We stayed at Brand Pond campground when the government shutdown all national parks in October. We had reservations to Shenandoah National Park Big Meadows campground and had to change our plan at the last minute. I reserved friday night online and was hoping to stay there for saturday night also. However, the campground was booked full so we could only stay one night. Make sure to have reservation for weekends.
Each Brand Pond site has a lantern hanger, table and fire ring. Firewoods are available for $5 for 10 pieces or you can pick up down and dead wood. I didn't have any problem finding firewood near our tentsite. We rented a canoe, biked & hiked trails and relaxed at our campsite. On Saturay afternoon I could hear gunshots from nearby hunters but it sounded far from the campsite. I could hear some animals howling at night and it didn't sound like domestic dogs.
Brand Pond has a bathroom but no water is available. You have to drive to main Red Oak Campground for water. Red Oak Campground bathhouse has a sink for dishes and individual showers. The bathhouse was exceptionally clean.
I look forward to camping at James River State Park again.
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