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Old 05-25-2013, 10:50 PM   #61
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Williamsburg would give a 4. Bathroom in the main building is pretty old and nasty but the Bathroom in the general park is nice and clean.
Virginia Beach give a 4 due to the bathroom in the full time area is nasty however, the other restrooms are good.
Fayetteville, NC would give a 4 due to dust everywhere but the sites are nice and spacious.
KOA in Four Oaks, NC is awesome as sites are spacious and the bathrooms are some of the cleanest I have seen.
KOA in Wythesville, Va have extremely small sites and fire rings are only portable types the size of a frying pan. hard to get into the sites. had to buy blocks to raise the tires on my truck in order to get level just to unhook the hitch. I will not return to this KOA.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #62
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We are planning a kayaking excursion on the Willamette River and thinking of setting up camp at the Albany/Corvallis, OR KOA. Has anyone stayed there? Comments?

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Old 06-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #63
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I have stayed at one KOA. Pprobably will never stay at another one. I am a state park/COE/NFS kind of camper. Average cost less than $30 a night.
We like the State & County Parks/COEs/NFS campgrounds too. Unfortunately, during Summer months they are usually booked far in advance. What do you do when the urge hits to go camping and you're towing a 5th wheel? Are most KOA's booked up, as well? Fortunately, we are retired, so weekdays are an option, but I have been looking at campsites, and it doesn't seem to matter what days you want. Before and after Summer vacation there is a very small window of decent weather in Oregon
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:56 PM   #64
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Currently in the Klamath Falls OR KOA. Got here Thursday night so the DW could participate in the Master Regional Rowing competition. We're here thru Monday and then headed for Lassen NP where we'll stay in the park. Nice folks and just on the edge of town so close to the rowing. I use KOA's mostly as on the way places to stay, great for one night as the are usually close to the main road, and mostly clean. If it were not for the racing I would not spend 4 nights in one. Rather be up in Crater Lake.

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Old 06-20-2013, 05:03 PM   #65
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I agree, "A woman's place is in the home ... and she should be there right after work!" .... I can feel it coming! Sorry ladies but the devil made me do it. I wonder how that sofa bed works?????
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:07 PM   #66
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We have stayed at the KOA in Astoria (Warrenton) several times and I'd agree it is the best one we've stayed in. I'd give it a 5!

On our last trip we stayed in KOA parks in Waldport, OR and Bandon, OR. We stayed a week in each of the two parks.

I'd only give the park in Bandon a 4, because it is limited in some of the facilities that are available in Astoria, but it has level, roomy sites and easy access. It is a small park but is very woodsy. The owner seems to be the jack-of-all-trades. He works behind the counter and handles the care and maintenance. We were there after the vacation season (September) so he might have some additional help during the busy season. He is very friendly and does of good job of keeping the park in good condition. We are planning another trip to Bandon next year. We enjoyed the KOA and there are a lot of activities in the area. Bandon is one of the most fun towns on the Oregon Coast!

I'd give the park at Waldport a 3+. It is smaller than Astoria but larger than Bandon, with limited services, spaces are smaller and not as roomy, you are closer to your neighbors. The staff is friendly and they do have a store and playground facilities if you are traveling with kids. I may be more harsh on the Waldport KOA because we found there was not nearly as much to do in the area than we had expected. The town of Waldport isn't much of a tourist town and you have to drive some distance to get to the activities we enjoy. We would defiantly stay there for an overnight if passing through but would not plan an extend stay.

One final note, the Astoria KOA is a little pricey, at $50+ in the summer but offers a 25% discount to active duty and retired military which makes it more affordable if you are eligible for the discount.
Dave: Glad you enjoyed Bandon. We live just 30 miles inland. I love going to Bandon, but my husband hates the wind Lots of beauty on the Southern Oregon Coast, IMO

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Old 06-21-2013, 05:09 AM   #67
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DW and I spent the night at the KOA in Wytheville, NC (pronouned withville).

Not really impressed at all. Was great for a 1 night pass thru. Seleted a pull thru sight via after hrs chek in. Wouldn't stay here for a weekend or extended trip.....pulll thru sites very narrow. Would stay here again for 1 night while travelling. Very close to highway.....rts 81 and 77.

Cabins had a fence immed out front with camp sites right on the other side....didn't seem fair to cabin renters.

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Note: Wytheville is in VA.....
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:46 PM   #68
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We stayed at the Mercer/ Grove City KOA this past weekend. Very nice facility. Lots of trees. The pool, store, and showers are nice. The staff is great! This KOA is close to interstate 80 and 79 in NW PA. There were many one night stop overs while we were there, so if anyone is traveling and looking for a stop over I'd give this KOA a very good rating. Also, 10 minutes from the KOA is outlet shopping, winery, lots of restaurants, and (most importantly to me ) a dirt track that runs sprint cars!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:23 PM   #69
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Small world at KOA

Stopped by the Albany/Corvallis, Oregon KOA to scout out a kayaking excursion later this summer and found it truly is "a small world, after all" . . . . . .

After visiting with the owner for a bit, I mentioned that we lived along the Coquille River. He asked me if we were near Myrtle Point (that's our hometown!). Seems he lived there and attended kindergarten through 5th grade in the late 50's-early 60's, when his dad was pastor at the Lutheran church. I did not live there at that time, but he went to school in two of the school buildings where I worked and knows a lot of people I know now. The KOA he owns and manages is on land that has been in his family for over 100 years.

The campground is pretty nice. It is close to the highway that runs from I-5 to Corvallis, but well protected by trees. The grounds are tidy, though not emmaculate; the lawns in the sites were a bit unkempt, but everything was very clean. It felt homey and not too "Park-like". The RV sites are all pull-throughs with about half of them 50 amp and half 30 amp. Most have full hook-ups, including cable and WiFi with a few without sewer (there is a dump station on site). There are also a few cabins (just for sleeping - no kitchens or bathrooms) and quite a few tent camping sites. Ammenities include a heated pool, convenience store, propane, dog park, basketball court, a nature trail, and access to the Calapooya River. There is also a small minature golf course available for an extra fee.

Most sites were roomy and not too close together. I found some that would be good for our family group of RVs camping together. All sites are at least 60' long, so there's plenty of room for a tow vehicle.

The owners were very friendly and willing to take the time to answer my questions. They even suggested some possible places for getting in and out of the river with our kayaks. They checked availability during the summer and told me about weekends with busy summer events when the park is generally pretty full.

It looks like a good place to camp out for a few days while we do some kayaking on the Willamette and Calapooya Rivers. After that, we plan to head East past Lebanon and Sweet Home to spend several days at Sunnyside Park on Foster Lake where there are a lot of little inlets and streams for paddling and a spacious park for relaxing and enjoying the final days of summer. This park is very popular, being close to Salem, and pretty much booked until after Labor Day, but that's OK with us. September has some of the best weather here in Oregon and the crowds will be done for the Summer camping season.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:40 PM   #70
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Our favorite so far has been the Mt Rushmore KOA in South Dakota. It is a little out of the way from the freeway, but there are tons of sight seeing in the area and CG was great.
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