Whether you're looking for a peaceful weekend in the mountains or an extended stay in western North Carolina, this KOA is the perfect choice. Head for the city sights of historic Asheville (just 14 minutes away) and tour the famous Biltmore House or shop at the brand-new outlet mall. Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the breathtaking views. Or you can hike one of the numerous trails to check out the views and even waterfalls. Perhaps you'd prefer to simply relax and stay at your campsite and fish in one of KOA's two lakes. Your kids will love tubing and splashing in the Swannanoa River, which winds its way through the middle of the campground. Other on-site activities include paddleboats, a swimming pool, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and cornhole. Pool: May 6 - September 11. Max pull thru: 70 feet.
Staying at Asheville East KOA
In my experience as a full time RVer KOA's and there staff are typically very welcoming, accommodating and kind. However, this particular KOA is the exception to the rule. I've stayed here multiple times out of convenience, the staff has been consistently rude. I won't be making the mistake of staying here again when there are nicer campgrounds in the area.
We booked a little late here for our trip so our campsite was near the more residential campers with several just overnighters coming in and out beside us. Huge campground with a nice stream flowing through with ducks and geese and a pond. Lots of walking areas, some paved, most not so it can take a beating on a stroller. Extremely golf cart friendly. Beautiful landscaping and gardens maintained by a sweet lady for the managers/employee housing. Cabins scattered about. Playground doesn’t have a infant swing but is in great working condition. Lots for the kids to do including a small arcade. Staff overall were nice and accommodating. Easily accessible to grocery stores and a few restaurants. Laundry area is well maintained and sufficient. They even have rolling baskets to transport wet clothes to dryer and a waiting area if you wanted to read or book adventures while you wait. We traveled here in early fall/late summer (after Labor Day). Had we known the pool was still open, we would’ve taken advantage of that as well of course weather dependent.
We were on a site right on the river and loved access to sit on a float and sit - river was low but you could prob tube down a small portion of its high. Pool was nothing extravagant, god playground for all ages. Didn’t like the traffic noise or how tight the sites were but I’d go back for that river! May even try a lake site for easy fishing!
Fun family friendly campground. They have a pool, playground, store, air conditioned bathroom/bath houses. There is a river that runs through the camp that is fun to play or fish in. There is also a pond for fishing. We were in row D near the end and the bathrooms were a good ways away. Definitely suggest having a bike or something to make the trek each time a little quicker. Our view was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place. We will be back.
The campground is surprisingly pretty (especially the western end next to the lake and river), and well maintained, but it was just way too loud. Between the next door mobile home park with dogs barking ALL night, to the train, to the busy road with emergency vehicles and jake brakes, I slept awful even with ear plugs in our tent. Also, our section had some college aged kids who were really loud till 2:00 AM one night with no quite hours enforcement, I wanted to love it due to the natural scenery but the sleeping issues really put a damper on an otherwise great campground.
This is a clean, friendly, well maintained campground with lots of activities. Out July 2018 trip was great for the kids and enjoyable. However as others have noted it is packed and isn’t really a place we would want to stay for a week because we love quiet and a little more room.
We stayed at this campground in a 34' travel trailer for a week in June. As typical of a KOA, they shove you in there so you are very close to your neighbors. The stars of the park are the riverfront sites. They have a bit more room between sites and their "backyard" slopes down to the river where the fire pits are situated. However, when it rains a lot like it did when were here, the river rises. The sites are safe, but if you left chairs down by the fire ring you can kiss them good-bye. It is a resort so it comes with lots of amenities: playground, pool, bike/tube/cart rental, gaga ball pit, ladderball, cornhole, fishing dock on a stocked lake, and paddleboat rental. On the weekends they have a few events, such as ice cream socials and bingo. There is a game room that's ok and a store stocked with ice cream, candy, some essentials, and souvenirs. Although the staff isn't the friendliest in the world, the service they provide is outstanding. They escort you to your site, help you back in, come by to pick up your trash every morning, and are johnny on the spot with propane. The location is spot on, being a 15-minute drive from downtown Asheville and a 10-minute drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway. You are far enough away from the road to not hear a lot of road noise, however the train comes by every now and then and blows the horn. A couple of quirks: There a lot a ducks here! Expect them to come begging in your site. Drainage isn't that great so when it rains expect it to be muddy. The fire pits are metal and above ground (we didn't use ours because we didn't want to set fire to our neighbor's trailer - and it rained a lot). Oh, and the wifi is actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised, even with everyone shut inside with the rain. Overall, I was happy with the experience and would stay again.
Decided to take a last-minute trip for Memorial Day weekend- no sites available anywhere in Asheville. Fortunately we found this one and rolled with it. Got there after sunset and one of the KOA guides took us to our campsite. When we woke up this morning, we finally got to see just how beautiful the place is. It’s a simple, non-complicated campground with basic amenities that our kids have loved so far. Our favorite part is the creek that run through the entire campground… It really brings out the beauty of this hidden gem. My only gripe (and I know it’s not a huge deal) is the trailer park situated right by the fence that separates from the KOA. What would otherwise be a perfect campground is unfortunately situated right next to a residential community.
Perfect little stop in from cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Very large sites and the staff are very helpful. A lot of activities for everyone to enjoy. The lake sites are beautiful.