Date of Stay: February, 2008
This was our second stay at this campground. The first was two years ago. We had the exact same space as before, backed up to the lake. It was a nice setting with one major drawback: workers remodeling the "caboose" cabin next door to our site started working with power tools and hammers every morning at 8AM and worked until 6PM. Even on Sunday. As this is a vacation destination, some consideration for early morning noise would have been appreciated. Since our last visit, a very large shopping center has been built across the lake from the campground. While a buffer of trees shields the center from view, it does seem like the noise level in the campground and from US17 is much louder than before. This is now a suburban/urban location and you shouldn't choose it for peace and quiet. It is a great base camp for touring the Charleston area. For that reason, we'll keep this KOA on the list of places to stay when we make our next trip to the Charleston area.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
A good park for overnight. This park is easy to access from I-81/77, but there is a large hill between the park and the freeway which blocks much of the freeway noise, making this a fairly peaceful location. Adjacent to a farm, the park has a small catfish pond ($), a pool (closes early -- we missed it the night we were there), a bathhouse with laundry and grills. The spaces are mostly pull-through, fairly close together but wide enough for slideouts with no problem. Interior roads are gravel, except for the entrance road. Leveling was easy. We'll stay there again for an overnight if we're in the area.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
It's important to know that even though the name is Summersville LAKE Retreat, there is no access to the lake from this campground. We found this an acceptable place to park, interior roads are gravel and the sites are spaced a good distance apart. Water and electric (30 amp) sites, only 5 sites have full hookups and look like they have permanent/seasonal trailers on them. There is no dump station on the property -- the helpful staff directed us to the Battle Run COE campground 4 miles away to do that. We had no problems with power supply. There is quite a bit of road noise from US Route 19, which is very close to the park. The clientele was mostly quiet and well-behaved. As mentioned elsewhere, there are NO supplies available on the property except firewood. A truck stop with a well-stocked store is only 2/10 mile away at the intersection with US 19.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
This was a good KOA, featuring typically small campsites and very expensive, with extra charges for almost everything except the pool. As it was over the 4th of July weekend, the campground was quite full, and the swimming pool really wasn't usable for adults without small children (too crowded). Despite the crowds, restrooms/showers were kept clean, trash was picked up frequently and the campers were generally quiet. We were given a "buddy" site (which we were not told beforehand) which made outdoor activities a little awkward, figuring out which half of the common area each group could use. As a result, we spent most of our outdoor time on another (single) site with our other family members.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
We used this as a stopover on a trip from North Carolina to Ohio. We found the campground to be clean, well-run and the overnight spaces (which we used) were separated from the seasonal/permanent spaces. Some of the units on those spaces appeared to be quite run down though the grounds were well-kept. Restrooms were immaculate. The pool is small but was clean and refreshing. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!
Date of Stay: May, 2005
Though quite remote, this is a very nice, quiet park that's good for families. The campground is several miles away from the main park facilities (lodge, pool, golf course). There's a small playground, and hiking trails are in the campground area itself. Half the sites have electric (30 amp), and there are three pull-through sites. About half the sites are under trees and half in the open. None of the sites have water or sewer, so be prepared to fill up at the campground entrance before going to your site. There's a small playground, and hiking trails are in the campground area itself. Firewood is available at the small campground office/store. We found the staff to be very courteous and helpful. If you want a peaceful vacation, this is it!