We just stayed here in our 30 ft 5th wheel. I have stayed at this campground a number of times in the past (4 or 5,) and have always loved it, but this time I enjoyed it far less. There were 2 reasons for decrease in enjoyment. First, the place was incredibly crowded. We saw sites that had 10 to 15 people in one site! In addition, they were packed with multiple cars and golf carts, and bikes, and tents, and etc, etc. I felt more like I was in some refugee camp, than a beautiful campground. Second, while I have never loved the golf carts before, now they are just plain dangerous. The main reason is the YOUNG teenagers driving them. I know it is the responsibility of their parents to not allow this, but it is also Ocean Lakes responsibility to step in and kick these people out if they are so irresponsible.
This is a WONDERFUL national park campground. The sites are huge. You should only camp here is you are prepared to dry camp - there are no hookups of any kind. If you are prepared for this, you will be in the midst of the beautiful Smokies right next to Cades Coves - truly a heaven on earth. I have camped and hiked in a dozen national parks, and while this does not have the grandeur of the Tetons or Glacier, it is well worth the visit. If you want the awful kitsch of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinberg, then this will NOT be for you. If you are there for the glory of the national park, then it is wonderful.
This is a very nice CG. There are no hookups campgrounds in Glacier, and if you want to stay on the East side this is a wonderful choice. We stayed here a week, and truly enjoyed it. It is windy - but I have a strong feeling even KOA can't change the weather. I would stay here again.
This is a tough call. On the one hand this is a well kept park right out of DC. We have been there before a few years ago. My negative was some of the clientele at the park the 5 days we were there this spring. There were a number of sites at the end of the park occupied by a Carnival troup. Now I know you can't ask people what they do for a living when you rent an rv spot to them, it should have been a tip off that there were 15 people in each huge trailer. The people were not a problem, but to be honest, I would have been uncomfortable leaving my teenaged or pre-teen kid alone for any time at all. Clearly the management knew about this issue - when I spoke quietly to the manager, she acknowledged the issue, and said she would convey my thoughts to the owners. This was it. I just am not comfortable with a family CG having such occupants.
I have stayed in this CG a number of times. This was the first time in a few years. For everyone who thinks KOA's are just ugly and overpriced, visit this. It is just a beautiful place in the woods and very well run. We always comment that some day we would like to just stay there for a while, even though we always seem to use it as a stop over.
This is the third time we have been to ocean lakes. We just love it there. The beach is of course one of the most beautiful in the US. The CG is like a small town. It is amazingly well kept, and you never get the feeling it is huge - just homey. The staff is wonderful. Let me give you an example - they have a surf camp for teens. I had signud up my daighter over the phone prior to departure. When we arrived it turns out the person who accepted the reservation had made a mistake - the camp was over for the year. They honored their commitment and had the camp just for her! This CG has my strongest recommendation.
I stayed in this CG overnight on a cross country trip. I don't usually expect too much from such stays, but this was the ugliest place I have ever been. CG is set down in the middle of a few industrial parking lots. Amazing to see people put out the awnings and beach chairs as though they were in Yosemite.
OK, this is now on my all time favorite list. Beautiful large sites in wonderful zion. Only potential negative is lack of both hookups and showers. Was well worth the effort of using the tote tank for grey water. Stayed here for a week.
This is just a wonderful campground. Beautifully maintained, incredible views of the mountains - this is what camping in an RV should all be about. We spent a week here while hiking in the Shenadoah National Park. This is not a place where you will find an hourly list of activities, but rather a gorgeous place where you are right next to the national park, but have the ease and comfort of full hookups. This place is near the top of my list of wonderful campgrounds.