Date of Stay: April, 2008
We typically avoid KOA's because they are always overpriced. This one was worse than usual. We have a KOA magazine which refers to being able to trust in KOA's for "large, level sites, cable TV, Wi-Fi, etc.). This place has none of those. The sites are not that large and definitely not level. Their is no cable TV. We have no cell phone coverage (Verizon) and the Wi-Fi is limited to a certain amount of time/bandwidth and is intermittent even during that. We were not impressed in any way. They do have a nice playground, and it looks like they would have a nice pool if it were open. The sites are shaded, which is nice, and all of the hookups worked properly. They have a very limited number of 50-amp sites, so that can be an issue. The staff is extremely friendly. The game room is well appointed and the laundry seemed to do fairly well, for a campground laundry. Given the area and the lack of options it's okay, but some competition would certainly do them good. I've stayed at much cheaper campgrounds that were much nicer.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This "RV park" is really a trailer park with a few RV hookups. The redeeming thing about it is the fact that it is easy access on/off of I-77/I-64 in Beckley, WV. It sits at the top of a big hill with a winding road getting up to it, but my 37' 5th wheel made the short trip without any problem. The park is very small, and is mainly filled with permanent campers, but they found space for us. The sites are full-hookup with 50-amp power, water and electric. Don't look for anything fancy, because it's not here, but it is a convenient location and the owners are extremely friendly. We will use this campground again when we find ourselves in this area (we travel full time). Much more accessible than Lake Stephens (though Lake Stephens is much nicer) and much nicer than the Raleigh County Armory (though the Armory may be a little more accessible).
Date of Stay: April, 2008
Great park. Easy in/out, great location and all of the hookups worked flawlessly. All sights are very close to the water and have good water views. Despite the bass fishing tournament going on while we were there it was still relatively quiet. Only downsides are that it is expensive, the store is even more expensive, and they don't have any "kid" facilities other than the swimming area.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
If you have a smaller RV then this park is fine. Anything over 30' and you're in for a tough time. We are full-timers in a 37' 5th wheel and had to be reassigned because we simply could not fit in the space provided. First time that's ever happened to us. We could only find 2 slots in the entire loop that we could fit into. The road back to the park twists and turns with some steep up/down hill sections. Once you get into the park it gets much worse. The first loop is very tight. Anything over our 37' and I doubt you'd make it. All of the connections did work fine and the park is definitely beautiful. Not very conveniently located for groceries or things like that.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Connections are old and outdated (if there were other campers we couldn't have used sewer, as the hookups are at the back of the space, directly behind your trailer). A community road passes through the middle of the RV parking, so there is a bit of traffic. It is also in a very rough section of town. Despite that, we felt relatively safe. The fairgrounds next door had a couple of events, the only one of which we actually heard was the stock car practice laps. It was a convenient place, and that's why we stayed here, and is the only reason to stay here.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
The sites worked. It's convenient for on/off interstate access, but the campground is definitely nothing more than a stop-over. And, don't expect to see the staff: they are hardly ever around. We were there for 5 days before we met them. And that's only after I left payment in the drop box with a note letting them know they were going to get a bad review.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I have to give this park an overall poor rating, because the quality is just not there, and most of the advertising is misleading at this time. First, it's not an island. It's a peninsula and barely that. The dam for the massive lake that forms the water barrier to Burnside has issues and therefore they are operating it a lower level for the foreseeable future (many years to come). Second, the golf course is being rebuilt and is not open...instead it's just a big muddy mess with lots of construction going on. Third, the pool is closed for "major mechanical issues" according to signs...no expected date to open. So, that leaves one with pretty much nothing to do in the park. The sites vary widely in terms of size and hookup availability. Many sites are suited only for smaller trailers, though we found a number that could handle our 37' 5th wheel. However, many of those are very unlevel. As was mentioned, all hookups are shared between 2-3 sites and some hookups are at least 50-100 feet from the RV due to the rocky terrain. Some sites are also very close to one another -- at one point the back-end of the RV on the site next to us was literally 3 feet from our living room slide out. We were there in the summer and boats were everywhere. Parking rules were definitely not enforced. The single site across from us had 1 RV as well as 4 cars and 4 motorcycles. We saw two sites down the hill that had 2 RV's total, but at least 4 cars and 4 boats. Next, when the park office closes you are all alone. The power went out one night due to a storm (tree fell on the line). I was up when it happened but had no one to call. As a result, the power was out for 9 hours; until they arrived the next morning and discovered it. Only took about 30 minutes for the power company to arrive and fix the problem. Bathrooms were filthy and only partly worked. The only reason I'm giving them a 3 is that we wound up with a decently level site, they had a nice children's playground and the hookups functioned properly. Other than that, it was not an overly pleasant experience.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
Rates are high for what you get, but they are not altogether bad. The sites are "adequate" meaning that everything works. However, they are very tight and not particularly level. We have a 37' fifth wheel which we travel in full-time, and we could not make the turns without running through the ditches (which had a number of tire tracks through them). Fortunately, the ditches are shallow, so that is not a major problem. Parking around your RV is also limited, as the spaces are about big enough for your unit itself, and nothing more. The playground consists of one residential style playground unit. The laundry was adequate, but expensive. Everything was kept up in good order, which was certainly a positive. The location is also convenient to the interstate and Wal-Mart is only a few minutes away, as our other major attractions including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country. The cable TV works, but the quality was not good on several channels, and TVGuide does not have a specific listing for the channels they offer, which means you have to guess what will be on! We have already booked 2 more stays here, but do wish that there was either something lower cost in the area, or the same cost but higher quality.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
This is a very poor campground. A number of long-term junk trailers with sides falling off, etc. Fairly loud road noise from the adjacent highway. "Tent" campers who didn't use tents (just slept out in the open with sleeping bags -- for several days, while living out of their cars). We needed to do laundry but stayed away from the laundry room which was built up on the side of a hill behind several decaying campers which we would have had to walk by (the laundry room itself looked like it was decaying); VERY tight sites (at least one site, we saw a motorhome with it's slides extended, which made them overhang the gravel pad for the site next to it). Everything about this place is run down and we did not feel at all comfortable here.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
This was an excellent park. Everything is clean and in good working order, and the grounds are very well maintained. The camp host was extremely friendly upon our arrival (about an hour after regular hours) and helped us get everything squared away. The only negative I had was with the regular office staff. Their is a young guy that works in the office who can be quite rude and ignore you completely. Other times he can be extremely friendly and helpful, so it seems to depend on his mood. I would recommend this park as a destination for anyone. A couple of other notes - there are many long term campers, as the campground does allow month-to-month camping. I see this as a negative, since the weekend we were there they were booked to 100% capacity, yet many sites had trailers without people (they reserved the site and parked the camper long term, but didn't show up for that weekend). This annoys me enough in a private campground, but seems inappropriate for a public facility. Also, a positive/negative is that the fishing is good and there are plenty of nice spots to fish from, but there are also a lot of snakes (which we saw) and even a few alligators (which we did not see).
Date of Stay: April, 2007
This park is okay, but I'm guessing it will be much worse in the coming months/years. It looks like it is transitioning quickly to a permanent resident trailer park. I'd say it's about 1/2 way there now. The park is quite pretty and has two very nice lakes for fishing/swimming. It also has a nice playground and swimming pool. The sites were basically level and easy to access, and were larger than your average site. All of the hookups worked, but that is also were one of our three biggest complaints come in. Our biggest complaint was the water. It was black: literally. You fill the kitchen sink and you couldn't see the bottom. And it smelt/tasted awful, so we used bottled water during our stay. Second, it is expensive. The base rate was for 2 people and we have three kids, so we had to pay $6 extra. At $41 a night we didn't get much. I'm writing this review from an $18 a night park that is much nicer. Third, they have restricted access gates. When you arrive you have to pay $10 for a card if you are going to come and go either before 8a or after 8pm. That's the STATED policy anyway. I knew we would be after 8pm a couple of nights, so I bought the card (price refunded at end of stay). Good thing I did, since they were often not in the office, and without a card I would not have been able to get back in the campground. That really annoyed me. The staff was friendly though, and for now the park is well maintained (except for that disgusting water).
Date of Stay: April, 2007
Okay for a "stop-over" park, but I wouldn't want to stay here. The sites are open and somewhat crowded, and there is really not much to do. They do have two "fishing ponds". You could fish in them if they weren't entirely covered in weeds. They are horrible. There are fish in them though. We tried to fish and I caught one small bass (very, very small). There were some huge catfish swimming at one end of one pond, but they wouldn't bite anything. Overall, the park has all the required amenities, and everything worked, but I wasn't impressed.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
This was our second visit, and it was a little better than the first one. We last camped here in the "off" season and one of our biggest complaints was the large number of employees driving everywhere on golf carts. No problems there this time. The sites in general are unlevel, and that needs to be addressed. Our site this time was not overly difficult to level or get into, so no big complaint. Our grill fell apart, as the stand rusted through, so we "borrowed" the one from the site next door. Overall, the park is kept up very well, but it is still very expensive. However, it's convenient to everything and that is what we need when we are there.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
I'm a full-time camper, so I stay in a variety of RV parks. This is not an RV park. This is a trailer park. I'm not joking. 95% of the sites are permanent sites, with decks and such built up on them. And they are not kept up very well, as a general rule. We were there in April and the people were cleaning up their own sites using gas powered leaf blowers and such, and then burning in the ditches. It was very pleasant (note the sarcasm). It should have been cleaned up off-season. When we arrived they had a "reservation" in that they knew we were coming, but did not have a site reserved. It took the clerk 45 minutes to register us and take payment for us to fill a tank of propane. There were 3 people in the office, but only 1 was doing anything. The other 2 stood around and watched. The park itself is rather dumpy, and the roads are horrible. They have speed bumps that are rutted out, are narrow and curvy and the entire park is in the woods. (Which is not bad, if it's not so tight). You have to drive completely through the park to get out the other side (1 way road) and the signs are kind of confusing. When you exit the park you have to drive over spikes to prevent people from entering through that exit, which I was nervous about doing. We had expected 50 amp sites, but were given a 30 amp. The first time we tried to dump our black tank it overflowed because the septic tank on that site was full. They have individual tanks for many of the sites, and when they are full you have to call to have it pumped. We were not aware of this. So, we called and they came within about 45 minutes and pumped it. When I commented that at least it would last a while now, he said it usually takes about 4 days to fill up again! Great way to spend my time here. As someone else mentioned, the golf carts are crazy. They have lots of rules about where you can ride bicycles (like not riding across sites) but they drive those carts everywhere, and everyone seems to have one. The site next to ours was empty and pretty much everyone used it as a thoroughfare to get between different areas of the park. The last day we were here we lost power (just our site) and waited an hour for someone to come and help us. No one ever came and we wound up leaving the park before anyone ever showed up. The staff was more or less friendly, just not particularly helpful. The residents weren't particularly friendly. Every time we got near them they would just stare. Made me feel creepy. They are a "resort" in that they offer putt-putt golf, water slides, pools, bumper boats, fishing, etc. All of those cost extra $$ above your site fee (which is already high enough). Yes, even FISHING costs money, just to get access to the lake. We were here on their opening weekend and the putt-putt course was lousy because it was covered with debris from the trees. The game room was closed all week, as well as the water slides and paddle boats. The pools look like they'd be nice, but one is a public pool so I bet it gets crowded. The playgrounds are okay for a park of about 50-100 sites, but are woefully inadequate for a park of 400+ sites. I was certainly not impressed and we will never stay at this campground again. We were all quite pleased as we exited the grounds at the end of our stay.
Date of Stay: February, 2007
STAY AWAY! Where to begin. We are full-time campers, so we have been in a wide variety of campgrounds in all different seasons. This was our worst experience by far. We called enroute, as our plans where changed last minute due to an approaching snow storm. We were notified that space was available and that we would have to "night register" since we wouldn't be arriving until about 7:10p and they close at 7:00p. The fee for night registering is $40 and it wasn't until we arrived that we learned that this has to be paid in cash. We were told they had 50 amp pull-through sites, but when we arrived it was dark and there were no maps available. After over 30 minutes of searching through the park we could not find a single 50amp site, and could only find 4 paved pull-through sites, 3 of which came to a peak in the middle of the site, making parking any type of long RV very tricky. The rest required driving across a rutted grass field to "pull through." So, we settled for the ONLY good 30 amp paved pull-through site. I might also mention that part of our problem in navigating the park is that the signs made no sense and were not at all helpful. The next problem was water. We were told when we called that the water was going to be off because the temp was going to drop below freezing. I assumed the next day we could get water on for a few minutes to fill our tanks. Wrong. The owner refused to turn on the water for the 4 days we were here, because he was afraid his pipes would freeze. Technically though, his water was on the whole time: just had padlocks on the spigots. His statement to me was that some overnight campers didn't turn the water off, and he had to do that. Didn't make sense because I was asking for it to be turned on for 5-10 minutes during the day with him standing there. No flexibily, and the only time I have ever had this happen. So, I got exercise all week carrying water back and forth in gallon jugs from the bathhouse to our RV, which I filled in their bathroom sink, in order to wash dishes, have drinking water, and "flush" the toilet at night. (An not walking the 1/4 mile to the bath house when it's 11 degrees!) Also, be sure to read the rules before visiting. They strictly enforce every one. Typically I appreciate this, but they have some really absurd rules and have no flexibility when common sense should prevail. The next day we had to re-register for the rest of our stay and were given a 20% seasonal discount, which was greater than the 10% Good Sam dicount. Funny thing is they wouldn't even need the Good Sam card because it is given to every camper, even states on the night registration form that your Good Sam discount is included. Some discount. Our view from our site was great. On one side was the interstate and on the other was the local cattle exchange. Both were quite noisy, and I was informed by local people that the smell from the cattle exchange during the summer is very pleasant. I can imagine. As we looked around the camp we found more good news. First, the bath houses which we were forced to use, were supposed to be "squeaky clean." In fact, they are closed every day from 10:00a -11:00a for cleaning. Or so the sign says. I can almost guarantee they were never cleaned during our stay. They were not clean. In fact, I accidentally left some scrap plastic on the sink one day and it was still there the next day after the scheduled cleaning. The laundry room is in very good condition, as it should be for the prices they charge. The game room is the same. Very good condition and very expensive. And, if you have children, don't expect them to be welcome. My 12-year old son could not play pool with me because of the 14-year old age limit. Don't know how good the Wi-Fi is, because I was unwilling to pay their prices for it. Too final notes. First, I noticed a sign in the office that said any RV over 10-years old must have management approval. Second, as I mentioned, it snowed during our stay. They scraped the roads the next day but did not scrape in front of any parked units. In fact, when they scraped the roads they left it piled up directly in front of parked units. So, it was up to us to dig ourselves out. I had to help an elderly couple get their motorhome out and they said they would never come back. I echo their sentiments. This place was miserable enough because of the attitude of the owners and restrictions on reasonable use, without even considering the high prices.