As the 2015 camping season approaches I have made my New Year Resolution to be more active with this blog. Sadly, I missed the entire 2014 season. Today, I make up for that by beginning a series of 2014 reviews. Stay tuned as I will hopefully get 2014 done before the 2015 season gets too busy!
Our season opener began at Belle Isle State Park in Virginia. This was an impromptu, last minute arrangement with a bunch of our camping friends and was a great weather weekend for camping. This campground is about 2 hours from our house and we like to get here at least once a year. We did a bit of hiking (all the trails here are flat), some bird watching and of course, some geocaching.
Belle Isle has 28 campsites that will fit most any size Trailer or RV. Several pull thru sites are also available. All sites have water and electric hook ups with 20/30/50 amp service. There is a dump station as you exit the campground loop. There is also a small camp store and firewood is available onsite.
This Park is also a working farm so fields are in use and you get to see crops in their various stages of growth throughout the season.
While camping at Belle Isle make sure to walk out to the fishing pier by the canoe launch to take in a sunset. They are fantastic, especially in the early part of the year.
Saturday was a hiking/geocaching day for us. We took a walk out towards the river and down the point where I knew there was a geocache we had not found yet. On the way we stopped to check out a Bald Eagle nest that the Park Ranger had told us about. We took several pictures but didn’t see any Eagles…that is…until we got home and checked our photos on a bigger screen! Click on the big nest pic and take a look for yourself!
After spending some time waiting for the Eagles to show up, we hit the trail to the point. A flat road actually that lead us through some grasslands and fields. Even though it was only March the Eastern Bluebirds were on the move.
We made it to the end of Brewers Point, found the geocache and took some photos before heading back to camp to join our friends. BTW, there are primitive tent sites out at the point for those that want to paddle in from the river or hike in from the campground.
On this trip we were able to find 5 geocaches in the Park. I will list their names and geocache.com identity codes here and you can read more about them at http://www.geocaching.com
VSP Belle Isle Tree-mendous Adventures GC46QBZ – An easy geocache with information about trees within the park.
Bluebirds Of Happiness GC4Z80D – Another easy geocache near the horse trailer parking with a surprise hide at the finish.
VSP Belle Isle Birding Adventure GC4YYP4 – Easy geocache that brings you near a great viewpoint of the eagle nest.
CJS-Belle Isle State Park GC2F416 – A geocache in the Captain John Smith collection series providing a look into the history of his travels in the area.
Brewers Point GC4N7JN – The geocache at the end of Brewers Point. Take the time to go out and get this one. The walk and the river view at the point are very nice.
We really like this Park for the peace and quiet it provides. There is not much in the area but a short drive over to the little Village of Morattico is worth the visit. Be sure to stop into the Waterfront Museum and chat with the locals who are so informative about the area. http://www.morattico.org