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A campground made for kids


We only had a short visit to Misty Mountain Camp Resort but the kids enjoyed every last minute.


When we first planned the stop near Charlottesville, I envisioned leisurely winery tours and stops at craft breweries, but with two small children that was not the case. We spent the majority of our time at the campground watching the children have the time of their lives.

Misty Mountain has two main campgrounds. There’s an upper campground that’s a bit more wooded and gives you that authentic outdoors feel and a lower area that is more of an open field, but it’s right next to all of the action.

You can walk to the playground, laundry, camp store and the world’s most amazing jumping pad. I’m not exaggerating when I say that we had to pull the children off of the jumping pad kicking and screaming every day. There was also a nearby stream for fishing or wading. The spots that were next to the stream were some of the best in the campground. I highly recommend them if you can go without sewage.

We drove around the upper area, but didn’t spend much time there. If you want the more woodsy feel, that’s the place to pick.

There was also a pool and splash pad, but we were there for spring break and it wasn’t quite warm enough yet.

We did venture out to the camp store and I have to say, it’s one of the best camp stores we’ve ever visited. It was so good that I banned the children from entering. I would have banned my husband because of the abundance of craft beer, but I figured he wouldn’t allow it. If you needed it, they had it plus some. They literally had sugar dispensers of every color and flavor.

While I didn’t get to spend much time at wineries, we did visit King Family Vineyards and it was glorious. The wine was delicious and the outdoor space was heavenly. It’s right next to a polo field and it’s just what you imagine a Charlottesville winery should be. I did the bad parent thing and gave the kids their ipads so I could soak it all in!

We also visited Starr Hill Brewery and enjoyed a few tasty adult beverages.

All-in-all it was a great trip and we would like to return to Misty Mountain during warmer weather or maybe even the fall. It’s a very well kept campground and the folks there were a delight.

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