Nestled on 75 acres, this large campground provides many amenities include 900 camping sites, three fishing piers, a boat ramp, a marina, a snack bar, a camp store, a recreation hall, an outdoor pool, an enclosed pavilion, shower and laundry facilities, picnic tables, and bike rentals.
i started there 20 yrs ago with myself and my daughter making the trek every year since for pony penning. it has since expanded, us and now other family members younger and older and alot of them had never been to the island or the pony penning event so it was a great experience.
as far as the campground, i have noticed a steady decline over the past 15 yrs or so, not dramamtic but steady, golf carts evrywhere, road conditions are bad, staff is semi unfriendly. seems the worker bees, trash guys, etc are the friendliest bunch always willing to talk say hi wave or whatever, however management leaves alot to be desired when defining friendly.
we turned into seasonal campers last year and got a lot there. the sewer has yet to work correctly and i had to leave my lot to dump when i am paying for sewer service. my lot was old and low so when i left last year i asked then emailed several times and called to request sand, dirt fill and things to be put on it and the sewer to be fixed so i could return. upon my return march 2nd, nothing was done, after finally cornering up the manager and demanding action, i got a truckload of sand, thrown on mud and water which created a pudding like mixture that will never be stable enough for me to get my unit onto my lot. and the sewer still isnt working and by talking to management doesnt seem to be a priority in getting fixed. so the money i paid isnt worth it i guess, kind of said to me we got your money your stuck now. time will tell. i was put on a lot far away from mine with no cable that i am paying for as part of my lease and nothing is being done to my lot. seriously thinking of just taking my unit home and calling it quits. golfcarts, teenagers all over the place all hours of the night, traffic and bad roads and standing water. i saw on here someone said they spray for mosquitoes, they do not that is part of the towns maintenance program. the fishing area is full of obstructiions under water so take plenty of extra tackle with you you will lose some. overall not a pleasant experience oh and you cut your grass on your lot, if they do its an astronomical fee. other campgrounds around include it in the price. unanswered phones, unreturned calls, and emails, and i generally i dont care i got your money attitude. not my version of relaxation getting away or vacation. very dissappointed
My family has been tent camping for the past three years and have been to several campgrounds in Maryland, Delaware, Virgina and Pa. Tom's Cove has been my least favorit yet. I have a 5 and 7 year old, and I was affraid to let them out of my sight due to the fact that there were golf carts flying around all hours of the day and night. I also did not like the fact that Tom's Cove is mainly a seasonal campground and the teenage kids that stay there through the summer act like they run the play. The bathroom were the pits...never seen a bathroom with a shower curtain as your door, no locks on the doors and half walls ..wow. The pool was not ready for the crowd during 4th of July weekend. No fish were biting, no crabs were biting....and the place says it has rules, but i didn't see any enforced. The playground looked like it was from 1950 with a few swings and a slidingboard. Tom's Cove maybe ok for a grown up camping trip, but i won't be back with my kids. Oh and the skeeters were there.....but not as bad as i thought. They were worse in town then they were at the campgound. All and all, I'd say the owner should take some of the money he has sunk into his jacked up $20,000 golf cart back into up grading the park. Oh and hire some help that acts like they are glad to have a job, not friendly at all.
I actually havent been there in many years. But my family and I went every year from the time I was 2 until i was 20. I miss it so much and want to show my children the beauty and fun of this camp ground. LOVE IT!
I really have no dislikes, we like everything about the campground, the security, the warm,clean bath houses, the fishing, the light house view from across the water at sunset.My partner and I bought alot there , this will be our third season. When I say there's no place like home, I mean we now look at our camping time as going to our HOME! We love it, People complain about the drainage and the bugs, I say they are full of it, depending on the time people visit, doesn't every campground have laying water and some bugs? During the summer months the park staff go through the grounds and spray, the staff people there are the most friendly people you can find, they treat you like good family, we get alot of different people in there, alot of people from big cities, not use to the camping enviorments, of course the woods have flying bugs, bring your spray, enjoy your self a little! Anything anf everything is all what you make of it, we love it, have done the trailer pulling and the tent thing in our early yrs. Been there done thatm Toms Cove is and was the best choice! Even being gay, the camping regular people or the staff never treat us badly! Gay and Lesbian friendly!!!
We've been going to Toms Cove for the past 7 years. We have never had any problems whatsoever. The check in is a little outdated, but that adds to the "feel" of the campground. It is so family-oriented. All the other campers are always friendly and its nice to meet other families. You have a good view of the Assateague Lighthouse and can see the ponies from the piers. We love Chincoteague so much that we just bought our own lot right around the corner from Tom's Cove. We are looking forward to still visiting their country store. Their bathhouses are always clean and I love that they come pick up your trash each morning. All in all, your family will have a great camping experience there!
My husband and I bought a site here about 5 years ago - so we see the ins and outs of everything. I will agree with others that this place is a step back in time - no credit card check in, reservations kept in a shoe box, etc.... Well, welcome to Chincoteague!
This campground has a lot to offer the whole family - horses, fishing, swimming, and boating. Isn't that what camping is about? We all know the Coleman commercial.
The bath houses are clean. There are on site laundry facilities and a store to get all the things that may have been forgotten. There is also security at the grounds - all campers are given a sticker to allow them in. Also the security patrols the grounds 24-7. They do not tolerate loud noise and late parties or you will be escorted out by Chincoteague's finest!
The only downfall that I've noticed is the availability of propane (hit or miss if the store has it) and the drainage. Chincoteague is below sea level so when we get a good rain - it stays for a while.
All in all, a great place to bring the family and get re-connected.
I've had the best times at this camp grounds,I've been lots of places but I keep on coming back to Tom's Cove. I will be back to camp there again and again.The Fishing is great, Beach is clean.Pony Swim is Alsome thing to watch.Great place for the kids also.
Toms cove is seemed to be a great hot spot in VA. We decided to try for ourselves. Lets just start off with if your fine with camping parking lot style, this is your place. The security guards are real pains, And change rules everyday. It rains almost everyday and the bugs are terrible. So much for spending half your camping trip in your camper/tent. The only ood thing about Toms Cove is the pony swim, THATS IT! If youve never tried Fish Creek Ponds in the adirondacks your really missing out on what camping is. Our family 50+ people camping experiance turned out to be horrible, We hated it here! thumbs down.
Been going since a kid, Huge family 70/100 at times and we love it. Clean bathrooms, nice size sites,nice game room, pool(could be larger) but nice. store has just about everything you would need. Now the bads, We are a fishing/crabbing family and we bring several boats down with us and there is not enough parking in the marina. I would suggest to expand by taking that old kidding pool area and makinh the marina larger. It would be nice if they sunk a little money into the boat ramp because it is very to launch our boats which are around 20-21 ft long. We sometimes have to go in pay at the Curtis Merrit ramp because Toms Cove is needs to be dredged and parking needs looking into for the boats. If this was taken acre of Toms Cove would be the most complete campground. Just remember was campers coemwith boats and sre fishing men & women. Thanks for listen.
Mountain Man from Fairfield PA.
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