Date of Stay: March, 2015
We stayed here 9 nights. Spaces are rather level though close together. There is a cement pad next to the camper space but no picnic table. There were low hanging wires on two sides of our site. The owner helped us get into the site. We never got a map and, frankly, I have no idea what number it was. There was no gate or security and not anything to put in our vehicle to show we belonged there. But, we were located in a quiet neighborhood and never felt unsafe. The park was full, many of the sites taken by construction workers who are working on some large construction sites in the area. It was generally quiet although a train ran nearby multiple times of the day or night. This campground is very near I-10 and really is a convenient location to get to just about anywhere in Mobile Bay or beyond. Since we would leave after breakfast to explore every day and return at dinner time, it was a great base for our needs. There was one common toilet with a bathtub shower, always clean, for the whole campground but most folks used their own RVs. There was a nice and clean laundry set up, kept immaculate. The grounds were rather open and sparse although once the leaves appear on all the trees, it probably is quite nice. As for those trees, we had to thread our way out between trees when we left. Our price was a cash, Good Sam's rate.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
First, your GPS may try to send you to the Deer Creek RV Resort next door. There is no affiliation between that and Cool Breeze so look for the signs to make sure you go to the right place. The folks are very friendly and low-key. The owner wasn’t there when we arrived and we were told we’d cross paths with him during the week and we could settle up then, which we did 3 days into our stay. For those camping with children, there is nothing here at all for the youngsters. My rating reflects gravel roads, no fire pits, few outdoor tables and little to no shade. There is, however, a very large community-sized fire pit in front of the office. Other than that, this campground is a quiet, beautifully maintained wide open field and a great place to use as a base while exploring on the Blue Ridge Parkway or following the Virginia Music Trail. It is about 5 miles from the BR Music Center and an easy drive to Galax and Floyd, both popular music centers in the area, as well as Mount Airy and various wineries. The air is cool and breezy, hence the name. We only used our air conditioner once while camping in August, and that was to handle the humidity from an overnight rain. The bathhouse is ‘eat off the floor’ clean and kept immaculate, in good repair and well stocked. The laundry sparkles as well. Laundry is $1 per load paid into a box on the honor system. One person who is seasonal said the washers and dryers were too slow. While I didn’t use them, at a cost of $1 a load and the ability to sit and read in a nice, clean, air-conditioned room while waiting, I thought it was great. I understand that those on the road all the time might disagree. The roads are all gravel and in good shape. The sites are wide, level gravel pads with plenty of room between sites. There are no picnic tables although many sites had large wood tables that could be used to eat outdoors as long as you have chairs. The owner and one camper put in a nice garden and campers are invited to help themselves to its produce, which is a very unique and nice touch. The grounds are kept well mowed. There is no cable. We got 9 channels over the air. There is Wi-Fi which has a booster to improve its signal but it diminished after additional campers arrived. Same for the phone service. You might have to walk up closer to the office to get the best reception for a call. Or, you could just unplug for the week and enjoy the peace and quiet! We will definitely return to Cool Breeze.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is a fantastic facility, almost a destination itself, though it is about 25 minutes from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark. This is a very family friendly campground with paved roads on which to ride bikes or scooters, pedal cars to rent, a pool with a lifeguard and a shady and imaginative playground area. At the same time, it is a quiet place, mostly flat, well-manicured and sparkling clean. The trees seem to absorb noise and it is a joy to be outside. There is good space at each site and plenty of room to park 2 vehicles along with the camper. Our site was gravel and very level. The picnic table was round with 4 benches that swiveled out for ease of entry, a very interesting and appreciated feature, and sitting on a nice concrete pad. Normally, we would avoid a park like this, designed to accommodate children so well, since we are two adults. But this park made for a very pleasant stay for us and we definitely will return, if in the area again.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We used this campground for an overnight. This is the land of hills and twisting mountain roads, which we knew, but this wasn’t a good choice. First, it is 9 miles from I-77 to the entrance to the park, too many narrow and twisting miles to traverse with a trailer if it can be avoided. The entrance to the park comes up quickly and could be easily passed. On entering the park, the narrow twisting roads continue with ever tighter turns for another 4 miles or so and then drop steeply downhill into the campground. There is a flat, shaded tenting area along with some nice looking cabins at this level near the office, but that is where ‘nice’ seems to end. Leaving the office, there is another dive downhill into a wide open treeless field of 100 RV sites, mostly filled with seasonal RV campers. The RVs are parked literally shoulder to shoulder and there is nowhere to park a pull vehicle on one’s site. Awnings and slideouts protrude into the neighboring sites and there is barely room to walk between RVs. The city of Beckley runs this campground and the locals use it as their summer seasonal campground to have access to Lake Stephens. Sites for transients like us are scattered among the seasonals. We had to drive up a road with cars parked on both sides, through a single, narrow lane up the middle. We then had to make a tight right turn into our site while avoiding cars in front, behind and on both sides of us, not an easy task with a truck and a 31’ trailer. We also had to miss a yellow marker post in the ground, the electric post for our site and a large piece of road equipment parked just behind the electric post. Our site had just been dug up for some reason (hence the equipment) and was covered with loose, deep gravel. Once we threaded the needle to get in and position the trailer to open our slideout (no slideout = no bathroom), the back end of the trailer was hanging over the back road edge and the truck was hanging well into the road in the front, too far to leave the truck hitched as we’d planned. This is what is advertised as 'drive through'. We had no choice but to unhitch and park on the road behind our trailer, just like everyone else. The loose gravel was pitched seriously downhill on one side and leveling was a nightmare. Leveling boards just sank. Let’s just say we had no trouble rolling onto our right sides during the night. In the morning, our camper had sunk so far down in the loose gravel that it was the devil to lift it back up onto the hitch and get out. Luckily we had 4 wheel drive. Just before we finished putting away our hoses and electric, a man in a truck stopped and nicely told us someone would soon come to remove the road equipment. The man was genuinely surprised to hear me say not to move it on our account as we were leaving. Wouldn't it have been nice of them to have moved the equipment before we arrived, knowing they were renting out the site for the night? Per the signs posted, it sounded like we were expected to back out of our site, past all of those parked cars, the electric post, the yellow marker pole and the road machinery again, instead of driving forward. It seems the road in front of the truck was noted as intended only for children to ride their bikes. Not going to happen. It was early Sunday morning, no children in sight – we drove forward and left. We will not be returning. If you find yourself in the area, try the tiny Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine Campground on the East side of I-77. It is just a few miles on relatively straight and not too hilly roads. The entrance to the campground is up a severely steep hill, but the entire town is hilly and you just will have to negotiate hills somewhere here. Once on top, you’ll find about 15 or so very quiet, shady and relatively long sites where you’ll have no trouble finding space for both your camper and tow vehicle. Oh, and spend some time at the Exhibition Mine, closed in 1910, but a fascinating look at the life of mining towns.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We used this as an overnight stop. We followed the GPS directions and came in off I-81 at the New Market exit. That dropped us right into the little town with narrow streets and then up and down a winding mountain road before it leveled out to a 4 lane road. We'd suggest going to the Front Royal exit and using 66 and 340 for an easier drive in, if you don't like narrow mountain road driving. This is a beautiful KOA but just about the most expensive campground we've ever stayed in, after camping 35+ years. We used it for one overnight so it was palatable. The folks here couldn't have been nicer and the campground itself was just beautiful, though a bit remote. Views were spectacular, grounds were immaculate, sites were level. We had a pull-through that looked a little odd but turned out to be easy to get in and out. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. Very convenient to Luray Caverns. If you don't mind the high cost, this would be a good base to see the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
We spent a wonderful week here with two other families and really enjoyed this COE facility. Only two of the three sections had a shower and there are no sewer hookups, hence the 9 rating. This campground was very quiet and stunningly beautiful with views at every site. Rate cites reflects the senior discount.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We arrived the first day of the season. The grounds are beautiful and each of the sites, with very few exceptions, are flat with paved pads, packed gravel for the table area plus charcoal grill and lantern post. Most are in view of Lake Lanier, if not directly on the lake. Great shady sites. There is a small swimming beach area in the middle of the campground area which is open to the public as well as the campers. When the site closes at 10:30 pm, campers are inside until the park reopens the next morning. This campground is quiet and personnel are very nice. When we were there, though, we had problems with the water at our site, which may have been due to non-use during the park's winter closure. There was mud and a silt-like debris in the water at our site. The central bathhouse also had problems with water. When toilets were flushed, water backed up from the floor drain between the toilet stalls, spewing water and dirt over the floor. Again, this may be due to winter non-use and the need for seasonal maintenance but it was a nasty surprise nonetheless. The negatives were not enough to keep us from returning in the future, though, since the campground really is a beautiful location with well maintained grounds. The rate reflects a Senior discount.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
We only overnighted here but we will definitely return. While this campground is well outside of the city of LaGrange, it is a beautiful facility along the shores of West Point Lake. Sites are large and private with paved pads, easy back in, and a woodsy lakeside setting. Everything is very well tended and clean.
Date of Stay: April, 2014
This is a quiet campground, convenient to Route 10. Sites are mostly gravel and some are small and difficult to back into. If you have a big rig, I suggest you call the campground to discuss site sizes before booking online. Bathrooms and showers, while not huge, are clean. The playground inside the campground is no longer there. However there is a beautiful playground and picnic area in the public portion of the park which also has a small swimming lake. There are nice, woodsy trails to the falls and sinkhole areas. Good for a few days stop. Rangers and staff are all quite nice.