Mike

Staunton, VA

#121 Jul 16, 2009
Doc,
I would really be interested in hearing what you would suggest as improvements for this facility. As of this writing, we have not had anything but positive feedback from our campers. Take a look at our website; give me a call, or send an email. I want YOUR experience at the Campground to be a positive one, as well.

Mike Desper
Manager, Shenandoah Acres Campground

www.campshenacres.com
Doc Savage wrote:
Really don't know why everyone makes such a big deal about this place. We got talked into visiting Shenandoah Acresseveral years ago and frankly it was the worse camping experience my family and I ever had. To begin with the campground was overcrowded and dusty, little to no scenery not counting the claypit next door. The showers were dirty, kinda hard to get clean when there's 2 stopped up toilets only feet away from your shower. The only thing they had going for them was their 'swimming hole and water slide' but after hearing about the drownings, inept lifeguards and little girl getting ripped open on the slide, we had second thoughts concerning letting our child play there.
Keep in mind there is much better and more scenic camping at Sherando Lake or anyother of the State Park Campgrounds and for far less of the cost than what Shenandoah Acres was charging for their craphole.
But if you call that place a tradition, there is something lacking in your lives.

Since: Jul 09

Stuarts Draft,VA & Townsend,TN

#122 Jul 17, 2009
I live in Stuarts Draft and all through my childhood I had visited Shenandoah Acres. My family used to camp there a lot when I was younger. I went by Shenandoah Acres the other day and it looked like there was water in there, maybe it was filled up by the rain, who knows. If I recall, the water slide was still there also. It doesn't look like it is being used at all though. The cabins that were once across the street from the swimming area are no longer there. Behind the swimming area are cabins which are still there but looks to be not in use either. The campground looked as if it was still being used though. I saw some people standing in front of the campground office the other day when I passed by. I'm going to try to find out what happened to Shenandoah Acres. I went to school with Gary Eavers Jr. I'm sure he can tell me what happened to it. It wouldn't surprise me that the Eavers bought Shenandoah Acres, they are a very wealthy family in the Stuarts Draft area. The Eavers own Eavers Tire in Stuarts Draft, Eavers Tire in Fishersville, they own the Eavers BP station in Stuarts Draft, they own the Eavers Citgo in Stuarts Draft, they now on the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. Shenandoah Acres is just sitting there not being used at all. Someone should do something to open it again instead of letting it sit there. It has always been a place to go have fun, relax, and enjoy time with your family.
Linda

North Wilkesboro, NC

#123 Jul 18, 2009
In the 70's we took our 2 children every summer to Shenandoah Acres. We rode Mary Anne and Booger Baby and Chance on the trails. My daughter started taking her children there and now they are closed. It is very sad. It is one of the places my grown children still talk after all these years and we even took them to Disney World.
Mike

Staunton, VA

#124 Jul 19, 2009
I am the Manager at Shenandoah Acres Campground.

The Campground is open and all of the other amenities are slated for renovation and rehabilitation. It takes time and planning to do this. Your patience is appreciated.

Mike Desper
Shenandoah Acres Campground

www.campshenacres.com
beanad wrote:
I live in Stuarts Draft and all through my childhood I had visited Shenandoah Acres. My family used to camp there a lot when I was younger. I went by Shenandoah Acres the other day and it looked like there was water in there, maybe it was filled up by the rain, who knows. If I recall, the water slide was still there also. It doesn't look like it is being used at all though. The cabins that were once across the street from the swimming area are no longer there. Behind the swimming area are cabins which are still there but looks to be not in use either. The campground looked as if it was still being used though. I saw some people standing in front of the campground office the other day when I passed by. I'm going to try to find out what happened to Shenandoah Acres. I went to school with Gary Eavers Jr. I'm sure he can tell me what happened to it. It wouldn't surprise me that the Eavers bought Shenandoah Acres, they are a very wealthy family in the Stuarts Draft area. The Eavers own Eavers Tire in Stuarts Draft, Eavers Tire in Fishersville, they own the Eavers BP station in Stuarts Draft, they own the Eavers Citgo in Stuarts Draft, they now on the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft. Shenandoah Acres is just sitting there not being used at all. Someone should do something to open it again instead of letting it sit there. It has always been a place to go have fun, relax, and enjoy time with your family.
Mike

Staunton, VA

#125 Jul 19, 2009
Everyone,

Thank you for your continued comments and memories. The owners and I know that this facility holds many memories for everyone. We also know that most of you would love to see everything up and running. All I can say is that careful planning and a great deal of time as well as a near staggering financial commitment must be in place to rehabilitate a facility this size. It must be addressed a piece at a time.

There are issues to address today that did not exist in the era of previous ownership. The economy is different today compared to back then.
It is not as simple as one may think to get a facility that size up and running again, but it can happen - with YOUR help. In an economy such as this, I find it to be a BOLD move that the owners would risk the investment of purchasing a property such as this. That is one of the reasons why I signed on to be the manager there.

As of Memorial Day weekend this year, Shenandoah Acres Campground is open and each weekend is better than the previous one. Please go to the new website: www.campshenacres.com for details, rates, and information.

YOUR PATRONAGE through camping and spreading the word will help revitalize Shenandoah Acres. The future lies with YOU. We no longer live in an economy where investors are willing to sink thousands and thousands AND thousands... into totally reviving a long silent facility like the Acres without some careful and timely planning. Contrary to what one may think, the current water park is not safe, it is obsolete, and has a HUGE liability factor to it. Back then, there were conditions and issues regarding property and usage that no longer apply today. New requirements and conditions exist. There are several issues - some old, some new - to address as we continue to slowly improve and rehabilitate the property. If you think about it, it would be foolish to simply fill the lake and throw some equipment in, and throw some games and music back in place just to say "IT'S OPEN!" when it's just no longer possible to simply just do that. It's just not that simple today - financially, environmentally, or legally. What was "grandfathered in" at that property THEN no longer applies NOW.

I remember taking my children there, too. I have good memories. That's another reason why I took the task of managing the Campground. I want it to be memorable for the NEW generations coming up, and to begin fostering fond memories to come.

The first phase has begun with the Campground. Be patient. Come and camp. Give your suggestions. Share your memories, share your dreams. But DON'T give up on what can and, with your help, WILL BE.

Mike Desper
General Manager, Shenandoah Acres Campground
website: www.campshenacres.com
Mike

Staunton, VA

#126 Jul 19, 2009
Everyone,

Thank you for your continued comments and memories. The owners and I know that this facility holds many memories for everyone. We also know that most of you would love to see everything up and running. All I can say is that careful planning and a great deal of time as well as a near staggering financial commitment must be in place to rehabilitate a facility this size. It must be addressed a piece at a time.

There are issues to address today that did not exist in the era of previous ownership. The economy is different today compared to back then.
It is not as simple as one may think to get a facility that size up and running again, but it can happen - with YOUR help. In an economy such as this, I find it to be a BOLD move that the owners would risk the investment of purchasing a property such as this. That is one of the reasons why I signed on to be the manager there.

As of Memorial Day weekend this year, Shenandoah Acres Campground is open and each weekend is better than the previous one. Please go to the new website: www.campshenacres.com for details, rates, and information.

YOUR PATRONAGE through camping and spreading the word will help revitalize Shenandoah Acres. The future lies with YOU. We no longer live in an economy where investors are willing to sink thousands and thousands AND thousands... into totally reviving a long silent facility like the Acres without some careful and timely planning. Contrary to what one may think, the current water park is not safe, it is obsolete, and has a HUGE liability factor to it. Back then, there were conditions and issues regarding property and usage that no longer apply today. New requirements and conditions exist. There are several issues - some old, some new - to address as we continue to slowly improve and rehabilitate the property. If you think about it, it would be foolish to simply fill the lake and throw some equipment in, and throw some games and music back in place just to say "IT'S OPEN!" when it's just no longer possible to simply just do that. It's just not that simple today - financially, environmentally, or legally. What was "grandfathered in" at that property THEN no longer applies NOW.

I remember taking my children there, too. I have good memories. That's another reason why I took the task of managing the Campground. I want it to be memorable for the NEW generations coming up, and to begin fostering fond memories to come.

The first phase has begun with the Campground. Be patient. Come and camp. Give your suggestions. Share your memories, share your dreams. But DON'T give up on what can and, with your help, WILL BE.

Mike Desper
General Manager, Shenandoah Acres Campground
website: www.campshenacres.com
Larry wrote:
What happened to Shenandoah Acres??? We went there years ago and as soon as last summer and was looking forward to going again but it seems they have gone poof???? Can someone help let me know what happened....Thanks in advance!!!
Foose81

Newport News, VA

#127 Jul 20, 2009
Hope you all do well w/ the campground. As you can tell I believe what most people would like to see reopen is the lake and beach house. Hopefully that will be taken into consideration in the planning and rehabilitation of the campground. I'm hoping to get up there soon for a weekend. I can't wait till the park is back up to its glory days.
Foose81

Newport News, VA

#128 Jul 20, 2009
I think you can tell what most people would like back open in the camp. I hope the lake and beach house are taken into consideration as something most of us want open, and its pushed into the forefront of the planning and rehabilitation of the camp. I hope to get back up there very soon w/ my children but really would enjoy it more if the lake was there and open.

Since: Jul 09

Stuarts Draft,VA & Townsend,TN

#129 Jul 20, 2009
I agree. The beach house and lake should be opened again. I'm going to check out the campground though. I camp a lot during the summer and I checked out the campground Website and it's pretty good. It makes me definitely want to camp there.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#130 Jul 21, 2009
ben h wrote:
<quoted text>
SA was closed due to a lawsuit over someone getting shocked on a machine in the concession area I heard. As we all know Americans love to sue by hook or by crook, and this is the result of it. When are we going to wake up and limit the liabilities of companies. This is such a good example of what happens to businesses in the age of lawsuits.
I don't believe that's why it closed down. That incident, involving a young man from a military academy happened years before they closed down. Albiet, it was probably one in a long line of "accidental deaths" that have happened there.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#131 Jul 21, 2009
I viewed the website. Mike, I do wish the campground much much success, but the facility just doesn't excite me. Of course I started going to SA when I was about 3 years old. I am now 53. We camped at SA religiously throughout the 70's. Without the lake and horseback riding, etc., it just doesn't seem to be "different" enough to make me want to come camp there, when there are closer campgrounds of the same "caliber" closer to home. I'll keep checking back to see what progress is being made.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#132 Jul 21, 2009
Mike wrote:
Everyone,
Thank you for your continued comments and memories. The owners and I know that this facility holds many memories for everyone. We also know that most of you would love to see everything up and running. All I can say is that careful planning and a great deal of time as well as a near staggering financial commitment must be in place to rehabilitate a facility this size. It must be addressed a piece at a time.
There are issues to address today that did not exist in the era of previous ownership. The economy is different today compared to back then.
It is not as simple as one may think to get a facility that size up and running again, but it can happen - with YOUR help. In an economy such as this, I find it to be a BOLD move that the owners would risk the investment of purchasing a property such as this. That is one of the reasons why I signed on to be the manager there.
As of Memorial Day weekend this year, Shenandoah Acres Campground is open and each weekend is better than the previous one. Please go to the new website: www.campshenacres.com for details, rates, and information.
YOUR PATRONAGE through camping and spreading the word will help revitalize Shenandoah Acres. The future lies with YOU. We no longer live in an economy where investors are willing to sink thousands and thousands AND thousands... into totally reviving a long silent facility like the Acres without some careful and timely planning. Contrary to what one may think, the current water park is not safe, it is obsolete, and has a HUGE liability factor to it. Back then, there were conditions and issues regarding property and usage that no longer apply today. New requirements and conditions exist. There are several issues - some old, some new - to address as we continue to slowly improve and rehabilitate the property. If you think about it, it would be foolish to simply fill the lake and throw some equipment in, and throw some games and music back in place just to say "IT'S OPEN!" when it's just no longer possible to simply just do that. It's just not that simple today - financially, environmentally, or legally. What was "grandfathered in" at that property THEN no longer applies NOW.
I remember taking my children there, too. I have good memories. That's another reason why I took the task of managing the Campground. I want it to be memorable for the NEW generations coming up, and to begin fostering fond memories to come.
The first phase has begun with the Campground. Be patient. Come and camp. Give your suggestions. Share your memories, share your dreams. But DON'T give up on what can and, with your help, WILL BE.
Mike Desper
General Manager, Shenandoah Acres Campground
website: www.campshenacres.com <quoted text>
Mike,
Why can't the lake open without the "equipment"? Why does it have to have super slides and the high dives, etc? I would think it would be enough to have a nice large lake with clean water and sandy bottom to enjoy on a hot day. As far as the beach house, why couldn't that be open minus the "electronic" games/etc. You all could open up a "game house" in the campground away from the water. It just seems to me there are other things that could be done. As a child, teen and even as an adult, I loved the slides, the "ropes" as we called them, but I could be happy just sunning and swimming. Just a thought. This subject really interests me because I miss SA so much. And just because the person named "doc" is so ugly about -- it is still a tradition to me and memories I will never forget.
Foose81

Newport News, VA

#133 Jul 21, 2009
I agree they could always open the lake minus the slides etc. I would definitely be more likely to go if it were open. I really wouldn't want to just sit around in the heat while camping. Definitely food for thought.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#134 Jul 22, 2009
Thanks Foose, glad you have the same "idea" I have. In this day of water parks and amusement parks, it would be nice to just have a nice, clean lake to swim in. You're right food for thought. Sometimes simple is much better. I would imagine there would be tons of young people who would like to lifeguard during the summer and I remember all the times I was there the lake was adequately covered with what seemed to be alert, attentive and most likely qualified lifeguards. Anyway, hopefully the land and the lake area will be utilized at some point in the future.

I'm curious, are the condo's and cabins still there? I never had an opportunity to stay in the more modern units, but remember such a good time in the little cinderblock (I think) cabins. Very basic, sort of like "fancy" camping, but the door opened out onto the nice clean sand. I especially loved it before it opened, when you could just sit outside your cabin door and breathe in the fresh air and look out at the mountains.
Foose81

Newport News, VA

#135 Jul 22, 2009
would love if they had the cabins or condos still but I believe he said the cabins were sold and someone else said they were tore down. Not sure though. I'm excited at the thought of taking my wife and children there but really need something to keep the kids cool up there, unless I throw them in the creek lol.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM

United States

#136 Jul 23, 2009
I've seen Flyers up saying that it was open
again for camping??
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#137 Jul 23, 2009
I do remember a creek....never was very deep but I guess you could toss 'em in....lol. I know they are doing the best they can to get things back in shape and I guess time will tell. I spent so many years there, different phases of my life. I would love to see the lake reopen even if it just that....a lake to swim in. Never really got into Sherando Lake for some reason, the couple of times my family was there it was very crowded and there was a snake in the water. There was a lake called Van Ripers over in Rockfish Valley, that was a fun place to go too.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#138 Jul 23, 2009
yes mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm the campground is open again, look up into some of the prior posts on this topic for information regarding it and also for the website. Only the camping area is open and Mike Desper, the campground manager, says that they are planning on opening other phases of the Acres. Hope that helps.
Debbie B

Charlottesville, VA

#139 Jul 23, 2009
Linda wrote:
In the 70's we took our 2 children every summer to Shenandoah Acres. We rode Mary Anne and Booger Baby and Chance on the trails. My daughter started taking her children there and now they are closed. It is very sad. It is one of the places my grown children still talk after all these years and we even took them to Disney World.
Linda, I remember my very first "real" vacation in summer of 1962 when my family went to Virginia Beach. I was amazed at the size of the ocean, the smell of salt water, the magnitude of the waves. We came home on a Saturday and went to SA on the day after and I remember thinking, even as a child of 6, that was more fun to me than a trip to the ocean. HA HA
Doc Savage

Gloucester, VA

#140 Jul 31, 2009
Doc,
I would really be interested in hearing what you would suggest as improvements for this facility. As of this writing, we have not had anything but positive feedback from our campers. Take a look at our website; give me a call, or send an email. I want YOUR experience at the Campground to be a positive one, as well.

Mike Desper
Manager, Shenandoah Acres Campground

www.campshenacres.com

Don't trouble yourself Mike as I'm more of a tradidtional camper and not the camping resort type. I'm sure you've put your heart into that place, but with Summer here I'd rather be atop a Mountain enjoying the cool breeze instead of some hot,dusty, overcrowded and uncomfortable place down in the valley. Guess some of us have more of the wild spirit than others.

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