Walnut Hills Campground with the Explorers Club

The Staunton Parks and Recreation host an Explorers Club for kids ages 5 and under.  We meet on the 3rd Friday of the month and check out different places in Staunton and Augusta County.  We’ve been to a pet store, the fire station, a hike in Montgomery Hall Park.  In the interest of full disclosure, my little brother Steve runs this program.  And it’s totally awesome.

This week we went to Walnut Hills Campground, a KOA near Mint Spring, VA. There is tent and RV camping, along with cabins that can be rented.  We rode over on the Pickle, the Parks and Rec green van, and pulled into the campground.  The main building houses check-in and a store.

Walnut Hills Campground


Camping at Walnut Hills

The team was wonderful.  While the campground and all of it’s amenities are usually reserved for camping guests, we were given permission to play for the morning.  First up was a duck race.

Walnut Hills Duck Race

Walnut Hills Duck Race 2


Then the kids got to feed ducks and play along the banks of the 2-acre Lake Kerplunken. The lake is stocked with fish and a license is not required.  They campground does ask that campers fish and release or only catch what they intend to eat.

Lake Kerplunken WH

Next it was over to the playground.  There was a slide, swings, a wooden train and a climbing center.

Walnut Hills Playing

It was a warm summer day.  The kids were super excited about putting on their swimsuits and jumping in the pool!

Walnut Hills baby pool

Walnut Hills Pool

Then, we had one last surprise; we were treated to watermelon.  Yummy!

Watermelon at Walnut Hills

Many thank to Walnut Hills and Staunton Parks and Recreation for a fun day!


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