Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Natural Bridge, Virginia, Campsites, Most Popular

Part 2 of a series of posts introducing Thunder BRidge Campground, LLC. Camping information is available at https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US/discover/virginia/thunder-bridge?pic=%7B%3Alocale%3D%3E%3A%22en-AU%22%7D&fbclid=IwAR1Ivs1DxhbUy7dODjGwdEgaJue3CSfuCoAa9O3-XjKJUJDEbX8c5FrUtBk 

One of our campers commented that Thunder BRidge Campground is "soon to be the most popular!" Another wrote, "[t]here's no feeling of being on top of each other even if the place was packed full." And this--"Listening to the stream every night was a great way to fall asleep."

While the Thunder BRidge campsites are large and private, campers who want to meet and greet will find the Pavilion open and inviting. The screened area, seen in the above photo, includes five large antique picnic tables, a few easy chairs, and plenty of space for reading, writing, playing games, snacking, and visiting. One corner houses the "Camp New Hope Museum," a goldmine for budding naturalists who want to touch, examine, or simply look at things previous campers found on the property. A bulletin board in another corner posts photos of campers from many years past. Campers may spin the tops of a Skittles game or try their hand at a game of cornhole. Just outside lies a horseshoe pit--please bring your own horseshoes. Outside entrances (at the far end in this photo) provide access to restrooms and showers.

A campsite, Woodpecker 5, sits about a hundred feet northeast of the Pavilion. It offers Thunder BRidge's standard gravel tent pad, fire ring, picnic table, and forest floor space for additional tents. As a camper has commented, "Each site is unique from the next...." This one adds a roof over the picnic table (or campers could shift the table outside and camp under-roof if they prefer).

Campers who want even more privacy away from our gravel roads might enjoy walking a little distance (about 350 feet) to Bunny 5 after parking their car near the Pavilion. Bunny 5, formerly known as Raindrop, has the distinction of being the oldest campsite at Thunder BRidge and offers lots of space. The State campground inspector exclaimed, "I would have expected four campsites back here." The East Fork of Elk Creek runs nearby.