage and how much is it?
Answer from LaceLove
Kissimmee, Florida181 contributions16 helpful votes
Yes but only for Thousand Trail members. I’m unsure of the price. I believe it’s only for those who have prepaid for their trip at the park.
Caryn S asked a question Jun 2018
Williamsport, Maryland8 contributions14 helpful votes
How are the cabins here? Also is alchohol permitted?
Answer from corbinsharons
1 contribution
I have never stayed in one but they are cozy and I have had friends stay in them and they were satisfied. Alcohol is permitted but you need to have it covered and drink responsibly. No glass containers around any pools.
Answer from Jocelyne / Glen P
Dillon, South Carolina10 contributions1 helpful vote
There is a playground near the community centre. There is also a nice park about 10 min. away called Beaverdam Park with play area and nice walking trails. The whole campground is pretty kid friendly with a lot of room to play.
Norman D wrote a tip Jun 2024
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cloister is only 15 minutes away. Walmart and historic downtown."
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Slm wrote a tip May 2024
38 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Busy holiday weekend. Lots of locals. "
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Bonnie wrote a tip Sept 2023
Newport News, Virginia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no internet service. "
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ali k wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a great park, active with many things to do especially for families and children is a nice place."
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camperfamily wrote a tip Jul 2023
18 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are not a fan of Confederate flags and the attitude that goes with them, AVOID this campground!"
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
392
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Nearby attractions include Urbanna Flea Market And Antiques (7.4 km), Redneck Beer Hats (6.0 km), and Chesapeake bay croquet club (7.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, kids activities, and a tennis court.
What are some restaurants close to Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Piankatank River Golf Club, Dano's Pizza, and 7-Eleven.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Thousand Trails Chesapeake Bay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Nonsense Historical Park (11.2 km).
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