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Mathews Arm Campground
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Rileyville, VA 22650
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"A beautiful, wooded, quiet and well maintained campground."
"We saw deer but no bears but this campground is noted for wildlife."
"The views are incredible and the campsites are managed very well."
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Teddy Beller
a month ago
If i could give it 0 stars I would. The campsites are very open and have almost no barrier between you and other campsites. The only good things about it were the close proximity to a few nice hikes, and the heated bathroom. The park rangers here seem to be out to get campers for anything they can. One walked by us in the middle of the day, looked through my open trunk, and checked out ID's. Not too big of a deal as we did have alcohol I thought. Later that night, around 8 30 pm, the same officer and another officer snuck up on us, with no lights or sounds to let us know they were coming. They immediately surrounded my friends and I to "check that we didn't leave food out". While one decided to shine a flashlight into our cars, another accused us of having a marijuana vaporizer, when in fact is was my friends nicotine vape. They took it apart without asking and after a few questions grilling us they finally left. They whole time there I felt as if I was being chaperoned by parents on an elementary school fieldtrip. I've been all over the country to many Natl. Park and Forest campgrounds and have never once felt so unwelcome and treated so poorly. If you want to pay to be harrassed by cops and searched for imaginary drugs, go squat camp in a city park for free. I can't believe I had to pay $15 for this. By far the worst campsite I have ever stayed in.
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Laura Megeath
a year ago
Just what we were looking for. A beautiful, wooded, quiet and well maintained campground. Sites were easy to pull in or back in. Plenty of sites to chose from that were private and no one was too close. Rangers come by to check which is fine. Bathrooms were clean and close enough. We saw deer but no bears but this campground is noted for wildlife. There is a store and grill within 5 mi. and lots of trails to hike on the Skyline. Wonderful place to stay.
Carolyn Kolodin
7 months ago
It was a long time ago, but it was an awesomeness experience. I like that the site weren't so close together. But in saying that there was no shower at that time, and that is the only thing that sucked.
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Courtney Clark
2 years ago
So peaceful. We decided to go the day of so we didn't have any reservations. There were about 15 sites first come first serve when we got there. We stayed on Row B and loved it. Even though almost every site was filled, it was still quiet. Plenty of trees and lots of deer.
Ben Joseph
4 months ago
Very nice campsite, but make sure you bring everything you need because it is quite a distance to the nearest store to pickup something you may have forgotten. The views are incredible and the campsites are managed very well. All camping spots are easy to get into and roomy enough. It would be nice to have more distance from one to the next, but they certainly aren't one on top of the other. If you like trees overhead, you won't want to be located in "C" section as there are a good number of sites that are out in the open. The bathrooms are clean, but there are plenty of spiders to keep you busy while doing your thing. We wanted to stay at this particular campground because of the chances of seeing a bear or two. We were not disappointed as we walked up on two bear cubs climbing trees and playing followed by the mamma bear very close by. The next day we saw a young male out on his own foraging. Very cool to see them on their terms. We were respectful and prudent leaving them alone while quietly observing and taking photos. This campsite does not have any sort of electrical or water hookup. We were in an RV and dry camped off of our deep cycle battery which did the job. The campsite allows generators to run from 8am - 10am and from 4pm - 7pm. This was more than enough to recharge the battery. I know there are those online that will complain about generators and we were a little nervous about using it, but after hearing the noise generated by campsite maintenance crews and the screaming, yelling, and carrying on by other campers, it didn't take long for me to stop worrying. Use within guidelines and enjoy. I was surprised to see that they still have a sign that states firearms are prohibited. Clearly, a sign that has not been updated since Feb 22, 2010. Make sure you know the local and state laws, however. We did prior to our trip. Overall, a wonderful experience and a well-run campground. I will be back with my family again. It is a wonderful place to see wildlife and to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.
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Tyler Burnette
a year ago
Every spot at the campground is completely open and extremely close to each other. There is exceptional traffic through the loop through the day and night due to the security officers that prowl on guests. If you like being harassed by park rangers for trying to enjoy a simple quite weekend with your girlfriend than this is the place for you. Be advised that the park rangers will perform car and tent searches with no rhyme or reason at all and strictly enforce "quite hours" which they deem to mean that you must go to sleep and make no noise... The whole time I was there I felt as if I was being treated like a 5 year old child. I cant believe I payed money to be treated that way. I would not go back to the campground if it were free and advise anyone thinking of going to please pick anther campground in the park seeing that I have not had this problem anywhere else in the park. There was nothing good about this site except for the fact that it is close to a lot of fun activities and short hikes. The only way that i would recommend this campground is if you are coming with small children and don't mind not having ANY privacy. If i could have got my money back i would have. I hate being negative but with this post I hope I can save as many people as I can from having a horrible weekend.
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James Chandler
2 years ago
Had a wonderful time camping for several days. I think it is possibly a little quieter than some of the other grounds as it is less open ( it has more trees), and it has no showers or laundry facilities, which are a 40min drive away in Big Meadows. There is a small shop about 2 miles south for the essentials, and souvenirs. Although we were told that there were lots of bear sightings in the campground we were never in the right place at the right time - though we saw plenty of bears and other wildlife in the rest of the park. Be aware that all the campsites are at around 3000ft, so the temperature is about 6 degrees C (not sure how many degrees f that is) cooler than the surrounding area (Lurey, Front Royal). Additionally, the ground is quite rocky which can be hard on your tent pegs.
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David Adair
9 months ago
Very pleasant campground, saw a black bear cross the road just before entering the campground.