Natural Bridge KOA in Lexington, VA is a great little campground located a stones throw from the Virginia Safari Park and Natural Bridge State Park. The perfect weekend destination for tent camping, RV’ing or glamping in their camping cabins.
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Natural Bridge KOA Lexington, Va
The Natural Bridge KOA Lexington, VA is located just off of Interstate 81 and boasts Full RV hookups (30 AMP and 50 AMP), primitive tent sites, electric/water tent sites, and camping cabins. We stayed in Cabin 171, and have a full report.
It is a quaint campground with towering trees, which means lots of shade. Tent sites were spaced 20-30 feet apart and RV sites seemed pretty tight. One room, two room, and deluxe camping cabins were dotted throughout the campground. The campground was really well maintained and folks were friendly as always. Camping friends are always great.
Evenings brought a beautiful vista of freshly ignited campfires all around the campground.
Campground sites and camping Cabins
We should mention that we booked this weekend getaway before buying our pop up camper. We brought it home the day before we left for Natural Bridge.
The one room and two room camping cabins are primitive so just beds with a medical grade mattress, and a little shelf under the front window. We chose this specifically so that I could wipe everything down with disinfectant before the kids could touch all the things. We brought our own bedding, which made us feel extra safe. The beds were surprisingly comfortable, and there was enough room for a pack and play for our baby. Not to mention a row of hooks to hang our back packs!
Our cabin site had a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. All sites that we saw had those same amenities. Our cabin (171) sat on a corner and was really steeply graded. We were unable to sit at the picnic table because the slope was so steep. The other cabins seemed much more level. There was no water at our cabin and it became really hard to wash our hands while preparing food. The bath house was really close by and had an outside sink so we tried to hurry and wash hands before encountering anyone (social distancing). The fire ring was a perfect size, about 18″ in diameter and the grill had an adjustable height grate. We brought charcoal along with us.
The cabin had a charming and comfortable swing on the front porch, which was fun for the kids.
Campground bathrooms, staff, and amenities
The bath house was very clean and located close to our cabin. There was an outside sink that made washing dishes accessible while social distancing. We avoided using the bathhouse too often by using a luggable loo (the best solution to keep kids out of the bath house and away from the Coronavirus).
My daughter and I were committed to not taking a shower for the entire weekend (to stay away from the public bathrooms), but then on Saturday we discovered a set of showers that were set away from the bath house, in the middle of the campground. These showers were accessed from the outside and self-contained. They were modern and very nice. We felt like this was the safest option available for social distancing and both got a hot shower.
The natural bridge KOA Lexington, VA staff were so nice and very helpful. They checked us in outdoors (but weren’t wearing masks and came way too close); but it was a very quick check in. The office is fully stocked with many common grocery items that you might forget. For us, it was barbecue sauce and a couple of other items. They had firewood available for sale. We have a barn full of firewood so we brought our own. If you find something you need, they will add it to your total at checkout. It helped not having to exchange money or swipe cards.
There was a dump station and large dumpsters (trash cans throughout the campground but not on each site) on the way out of the campground. It was easy to dump and rinse our luggable loo and gave us a chance to see what dumping our cassette toilet in the pop up camper will be like.
natural bridge / Lexington, va koa : recreation and pets
This KOA has a nice pool! We didn’t use the pool as we have a pool at home; but we noticed two things:
- They took social distancing really seriously. You had to sign up for a time slot and it seemed like only two groups were allowed at one time.
- In between groups we saw them cleaning the pool tables, chairs, etc.
There was a game room but it was closed due to the virus, it looked like fun though. The website said the playground was closed but we didn’t see anyone enforcing that rule. And the playground was easily accessible and we saw one family there.
We saw lots of adorable dogs!
Overall, we would totally camp there again, but not in cabin 171. The grade of the site and lack of water was difficult with two little kids. The campground staff made social distancing really easy for everyone and kept the facilities very clean.
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