Big Bend Campground


Petersburg, West Virginia
(View camping near Petersburg, WV)

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Ownership: US Forest Service
Official website: fs.fed.us
Posted by: Jeff Barber on December 14, 2005
 
 

Campground Description

Big Bend is located in the Smoke Hole Canyon next to the South Branch of the Potomac River at the end of County Route 2.

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Campground Activities

Hiking: There are 30 miles of maintained trails nearby and a vast backcountry to explore without trails. A one mile loop trail is available at the campground.Boating, canoeing and kayaking are available but boating opportunities are limited to spring during periods of high water.Fishing: Fishing is allowed in the South Branch of the Potomac River. A valid West Virginia State Fishing License is required, along with a National Forest stamp and a trout stamp. Please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for more information on fishing and hunting licensing requirements.

Campground Amenities

Each sites has a picnic table, tent pad, lantern holder, and fire ring. Water, a dump station and flush toilets are available.

Reservation info

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Q: awaiting the above question to be answered. . .Has the campground host situation remained the same as in previous posts or has it gotten better? -Guest

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Reviews of Big Bend Campground



Reviewed by MikeD. on May 27, 2014

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This campground used to be my families favorite. Nice camp sites and a beautiful river to enjoy. Unfortunately things have changed. The camp hosts for some reason think they own the place and don't realize that they are there to maintain it and most importantly to provide a friendly atmosphere for the paying guests with their families to enjoy. The last few times my family has been there we have been disrespected and just downright treated very rudely. For some reason the lady host "Ginnie" always has something inhospitable to say or something to reprimand you for, even before you have a chance to step out of your car. If you want peace and quiet, that's a crap shoot. How can you enjoy nature with a leaf blower and a John Deere tractor running all day long when it doesn't even need to be. Especially a leaf blower, are you kidding me? I understand keeping the place looking nice but hey, you're in the middle of the woods. Who wants to sit and listen to that while trying to relax and enjoy nature? I'm pretty sure that's why people go camping, to get some peace and quiet and away from the leaf blowers and lawnmowers. On top of all this we have pulled into the campground to be greeted by the intoxicated camp host "Ginnie" on multiple occasions. Yea, real nice, slurred speech and everything else. It is now hard for myself and family to even want to go back there. I kept giving them another chance because we love the place so much but every time we return we just get disgusted with having to deal with the hosts treating everyone with disrespect. I understand following the rules but just to have someone riding around nit-picking your every move while you are on vacation is ridiculous. I am hoping that someone else will take over the job as hosts in the near future so we can return and enjoy ourselves as we have in the years past, without having the drunken camp host watching your every move just waiting for something to say. I will be contacting the U.S. Forest Service to further investigate this situation and see what changes can be made.
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Reviewed by carolinablues71 on August 11, 2011

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I simply can NOT believe the bad reviews regarding the hosts here! The are the friendliest hosts of any campground we have ever stayed at. We always invite them for dinner at our camp at least 1 night when we stay. We have stayed there 4 times I think. NICE place.
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Reviewed by Spooky on August 2, 2011

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It's a fun quiet place. Camp sites stay cool and are well maintained. I have never had a problem with the management and found them friendly and helpful as long as you follow the rules posted. its my favorite camping spot around. My children and I look forward to going back.
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Reviewed by rubybaby on August 1, 2011

(4 out of 5 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
I have been staying here for years, and it is by far the most peaceful, relaxing, beautiful area I've ever been to. Campground is very clean and well maintained, however.... The husband and wife who manage Big Bend are rude, mean, and nasty!! They take a beautiful place and turn it into hell!! The woman is a nazi on a golfcart. And it only gets worse when they get drunk and wanna be mean and nasty to the campers. My daughters were drawing with sidewalk chalk and she came flying up and her golfcart and told em they couldn't do that. When I asked her why she yelled get some water and clean that mess up!!! Big Bend is more like a prison than a campground... You constantly have to watch your back, and no matter what you are gonna get bitched at for something by management!! I'm very sad to say my family has put up with them for 7 yrs now, and I cannot bring myself to go back until they are gone.....
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Response by Spooky on August 2, 2011

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Id have to say they probably put up with you for 7 years
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Reviewed by small farm on July 14, 2011

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The campground was clean - sites were nicely tree covered. Tubing was difficult due to sharp rocks and low water. Nice "beach" area for swimming in the river. Management was friendly when we pulled in, but became untolerable of campers not far into stay. When one of the group went to use the bathroom after it had been cleaned - he was asked if he was going to use the bathroom and then with a not nice kind of tone stated "I just cleaned those". Quiet time began at 10:00 pm and our group was asked to be quiet at 9:00 pm - this mind you, when ONE person was singing. Management also stopped a very young child on a bike and was told to slow it down you here...when the child (not from our group) was literally gliding on the road in front of camp areas. I will repeat, the campground was nice, but will not return due to the management.
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Response by rubybaby on August 1, 2011

(2 out of 4 members found this response useful.)
You are so right about management!!! They are horrible, nasty people!
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Reviewed by Sacred Dances on July 14, 2011

(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
This is a nice clean place, the camp spots are not completely private but not right on top of your neighbors. Unfortunately it was lacking in friendliness. We were scolded for going the right way in a 2 lane road, scolded for singing, scolded for washing a dish, and scolded for having 3 cars parked at 1 campsite for dinner, completely out of the way of everyone. Things that could have been said nicely were said very rudely and loudly. The river is a bit shallow for tubing FYI. Also want to add that the area to put your tent on was very hard GRAVEL. Who wants to put a tent on gravel???!!!
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Response by rubybaby on August 1, 2011

(3 out of 4 members found this response useful.)
Yes you get scolded for everything you do!! From going to the bathroom, to how you cook on your firepit. It's non stop too! Makes you just wanna pack up and leave
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Reviewed by Guest on May 26, 2009

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This is a perrenial favorite! Just a great area and site. Gets crowded (real crowded) in good summer weather. Late fall you will find solitude and all the room you need. Rivers, ridges, and rocks. This is one of the best.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 25, 2007

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Best campground we've been to within 3.5 hours of DC. Easy and beautiful drive. Best sites are #6 and #7, although we stayed in the upper part since it was full below. Lower camps are on the upper Potomac, water is crystal clear with fantastic swimming holes. Bring your inner tubes and fishing poles! We highly recommend it!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 28, 2007

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Good swimming holes, beautiful canyon and a decent campground.
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