Excellent park, excellent back in sites with plenty of room and more privacy than expected in a KOA park. We are KOA club members so we are not knocking the usual lack of space. We use KOA's because you usually know what you get and are not blindsided when you arrive.
This was a stop over on our way to Hershey, PA. While most things (pool, etc) was shut down for the season you could tell that this place is well taken care of. The only reason for the 8 is the bathrooms are too dated. Everything else is great, they just need to spend some money and time on the bathhouses.
We have stayed here as well as another park in Myrtle Beach. We love both, but prefer Pirateland. We stayed near the ocean. The spots are very wide which is nice. Almost all the sites near the ocean have the shelters over the picnic table. Very nice to have shade. They could easily get rid of these and double their capacity(profit margin) but they don't, which gives you penty of room. The staff was very nice and the bathrooms are constantly being cleaned which is nice considering the amount of use they get. Two things I would like to see changed in the bathrooms/showers. Figure out some space to park golfcarts. Some are far from your site and there needs to be a place to park your cart while you are using the facility. They are clean,which is nice, but they need to be updated.
We stayed here on the way back from Myrtle Beach as an overnight stay. We used to stay at another campground, but it has fallen into poor condition, so we gave this one a try. Glad we did. This is our new overnight stopover. The place is immaculate. Bathroom/showers are impeccable. The staff was super friendly, but not pushy. It did take all of our 2 sets of legos to get our coach close to level. The sites are not level, but it was probably exaggerated by the fact that we were attached to our toad, and I didn't want to unhook so I couldn't get the coach in the best position. We found the cable to be excellent as well as the WiFi. If they could take a box blade or landscape rake and level off the gravel in the sites, this would be a 10. This is our new layover when heading to the East coast.
They are apparently under new ownership as evidenced by all their PR materials. This place has fallen considerably since the last time we stayed here 2 years ago. Then the grounds were immaculate and the bathrooms spotless. This year, there was bare ground where beautiful landscaping/flowers once were. The bathrooms and showers were absolutely filthy. Granted we stayed here on 7/6, the Saturday after the 4th, so it was very busy. You had your typical "holiday" campers in the park with little to no respect for other people's sites. We never hold that against a campground as they can't control people's manners/etc. What we do hold campground's accountable for is cleanliness. When we checked in I counted 4 staff members sitting around a desk off to the side eating while a young male sat next to the check-in counter eating out of a styrofoam take out container using a cooler or something as a table. The young lady checked us in quickly and was nice enough. I remarked to my wife that there was plenty of help in the park, maybe for the holiday occupancy pressure. Throughout the evening we watched them ride around on golf carts and a John Deere Gator, assuming they were really taking care of the facilities. That was until we walked into the bathrooms. The upper bathhouse was deplorable according to my wife as she took our daughter up there. We assumed that it was because of it being near the tents and there being a LARGE group of kids (probably late teens/early 20's) sleeping in tents operating out of a box trailer and it being nearly impossible to keep on top of it. The next morning, however, we went to the bathhouse connected to the office. It was deplorable as well. Cigarette butts on the floor, toilet paper on the floor, the trashcan overflowing and used washrags left on the floor of the shower stalls. They also apparently maintain their once a day cleaning schedule. This obviously works in the off season, but when you have pressure of a holiday weekend, you need to clean more often. They had plenty of people in KOA uniforms standing/riding around; apparently none of them were the cleaning staff. We will not stay here again.
The main complaint with this CG is that they do not have Cable. With 233 sites, and this close to Chicago, cable would be an asset. The dust was pretty bad but it is a CG, s that is to be expected. They use your membership card (Good Sam, Etc) as collateral for a gate card, so make sure you have a current one with you. Overall, we would stay here again if we come back to Chi-Town, cable would be great tho.
Disney, what more to say. Stayed in the 800 loop which was undergoing some electric upgrading. The company would come in the early morning, and hand dig a trench for a site, do their electrical work and refill the trench and leave. We closely inspected their work and you could not tell they were even there. The pine needles were even replaced, quite remarkable actually. The first time or two I thought I was looking at a different site, until I paid specific attention one day. It was a nice touch that there was no backhoe and other noise makers disturbing your vacation. Another nice Disney attention to detail that many might overlook. I am sure it would be quicker and cheaper to have the equipment used, but the Disney experience would not have been there for our vacation.
Used this as a stop over. Some long term folks here, but overall pretty clean. The office is brand new and clean. Gentlemen checking us in was super nice. The only thing I would change is to put some time in the bathhouse. I needs some painting and upgrading, not a lot of money would be needed, just a few gallons of paint. Nice stop over, would stay here again.
This is our 4th time at Cherry Hill. They never fail to be one of the best. Camped with family in another camper. Even though they were dealing with the Army 10-Miler (which was our reason for being there) they also had the "Taste of DC" and were full to capacity, they managed to find us two "buddy sites." Staff very friendly, as usual and when we told her about our need to be next to each other, she worked it out and took care of us. They also have all the travel passes (Metro cards) available for purchase without a mark-up. Also the parking card required for the lots at the metro station is available for loan. Typically these cost $10 for the card and then you have to put money on the card. Cherry Hill, as another means of taking care of their campers, bought several cards to loan out. While they loan you the card with $5.00 on it, and ask that you return it the same way, at least you are not on the hook for the $10 card fee. Kudo's Cherry Hill. Everything here is meticulously cared for and the bathrooms are always spotless. This is a "10" campground if only a person can get past the size of the spots. Many are OK, but there are some that you are not going to be able to open the awning on and there are a couple that slideouts will cause a problem (yes they are that tight), but a good portion of them are OK in size. This is the only place we consider when coming to our yearly Army race in DC.
Mediocre at best KOA. It is obvious that the bread and butter here are the transient workers. Gate controlled access, but when you do an "after hours" check in, you get no access code in the envelope, only a warning that if you do not pay BEFORE you enter the park they will assess a $20.00 fee for coming to your trailer to get the money. Granted we came in late and left early so we did not see much of the place, only their setup which, like I said earlier, is tailored to the transient workers. Had we not found a kind stranger to loan us their gate code, I guess we would have not got in and they would have lost a nights rent. It still grinds on me to pay $48/night in off season when none of the amenities are available. I am seriously thinking about starting an RV park that has a number of set aside sites for the over nighters and charge them accordingly.
Nice clean CG. Cost includes a GS discount. Stayed here overnight on our way home from Myrtle Beach. CG was clean and sites level. The bathrooms were clean. This CG is obviously a stopover CG or a home base to explore Mount Airy, and all thing "Andy Griffith". We did go "to town" but beware, the sidewalks roll up at 5 pm so be there early if you want to mingle in the stores and look around.
This is the first time we stayed here and LOVED it. I was initially concerned about the golf carts after reading some of the earlier complaints, however found them to be a non-issue. Yes they are running around, but they are electric and make very little if any noise. The ones with loud radios seem to belong to permanent residents, and I feel that if they are paying $$$ to live there permanently, we transient folk should work to be as little a problem to them as possible. The fireworks went on nightly, but once inside the MH we never hardly noticed them, and although the traffic and noise did not completely abate at 11 pm, 98% of it did. We walked the perimeter roads every morning for exercise and noted the staff constantly cleaning things. Bathrooms could use a little updating, they are starting to look a little long in the tooth, but they are very clean. The DW ran on the beach a couple of days and made a point of doing a lap in both Pirateland and Lakewood, and remarked that we were staying in the better CG for us. The concrete pads helped keep the sand down to a mere nuisance in the MH and not a constant problem. Definitely our CG of choice when we go to MB.
Stopped here for an overnight stay on our way to Myrtle Beach. If there is a level spot in this campground, you are gonna have to find it, I couldn't. Spots are VERY, VERY tight. While it is nice to have trees and shade, they need to do some clearing to enable access to the sites. Some are near impossible to get into. This place is probably the worst KOA I have stayed in as far as site size and accessibility and ease of leveling. The owners definitely made sure they used EVERY INCH of this property. If they thought there was enough room to wedge another motorhome/TT in, I am sure they would do it, but the current "buddy site" arrangement barely leaves enough room to walk between the back sides of the trailers and only one of you will get your awning out. We are not high maintenance people, but on the way back home, we will not be staying here.
Extremely clean park. We stayed at Site #16 for two nights while exploring the caves. Rate reflects the Good Sam discount. They do sell ice, but not much of anything else. The fitness room is 4 machines which is pretty nice, and the recreation is limited to a pool table and a table with the large "Cracker Barrel" type checker board and checkers. Would have likes to seen a pool, or maybe they could work out a deal with a nearby motel (there are a couple) to allow CG guests to use their pool. It was mild when we were here, but it is headed to 90 tomorrow and then 96 by the 4th and since it is new, there are no shade trees, so a pool would be a welcome respite.
Stayed here while the DW graduated from Fire School at Goodfellow AFB. Originally assigned to overflow for $10/night. We were told that another unit was due to leave and they would come and get us. If they moved us, they would not charge any more since we had to move. I think the overflow is better then the regular, if only they had sewer. You are parked right along the lakefront with electric and water. Others in overflow did not move when given the option. If the DW was not set on sewer, we would not have moved either. The shower houses were down for remodel so they had a port-a-john trailer on one site that we cleaned regularly, but no showers available.
Stayed here twice in a week. We live in Ohio and were traveling to Texas and back. Due to timing and driving, this CG seemed to be at the right time in our journey to stop. Pulled in really late and had to do the nightime check-in. Found a site and was up and out really early. Thought it was decent, but never really left the MH. On the way home we stopped again and then realized that it leaves a lot to be desired. We arrived just as the office was closing. The clerk/owner told us that we could only have a certain site number due to people coming in on reservations. There were 3 other units in the entire CG. The site he assigned us was EXTREMELY unlevel and without sewer. Bathrooms were clean, but they could use some work. Really, really dated. When you charge top dollar for a site, you should keep your stuff updated IMHO. I think they realize they have a captive audience. No other campgrounds within 90 minutes, so if you are road tired, it is either this or Loretta Lynn's place. It is not that the place is really bad, it is just that it is no where up to a $40.00/night standard, even for KOA. We have stayed at other KOA's and for the $40/night fee, they are usually MUCH better.
Pretty decent place for the money. Only bad thing is that there is one shower house and it is in the far corner of the campground. So if you want to use the bathhouse, you have to drive. There are only 4 stalls and while dated they appeared serviceable. Had several things going for Labor Day weekend. Some of the stuff like the miniature golf is a joke. They should just take the cobbled together holes out. They are wooden with 1/2" trim boards covering the seams which makes the ball have to jump them to roll. Quite funny really. The help was nice enough but they run ON TIME. They had an ice-cream social from 2 to 3. My DS wanted a refill which they told him was part of the deal. He walked back into the kitchen area at 3 minutes til 3 and was told NO, that the ice-cream had been put away already. Very dusty place. I know we have not had rain, but man it was really dusty. Golf carts everywhere kicking up dust. Would NOT come back here again, but it was not too bad. There are much nicer ones out there though.
This is a small park and a little updating needed in a few places. They are currently working on adding more amperage in the back rows. Actually looks like they are done and working on replacing the landscaping as the back row is full of the big 3 A/C, DP's. The showers are small and really need updating. I can see the need for pushbuttons to actuate the water to avoid waste, but two things were problems. Unless you were actively holding in the button, the water would not come out and the shower head was a mister unless you pushed it up and you could not do both things at once. The staff seems to like to place everyone either right up front, or in the back corner leaving the rest of the park to fill in as necessary. We were originally assigned the back corner but were given a pull through site when asked as we were working with a tow dolly and etc. For the $$$ they charge, I would think they could put in cable TV. The over the air TV was minimal channels, even with a booster. The Wi-Fi is mediocre at best. If you get on it early in the morning it is ok, but you can almost tell when the next person logs on as it slows down. By noon or so, forget it. If you are planning or needing to do a little work from the laptop, either have a ton of patience, go into town and sit at Panera Bread, or forget about it. Staff was very nice and there was always someone running around on a golf cart cleaning, fixing or waving. Overall this is a decent campground, but there is not much competition when you are visiting Frankenmuth Michigan. One other CG is 4 miles further away. I would probably try the other one if we ever come back. This one is OK., but is almost double the cost of the other one. This one is advertised as being an easy walk to Bronner's and downtown. You can walk to Bronner's but it is a hike. If it is 90+ like it was for us, or you have health problems, it is not feasible to walk. Also the hike to downtown is not what I would consider reasonable either. Since we always pull a toad, if we are going to be somewhere for more than a few days, we would most likely try the other CG as it is a little more than 1/2 the price and the amenities are the same.
We just upgraded from a Travel Trailer to a Class C motorhome and decided to come here for a quick shakedown cruise. We have limited KOA experience, so we can't really measure it up against too many KOA locations. We made reservations two weeks in advance and specifically asked for a "level" pull through site. This was going to be the wife's very first time driving the unit and setting up by herself. She has helped me in the past as we typically do a "team effort" kind of thing. She was told by the staff that they had 3 pull throughs available and would put her down for one. She arrived in the late afternoon on Saturday and was told that there was no pull throughs available, even though we had reserved one. She was assured that they would help her get the rig in the back in spot, back in the far corner of the park. They did lead her back there and half helped her get it backed into the spot. It had rained the better part of the day so the ground was a muddy mess, not something we were looking forward to being as how we reserved a pull through site. The wife got so frustrated after failing to be able to get the rig leveled after several attempts and 1 bag and a half of "lynx" levelers, that she went back to the office and complained. This time a different staff member told her that they still had a pull through available but they did not mention it because it was the first one nearest the road and no one usually wants it. Strange considering we specifically asked for one. There was one downfall, everyone seems to use the edge of that site to let their animals do their business without cleaning up: yuk!!! At any rate the park was clean, the bathhouse/restrooms attached to the office were a little dated and the stalls were SMALL. I would really think that for the $$$ they want, that cable TV would be provided at the sites. It is not. They do have cable in the park though, as I was able to go sit in the sweltering heat under the shelter and watch the Nascar race on the big screen. Typical small sites but not that big a deal for us, just no cable TV and the initial miscommunication about the sites. They do have some seasonals, suprising to me considering it is not a "destination area" and they lack some of the amenities other KOA's have. Would we stay here again, yes, but only for a shake down cruise or layover.
Bathrooms and showers are clean and plentiful. The sites are really tight and the hookups can be in strange locations that may cause you to need two sewer hoses to reach. Also, be mindful of the locations of the trees and the power boxes. The first site that they tried to give us would have not let us use the slideout or the awning. The awning was negotiable, but the slide-out is required for the use of the trailer. The have people escort you to the sites and help you back in if needed. We mentioned the site problems and he radioed the office and got us changed to another site two down and it is perfect. They do tell you when you check in that if you do not like your site for any reason and would like to move to come to the office, with a list of sites you like, and they will do all they can to accommodate you. All the staff was friendly. It is close to DC and we did not seem to notice the road noise mentioned earlier.
We stayed here as an overnight layover. It was the halfway point on our trip to Washington DC. The grounds were excellent, the gravel pads were pretty close to level, did not require raising either side. This is a newer addition to the true business which is the pool and water play area. Since it is new, the trees are very young and provide no shade, but will with age. They are placed rather strangely though as once they get bigger I wonder about the bigger/longer trailers being able to navigate the site. Our rate was only $30/night as the pool was not open until the 29th of May when the price does go up to $45, I believe. That does include full access to the water park though, which for 4 people is a steal in our opinion. The sites were plenty deep and wide enough. We noted several really long 5th wheel Toy Haulers that fit comfortably in the spot with room for the tow vehicle to boot. It was hectic when we were here as the grounds crew were working feverishly to get everything ready for their opening on the 29th. Even though they were all "nose to the grindstone" they all waved and were very pleasant. Bathrooms were clean and adequate sized for the number of lots available. It does look like there is room for 2 more at the end of the rows if they need to squeeze an extra in. We are seriously considering stopping back in for the night on our way back home next week.
This is a really nice campground, but it does have a little work to do. The camp store is very sparse in its supplies. They do however have a pretty big selection of videos that you can "rent" for FREE. They also have a large supply of books for the "free" reading club. Take a book/Leave a book. The problems I noted wee that the WiFi is very LIMITED, based on your site. We were down by the bike/walking path and could not get a signal, I walked down the road and sat at a picnic table in sight of the office and had a decent signal. I just believe that if you advertise WiFi, it should be available at ALL sites. We use the internet while camping to research and plan activities for the area we are camping in. Also, on many sites, it is a long way to the sewer drain. We had to get a longer hose. The office sells one brand, if you do not have the same brand, they will happily sell you a very long kit for $70.00. We got directions to the Wal-Mart 25 minutes away and saved 40 bucks. Be sure you have plenty of sewer hose, or spot yourself in before you set the landing gear. It is a new campground, so growing pains are to be expected. There really is no draw to the area unless you want to go to Belterra. If you do plan on going, let them know at the office. They have a shuttle arrangement that Belterra will come pick you and your money up.
After much searching and other campgrounds we have previously used being booked tight, we tried Pine Mountain. We could not have been happier. The staff was superb, park immaculate, can't say enough about the bathrooms and showers. The ONLY downfall is the lack of shade and established trees, but the place is new. It is in the middle of Pigeon Forge, and 2 blocks off the parkway. The solitude would let you believe you were miles away. Our 5 Y/O DD fell and busted her lip running around. When the staff in the officer heard her crying they came running. Once they found out she was O.K., they made a big deal over her and brought her into the office and let her pick out a popsicle "on the house". We fought downpours off and on over the weekend and it so nice to have the firerings in a gravel area and paved roads and paved LEVEL pads. This is going to be our campground of choice from now on when we come to Gatlinburg. The hotel across the street has 2 pools, workout room, 2 hot tubs, and a lazy river that are all available for your use since both are owned by the same owners.
We have stayed at better KOA's. We booked this trip 4 weeks in advance since they were advertising it as "Mother's Day" and "Kamp for Kids" weekend. As part of their promotion you paid for Friday night and got Saturday night for free. We requested a pull-thru, full-hook up, with cable and were charged $54.00 w/out a frequent user card. We arrived and were directed to a site right in the middle of a row of seasonals, many of which had been there for quite some time and were really ratty looking. For an extra $15.00 a night you can get on a "patio" site. These have concrete patio's. elevated firepits, etc. The one thing we noticed were most of the sewer connections were up hill from the site they serviced and they averaged 6" to 8" above ground level. Unless you had a macerator or some other means of pumping water up hill you were stuck. The "dump station" is right up front by the entrance and again, up hill and off angle. To dump the tanks you have to run the right wheels up on some boards, not really do-able if the unit is lined up. On the positive side, the shower house attached to the office was excellent. There is quite a bit of things for the kids but everything comes with a fee attached. The golf was $4.00/round, and $10.00 per 1/2 hour to rent the bikes. We just feel that for $54.00 and more a night, more things should be included in the pricing.