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Old 10-13-2015, 10:17 AM   #171
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Definitely give them another chance. We've stayed in over 50 KOAs all across the country and in almost every state. In all our years of experience with them, we've honestly had only about 5 or 6 bad ones, and they weren't even worth obsessing about. When you're on a 2-month road trip, believe me, it's nice to know that there's some pretty good consistency in all of them. Sometimes they've just become a KOA and are struggling to get the park up to par. We stayed at one in Oregon last month that had brand new owners (less than a year). They were a young family with lots of great plans, dreams and work ahead of them. Also, a lot of them hire temporary staff for the season and find them just not up to dealing with lots of different types of customers.

While we're on here, stayed in Burlington, WA - near Anacortes and North Cascades National Park. Perfect location. Pretty plain-Jane but clean; Ellensburg, WA - very nice and near some small wineries; Starbuck, WA - in the middle of nowhere, this has to be one of the most interesting KOAs we've ever experienced. All back-in sites facing a marina, but it was near a beautiful waterfall called Palouse Fall. The campsites were level but all up a hill from the marina and office, and walkways were steep and poorly lit at night. It was clean and had a nice little restaurant on-site; Boise, ID - large and clean; Brigham City, UT - nothing to write home about.


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Old 10-14-2015, 10:22 AM   #172
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Our travels this season brought us to three KOA's, each in different states.

Hagerstown KOA, MD - Worst KOA we've every stayed at. Very tight to get around and sites are very small. Because they have live stock on the grounds, place smells if down wind.

Watkins Glen KOA, NY - Very nice place and very friendly folks running it. Nice large sites and very clean.

Cape Hatteras KOA, NC - One of our favorites as it's an easy walk to the ocean. Quite large and is packed during the summer months. Lots of activities and a great large pool.


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Old 10-26-2015, 04:55 PM   #173
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This is a double post. Our first koa was just outside of charlotte at exit 88. The campground was ok. Dog park was usable. The check,in for the off season was at a gas station 150 yds away. They tried to give us one spot where the trailers on each side would have been 3ft apart and neither of us,could have used our awning. They were very helpful in giving us another site. There is a publix grocery store with in walking distance. Overall isay experience was good.

The koa in savannah is great. It's of exit 87 on I29 E. Go by directions on site dont punch it in gps. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Nice size sites. Dog area is ok. Very pleased with this koa. Highly recommended.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:34 PM   #174
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Mount Rushmore, SD. Rate it a 2. $80+/nite and everything is additional cost. Premium site but could not see any difference from other (non-premium) sites. Lots of stuff for kids. Most staff were OK but a few were rude. It is in a valley so no cell phone service. Not to far from Rapid City for shopping. Not worth the cost.
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:03 PM   #175
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Myrtle Beach, SC and Cherokee, NC KOA

Both campgrounds are excellent. Will give them a 5 rating.

We took a family vacation to Myrtle Beach. The KOA has plenty of activities for everyone. So many activities you really don't have to leave the campground. The beach is about 2 blocks with a shuttle service at the top of the hour! We reserved a deluxe camping site with a concrete patio and private deck overlooking the lake.

The Cherokee KOA is also very nice. We stayed there and visited Harrod's Casino. Very clean! Nice folks!
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:36 AM   #176
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Granite City

Can someone give me a rundown of the KOA in Granite City, IL. Unfortunately no spots available on the West side.
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:34 PM   #177
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It's funny, I have never stayed at a KOA before, but next month (Oct 2016) I will be at the KOA in Petaluma, CA for a couple nights and then in Feb 2017 we will be at the KOA in Tucson, AZ for about 10 days.


Looks like a "resort" KOA.

The drive from here to there is about 18 hours so we will have to do at least one overnight, maybe two. I don't like to drive more than 8 hours per day over multiple days. Maybe somewhere near Modesto and then in Banning. Our son lives near Los Angeles, but not anywhere we could bring a trailer and I don't really want to deal with that kind of traffic with a trailer, so we will skirt the area via Bakersfield - Tehachapi - Hesperia to Riverside.

I've never been to AZ on vacation (I've been through and I have been to Phoenix for work), so we will see what it is like.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:34 AM   #178
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Manchester, TN KOA- Spent three nice nights here for visits to Jack Daniels and George Dickel Distilleries and Nashville. Pull thru sites, we were ungraded to a level concrete site with a small patio with umbrella table and four chairs. Arrived very late, but were met by staff who led us to the site and helped us set up. Owners were friendly and available. Some small cabins on site. Bathrooms were nice, clean. Access is easy and near a Starbucks.
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Old 09-25-2016, 05:44 PM   #179
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We are on the last night of a 5 week trip and have spent many nights in a KOA much the same as we had done last year. So with that said, I'll give a quick rundown on a few

Jonestown/Hershey PA began here, ending here. Sites range from small to large, playground acceptable, roads can be difficult with confusing traffic pattern. Folks at the desk accommodating as the first site they assigned us was too small for our 58 feet of overall length but there is an Allegro Bus there now. Good for a nights stay. 3.5 'stars'.

Staunton, VA Beautiful CG. Clean, groomed but again somewhat confusing traffic and a bit tight. 4.5 'stars'

Wytheville, VA. Decent, clean, sites a bit out of level but not bad. Very helpful staff. Nothing spectacular though there is a small pond on site. 4 stars.

Lookout MTN/Chattanooga West KOA It may have been a good KOA for many RVers, but the sites were virtually impossible to back into (yes, mostly back ins here) with any trailer over 30' as they had 'strategically placed' boulders defining the site end and railroad ties outlining each. I tried two but ultimately asked for my money back (and received it) and went elsewhere. For me, it has to be a 2 'stars' but others may rate it higher.

Grants, NM Clean, level, reasonable, pleasant staff, complimentary breakfast. Unfortunately, the town and business district has been destroyed by Walmart so not much locally to see except a BNSF train every 15 minutes or so. 4 'stars'.

Green River, UT. Windswept but similar to Grants above though no train and the fact I-40 has 'killed' the US 66 town instead. Very good complimentary breakfast. 4 'stars'

Lubbock, TX. For overnight, OK, if you like to smell refinery odors. The desk help - poor, site barely sufficient size with smelly water. 2 'stars'.

Hagerstown, MD. (from last year) Go somewhere else Surly help, too many filthy permanent RVs and sites with way too many vehicles, dust roads, out of control kids. No stars - should NOT be a KOA though someone could clean it out and make a go of a potentially beautiful location.

There were more such as Colorado Springs, Durango and Cedar City which were just fine - with at least 4 'stars'. Many KOA's are along highways or railroads and may have more noise pollution then some folks can handle. Unfortunately, this is a way of life now
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:02 PM   #180
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We recently stayed at three KOAs: KOA in Red Lodge, MT-It's the perfect distance from town, 4 miles. Beartooth Highway right there. Close to Billings for a day trip. Needs some TLC but had big sites, fairly level, very clean bathrooms and laundry room, nice pool. Sheridan, WY KOA-Was in need of updating, but there are new owners who will be working hard to get it up to speed. Sites were pretty tight, and the sites need leveling. It had a nice pool. Laramie, WY KOA-Right next to I-80, so there's truck noise, but the KOA itself is extremely nice. Very level sites and everything clean.


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