Bethel Recreation Area

Bethel Recreation Area - Park and FamCamp

 
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Location

Installation
Langley AFB, Hampton, VA
GPS Coordinates
37.09232, -76.43085
Location Information
Langley AFB, Hampton, VA

Directions

Directions
The recommended way to the campground is by getting off I-64 at exit 261A and go West on Hampton Roads Center Pkw. For less than one mile to Hwy 600 or Big Bethel Rd. Then North about 1.5 miles on Big Bethel Rd to Saunders Rd. There is a traffic light there and you can only turn left. Turn left and go about 1/3 mile where the entrance to park is on the right hand side of the road plan a wide right turn. The park is well indicated but there is a curve in the road just before you get to the entrance. Alternate directions are: I-64E to exit 258-us 17N-1 mile,rt on Harpersville rd 1 mile Park on left. When you get to the camp office it is on the left for check in.

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Contact Information

Phone Number
(757) 766-7627
Mailing Address
Bethel Recreation Area, 123 Saunders Road, Hampton, VA 23666-5000

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD Civilians. Read this Article on Authorized Users
Season
Year round
Reservations
Reservations accepted 6 months in advance.
Internet Access
WiFi available.
Mail Forwarding
Must use local USPS General Delivery.
Pet Information
Allowed with the usual leash and clean-up rules.
Campground Information
90 day stay limit. May make another reservation if needed, max stay 180 days per calendar year (Jan-Dec)
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Picinic Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating, Boat Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hiking
  • Marina

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
23
W/50A/S
$25
N/A
$750
RV Sites
2
W/30A
$20
N/A
$600
Tent (small)
7
None
$10
N/A
N/A
Tent (large)
2
None
$25
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Weather Information

Bethel Park, adjacent to the Bethel housing area, is one of Langley’s best-kept secrets. It’s beautiful scenic area surrounded by water is perfect for outdoor relaxation. Bethel park offers pavilions, fishing equipment, ball fields, paddle boats, barbecue grills, volleyball and equipment rental. Don’t forget to checkout the Paintball Park while you are there.

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User reviews

33 reviews
 
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Overall rating
 
3.0
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3.7(33)
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2.7(33)
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.6(33)
Value
 
3.1(33)
Overall Experience
 
3.0(33)
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Nov. 30, 2023
Overall rating
 
1.0
Location
 
1.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
0/5. I am writing this review with a heavy heart and a deep sense of disappointment after our recent experience with Bethal Camp RV Park. As an active duty military family, the last thing we needed was the kind of treatment and resolution we received from this establishment. Our journey with Bethal Camp RV Park started in September when we made a reservation for a long-term stay from December to March. In the spirit of planning, we even went the extra mile and added ourselves to the waitlist in case an earlier slot became available. Little did we know that this seemingly responsible act would lead to a nightmare. A few days before our intended arrival, we decided to scout the area and discuss which spot we would be allocated. To our surprise, the staff at Bethal Camp RV Park were equally surprised to see us. Why? Because, according to them, we had apparently canceled our reservation two weeks prior to our arrival. Imagine our shock, given that we had made no such cancellation. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Bethal Camp RV Park had randomly called a person, who had no knowledge of our long-term reservation, and that person unknowingly canceled our booking. To add insult to injury, the staff had the wrong phone number and even my last name was incorrectly recorded. Consequently, our spot was given away without any attempt to contact us directly. What's more concerning is the park's attempt to negate responsibility for their actions. Initially confirming that they indeed canceled our reservation, they later changed their stance, asserting that we were only on the waitlist and never had a reservation. This conflicting information only adds to the frustration and highlights a lack of transparency and accountability. While mistakes can happen in any business, it is the resolution that truly defines a company's professionalism. In our case, Bethal Camp RV Park fell woefully short. Despite their acknowledgment of the error, they only offered us a two-week stay at our own expense as compensation for their gross negligence. As active duty military personnel, we face numerous challenges and uncertainties on a daily basis. The least we expect from a campsite is reliability and professionalism, qualities sorely lacking at Bethal Camp RV Park. Their reliance on phone reservations and the apparent lack of attention to detail by their staff have proven to be a recipe for disaster. I write this review not out of spite but as a cautionary tale for other military families who may consider Bethal Camp RV Park. The stress and frustration we experienced are not something any family, especially those in the military, should have to endure. In conclusion, I strongly advise against using this campsite in the future, as their unreliability, unprofessionalism, and attempts to deflect responsibility cast a shadow over what should have been a simple and stress-free experience for our family.
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October 2022
Overall rating
 
3.7
Location
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We stayed here for a few nights visiting family. The staff was great, very friendly and accomodating. Watch out for the speed bumps in the campground, they sneak up on you. It's very shaded in the campground and the sight we were in was marginally level. There is no gate to pass through since it's not on Langley, although very close for commissary and exchange shopping. Overall not bad and definitely worth the money.
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8 - 10 October 2022
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
Hosted a family gathering and primitive tent camping experience that was enjoyed by all. We rented spots 2 & 4, which were ideally situated near parking and the restrooms. I was especially impressed with the cleanliness of the restrooms. I had no face-to-face interaction with the staff but my reservation was handled professionally via telephone. This is a great campsite if you don't require lots of bells and whistles. I quite enjoyed its simplicity, peacefulness and cleanliness.
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September 1-8, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.2
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We really enjoyed this campground, the location is excellent. It's not very large but the basics (utilities & facilities) are all in good working order each time we have come. It's very shady with lots of tree cover, which does lead to a bit of a messy campsite with sandy soil and very little grass cover. The staff are friendly. Most of the issues aren't really with the campground, but with the adjoining Bethel Park. There were multiple loud parties at the park for the the holiday weekend, so it was not a quiet stay for us this time. The bigger issue was the traffic. Because of the parties there was a constant flow of cars in and out of the campground going way too fast. Once the holiday parties had cleared out we were disappointed to find that the fishing pier and boat docks are all boarded up. Some of the playground equipment is damaged also (though the playground at the campground is pristine). The final issue was the dogs. Many locals seem to think the field next to the paintball course is a dog off leash park, so you risk running across loose dogs and their leavings if you venture past the campground into Bethel Park. We really like this campground, but it could be much more enjoyable if the same care that goes into the campground half could be put into the park.
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October 3, 2021
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
We stayed there just one night, but I was really impressed with the cleanliness and the QUIET! i don't believe I have ever stayed in a quieter park. Granted, there was the occasional papapapapapp from the paintball park there, but it was daylight. You can fish or boat on the lake. Lots to do. It is close to town and shopping, shopping, shopping. We were flabbergasted at the changes in Hampton since we left nearly 40 years ago! The laundry facility was very clean, albeit a bit expensive for a famcamp ($2 a load...not used to that) Definitely worth a visit, though!
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8-14 September 2020
Overall rating
 
4.5
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
Nice Famcamp, only 25 sites, not all paved. Lots of trees, two of my neighbors had severe damage due to falling limbs and large branches. Famcamp is not gated and is open to public who use the paintball field near the back of sites. Felt secure, as Langley AFB police Force patrol the area periodically. Melanie, who is at office was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. There is a boat & Marina adjacent to Famcamp but is needs a lot of attention due to deterioration. Main base is about two miles from Famcamp.
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Nov 8, 2018
Overall rating
 
4.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
The staff was very helpful, they went above and beyond to arrange sites to please everyone. There is a great playground area for children, that is separated a little from the campground. However, the majority of sites are taken by homesteaders, we met one couple who had been there 18 months. So, most of the sites are full. 
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Apr 2018
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
The staff was very help full in getting us a spot when our Reservation got lost. Good location for the area and only RV park in town.
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September 2017
Overall rating
 
1.0
Location
 
1.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
It should be noted that the price of tents is $10 and all sites, RV and tent, need a reservation. For the tent sites, you park at the restrooms and walk into the woods (not far). My intention was to tent/car camp with my two boys while my husband is deployed for a fun overnight. There is no security from the road to the campgrounds. It is not located on base and anyone is able to drive in. There is a paintball park directly adjacent to the tent sites and on the weekend there was constant traffic from the paintball attendees and a large party at the pavilion by the water. I did not feel comfortable where the tent sites were since I was camping alone with my two young kids. I asked if there was an RV site available. There was, but they said that they would not rent it to me because I didn't have an RV with me. I told them that my intention was not to pitch a tent in the RV area, but to instead just use the picnic table and fire ring before going to sleep inside my SUV conversion. I would gladly pay for the RV site, which is twice as much as the tent site, just to feel more secure. I was just looking to get a fun night in with the boys. The young man at the counter was pleasant, but clearly had no authority. He deferred his decision to the rude, unkept man seated in the boathouse. Now I get if I was looking to set up a tent in the RV area, or if I was looking for spend a few days or weeks in the situation I described, but I was making do for one night with my boys after driving all the way there. This is a MILITARY FAM CAMP! We are a military family, and I was appalled that we were turned away when space was available. My kids were so disappointed. So much for having fun and making the best of their dad's deployment! Instead of being in nature and fishing/camping, we drove all the way back home. 
June 2017
Overall rating
 
4.6
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
4.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
This place is on the upswing. The staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The facilities are being refurbished gradually. Wifi now available from the office and reaches about through the first two rows of the park. No more road construction on the way to the park, either. This place is a hidden gem! Good location, good rates. We will be back.
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June 20-21 2015
Overall rating
 
3.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
The location is excellent if you want to be in the area. There are other famcamps in the immediate area but they were all booked up for the weekend. The entry to the park isn't as bad as others make it out to be. You can pull forward enough to see in both directions. There is obvious signs that some work is being put into the park and I talked with the park manager and they are making an effort to move out some of the homesteaders. The showers do need work but if campers would cleanup after themselves it would help. There are no amenities or facilities here and it's a drive to Langley. The value is dependent on your reason for staying. It was valuable to me as I had friends near the park. My overall experience was good. We would definitely stay here again.
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Sept 2014
Overall rating
 
3.0
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
Just stayed here a week visiting friends before heading west. All sites are back in, no pull throughs. If you have a toy hauler and you're hauling your toys, you'll have to unload before backing in. Lot's of pine trees and lot's of pine needles all over. Seems like no one ever cleans them up. Satellite TV, Forget about it, although we did get MeTv on the over the air antenna. The bathhouse needs immediate attention looked like it needed a pressure washer taken to it. I'd stay here again cause it's a short drive to my friend house up Rt 17 but there is another park to the north I may try next time.
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April 1-4, 2015
Overall rating
 
1.0
Location
 
1.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
1.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
First of all, the entry into the park is a nightmare. It's in the middle of a blind curve and then when you turn in you have to say a prayer that you don't break an axle. The sight is trashy. The bathrooms smell like something died in them. But wait, you have to meet Dennis the menace. Apparently, he is an employee. Perhaps he was hired because of some hire the psychotic program. He engages campers in what would normally be called a conversation except that a conversation involves two people taking turns speaking. He does these monologues that are long, outrageous and inappropriate. I wanted to shoot myself an hour into his diatribe. I was thinking I should fake a heart attack but it occurred to me he wouldn't notice if I did. I saw him do his one man psycho show for several campers. Some of them were trying to fix a meal over a fire and he just kept going on and on and on. They ended up eating while he told them his stories. I felt so bad for them. It appears that not only does he work at the park but also lives there. He has a tent there but spends all his time in the office. I suppose it's good having an employee there 24 hours a day. I just wonder if it's not a good thing having a lunatic on staff. What's the hiring criteria? Are you breathing? Okay, you're hired. I'm horribly disappointed that the government would hire someone like this and even more upset that nobody has noticed how insane he is. Perhaps this explains Congress. But, back to the park. If someone would clean things up, have the entry repaired, empty the trash cans, clean and dissinfect the bathrooms, and put a muzzle on Dennis, it might be a decent place to camp.
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19 March 2015
Overall rating
 
3.2
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
Drove through CG today since I was in general area for the week. Winding busy road to get here and dangerous entering and exiting the area. The CG is on base property but not secured other than signage stating military property. The road to and around the CG are hard surface, sites are decent size not huge, concrete pads that would look a lot better if the pine needles were blown off. Kind of a dreary look to the CG which could be improved with a little effort. Bathrooms and laundry in same building as office, all showing age but kept fairly clean. There were only 5 or 6 campers in the CG. This would not be one of my first choices of CG spots for the area but I would stay here based on what I have seen.
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November 2014
Overall rating
 
3.9
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We stopped here again on our way south and spent 2 weeks. The office is now located on the campground side of the recreation facility, so you don't have to take a long walk to check in and pay for your site. Isaac and Bill are friendly and responsive, however the base facilities took 2 days to replace a 50 amp circuit breaker. The base needs to put some funds and effort into supporting this campground.
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August 2014
Overall rating
 
3.9
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
3.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
We are one week into a three week stay here and so far not bad. The staff is friendly and helpful. The door to the office is closed but it looks like that is just to keep it cool and there is an "open" sign on the door when there is someone there. The bath and laundry facilities could definitely use some upgrades. The city street leading to the campground is pretty narrow and curvy so if you have a big rig, be careful.
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July 29, 2014
Overall rating
 
2.5
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
2.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
3.0
Overall Experience
 
2.0
We stopped here looking for a new site from Williamsburg, VA. The campground has gone down hill. As previously noted drainage is nonexistent. The bathroom facilities are ok but limited space in washer/dryer area. Unable to talk to camp host since they had the door shut and apparently a really good BS session going on. Expected much more from an USAF FamCamp, we won't be stopping here.
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April 2014
Overall rating
 
3.9
Location
 
4.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0
BIG change! Homesteaders are gone!! We stayed here in November on our way south and again in April heading north. In November we were told changes were coming, and they now have limited length of stay which has made the homesteaders move on. There were 7 sites available, when we arrived. The staff is friendly and responsive. There are improvements that need to be made to some sites. Drainage is an issue for a few sites, but not so bad that some gravel and dirt couldn't fix. We hope the command will support the ideas the staff has for improvement.
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March 2013
(Updated: April 03, 2013)
Overall rating
 
1.5
Location
 
3.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
1.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
2.0
Value
 
1.0
Overall Experience
 
1.0
Too many homesteaders. Entrance is not very accessable. Accident waiting to happen. Very disappointing. If that was my first introduction to Military RV Camps I would have never tried another.
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Sep 2, 2012
(Updated: September 03, 2012)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
5.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
5.0
Value
 
5.0
Overall Experience
 
5.0
I love this place it is close to my house so I don't have to drive miles and miles to go fishing the people that work here are friendly and nice.
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