Candy H.


Lincolnton, NC

Joined July 2020

Freeway close

It’s what you expect of a KOA. Convenient, friendly and right off the freeway. This one was clean. Check in was easy. The bathrooms were clean. Water pressure was decent. Great place for a quick overnight. Little bit noisy for a long stay.

Spacious shaded open loops

There are a couple nice swimming beaches. Some playgrounds for the kids. All the sites were good spots. Level, lots of room. Picnic tables, fire pits, lateen hangars at each site. Lots of room for walking. Beautiful and peaceful trees on the lake.

Nice hiking trails

It’s also a horse camp with a large ring. The first camping loop is the best. Head back to the end of the camping loop away from the office and find a trail that leads down to a nice swimming creek. Great place for exploring all over the park. Sites were well spaced with picnic table and fire ring.

It seemed small and crowded

Pulled in on a rainy day into the wrong site. On checking in the next day, found we had to move. None of the available sites were suitable even for my small 17ft camper. After a walk around the bumpy narrow road in the campground loop, we just decided to leave.

Not big rig friendly

Lots of opportunities for kayaking, hiking. Not an easy place for first timers to get into. No swim access to the lake. Small campground loop. Forested and moderately strenuous hiking trails.

Bumpy to get around

Lots of sites could use some attention. Tangled tree roots, water ruts. Muddy when it rains. They don’t put gravel often. It gets jam packed on the weekend. Staff isn’t terribly friendly. Lots of big group tent campers. Lots to do in the area. Very friendly squirrels.

Depends on which spot you pick

Lots of walking trails. Beautiful lake views. Unlike other COE campgrounds in the area, this one is open year round. The entry and exit can be kind of tight getting in or out with trailer. Bring leveling blocks. The spot I stayed in required about 4” side to side. Some spots were water view and quite spacious. Other spots were actually kind of awkward. A look at the campground map for a site near the water would be your best bet.

I love this place

I spent 2 weeks in site #2. It was quiet even when it filled up on the weekend. The swim beach was nice and clean. The paved roads made the dogs happy. They had to cut down a lot of trees so plenty of free firewood. Lots of wildlife to watch. Especially being so close to the lake. Friendly staff. Friendly neighbors. The only drawback was the tiny ants. Just put down a little borax and you will be fine.

Bring leveling blocks

Friendly folks, but the entire campground is kinda hilly. You can get level in the pull through, but just if you park so-so. Lots of full timers. Not very convenient to much.

Great place to relax

I liked this place very much, but the sites were a little awkward to get into. Bring extension cords for hookups or really study the spot before parking. Difficult to level in some spots. Close to the lake was flooded after heavy rain. I also had no cell service in b loop. Enough for phone, but not really any other connectivity. All that said, it’s an excellent place for families, people wanting to get away. If I got a 4g/lte booster I would definitely stay again.

Love this place

I stayed in spot 8 during the Coronavirus lockdown. The staff is very friendly. It’s near I-24 which makes getting places easy. It will be noisy if you are sound sensitive. It is well maintained. The laundry room is great. You can get anything you need from the store. Perfect pull through sites for a big rig overnight stop. Great sites with picnic table, fire pits for longer stays. Nice pool, sparkling clean restrooms. The dogs loved the dog park. The amenities for kids are great. Highly recommend.

It’s a quiet park

This is a full hook up, mostly full time residents type of park. The sites are a bit close together but the price is right. Location is great. Close to grocery, shopping, gas, propane and historic downtown Hendersonville.