Fort Belvoir Travel Camp

 
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Location

Installation
Fort Belvoir, Newington, VA
GPS Coordinates
38.679178, -77.149956
Location Information
Fort Belvoir, VA
RV Gate Coordinates
38.699, -77.1547

Directions

Directions
From Washington DC (1-95 South): If you are traveling south on 1-95, take the Fairfax Parkway/Backlick Road (286) exit 166 A. Take the Fairfax County Parkway to its end at U.S. Rt. 1 (Richmond Highway.) Turn left. At the first light, on the right at Pohick Rd., is the entrance for Tulley Gate on to Fort Belvoir. Tulley Gate is the main entrance to the post for visitors. All visitors without a Department of Defense ID card must use Tulley Gate and is open 0500-2100, 7 days a week. Visitors who wish to enter Fort Belvoir after 9 p.m. may use Pence Gate. For information about gate access, call the VPOC at (703) 806-4892. Continue through the gate on Pohick Road for about 1.1 miles. Turn right on Thoete Rd. Go about .7 miles and turn right on Warren Road. Go about .5 miles and turn left on Johnston Road. Go about .3 miles to the campground on left. ---- From Richmond (1-95 North). If you are traveling north on 1-95 North, take the Fort Belvoir Exit 161 B. (U.S. Rt 1 -- Richmond Highway). You will travel five miles to Fort Belvoir. Continue through the light at the Fairfax County Parkway (286). At the first light, on the right at Pohick Rd., is the entrance for Tulley Gate on to Fort Belvoir. Tulley Gate is the main entrance to the post for visitors. All visitors without a Department of Defense ID card must use Tulley Gate and is open 0500-2100, 7 days a week. Visitors who wish to enter Fort Belvoir after 9 p.m. may use Pence Gate. For information about gate access, call the VPOC at (703) 806-4892. Continue through the gate on Pohick Road for about 1.1 miles. Turn right on Thoete Rd. Go about .7 miles and turn right on Warren Road. Go about .5 miles and turn left on Johnston Road. Go about .3 miles to the campground on left. ---- Check in is at building 778, the main Outdoor Recreation Facility at 10155 Swift Road.

Contact Information

Phone Number
703-805-3081
Mailing Address
Outdoor Recreation, 10155 Swift Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD civilians, Installation contractors.
Season
Year round.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted up to 1 year in advance. Cancellations or changes must be made one week (7 Days) prior to the day of check in to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather.
Internet Access
WiFi available in the campground.
Pet Information
Allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
14 day stay limit. Check in is at building 778, the main Outdoor Recreation Facility at 10155 Swift Road. Guests MUST check out by 1200hrs at Outdoor Recreation, building 778. Failure to properly check out will incur another nights fee. Special $40 a night rate on ALL sites on select holiday dates. See attached price sheet for holiday dates.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Class VI
  • Post Office

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Back-In Woodline
14
W/20,30,50A/S/C
$50
N/A
N/A
Pull-thru Center
21
W/20,30,50A/S/C
$50
N/A
N/A
Back-in Waterfront
17
W/20,30,50A/S/C
$50
N/A
N/A

Other Information

DoD Interactive Comment Evaluation

The Department of Defense (DoD) Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is a web-based tool that collects feedback on services provided by various organizations throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Click the ICE logo to submit your evaluation on this campground directly to the responsible department.

Weather Information

New campground along the Potomic River.

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  • VA, Ft Belvoir - Phone Numbers and MWR Facility Map.pdf
    The phone numbers for the Outdoor Recreation (ODR) manager are significant, particularly the after-hours number. The RV park has coded entry gates; and if you lost or failed to get the entry code when arriving after hours, you'll need it (or a friendly camper that's still awake and will answer their door).
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  • VA, Ft Belvoir - Post Map.pdf
    A Larger, more detailed Post Map (that actually has a few road names on it) with a facilities legend. Provides locations and names for the various entry gates. Note: the "Tulley Gate" closes at night; the "Pence Gate" is 24-hours. I couldn't quite get the whole map through my scanner, so lost the very left edge -- sorry.
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August 14 to 19, 2016

This Camp is expensive and I got in before they raised the rates. We were in site #5. The Verizon signal was weak but tolerable. The wifi worked ok most of the time. The people in the Office were friendly and helpful. The sites are well maintained and lawn ornaments etc. are not allowed. Although it says there is a 14 day limit, it appeared more than a few sites were occupied by active duty assigned there. Most days they were at least 90% full. They are right on the Potomac (15 minutes south of Mount Vernon) but only 25% have any water view. You are close to DC, the Air & Space Annex is less than an hour, as well as many attractions. Overall the facilities are A+ and I probably would stay there again if I had to be in that area.

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July 13-17, 2016

Planned on a whim a trip to Washington DC .......so we looked for a travel camp near our destination. So glad we found Fort Belvoir a really nice place on the Potomac River. It's the most we've ever paid to stay @ a military campground but we feel it was worth it. Not far from DC & all it has to offer & we took a roadtrip to Williamsburg. We stayed in our 37" travel trailer had more than enough room.

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Jun 15-20, 2016

Although the campground is beautiful, there are too many downfall for us to go back.  We made our reservations 1 month out and were told that we would have to move campsites during our stay.  BUT as the time go closer there would be a possibility that we would be able to stay in one camp site.  Did not happen.  We were in Campsite 7 for 2 nights, moved to Campsite 6 for 1 night and then to a pull through (more money) for 2 nights.  You have to move by noon (not 1300 as listed on the website and not on any paperwork we were given). On the first move day, the person in the site 6 was not there and we could not move. Still thinking that we had until 1300, we were waiting for them to move. At 1245, I received a call from the desk and was told to move immediately.  I told him we could not move until site 6 was empty and he told me to pack up and take our trailer to the pier area and wait.  There are no hook ups at the pier and with the high temps and humidity and 2 dogs in the trailer, I told him that wasn't going to work. The guy in site 6 (who thought it was a 1300 move too) showed up and moved his rig and we moved in for 1 night.  The next day it was the same musical sites.  The people who had to move for us to move in were there for over a year. They had a few issues with their slides and it was almost 1300 until we got moved again.  This was happening all over  the campground and the people that were moving were essentially just trading spots. One guy was there for 3 nights and had 3 different sites.  One family was told they had to move and the spot they were in sat empty all night.  The next day, they were told they had no more sites and they had to go to the pier packing lot for the night and there were at least 2 empty sites all night. They next day, they were allowed to move back into the campground and into one of the sites that sat empty.  The office personnel were rude about the moving but they create this.  They need more training on how to schedule sites.  If you have any plans to go into DC and site see....forget it.  You have to wait to move and don't get done moving until 1300-1400 and the day is pretty much over.  They prices were high and are going up on Jul 1, 2016 to $50 all sites. The Wi-Fi is pretty much non exist. We were next to the tower in site 7 and really could get much connectivity.  They concrete pads are very un-level...both side to side and front to back...bring lots of leveling pads.  It is easy to get to and it is clean but not worth the price for the hassle.

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May 26-31, 2016

When traveling from the south on I-95 and using exit 161 be advised there is a bridge that has a 13'4" clearance.  We made it through and our clearance is 13'6".  The FamCamp was clean but the dumpster area was not, trash everywhere not in the dumpster.  Wifi exist but not good enough for anything but email.  The base was very clean and the new PX was amazingly large.  Overall the site was to expensive for a military campground but no doubt it is based on location location location.

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Summer/Fall 2015

We stayed here for 3 months. We absolutely loved the campground. It is clean and on the water. Lots of hiking, kayaking, fishing opportunities. Very dog friendly. We have a 43' Class A and had no problems getting in or out or parking.

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2014, 2015

Very nice campground and very clean. In the summer, there are so many ospreys flying about. Their nests are about right outside your door. Prices are comparable to other local campgrounds but with easy access to amenities such as indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, commissary store, PX, etc. Depending on which site you select, Fort Belvoir campground can be cheaper than the local area campgrounds. The only suggestion I have for the camp-store is to have base maps with amenities identified. This is a great place to stay for a DC visit. Overall we are very happy with this campground.

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May 2015

Beautiful and very clean. Prices are way too high for us military folk.

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3 April-8 April 2015

Great campground, lots of new updates with nice concrete pads on all sites, clean bath house with newer laundry facilities. Clean and well maintained overall. Outdoor rec office is relatively close with lots of options for rentals at fairly reasonable prices. Shopette with gas, food, ice is also fairly close to campground. Gate code prevents lots of ride through traffic, fishing pier very close and also very well kept. Overall a good experience, only negative is that the soap dispensers in the bath house may have been filled with sulphur. Other than that, a very nice experience.

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3-5 September 2014

Great location for visiting the DC area. We were able to fit our 38' coach and car trailer into a pull-thru site (#24) without unhitching the trailer. This actually worked to our advantage since the hookups were a bit forward on the site. Other than that, this is a nice park by most standards and we will return if we are ever in the area again.

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7-8 August 2014

We have family at Fort Belvoir and decided to stay here rather than Andrews on our way through after vacationing the summer with our granddaughter. I didn't expect a problem getting a spot as we were here last year and there were only a handful of campers...SURPRISE...we got the last site for two nights and then had to move for the third night (and those sites were to "premium" water front - although they aren't premium - no views). I don't know the exact percentage, but there are a number of permanent party (active duty) full-time campers with obvious signs of permanent occupancy (storage, large outdoor grills, etc). If you know you are coming to the area you had best plan 90 days out in order to get a reservation...we were told by one of the full-time campers that they don't have to vacate after 90 days as long as they "renew". I told the outdoor rec personnel that the park was starting to look like a trailer park rather than a travel camp with all the clutter around the sites and was told that they couldn't do anything about it due to "upper management".

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14-17 July 2014

We live in the Greater DC Metro Area (Virginia side) and are familiar with Ft. Belvoir. We have visited the Gunston Cove area numerous times before (birding, kayaking, hiking) and when we noticed the Travel Camp was now completed...decided to pull the trailer down for a stay. Enjoyed ourselves tremendously - the trailer spot was excellent, park staff were friendly and helpful, the "shore line" amenities are just about all one could ask for, and the price per day was in-line with just about everything else in the DC Metro Area (this area is expensive). The camp is quiet, clean, and well maintained...and we plan to return.

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22 - 29 May 2014

This is our first visit to this campground. The location is great for visiting the DC area. There is a ITT office on base. They have limited local tickets. We bought the Big Bus tickets at a discount. The park is very well maintained. The showers and laundry facilities are very good. We are pretty independent, so our communication with the staff was minimal. I agree that the price ($40/night) is high when compared to other military camps, however this is DC and you won't find any other campground as nice or as cheap as this one. The electrical hookups are forward of the site, but I had no problem reaching them with my standard cord. There are fire circles on each site and there is plenty of firewood available (in its natural state). You just need to go get it.

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June 2014

This RV Park is nice but I think with a little extra time and attention from Belvoir staff, it could be a lot better. The rates was rather steep $40 a night for a military campground. Due to the shortage of staff, there is a (new) building as you enter campsite that is closed. This is a gorgeous log cabin building that is not being used. This building could house wood, camping need items, etc. I like the fact I was close to the DC area but other than that there is not a lot to due on this campsite especially for children. I camped here in a travel trailer.

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Dec 24, 2013

First-- the pros: This RV park is located in a beautiful area right on the Potomac River. Second-- the cons: The kids who work in the office are clueless about all things RV with no understanding of hookups, necessity of level sites or even the ability to give simple directions or information about the base. Very few sites are level in any direction (i.e. side-to-side or end-to-end) to the extent that we had to try about a half-dozen sites before we found one in which our motor home auto-leveling system could level the coach. Aside from restrooms and laundry facilities, there are no other amenities in the park or even close by. Other parks in the Washington DC area are either much cheaper- i.e. Fort Meade-- and more RV friendly. Cherry Hill, with it's military rates and weekly rates comes in at or below Fort Belvoir's rates and has fantastic facilities and amenities and also a bus stop in the campground headed straight for downtown DC!! The management and Fort Belvoir leadership have no idea of what is important to RV'ers: if they did this campground would have been better designed, better built, and more military camper friendly with respect to policies, prices, reservations and cancellations. Do yourself a favor: Drive on by and stay north of the city at either Fort Meade or Cherry Hill. This is the most expensive military campground that we have encountered in seven years of full-timing and has the poorest site design.

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Nov 19, 2013

Love the fact that the USA put a great piece of property to good use! Can't believe that the Contracting Officer did not consult an NCO to figure out how to design an RV Park. Appalled at the poor engineering design of this facility! What is the real problem - the utilities are on the wrong side of the pads. They advertise a view but if you want to see the river you need to bring an extension cord and a few extra feet of fresh water hose. I certainly understand the high prices but if you want to charge our young troops a ton of coin then you must do your engineering homework. Highly recommend that FB either re-engineer their facility or reduce the price to our young service members and retired community.

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26 Jul - 2 Aug, 2013

S.C. left this review using the Directory software: - A very nice park, but expensive. On several visits to friends staying there, only 4 to 7 sites were occupied. A brand new park and not all concrete pads are level. Sewer is towards rear of pad and electrical/water/cable are more towards the center or front of pad. Personally, not worth $60 a night for a military campground.

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22 - 24 July 2013

We stayed in a 40 ft Motorhome. Nice large stops, the access to electric and cable is at the front of the site, it should be more to the middle. Did see one of the contractors and mentioned the electrical box issue. The Travel Camp will be much nicer when the trees grow a bit more. And yes, the price of $60.00 is a bit much, but maybe the price will go down in a few years. There are cheaper places but you don't always get 50 amp and when it is 100 degrees you need all the air you can get. Now that this new camp is posted maybe more people will stay. We heard it from a fellow camper we met at Wright-Patterson. Would stay again if in the area.

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6 July 2013

We want to write a good review but can't.... we agree with most posts. It's a shame - could be very nice (and will be in 5-10 years after maturation and cost reduction). BTW: we live in the area and so leverage Pohick State Park often (and we loved Quantico's LUNGA until it was closed). This place is still learning how to operate (kids checking us in didn't have the process down). No signs or directions. Layout is not well thought out (appears designer never camped) > most impressive is the keyed entry/exit gates. Modern bathhouse poorly situated (and not clean; no TP, etc.). We were just unlucky I guess... we booked right after the place opened and it was a scorching weekend six weeks later when we setup our little RV (Rialta > not sure how bigger rigs could take the turns in the park)... with all the concrete and asphalt it was well over 100* with all the hard-scape radiating. Since they bulldozed all the trees to build the place there is NO SHADE anywhere on the place. Positives to some would be the cable and wifi, and all sites full service (but we don't take those things with us to get away and I don't hook sewer/water most of the time we go places so wasted amenities/costs to us). We were right 'by' the water but there's no paths and my girlfriend fell while trying to maneuver down some rock embankments. I so wish I could have volunteered to give guidance and help with requirements [guess that's what really bothers me... I suspect this effort was the last job a poorly performing civil servant did while relegated to retiring on a MWR tour.. surely no military member who ever did duty in the field would have created what this is]. Sounds harsh but this could have been a jewel and it should be in reach financially for our enlisted/backbone members -- it is surely too expensive for the troops. We know this will get better and folks should give it a try (in cool weather it would be fine)... but for $28 dollars one can camp at a mature, well designed, heavily wooded campground eight (8) miles south on the Potomac (Pohick)! Good luck folks.

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(Updated: June 29, 2013)
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8 June 2013

Wow, we are military and the price was a shock. We won't be staying here. Was this built as an extension to general's row? We have stayed at some super nice military camps in great location for far less than half that price. This is another attempt by b-crats to take advantage of the average Soldier. They are so out of touch with the average Soldier. Yes great location on the bay....but they have nothing to do with the available amenities. They were already there and a part of the post. If you are PCS'g it might be convenient since you will be paid for lodging.

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8 June 2013

R.K. left this review using the Directory software: - This was the perfect RV park for us to test and experience our "maiden voyage" with a new AS Interstate with all its amenities, well most of them. The cable guy was still working on the wifi and cable during our one-niter, said it wouldn't be ready until the following week; no discount offered minus the cable and wifi though. Since we don't live far I'm sure we'll be back again soon, being newbies to the RV lifestyle. For sure though the $60 price tag will keep our visits to a very short stay, 1-3 days.

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