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Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park)

Garberville, California


7000 Benbow Dr
Garberville, California 95542
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 112
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.06803
Longitude: -123.78596

Elevation: 399' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone ?
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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101 Reviews

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Great location for road trip through the Redwoods - must see "Founders Grove". Nice clean well developed park, friendly and helpfull staff. Nice grassy area next to each site - plenty of room for our 4 slides. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2009 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

The scenery surrounding this campground is beautiful; lush green trees, manicured golf course fairways and the bank of the Eel river. The paved part of the RV sites, not the sites, was too narrow for my taste forcing me to step onto soggy wet lawn (note Winters are wet) each time I entered and left the RV, otherwise the facilities are very nice. Included in the rate was free tea and scones each day between 3 PM and 5 PM at the near by (5 minute walk) historic (1929) Tudor style Benbow Inn. The town of Garberville is 3 miles North. I would have given them a 10, but have been spoiled by some brand new campgrounds. Bottom line I would definitely return. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at the lovely RV Park many times and have always loved the entire experience. We even ventured into the very elegant restaurant for a desert and were graciously welcomed (we were dressed for camping, not a 5 star restaurant) by a man who turned out to be the owner. Our last stay was disappointing in that the restrooms were not clean; usually they are very clean. However, we did show the manager our complaint and there was an amazing response- a coupon for a free stay with golf. The Benbow is well loved by many return guests for the European atmosphere, excellent food and service. We plan to always make this RV park our stopover on the 101. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Here's a nice find if you're looking for a beautiful location. It is surrounded by it's own great golf course and adjacent to the historic BenBow Inn (AAA Four Diamond hotel). The park has paved sites and roads with grass and concrete patios. The cable is great with over 70 channels. The sites are not long (about 50'), but wide giving you lots of breathing room. It's just a very pretty place to be, especially if you like to golf. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Have stayed at the park before, and find it a nice place to stop. They placed us in a VIP spot for no extra cost, and delivered a newspaper the next morning. We will stop here again when traveling Hwy 101, but probably not during the summer when the rates are higher. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

This park is centrally located in California Redwood country. It is an older facility as other reviewers have noted but has been well-maintained. It has been a favorite of ours for many years. Sadly however rates have been increased aggressively over the past two years to the point that it is way over-priced. We will not be going back. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed in this park before. It is an okay park. It is old, but people were friendly, except the guy at night when I called he said it was booked completely, but I could call in morning of which I did and there were plenty of spots. Maybe because of fires causing cancelations, but I really think the guy on nights did not have a clue. It is overpriced but probably because of 4th of July, which people came for and the fireworks were canceled. Undestand if you are golfer it is a neat golf course. Probably would stay again, but not for $65.00. Restrooms were okay altho very old. But everything there is old. A must is to walk to the Benbow Hotel and go inside. Very nice. But the lake is being drained, so will no longer be a draw, because the dam has been determined to be unsafe. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

This is by no means a resort park. This is an old park that hasn't seen an upgrade this century. The spaces are narrow and short, but they are not jammed together. It is nicely landscaped, but the restrooms and showers were dirty the two days I checked to see if I would use them. The office staff was friendly, but the overnight guy should not be allowed to get close to the public. He was very rude and insulting. They had no Wi-Fi service, even though they claimed to. The extra charge for dogs was horrible since all of the permanents left their dogs tied up all day outside their RV. If they would have refunded my money I would have gone somewhere else, and I asked. This park may have been nice at one time, but it no longer is worth the exorbitant prices they charge, and it is more joke than resort. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are nicely spaced for an RV park with grass lawns, picnic tables and a lounge chair. It is situated in a scenic, bucolic valley that can heat up nicely compared to other areas of the Redwoods region. You can probably get satellite here because it is not amongst the big tree area. The 9-hole golf course is a great amenity; the starter's desk is the same as the RV park check-in, so you can walk from your site. It is a fun course. The Benbow Inn is along a trail that goes under Hwy 101. It has an upscale restaurant. For other choices you have to drive to Garberbille. There is some highway noise, but not terrible. It's a good, well-run operation, I would stay here again. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Pro's - It's a pretty spot, on Lake Benbow with a golf course. They seem to really be catering to golfers so if that's your thing you will probably like it. The wifi worked well, too. The staff was friendly and there is a nice store and laundry. Cons - Definitely OVERPRICED. They charged us $5 for an extra person. They also charge a daily rate for dogs, not for cats. Sites are narrow and with a 40 ft motorhome we had to jockey around to fit in the site and put out the slides. There are also some raggedy perms here too - you would not expect that at a resort park. The cable tv did not work at our site. We only stayed one night so I did not pursue it. I could not get our rooftop satellite dish to get a signal from our campsite so we had no tv here. Some of the facilities were closed due to off season. The utilities were adequate and we did get a 50 amp site but in mid November this is way off season and the park was only about 15% occupied. If I was traveling through here again I would not stay here - I would probably look for a free camp in an unoccupied parking lot in Garberville or Willits, or stay at the Redwood Empire fairgrounds in Ukiah. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

This park is getting old as others have commented. We have stayed here several times and every time we ask why did we come back. The streets are too narrow with cars parked in the street. We saw several coaches having trouble getting into the spaces including us. The only 50 amp sites are on the ends and they are never available. So 30 amp are the only sites available. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

This park is okay--nothing special unless you play golf. The guys in our group like it here because of the golf and that is the reason we stop here. In my opinion, it is very overpriced. The $49 is for a 30 amp site. We need 50 amp, but will just do with 1 air conditioner rather than pay the additional $20. You do get a continental breakfast and newspaper in the $20 fee. Sites are narrow. There is a pole at the back of each site--made it difficult to get parked so that the slide could be extended. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Great golf course for reasonable fees. The park is well kept with a nice pool and various rec rooms. Spots are a little close, but I've seen worse. The surrounding area has a lot to see and do. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

I don't understand complaints about this park being "dated". Other than not having 50-amp hookups it has all of the amenities a good park should have including a WiFi system that actually works. It is pretty with lots of trees, and very clean. It is easily the best between Eureka and Santa Rosa and a good base for visiting the Redwoods. My only (minor) gripe is a new front office system that requires guests to return to the registration desk on the day of departure to settle the bill, rather than doing it at check-in. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

I agree with prior review. The park is very dated, but clean. The people were very nice. Pads could be pressured washed and detailed, but we would stay here again. Very convent and probably the best in the area. We are not golfers, but understand from another camper that this is a great little golf course and has some great history, but this person said that somehow the history has gotten lost. No one in the office knew of this. I forget the name of the designer, but these people were very impressed and loved the golf course. We would stay here again. It is easy on and off the freeway also. I do think the ad in Woodalls is a bit overkill but it is a good spot to stay. We camped at Benbow KOA (formerly Benbow RV Park) in a Motorhome.

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