Asheville West KOA Review

Asheville West KOA Kabin
Asheville West KOA Review
309 Wiggins Rd
Candler, NC 28715
So I am on a kick now to take road trips and stop in at KOA’s along the way.  You can rent a cabin, or Kabin as they are called for around $50 a night.  It gave us a chance to get the camping feeling and yet not have to wrestle with a tent.  What is even better is that the cabins have air conditioning and heat.  Most of them seem to have free WiFi and you know that doesn’t hurt either!
Asheville West KOA Kabin
We pulled in to this site in the Blue Ridge Mountains and it was beautiful!  We were greeted and sent round to our cabin to get settled in.  The attendant told us where everything was and mentioned that there was a game room out back.  I groaned silently, but went to peek into it later.  It was actually a game room, you know “no quarters needed”!  There were board games, puzzles,  a tv (with cable), crayons and coloring books, and a book swapping shelf!
Everything at this campsite was impeccably clean!  The cabins were very near the restrooms, which is important when traveling with little ones!  There was a pool, and nice tot lot playground, lots of trails to walk, a cute camp shop with reasonably priced items.  Oh and good coffee!
Asheville West KOA Kabin
In the center of the ring of cabins there was a shelter that had a stove and sink, where meals can be prepared.  There was also a community campfire ring.  I was all set to start a fire to make smores when a storm came in.  It was not problem though, we sat on the porch swing, while my husband sat on the larger front porch of the Camp Store on the free WiFi to get some work done.  Next we went to the game room and had a very nice evening in there.
 I loved the way the cabins were laid out too.  My 3 year old could run out the cabin door and there wasn’t too many ways she could get into trouble in the immediate area.  She could run around a bit and still be within my sight line form the porch.  Her favorite thing was the porch swing!  I love traveling with 3 year olds sometimes.  Expensive dinner?  Boring!  Porch Swing?  Best invention ever!
Asheville West KOA camp kitchen
The campgrounds were quiet and peaceful and there was only one thing that I could complain about.  So here it is, the paper mill!  There is a paper mill nearby and you could smell it, mostly at night. We did run the AC at night just to filter out the smell, even though we really didn’t need it in the cool mountain night.   It wasn’t horrible and didn’t irritate my eyes or anything, but it was bothersome when everything about this mountain getaway was so perfect.  The attendant said that you can only smell it a couple of times a year and then it goes away.  I felt really bad for them at this family owned campground, because it was obvious that they take great pride in their business.
Asheville West KOA Camp Store & Office
The staff were extremely responsive.  We had a wasp starting to build a hive under our porch swing and the maintenance guy came right over to take care of it.  We loved walking the trails in the cool mountain air and watching bunnies from our front porch swing!  We spotted lots of birds too.   I cannot say enough nice things about this place.   We were there in June and it was hot enough to swim at midday and cool enough to warrant a sweater in the evening.
Asheville West KOA Pool
I didn’t get photo’s of the kids playground.  It was really perfect for my 3 year old though.  Little ones do need to be supervised there though as there is a little pond right next to it.  I know that I have been in the south too long because the pond looked exactly like a large alligator hole to me, and I kept catching myself scanning for ‘gators.  Duh, I was in the mountains!  No ‘gators here!  There was an awful lot of poison ivy though, so I would suggest wearing long pants and socks.  The good news is that the cool mountain will make the extra clothing very comfortable.  I wasn’t bothered by a single mosquito the whole time we were there.  I was waiting for them, but I suppose I was just barrowing trouble from my sub tropical home.
Asheville West KOA is less than 15 minutes to Asheville.  We spent a day in this great little artist/hippie town.  It was wonderful!  Great art galleries and restaurants there for sure!  I will be writing about that at a later time!
Asheville West KOA
Oh and they had a large pavilion with a fire place for large gatherings and meetings.  It would be an awesome place for a family reunion!  Even with the stinkie smell, I could have spent a few weeks here.  We had a wonderful visit there and hope to return when the paper mill is blowing the other way.
Asheville West KOA Camp Kitchen
Asheville West KOA  1 of many Trail Heads
Asheville West KOA Walk to the Playground
Asheville West KOA Pool
Asheville West KOA Field
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA Community Camp Kitchen
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA
Asheville West KOA Game Room
Asheville West KOA Game Room
Asheville West KOA Game Room
Asheville West KOA Game Room
Asheville West KOA

Savannah South KOA Review

KOA Campgrounds Store
Savannah South KOA
4915 US 17 South
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
On our very long drive back to South Florida from Ohio, we stayed the night at the Savannah South KOA.  I am quickly becoming a fan of the KOA, as we stayed in two of them this summer.  This particular campsite seems like it would be a great getaway for a couple of days this fall or winter since it is about 8 hours from Fort Lauderdale,  The KOA is less than 20 minutes from Savannah, and if you have never had the chance to walk around there it is a fabulous walking town!
Our KOA Kabin
Our KOA Kabin
The cabin cost us around $50 a night so I felt it was a great deal.  It had AC and heat, one full sized bed and a set of single bunk beds.  The bathrooms and showers were a short walk away.  There was a BBQ Grill and a picnic table and you could park your car nice and close to the cabin.
We pulled into the site around 4:30 pm, it was extremely hot and the dashboard said it was 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  The staff were all very friendly and helpful and directed us back to our cabin.
The cabin was clean and set on a lake with a small front porch and bench.  There were all kinds of ducks and swans roaming around on the lake and the scenery was amazing.  I could have set out on the porch all evening if the heat had not been so oppressive.
The good thing about staying in a KOA cabin is that they, as I have mentioned, have AC and heat.  It worked wonderfully for us while on our road trip.  I love to camp, but when you are traveling with a little one the idea of dealing with a tent can be a bit overwhelming.  If you are arriving on a very hot day, I would advise that you call when you about an hour away and ask them to turn on the AC so it can start working.
From our KOA Kabin doorway
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
The AC in our cabin was a bit small for the space and it didn’t really work all that well.  It kept the cabin bearable but if you like it cold, this unit just couldn’t compete with the unusually high temperatures the area was experiencing in June.  Free wifi is also available and you know that is important to me.
The bathrooms, cabins, and laundry room were all pretty clean and seemed to be well within the KOA standards.

We had a lovely evening there, we took a walk around the lake to look at the birds, kept cool in the pool and tried to play on the playground.  The pool was clean and large and kept us cool in the excessive heat.  The shop had any extras that you might need for very reasonable prices.  They also have a great selection of wine, however just remember that you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays in Georgia, so plan ahead!

The playground is not designed for small children at all.  It has one of those old really high slides and metal teeter totters that big kids will love, but look really dangerous for small kids.  I put pictures of it below so you can make up your own mind on it.  If you have little ones you will also need to keep in mind that there is at least one alligator in the lake, so keep your eyes on the little ones at all times.  There is also fishing and canoeing available.
There was a game room with a TV (I didn’t check to see if it worked) and two pool tables (you need quarters to play).
The other rather odd thing is that the pool does not open until 10:00 or 10:30 am (can’t remember which) according to the sign.  I wanted to have a quick swim before we pulled out in the morning and when I asked at the shop at 9 am they unlocked it for us anyway.  Not sure why they wouldn’t unlock it earlier, but they did accommodate us.
We stayed at another KOA near Asheville NC on our way to Ohio and I will get that posted ASAP!
KOA Savannah Georgia Camp Store
KOA Savannah Georgia Camp Store
This just struck me funny for some reason
KOA Savannah Georgia Coin Laundry
KOA Savannah Georgia Coin Laundry
KOA Savannah Georgia Bathrooms
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia Play Ground This was our friend who humg out under picnic table!-
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia
KOA Savannah Georgia Game Room
KOA Savannah Georgia Game Room
KOA Savannah Georgia Game Room
KOA Savannah Georgia Game Room
KOA Savannah Georgia Camp Store