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We only stayed here overnight on the way back from the OBX, but did walk around and look the place over. We arrived after closing and called the "Emergency Number" asking if they could accommodate some road weary travelers. The lady on the phone was very pleasant and accommodating. Got a pull thru site that handled our MH and Toad without having to unhook. They bathrooms were clean, the store looked well stocked and there was plenty to do, corn hole, jump pillow, pool, etc. We would stay here again.

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We are KOA members and use them frequently. We know they are not all Taj Mahal's but they usually have a standard. Kind of like McDonald's. Not the best burger in the world, but you know what you get when you order. This one is Good but NOT great. Overpriced for what it is. They had a big display in the office/store with an article about this being the "First Company Owned KOA Resort" and it talked about how KOA moved to the tiers and how this one was NOT franchised, etc. I told my wife I would expect much better from the Company's flagship. The wi-fi was sketchy at best, and non-existant in most of the park. At check in they tell you, if you really need internet, come sit in the office or cafe. Also the cable is horrendous, snowy and would quit daily around the noon hour. Some people like to come back to their campers and get a break from the heat, watch a little TV and have lunch, you won't do it here. Most disturbing was the lack of security. Others in the area have attendants and the entrance making sure people coming in belong there, not so here. At check-in we were told "the locals come in here and steal stuff. They really like Yeti coolers." I also noted that there was not security at the beach access and essentially you are paying for all the people on the beach to have a really nice bathroom to use as you can watch them come into the park from the beach, use the bathroom and then leave. The locals all use the main road as their main access to the beach as well. It is not uncommon to see people riding bikes and walking in from Route 12 unchallenged. It would not cost much to have a gate at the beach with a code or swipe card access. We left a day early and lost the days rental rate and didn't feel that bad about it. We did have problems with some people from India in a rented RV who didn't understand personal space, etc. They responded immediately and tried to help.

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Previous reviews say this "used to be" a KOA, well they are claiming they are a "Brand New KOA" and most everything has a new coat of yellow paint. We used it as a stop over on our way to the OBX. We did get a pullthru that we didn't have to unhook our toad, but there were only a couple in the park, the rest were pretty short. The sites are all gravel and all need new gravel and grading. Our auto level wouldn't level the coach so we had to add some cribbing. A couple of coached were there with the front wheels hanging in the air, unacceptable for that nightly rate. Restrooms were dated. Overall park is dated and needs some TLC. Wi-Fi nearly non-existent and no cable. A lot of little things can be overlooked if the sites are level and have gravel. I tried to give credit because the lady in the office was nice enough and the claim to be a NEW KOA and I figured they haven't gotten around to bringing up the standards yet.

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We booked this campground as we left Gatlinburg last July 4th weekend. Rates were $55/night. We arrived and were told, rates are $57/night this year and were charged the current rate, not a big deal. We chose this one as they were the only ones with a 3 day minimum compared to a 4 day (due to how the 4th fell) and we wanted to try staying on the "quiet side". My wife is Air Force Reserves and was on orders that got screwed up causing us to be delayed a day arriving. We called and they reminded us of the 3 day minimum. We were with another party on an adjoining site. They called and told us that they rented our site out the night we were not there. When we arrived they only charged us for two day (thankfully) but played off having rented that site the night before. Also upon arrival a male employee pointed to us and pointed to a spot on the pavement where he wanted us to stop. We did and he turned and walked off without saying anything. I tried to make small talk with him on another occasion and he just glared. It wasn't until checking out that he was friendly and waved. Also be prepared they are strict with the gate times. If you don't make it back by "curfew" you have to park your car outside the campground and walk in. I find this odd since you have to have a gate code to get in. Why can't they just allow the gate code to work all the time? It's not that there is just anything really "wrong", there are just many choices in this area that do a better job. The best draw for this campground is the tube rental joint next door.

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Stayed over the Labor Day weekend and it was filled to capacity. Still did not feel too crowded. Place was very clean. We stayed in a "Large FHU spot, #98, facing East in the 3-9 area. It was a double wide spot whereas the folks across the street on the West facing sites were half as wide. They still seemed to be OK with some large rigs in there. We were happy and made reservations for next year already. WifI was worthless, but almost always is in a campground. Cable would be nice.

     

Dayton KOA

Brookville, Ohio

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Somewhat disappointed with this stay. Our rate included $4 for 2 kids, $4 for 50 amp and $2.5o for our car. Now the 50 amp I can understand but we were penalized because our car was not on a tow dolly or on a tow bar. We have stayed in the past and were very happy. The good: Adequate room for our big rig (although the park was 1/2 empty, full might make a difference). The new bathhouse was very nice and the addition of cable made it better then the past. The BAD: charging $2.50 for our car because we didn't have it on the tow dolly or tow bar. Then they wanted us to park it clear across the park in the "visitor's lot." We refused and asked for accommodation or a longer site since the park was 1/2 empty. They instead told us we could wiggle it in the spot with the MH and make sure we were not in the roadway. The fire rings were packed full of leaves and needed cleaned, nobody was cleaning them but plenty of people were riding around on golf carts. We are KOA card holders and have always used them for short stays as we know what we are getting and we understood their add-ons. It seems that this was over the top. If I towed a TT in there, they would not charge me for an extra vehicle, but since my DW followed me in we were charged. Also I think that $2/kid is a little over the top when you are going to also charge them for everything they do. Again, I do not quibble about the $4 upcharge for 50A as we understand that our coach uses 95% electric and we should pay for it since we use more than the average camper might. This may be the last time we use this CG due to their fees being higher than what we experiences in other KOA's.

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Second time in this park on a visit to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. We have stayed at several parks in the area and we decided that from now on this is our main destination. The only reason we would not stay here again would be if they were full. The restrooms are immaculate and the grounds the same. The spaces are snug, but not as bad an many of the campgrounds in the area. Having access to the indoor pool across the street is a plus. If I had to have one complaint, it would be that the store/office carry more stuff. The cable channels were more then sufficient and the picture was perfect.

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I try to keep my reviews limited to the facilities and not the other campers as a facility only has limited control over the guests, but total control over their facilities. This place is right off the freeway and in between parking places of other businesses. It is listed as having 150 sites but feels much, much smaller. We always note on our reservations that we have a 32' Class C and a toad. Usually this is acknowledged and the proper site given. Here we were given a site that would not have held a 25 foot motorhome, let alone what we have. Wife went back to the office and we were given another site that accommodated us for the night. Hookups are crazy. It looks like this was a CG at one time that had 75 decent sized spots and then someone decided to increase revenue and double up on the spots. There were splitters on all the hose bibs and you were either lucky and it was on the street side of your rig or you weren't and it was on the curb side of your rig. Ours was on the street side but still needed 2 hoses to reach. Our electric panel was considerably farther into the neighbor's site than it was not. Interesting lay out. The bathrooms were OK, but the showers were filthy. Chewing gum stuck on the walls and old wash rags laying in the changing areas that had been there a while. No excuse. I will always harp on the fact that on holiday weekends you need to double or triple up on your bathroom cleanings. We go to Mackinac every labor day, and we stop halfway through the trip. We will not stay here again.

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This is a really nice campground. There were two problems we saw. The first was the gate system. If you needed to go to the office (the only place that sold ice) you had to go out the gate and then go around and come back in. There was no office access without leaving the gated area and returning. Also the bathhouses are really nice, there is just not enough of them. There are a lot of tent campers and pop-up campers that use this facility. They require the use of shower houses as do many people who don't use the ones in their units for whatever reason. There are only 2 shower houses in this who facility for a total of 6 showers male and 6 showers female. There was a line daily to take a shower which at their prices and claim to be a "resort" is not acceptable. Every other aspect of this campground is great. Far above expectations, except for the shower house problem. Now it costs $3.00 to wash a load of clothes and the washers are small capacity and then add $1.25 to dry so you have $4.25 in a load of clothes. You can save a little by doubling the washed clothes into the large capacity driers, but we though that was a little pricey for a washer/dryer.

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I will preface this by stating that we are KOA Kamp Kard holders and typically look for KOA Kampgrounds if available for short stays or layovers. This is a good place for an overnight layover. The spots are very tight, even by KOA standards. Also they may advertise a certain length, but a good portion of the total length is a pretty steep incline to a short level patch. Any unit of medium to considerable length needed an insane number of blocking materials to get under the leveling jacks to get level. The bathrooms are some of the best we have seen in a KOA. Unfortunately it takes forever to get lukewarm water and then it is only a misting, not a stream of water.

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Nice campground. You must drive or be very athletic if you plan on coming down from the upper tier to the pool or office. The spots are plenty big enough and the bathhouse is clean. The problem we had all week we stayed was the smell of raw sewage (feces) near the bathhose/restroom all week. This is laid out with showers on one side and bathrooms on the other with a hallway down the middle. Our NYC tour guide told us they were actually reused shipping containers that had been repurposed. Pretty slick due to the fact that doing this and keeping them "temporary" does not affect their property taxes. That being said it seemed as though the pipes under the bathrooms must have been leaking because of the constant smell of feces. The place was spotless and the cleaning lady was impeccable and pine-sol'ed everything so you were never concerned about cleanliness. I toyed with going down the hill and notifying the office, but with the workkampers or whatever all over the place all day, I figured they must have smelled it too. They really push the NYC tour which is worth it, but makes me think there is probably some sort of quid pro quo between the tour operator and the campground, more so since I saw our guide going into the park. The sites were level and the hookups in the proper place. If you do go, take the tour. It is pricey but worth it and it lets you scope out the lay of the land in case you want to go into the city on your own the following days. We would stay here again if we go back to the area.

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Overnighted here on our way to the New England area. Typical KOA park, clean adequately supplied store and friendly staff. Check in was quick and we were escorted to our site where the employee checked the power pedestal and water supply. The Wi-Fi is sporadic at best. This was disappointing as the park was only about 1/2 to 2/3 full and we were right under the antenna. There is a disclaimer on the paperwork you get at check in..."The Wi-Fi is complementary, not guaranteed." I believe that if you are going to advertise it, you should make sure it works as many people rely on it these days for work or e-mail. The bathrooms are typical KOA bathrooms, same size, layout, age, etc. May be time for Corporate to start mandating upgrades. There is nothing wrong with them, just that doing something now will keep them somewhat current. The cost displayed reflects KOA membership. We try to use KOA for our stopovers as we always know what you get. The spots might be a touch tight, but they are usually easy on/off the freeway, clean and sufficiently stocked. Like McDonalds, you know what you are going to get when you go there regardless of the location, same with KOA which is NOT necessarily a bad thing. We would stay here again on an overnight.

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Very nice park. We stayed here for the first time 12 years ago. We have stayed at other campgrounds and cabins since but came back this year due to needing 2 sites side by side and having waited too long to make reservations. The bathrooms were resort/spa quality and the grounds were clean. I only gave it a 9 due to the fact that to get a 10 you have to be perfect. This place was very nearly perfect. Electric fluctuated between 118 and 123 all weekend and the place was packed so that is good. Had it been hotter and everyone running AC it might have been different. The roads and such are tight but there is adequate space on the spots and nobody was denied the opportunity to deploy slideouts and/or awnings. If you come here you really have to watch kids on bicycles, they are everywhere. I am not complaining as it is fun to see kids running around having fun without the worries of adulthood, I just want to warn you so you don't have any unfortunate accidents. Will stay here again. Nice shady spots and very good cable. Wi-Fi is spotty at best.

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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.

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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.