Camping Destination: Americamps RV Resort

Now you and your family can experience Historic Richmond at the beautiful Americamps RV Resort! americamps1

Located in Central Virginia, this RV resort is in the perfect location for locals and travelers from all over! There are plenty of nearby attractions, including a short drive to Virginia Beach or the mountains.

However, with all the amenities they have on site, you may not want to leave. Americamps is a big-rig friendly campground with 198 full hook-up sites, 105 pull-thru sites, and 93 easy access back-in sites! They also have a newly renovated bath house, 2 laundry facilities, a fitness center, and pool! For those of you who like to RV with your pets, Americamps also has a large, fenced canine camp!

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With so many on-site activities and nearby attractions, Americamps RV resort is the ideal destination for your next family vacation! For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Americamps website.

Before you head to this gorgeous resort, make sure you stop by Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland. Va., where our friendly staff can help you find a new or used RV that will be perfect for your trip! Or, bring your RV in for service to make sure it’s in top condition!

 

Camping Destination – Pocahontas State Park

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Planning your next family vacation, but don’t know where to go? You can head just 20 miles from downtown Richmond to Pocahontas State Park for beautiful views and fun activities for the whole family!

This beautiful park is located on the 225-acre Swift Creek Lake in Chesterfield, Virginia. The park has three lakes that are perfect for fishing and boating, as well as 64 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and bike rides!

When you’re tired and ready to rest after a fun and exhausting day in the park, you can enjoy the 114 campsites with electric and water hookups, grills, picnic tables and more. There are also centrally located restrooms with hot showers.

For more information about park rules, rates, amenities, and more, visit their website.

Escape the Cold! Go Camping in South Florida this Winter

Do you feel that chill in the air? Winter is almost here and for most RVers that means it’s time to winterize and store the RV until spring.

But, why do that? Florida isn’t called the Sunshine State for nothing, and the South Florida winters typically stay around 70-80 degrees, just like spring anywhere else!

So, here’s a list of 3 campgrounds you can visit in South Florida to get away from the snow and enjoy some sunshine during the winter months.

John Pennekamp Park

Visit beautiful Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Park and experience its beautiful vistas, clear water, and peaceful environment. Some activities you can do at John Pennekamp include snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating, etc. When you snorkel, you can view Florida’s beautiful coral reef up close and maybe even encounter local sea life such as dolphins, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish.

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Photo Credit: www.pennekamppark.com

Flamingo Park

We’re taking you way down south to Flamingo Park, which is inside the Everglades National Park. Located 38 miles south of the main Everglades entrance, this park is secluded and quiet, which is a rarity in South Florida. Similar to John Pennekamp, you can kayak, fish and swim with manatees and dolphins alike. Since the Everglades contains over 1.5 million acres of land, there’s no shortage of adventures you can find in this park.

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Photo Credit: www.jessstryker.com

Bahia Honda State Park

Sure all of these parks sound nice, but Florida is all about the beaches, right? Bahia Honda State Park is one of the only campgrounds where you can park your RV on a campsite located right on the beach. Enjoy the sand and sun at this park which also includes bike trails and of course, fishing, kayaking and swimming. A true paradise in the Florida Keys, which also means spots can be hard to come by, so reserve one today!

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Photo Credit: beach.escubes.com

If this sounds like a dream adventure, but you need the right RV for the trip, Reines RV has everything from Class A motorhomes to pop-up campers. Make the first step in turning this dream into reality and stop by the Manassas or Ashland location today.

The Beautiful Bluestone National Scenic River

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Few national scenic sights in the country are as beautiful as the Bluestone National Scenic River. Rugged outdoor scenery, a unique history and a huge array of flora and fauna make the Bluestone National Scenic River a must-see for anyone traveling through West Virginia.

Things To Do

There’s so much to do at the Bluestone National Scenic River, you’ll want to plan at least a few days to enjoy all the area has to offer. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing and hunting within the scenic river grounds, but be sure to log onto the park’s website to find out more about special hunting and fishing regulations.

Outside of the park, this area of West Virginia is one of the most enjoyable in the entire state. Visitors should make time to explore the nearby New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River Recreation Area as well as other exciting sights like the John Henry Historical Park, the Hinton Historic District and the Coal Heritage Trail. The Bluestone National Scenic River and its surrounding areas are the perfect place to take in the culture and history of beautiful West Virginia.

Camping Near the Bluestone River

Camping is not allowed on the park grounds, but the Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park are located just outside of the park limits. And although there is not currently a visitor center at the Bluestone National Scenic River, park rangers at the New River Gorge National River can help you plan your trip to the area parks and direct you to the best local campgrounds.

Park Details

The Bluestone National Scenic River park is open year round, although the Pipestem Resort State Park’s tram only operates in warmer months (May through October). Visitors can still access the park in the winter months by hiking the River Trail. The park is free and open to the public, but fees are required for hunting and fishing permits.

Start Planning Your Trip

There’s no better way to kick of a new year than with a new camping destination. Stop by Reines RV Center in Manassas, Va., to ensure your Virginia RV is in top shape for another season.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

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Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park offers deep American history coupled with breathtaking outdoor scenery that simply shouldn’t be missed. These national park grounds served as a home for Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers that fought in the Battle of Cedar Creek. If you haven’t visited the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Virginia yet, you’d better start planning your RV getaway today.

Things to Do at the Park

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park serves to protect the Belle Grove Plantation, the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. Visitors can enjoy the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station, the Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Plantation Headquarters.

Rangers conduct a number of regular programs to teach visitors about the rich history of the area, and a number of movies, tours and orientation programs are open to the public. The extensive list of events for the fall of 2014 are listed on the national park’s website, so you can plan your trip according to your interests.

Park Hours and Fees

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP does not charge any fees to its visitors, and the numerous ranger programs are open to the public as well. Non-park visitor facilities like the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Belle Grove Plantation are not part of the national park’s non-profit organization and may charge a fee for entry.

The National Historic Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but it is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation may operate on different hours than the national park, so check their individual websites before visiting.

Start Your Historic Adventure at Reines

The fall RV season is underway here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we hope you’ll stop and see us before you hit the road. We’re your one-stop shop in Virginia for all of your needs from RV sales and service, to parts, camping supplies and more.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

If you’re looking for an exciting place to visit this summer, look no further than the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. These beautiful pathways are a network of diverse trails and routes that embrace five portions of geographic provinces such as Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. There are 830 miles of trail networks to explore along with a portion of the Rappahannock River watershed located in Virginia as well as the Potomac River. Traveling along these many trails provide rich history and culture such as the first settlements located along the Tidewater Potomac. The amount of history and things to do here are almost endless.

Hiking opportunities are one of the best ways of experiencing the history and beauty of the trail. Bring a pair of binoculars to do some bird watching. There are several to spot here. Also, if you happen to spot a fawn, make sure to not disturb it. The mother has more than likely just gone to graze and the fawn will not move until its mother returns. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring on the many trails. For more information regarding the hiking trails, visit http://www.nps.gov/pohe/planyourvisit/hiking-guide.htm.

Along with hiking, there are ample bicycling trails available. So load up your Manassas RV and your biking gear and head out. Some of the trails are the Northern Neck Heritage Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, the Southern Maryland route as well as the Great Allegheny Passage. Contact the Adventure Cycling Association in order to get a complete set of the Tidewater Potomac Heritage biking route maps. Before you go, alert a friend or family member to where you’re going and a time you will be back. Use caution and make sure to wear protective gear.

Spend the morning paddling through the Youghiogheny River Water Trail. Part of this river runs through Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge right before plummeting to Ohiopyle Falls to an exciting set of rapids. This spot has become world-renown for attracting whitewater paddlers from all over. There are many waterways to explore. Whichever way you decide to discover these gorgeous trails, whether by biking, on foot or paddling, your friends at Reines RV encourage you to play safe this summer.

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Explore the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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The 2,184-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through 14 eastern states and boasts some of the most diverse and picturesque scenery in all of North America. Needless to say, if you haven’t been to the Appalachian Trail yet, it’s time to plan your getaway to this natural wonderland today.

About the Trail

Creation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail started in 1921 and continued for 16 years until the trail was deemed complete in 1937. Although it was designed and constructed by volunteer hikers, the trail still requires plenty of maintenance today, which is performed by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and a variety of smaller organizations and volunteers in each state through which the trail passes. The trail is open 12 months a year, although the highest portions in Maine and other northern states may temporarily close in the coldest winter months due to weather.

What Does It Cost?

One of the best features of hiking the Appalachian Trail is that is 100 percent free of charge. Most campsites and overnight shelters throughout the trail are free as well, but some state and national parks do charge camping or overnight fees, so it’s important to contact the park (or parks) you’ll be visiting or passing through before you go.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park — one of the most popular and scenic national parks on the trail — is an excellent spot for Virginians to escape city life and enjoy a vacation in the peaceful surroundings of nature. There’s no charge for hiking through the Shenandoah National Park, but you will need to obtain a permit upon arrival or order one from Park Headquarters in advance. The park is open for camping spring, summer and fall, and reservations are highly recommended for weekend visits.

Reines RV

Before you head out for your first RV adventure of the season, bring your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel by Reines RV Center — your home for RV sales and service in Virginia. Browse our extensive inventory of RVs for sale, or let our certified technicians ensure your RV is ready for another season of outdoor adventure.

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Virginia RV Parks

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Virginia has numerous RV parks located throughout the state that offer the kind of quality location, amenities, and features RVers are looking for. Choosing the one that suits your travel needs best can be an adventure unto itself.

Our staff at Reines RV Center will help get you road-ready as you explore the state and its many RV parks. In business since 1946, and one of the top RV dealers in the US, you can count on us to fix you up in a new or used motorhome, trailer, or fifth wheel.

Virginia RV Parks

When your travel plans are in place and you’re ready to make reservations, check this list for information on several RV parks that may be of interest. They range from good choices for a one or two night stay with basic amenities, to parks ideal for extended stays.

  • Kosmo Village Campground – one of the few parks located in Glen Allen and not far from Richmond. Kosmo has the basics of water, sewer, 50amp hookups and WiFi. Pull-thru sites provide ample room for big rigs. Pets are allowed.
  • Fries New River Trail RV Park – rates high with RVers as a clean, charming, and beautifully detailed park with waterfront access and shade trees. The park features pull-thru sites and access for big rigs. Amenities include cable TV, wireless Internet, basic hookups of electric, 50amp, sewer and water. Pets are welcome.
  • Shenandoah Valley Campground – located in Mt. Jackson, this park features 47 sites situated on level gravel with easy access for large motorhomes. The basics are included along with cable TV, WiFi and pool. Family-friendly atmosphere that includes pets.
  • Anvil Campground – located in historic Williamsburg, the park is conveniently located near historic sites, restaurants and shopping. Level gravel sites with shade trees are available for big rigs and pull-thrus. Water, sewer, 50 amp, electric hookups and WiFi, cable and pool add to your comfort. Trains run nearby but aren’t consider an issue. Pet friendly.
  • Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA – can accommodate up to 75′ maximum length on well maintained and shady sites. Amenities include pool, pavilion, WiFi, cable, fishing, hiking trails, and close to local attractions. Propane and firewood available onsite. Pets are welcome.

Contact Reines RV Center for sales, service, parts, collision service, or if you’re interested in selling your RV. We’re here to help you Monday through Saturday.

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RVing Through Virginia

Happy New Year! It is 2014 and the year is already looking bright. Traveling around Virginia is going to be fun, so get out the map, load up the RV, and lets hit the road!

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Spring time calls for clear nights and beautiful weather, and Memorial Day weekend. That is perfect for an adventure to Sky Meadows State Park. It is a popular destination for night sky viewing. Being on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains allows this location to limit the light pollution and the stars illuminate the night sky. During the day you and your family can head over to the 20th Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival. There will be hayrides, music and dancing, crafts, a petting zoo, an antique car show, and a Corn Hole tournament. Don’t forget to enjoy a strawberry! A weekend that shouldn’t be missed!

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What to do during the summer months? How about the Shenandoah National Park! The park is 105 miles long, and it stretches from Front Royal to Waynesboro-Charlottesville. Take the scenic route through the park on The Skyline Drive. If you’re into hiking this park is perfect for you! With over 500 miles of trails, you will definitely never pass the same tree twice. If you are into taking riskier hikes make sure you find your way over to Old Rag Mountain. With close to 200,000 acres this national park encourages camping and nature viewing.

During the Fall, if you are looking for more of a family-oriented experience, then your GPS should lead you directly to Rainbow Acres Campground. During early November the 57th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival will have the whole town talking. The kids would enjoy this festival; there are parades, pony rides, games, and arts and crafts. For the adults, divulge in wine tasting, live musical entertainment, and oyster shucking contests. After the festival is over, you and your family will be in close proximity to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. A great way to have fun and learn at the same time!

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the changing of the seasons in your Reines RV. Everything you need is right around the corner. Your adventures can start as soon as you load up the trailer! Get out there, explore Virginia. Let us know where your journey takes you!

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Make Summer Plans to Visit Prince William Forest Park

 

Are you looking for a great destination for your summertime travels? Then head to Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, a favorite among Reines RV customers. The largest Nature area in the Washington Capital Region, the park boasts 15,000 acres of woodland to explore.

Where to Park Your Travel Trailer in Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park has two campgrounds that accommodate travel trailers and motor homes. The Oak Ridge Campground has 100 sites which small trailers can utilize alongside tent campers. This campground has no hookups and offers one loop that is first come, first serve, so it works for those impromptu trips.

If you prefer full hookups, the RVs-only concessionaires-operated Prince William Forest RV Campground is the best option. It has 29 full hookup sites, 43 electric and water sites and three electric-only sites. It also has a pool and laundry facility for those in trailer RVs, with fewer length restrictions than the Oak Ridge facility.

Things to Do in Prince William Forest Park

Once they have their camper travel trailers situated in the campground of their choice, visitors to Prince William Forest Park will find ample things to do. With 37 miles of hiking trails, he park offers ample opportunities to simply get outside and take a walk.

Summer is the best time to visit Prince William Forest Park because of the additional summertime activities available to campers. Saturday night campfire programs, ranger talks and movies in the park are all available during the summer season. Don’t forget to pack your fishing poles, because the park boasts 18-miles of streams and lakes in which you can fish.

If you’re in the market for motor homes for sale, check out Reines RV Center. With a huge selection of travel trailers for sale in VA, you can purchase a new trailer and head out to enjoy Prince William Forest Park before the summer ends.