KOA experiences. Like or Dislike

Discussion in 'Illinois' started by mr pep, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. MD Saga

    MD Saga Pop-up journeymen

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    I've only been to KOAs for motorcycle get togethers. We ride all day and just sleep in the kabins. We have been going to the KOA in Boone, NC and Tellico Plains, TN. Folks at both places are super nice and very accommodating. We are there off season, so they're fairly empty.

    Unfortunately, I just heard that the owners of the KOA in Tellico Plains decided not to rebuild the campground after it was completely wiped out by the tornado in March.
     
  2. mnebinger

    mnebinger Livin' The Dream!

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    I've been wondering about the KOAs (and Jellystone for that matter). So far the majority of our trips have been to State Parks, and all trips have been within NC. I think the boys would like the pool and arcade. I don't know if I can handle the price. We have friends that go to a campground near Hillsville, VA every year, I believe it's a KOA.
     
  3. ChristianWifey

    ChristianWifey New Member

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    In terms of amenities and atmosphere, I really like KOAs. I have found all of them I have stayed at to be clean and pleasant, with nice pool and bathroom/shower facilities. They are, however, a bit pricey. I have found that there are quality campgrounds for less money and I often rely on reviews from the web, which have not led me wrong. Independent campgrounds can offer great service and amenities too, so I try to give everyone a fair chance. In KOA's defense however, their 24 dollar membership card does pay for itself with a few nights stays in savings.
     
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    poncho62 New Member

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    Its the only one is Niagara Falls, Canada....Apparently there is one in Niagara Falls, New York

    The Canadian one is right in town on Lundys Lane. Its a busy place, right in the city...but if you are there for the falls, casinos, shopping etc, its very convenient
     
  5. cwolfman13

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    I've only stayed at a handful of KOAs...they've all been clean with well kept grounds and the like, and as others have noted, many have a plethora of activities to entertain. That said, I tend to view these as the cheaper alternative to staying at a hotel chain, either while just passing through on a roadie or visiting some other destination. For my tastes, they're too packed in and crowded to be the destination itself. In other words, for me, they are more of a means to and end than the end itself.

    We are considering a trip to Durango sometime in the near future...for the purpose of visiting Durango, riding the rail, etc. We will most likely stay at the KOA for this trip, but psychologically I won't be thinking, "I'm on a camping trip." I will be visiting and touring Durango and using the KOA as a place to sleep, and that's about it. I like them better than the cheap, lower end hotel chains.

    Conversely, when I think of going on a "camping trip"...the camping itself is the end and the goal. The CG itself is usually the destination (unless I'm visiting a NP or something). When camping itself is the ultimate goal...camping for camping's sake...I need more privacy and seclusion...I need peace and quiet...I need trails to hike and streams to fish. I need tall pine trees and mountain meadows...rock formations and other elements of nature that simply can't be duplicated or manufactured by a franchise regardless of how well they landscape and groom their grounds.
     
  6. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    KOA? I drove through the one in Erie, PA. If they're all cookie cutter like some previous posters have said, I'd rather stay home.
     
  7. kitphantom

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    Cookie cutter? Not so much, except for some standard designs for main building "kabins", etc. I've been in much closer quarters at a public campground (a desperation site, but we were only there to sleep -and it turned out it was dead quiet after dark) than in 90 % of the KOAs I've seen, but I'm sure there are many that we have not seen that are from one end of the scale to the other. As I stated in my earlier post, they are great in certain circumstances, for us. Unless we're using it as a base to visit and area 9i.e. we mostly sleep at the campground) we're not going to make a KOA a destination campground - but they are very good for on-the-way-there to get where we want to be.
     

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