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Joel R.
Marietta , GA
Joined October 2018
I camp a lot
Cactus and a rainbow

This was a one night stop on a trip to Arizona that was one of the nicest spots on the trip. There are 3 camping loops. We were alone in our loop, and there was one other camper in the other loop we could see. Dark and quiet, except for the coyotes st night. There is prickly pear cactus everywhere, so you can’t go off into the Woods. The lake looked very nice, but we didn’t get to explore it. After dinner we were treated to a full rainbow, which made the place memorable.

OK for a stop over

Spent one night at Las Cruces KOA. This place is on the side of a mountain, but they did a good job of leveling spaces. Like most KOAs, this place loves gravel, and placing sites close together. But, the shower house was clean and there was plenty of hot water. They had a nice dog park for exercising our travel companions. The office guy was very friendly and helpful with directions.

Fresh citrus at your site

This place is huge! It is a KOA, but still very nice. It is a “resort” so it’s a little pricey, but we were just there for one night to visit Saguaro National Park. The sites are a little close together, but we were on the end, so we were not crowded. And, there was a grapefruit tree, with ripe fruit, next to our site. Orange and lemon trees were scattered around the park. There is a large dog play area that was nice for traveling canine companions. There is also a very good restaurant, BBQLIFE, right in the campground, that delivers!

Austere is putting in mildly

Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso…This has got to be the most “minimalist” camping location I’ve ever been to. The “camping” is on one, large, open, gravel parking lot! There are no trees, no landscaping, nothing! The office for check in is a modular building, the shower and bathroom is a mobile home. There is a dog park! And the sunrise over the Organ Mountains was nice. Plus, it’s only a few miles from Rose’s Cantina !

Walking distance to Cajun Meats

This is an average KOA, so nothing great. But, it was ok for a 1-night stop on the way to New Orleans. The sites were level, and paved. There was a bright street light next to our site, which made sleeping a challenge. The best thing about it was that we were within walking distance of a great little Cajun meat market. Very good Bodin Sausage and Bodin Balls for breakfast!

Very nice for KOA

This is one of the nicest KOAs I’ve stopped at. Everyone was friendly at check in, the place is clean, and it isn’t all rock like many KOAs. They have several bathroom/shower buildings scattered around, and some have large “family shower rooms “ which is nice. There is even regular bus service from right in front downtown to the Alamo and Riverwalk.

No shade, no shower

No Shade, and no showers. This is a relatively new campground not too far (about an hour drive) from Chicago. We looked at this place when we were looking for a spot to camp for a local wedding. But, no shade in the Illinois heat and no shower made it unacceptable. There were paved roads and the sites looked large and level. There was water and electric And a dump stations at the entrance/exit.

A river runs through it

Round Springs campground on the Ozark Scenic River is one of the nicest on the River. Campsites at Round Spring are mostly flat, and there are a few electric sites, but no water. So fill your tank before arriving. There is a dump station. It is a popular park in summer and fall, so reservations are advised. This is a popular campground for canoeing on the Current River, also fishing and hiking. There is also a small cavern with ranger tours

Large, but doesn’t feel crowded

This is a great place for fall colors! The campground is large, but the sites are placed so it doesn’t feel crowded. There is no water or electric available, so fill your tank before you come. Cades Cove has a loop drive that is very popular for driving. It can sometimes have traffic jams. And pollution! But, if you are camping there you can get around the loop before the crowds. Great scenery & wildlife.

Best in the Fall

Cloudland Canyon SP in Georgia is on the top of Lookout Mountain. A small stream runs through the park, and has cut a deep gorge into the mountain. The view down the gorge is spectacular in fall. There are 2 campground loops, walk-in tent sites and a yurt village. The west loop is larger, mostly wooded, with level sites, with water and electric. The east loop sites are closer together, and not as private. The Waterfalls Trail is a steep climb, with stairs down to Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls. There is also a cave to explore with a guide.

Hiking, fishing & Dillard, GA

Black Rock Mountain SP is Georgia’s highest elevation park. It’s located on the Eastern Continental Divide, in Rabun County, in The Blue Ridge Mountains. The road up into the park is very steep, narrow and winding, so large RVs could have trouble. There are 2 camp loops. The front one is on a hill, sites are small and tight. But, they are in a grove of rhododendrons, which is nice in spring. To get to the 2nd loop you drive along the side of the mountain. These sites are larger, and mostly level. There is a fishing lake, hiking and wildlife. And, there is the Dillard House!

Would be better with more lake

Mistletoe State Park is just outside of Augusta, GA. It’s on Lake Strom Thurmond, which is good for fishing and boating. The campground was nice, with level sites, and clean showers and bathrooms. When we were there the lake was very low, so the water activity was limited. It is close enough to Augusta for dining and shopping if you need that.

Great camping in the woods

Red Top Mountain SP is a great place to get away into the Woods. The park is just north of Atlanta, so it gets crowded in summer and fall, so reservations are needed. There is one loop of pull-through sites for large RVs, and a loop along the lake with back in sites. There are also some walk in sites along the lake The sites are mostly level, with water and electric. You can get internet for an additional fee. The park has hiking, boat ramps, swimming beach, fishing and mini-golf. Many years ago there was an iron smelter at the site, and in the fall they occasionally have an “iron pour” so visitors can see them smelt iron.

Small and private

This is a small RV Park in Fort Morgan Road outside of Gulf Shores. The sites are a little tight, but not crowded. we had a view of the bay from our site. They have a private beach on Mobile Bay, and a long pier. Also just a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico beaches and the wildlife refuge.

Dark sky park

Laura Walker SP is located at Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge and is a designated dark sky park. The campground is clean and level. Lots of trees, but the sites are not crowded. Showers and bathroom were clean with lots of hot water. Hiking, wildlife.

Nice little park on the Trace

Stopped here for a night traveling through Mississippi. It is a little out of the way, but quiet. You drive down the Natches trace to get here. The sites were large enough to relax, and the neighbors were not right on top of us. Bathroom was ok, but the shower was not working when we were there. Close to Tupelo if you like Elvis.

Shady and quiet

This is a great state park campground. They have electric sites, and water is available but you need to fill your tank before setting up camp. Sites are flat and most are pull through. Giant City has great hiking and wildlife viewing.

Great family campground

Nice campground, right on Crab Orchard Lake. Large sites, lots of room. We camped with several other families and everyone enjoyed this park.

Lots of room

This is not a typical KOA. The spaces were large and roomy. Showers and bathroom were very nice, too. We didn’t use any of the other amenities because we were just passing through.

Too close for comfort

We had planned to stay 2 nights at the Snake River RV Park, but it was very crowded and the sites were too close together. We had reservations, but still ended up in an overflow area, with a huge sink hole which we almost backed into. The site was next to the playground, and kids were out till after 10 pm. We left after one night.