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Camping FAQs

If you are the first place after you cross the train tracks, and your name is new river junction, does that mean there are trains?

YES. And they do run at night. Many of our campers have been coming for over 25 years and the trains do not take away from being here at the river. They also frequently tell us they never even hear them the 2nd night. If you are a train enthusiast or someone who loves the river as much as we do, this could be your dream vacation. If the thought of being awakened at night horrifies you, then please look elsewhere. Every major river in Virginia has train tracks somewhere along its course. This was the only way the railroad could get through the mountains without blasting them to pieces. The conductors are required by law to blow the train horn at all crossings and would lose their jobs if they didn’t.

I am on Interstate 81 and just need a place to stop for the night. Is camping at nrj a good idea?

MAYBE NOT. We are about 25 miles from the interstate. The campers who stay here do so for access to the river and associated activities, not closeness to the highway. If you are not on a tight schedule, would like to be somewhere peaceful with beautiful natural surroundings and would prefer the occasional mournful sound of a train whistle rather than listening to non-stop highway noise all night long, then come on by!

We do NOT have pull-through RV sites, all are back-in. Most are right on the river’s bank. There is a 2-night minimum on weekends, a 3-night minimum for holidays, special events, and VT game days. Reservations are required for all camping. There are other campgrounds in the area that are right next to the highway if you are just looking for somewhere to park for the night, including The Sportsman at I-81 Exit 105, Interstate Overnight Park at Exit 118, and Dixie Caverns at Exit 132.

Can I bring my dog?

YES. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Absolutely no digging or barking, and of course clean up after your pets. If they are going to dig up our beautiful grass we work so hard to maintain for you, or will bark non-stop, please leave them with a dogsitter.

Do you have 50 amp electric service?

YES. We have a select number of campsites with 50 amp service. Make sure you have the proper adapters for your RV to connect to our electrical service. They are readily available from most camping supply stores. If you are unsure, just ask us.

Do you have cable television?

NO. The local cable company (COMCAST) cannot run wires over the Norfolk Southern train tracks. You should be out having fun in the river anyway!

Is there wi-fi available?

YES. Wireless internet is available from most spots in the campground. Just ask at the office for the password. Coverage and speeds are not guaranteed. We are limited by Verizon’s infrastructure and typically have speeds of 3 mbps or less. Please be courteous of other campers when using the internet.

Can I get a tent site right on the riverbank?

NO. But we are a small campground, so nowhere is far from the river! The sites directly on the river are water and electric sites for campers and motorhomes. The tent sites are across our gravel road (75 feet) from the riverbank. They are located there so there is both more room for your tents and shade so your tent doesn’t get boiling hot in the sun.

When should i call to make a reservation for camping?

As soon as you are sure you’re coming! Holidays, events and weekends fill up quickly. Please call between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Am I allowed to bring my own firewood?

NO. Due to recent bug and disease outbreaks and the sensitivity of the surrounding environment, we no longer allow outside firewood. Our wood is locally-sourced hardwood shrink-wrapped with a handle, burns for about 2 hours, and is $6 a bundle. If you think this is unnecessary, do a search for the Emerald Ash Borer.

Do you have group rates for camping?

YES. If you are a recognized organization or a group (church group, boy scouts, business, etc.) your group rate is $8.00 per person, per night. Friends and families staying at one of our three group sites do not qualify for this discounted rate.

Are there grills in the campground?

NO. The only campsite that has a grill is site #6 which is an RV site with a picnic shelter. You may bring your own grill, or a grill grate to cook over your fire.

How bad are the mosquitoes?

There aren’t any! There is not any stagnant water for them to breed in.

What is your check-out time?

Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Late check-out may be available. Please ask during check-in, or come by the office BEFORE your check-out day.

Can I set up my tent on an rv site?

No. No tents on RV sites, and no exceptions to this policy.