Date of Stay: October, 2009
This KOA was disappointing to us. It is near Rt 81, just north of Harrisonburg, VA. It is 3 ½ miles from the highway on narrow, very winding country roads. The road into and throughout the park are all gravel. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. I asked for a site with full hookups and could get a satellite signal. We did get satellite reception on site # 60. But, I doubt there are many other sites that could, as the park is very wooded. Some RVers will enjoy the trees, but we’re full timing and like our satellite. Go figure. There is a store at the reception desk that seems to have a variety of basic supplies. We saw the pool by check in. It looked nice, but was covered as out stay was in October. Getting to our site was a challenge due to the narrow roads in the park. We have a 40’ 5th wheel and just made a couple of turns. They were removing trees when we were there, so maybe that will get better. I did talk to the new owner and she mentioned they were making improvements to the parks. They are trying to convert an old family owned park into a KOA. Still disappointing for a KOA.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We stayed here under our Outdoor World membership so our 3 week stay was free. On arrival we noticed the entrance is a bit tricky to get into, especially coming in from the north. You’ll almost have to make a U-turn onto the property. There is enough room, but be aware of this during high traffic periods. RV check-in parking will be on your right in front of the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is open and manned 24 hours a day. This is a gated park: they give you a card to swipe at the gate instead of needing a 4-digit code. The park is well maintained and has paved roads throughout. The sites are mostly level, some are not, so blocking will be necessary. There are a few pull-through sites and some side-of-the-road sites. Most sites are 50 amp. All have cable TV. Most sites are fine for satellite reception. No golf carts are allowed: ODW policy. Other reviewers have mentioned the RV storage area. When coming into the camping area it’s going to be the first thing you see; not very nice looking. I agree: they REALLY should fence it in. Now, as for the amenities. The park is really geared for kids. If they can’t find something to do here, they aren’t trying. There is a large outdoor pool, and a nice sized indoor pool. There is an indoor water park that is only open from Friday to Monday, but the kids will have a great time. There is a putt-putt course that is completely covered, great if it rains or not. They also have: a pickle-ball court, basketball court, ball field, horse shoes, shuffleboard and a volleyball court. There is a very nice playground for the little ones and a video game room. Dad: are you a golfer? There is a 9-hole, par 3 course here. I’m a former golfer and wish I could play it. So, bring a couple of clubs. The adult lodge is small but there if you want to get away. There is a store that is well stocked. There is a restaurant: open on the weekends only. There is a large rec-hall for planned activities. So you see: the kids gotta find something to do here! Wireless internet is available for a charge: Tengo I believe. That’s it. I’d give it a 10 if it weren’t for that RV storage area.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We stayed at the Gateway to Cape Cod with our Outdoor World membership, so the stay was free for us. We stayed 3 weeks. The park is a typical Outdoor World park where as it isn’t close to the attractions in the area. “Gateway”? Not really. It’s about 30 or so miles just to get to the start of the Cape Cod region. A lot of local RV’ers come here on a regular basis. We met several that were very friendly. When approaching the park you will be driving on a dirt, not gravel, dirt road. It’s about one quarter of a mile of dirt before you get to the gate. The entry is gated with a keypad entry for security. All the interior roads are dirt as well. Other reviewers have mentioned that when it rains puddles will form. That happened when we were there and some puddles are very large on the roads and in some of the sites as well. The park in just about completely full on the weekends. It does thin out during the week, but not much. The sites are shaded. Most are level left to right. They all have fire rings and a bar-b-ques. And now for my satellite report. There are only a few sites that can get satellite reception. Good luck shooting through the trees. There are activities here, but not many. There is an activity house for kids with a ping pong table. A pool that is very crowded all the time with a life guard on duty. The teens were very bored here. Let them bring their I-pods and games. They’ll need something. There was a live DJ here on Saturday night for the 3 weeks we were here. The kids really liked that. They really need some kind of activity director to keep the kids busy. An adult lodge is available, but not much happens there. There is a baseball field for activities, but still no planned activities for the field. There is a store with some food and supplies. A super market is about 5-6 miles away. There are rental units that seem nice from the outside.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We came here on an Outdoor World membership and stayed for free. The address they have on record is Moody, buy the campground is actually in Wells, Maine. It makes a difference if you use a GPS. We came here in July 2009 and the park was very crowded. This was our first time here. When we went to check in we told them we had a 40 foot 5th wheel and wanted to know from them any recommendation as to what sites are available and which site would be good for our long RV. They didn’t have a clue as to how many sites were empty let alone which ones they were. They did give us a paper with site numbers on it that we were NOT allowed to occupy. That they knew. The next problem is the way the sites are laid out. This is the first time I saw a campground laid out this way. Normally pull through sites are diagonal from street to street. This place has parallel camp sites. The sites are parallel to the roads. There were maybe 6 sites available when we got there. We were only able to get into one of those sites because of our RV size. It is very tough to maneuver in here. The roads are all gravel. The sites are prone to flooding during a heavy rain. Forget about getting satellite, too many trees. There is a section all the way in the back that might be able to get reception, but it is always full they say. And it was full when we were there. You can get the 3 networks with your air antenna. There is a pool, club house and a small store/registration. They have planned activities here. The park is right on Route 1, and has restaurants and things to do around the area. The beach is a ways away.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We met the owners at an RV show in Tampa, Florida in January 2009. They just took over the resort and were offering 2 free nights stay to help get the word out. Our plans were such that we were able to take advantage of the free stay and added an additional night’s stay for $42.00. We enjoyed our stay there. We were in one of the pull thru sites. All gravel and pretty level left to right. Our 5th wheel is 40 feet long and had just enough room for the RV and the truck. The roads throughout the resort are gravel. There were recent rain storms and that caused a lot of pot holes. The staff was trying to keep up with filling the holes. Someone already mentioned the site posts are on the wrong side of the site. I have a satellite dish and was able to get a signal no problem. Verizon has a great signal here for phones and air cards. The pool is very nice. There are planned activities to keep you busy. The store on site is a regular mini mart type store. All kind of food and they prepare foods too. Ice and fire wood is there as well. The resort is right across the street from lake, beautiful setting. I would definitely come back.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We arrived here on 6/21/2009 and found the campground to be gated. A key pad is there to enter the code to open the gate. Very nice. We came here as an Outdoor World member so there was no charge for our visit. The staff checking us in couldn’t have been nicer. The roads are paved through most of the park. The sites are gravel and we found a fairly level site. The B section all have 50 amp. As for satellite reception, there are very few sites here that can get satellite. We were in site B23 and were able to use the rooftop dish. There are a couple of other sites in the B section that might be good for satellite. You might need a tripod dish at other sites. Check with the staff for other areas, They mentioned the upper F section might be good too. The Pool is a bit small but adequate. It is in very good condition with plenty of tables and umbrellas. The registration office has camping supplies and some food. It has a grill there too I think they use on the weekends. There is a putt putt course that is free. A nice member adult lounge. Badminton, horse shoes, basketball court, jungle gym areas and shuffle board. Plenty of stuff to do here. There are planned activities on the weekend that are fun for all. During the week there weren’t too many campers, but the weekends get busy. Those are the positive things. There really is only one negative. Right next door there is some kind of shooting range. No bullets entered the campground or anything like that. But, they start shooting in the early afternoon and don’t stop until dark. Not just a shot or 2 once in a while. A constant barrage the whole time they are there. It sounds like a little war zone. It’s that annoying to us that we decided not to come back here again. It’s too bad because it’s a nice place other then that.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We stayed here with our Outdoor World membership through Thousand Trails. The stay was free with the membership. They have a gated security that is staffed most of the time. We were here during the Memorial Day weekend 2009 and the park was almost 100% full. The main roads are paved up to the area where the sites are. The roads to the sites are all gravel. The sites have a gravel drive. They are level and very spacious and most come with a fire ring and a barbeque. We were on a full service site with 50/30 Amp service, water and sewer. There are a lot of sites by the rive as well, but they do not have sewer. The park offers free honey due service at no charge. We have a satellite dish. If you do, you will need to watch for a site that is open to the southwest. We had no problem doing that. They do not allow golf carts here. I use ours due to my disabilities, but could not use it here. They do allow a scooter or power chair if you have one of those. There is a nice pool, free mini golf, basketball courts and playgrounds. There is a petting zoo for the kids. Great RV park for the kids. The office has camping supplies and a small food store with the basics. The staff runs a lot of activities on the weekend. The grounds are well kept. The park is located between Gettysburg and Lancaster. A lot of stuff to see and do in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be back.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Harbor View is an Outdoor World campground. We came here as an Outdoor World member so we stayed for free. The first thing I should mention is how to get here. We use a GPS while traveling. It has failed us a few times so we also use Google maps as well. Then we compare the GPS route to the Google map. All was well so off we went. We came in on Rt 3 and the maps told us to turn at Rt 205 and then there were a couple of lefts and rights. We were at one point told to turn on to a dirt road that was barely wide enough for a small car. There was no way a truck and a 40’ fifth wheel would make it through there. I called the campground and the first thing they said was “You used your GPS, right?” Bottom line is follow the directions that they have on their website. It turns out there is a road that goes from this area to the campground that has been closed but neither mapping companies have corrected it. The campground itself is an older park. We arrived a week before the park’s official opening. The park closes for the winter. They were cleaning everything and cutting grass. All of us were dealing with April showers in May. A lot of showers. It made the roads and sites very soft. A motor home got stuck and had to be pulled out. The main road in to the office is a paved road. The road from the office to the sites is a paved road, but the loops going to the sites are all dirt, with some gravel. Satellite report: If you only have a roof top satellite system, ask for site 33. Otherwise you will need to use a tripod and hunt for the satellite through the trees. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We met the manager before. In the winter he goes to the Orlando preserve to help out there. The shower house by us was clean and had several showers, sinks and toilets. There is a large pool behind the office that looks very nice. It was too cold yet for us to use. There is a basketball court, a putt putt course, a tennis court for the pickle ball players. There is a TV room in the office with movies and a lot of books and games. All in all a nice campground that is close to a lot to do. About 90 minutes to DC. There is a winery real close and make sure you hit the Berry Farm. The kids will enjoy the goats. Sorry for the long description.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We came here through our ROD membership. (Resorts of Distinction). There was no charge for our stay. The first thing you see upon entering the campground is the Family Fun Center on the left. Huge building with an indoor pool, handball court, 10 lane bowling center with snack bar, video game room and a 9 hole putt putt course. All indoors. Very nice. We kept on going to the check in office. Our reservation was there and they showed us where our site was. Off we went. This was our first time here and noticed right off that once we got past the new Family Fun Center, the park is an older park. A lot of permanent sites. Most are maintained nicely, but some are a bit trashy. The interior roads are all paved but very narrow. We had a hard time maneuvering our 40’ fifth wheel though out the park. When backing it in to our site it took a couple of correction moves due to the narrow roads. There are some corners that we will not be able to turn in one direction due to split rail fences to close to the street corner. The site has a level concrete pad. Water, sewer and 30 amp electric come with your site. There is also a 50 amp box at each site that has a lock on it. I think there is an extra charge for the 50 amp. No cable TV, but these sites were in an open area where we could get satellite reception. (I need my satellite). I saw at the office that they have WiFi available for $5 a day or $20 a week. Activity inside the park is abundant. The park in right on the lake. There is a boat ramp, boats docks, parking for your boat trailer. At the water there is a motel with 6 or 7 rental units. Below those is a bait and tackle shop right at the dock. Gas and propane are for sale there too. Across the street, right on the lake is a snack bar. Next to the snack bar is a large outdoor pool. Another area of the lake there is a beach for swimming as well. The park is golf cart friendly with paved roads for just the carts in spots. Also, there is a restaurant that serves lunch and dinner a couple of nights a week. Activity outside the park: Not very much. There is an antique store that also serves lunch and dinner and also serves ice cream. It is about 2 miles away. A flea market about 5 miles away that’s kind of small. The only other notable is a winery about 10 miles away. We go places to visit the local sites as well as enjoy the parks. This park is very nice but nothing else to do here.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We stayed here for a week. It wasn’t my choice. Our group wanted to go there. We stayed in a rental trailer as we were waiting on the new RV. The cost? $900.00. First though, when we got there we didn’t see any handicap parking at all. So, we parked in a regular space a ways away. Went to the registration building. We asked for a cabin that had a TV antenna and a real double bed. The person taking the reservation assured us we would get that. We went to the site and had neither. I’m handicap and don’t do much so TV is my hobby at night. The bed actually fell in when we laid down on the one that was there. We went back to registration and told them what happened. They starred at me and shrugged their shoulders. At that point I let them know about the parking and the steps I had to climb out front. What did I get from the staff? You people want everything. You people complain at the drop of a hat. Yes they said “you people” to me. I just want what I was promised by your staff. No matter what I said it didn’t make a bit of difference. Once they have your cash, they don’t care. The only reason I stayed was because of the family outing. I will never….ever stay here again. What a dump.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We traveled most of the day to get here. We pulled up to a gated entrance which was great for security. We pressed the call button for the intercom to the office. They responded quickly. But all we heard was static. Very bad static. You know the kind of static you hear when you pull up to a fast food place and the 14 year old asked for your order? But it sounds more like pigs mating? Yeah, that. We called the office on our cell phone and she implied it was our fault as she said we sounded the same way. We got the gate code and proceeded in. Now for the fun stuff. You know how when you pull in to an RV resort they have an area for RV’s to pull over right next to the office so you can check in? Not here. You have to park on the main road in the right lane and leave it there when checking in. The office is around 300 feet off the main road, down hill, all gravel. I get down there with my walking cane and the Pepsi driver says you’ve got to move your rig, I need to leave. At the same time I ask a local coming out of the office about the RV parking situation and got a case of smart lip from him telling me to go back to Yankee Town. I went and moved the RV while my wife went in and canceled our reservation. I couldn’t see staying at a Yankee Town haters resort. Not really a resort, more of a southern sand box. I will not be back. I gave it a 2 because they tried with the intercom. We did not stay at this park.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
We stayed here through our ROD membership. (Resorts of Distinction) There was no nightly charge through ROD. The park has all back in sites with full hook ups including 50 Amp service. The streets are paved and the sites are level. Be aware, there is no shade at this park. But great for satellite service. A nice pool that’s open during the warmer weather. There is an RV wash area with power brushes and nozzles. There is a cost for this. There is a member clubhouse. They run member generated games through out the week. Also on site is the winery. Wine tasting was free. First time we saw that. There’s usually a charge for that. Also at the winery is a first class restaurant. The food was excellent. Higher priced then a national steakhouse chain, but worth it. Pahrump is a small dessert town and is growing. There are several casinos in town. We enjoyed the Nugget. But, they’ll all take your money. A reasonable grocery store and the even have a Lowe’s Home Improvement store. We enjoyed our 2 weeks there and are looking forward to returning.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
Spanish Main is an older park that is under new management. When we first got there, there was a mix up with the site we requested. We asked for a site where we could get satellite reception but the site they had us on would not work. The park manager was very helpful and worked it out so we got what we needed. Satellite reception is important to me, my wife rolls her eyes. Oh well. The park is mostly permanent sites. RV’s of different sizes, park models and mobile homes. The streets are gravel. Some of the 2 way streets are narrow. A lot of trees through out the park with drooping moss. There is a lot to do here during the winter season. The park is full then. Very nice heated pool. (They are refurbishing the pool this year- 2009) They have horseshoe leagues, shuffle board leagues and a league for a Canadian game that looks like bocce ball. There is a card room at the office with a TV. There is a club house that has bingo twice a week. There are a lot of member generated games and activities. There is something to do every night if you want. If you spend a dollar to join their Spanish Mariners Club, you are entitled to a free dinner each month. Close to food shopping, malls, movies, restaurants and such. Busch Gardens is just 6 miles away. We spent this winter there and were very pleased. We have already reserved 2010. Very reasonable rates and a great staff.