Rob H

Home Base: 
Arkansas
Type of RV: 
29' Travel Trailer
76 Reviews
21 States Visited

Recent Reviews


3

Convenient to the city

A pretty average RV Park in most respects, close to Indianapolis and the major highways to the south of the city. There is a fire station adjacent with sirens thru the day but not too much during the overnight hours. The park has many long-term residents while still offering plenty of sites for those looking for one night just passing thru or several nights to explore the local area. Access roads are paved while the sites themselves are gravel and mostly level. There is a small pond near the center of the park that offers catch and release fishing to guests. Laundry and showers are on-site. Nearly all sites are full hookup with both 50 and 30 amp service. There is a coded security gate that restricts public access during non-business hours; guests are provided the code needed for access.

The park offers cable tv and wi-fi, although we found the wi-fi unreliable especially during the busy evening hours. Satellite reception will work well at most sites but not all, so it's a good idea to request a proper site while making your reservation if possible. The sites themselves are shared electrical pedestals and shared water taps; as a result at some sites depending on the RV's themselves it can get tight in between the slides. This wasn't a problem at most sites but could understand that under certain conditions it might be.

We stayed here 4 nights in our travel trailer and would visit again.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $31.00

2

Hilly and noisy

Previous reviews have covered the hilly conditions and interstate noise but that is almost to be expected given the nearby countryside. If visiting the Pittsburgh area there aren't many alternatives closer to the city than this one but they might be worth checking into. While the area and RV park are hilly the access road is not impossible and any size RV can safely navigate the roads. Do not follow the guidance instructions from your GPS; instead use the access route provided on the RV park's website.

There will be some leveling needed on most every site. Yes the sites are close together but that's to be expected from KOA when visiting. There is no cable hookup here; rooftop antenna channels were available but often the signal would drop off because of the distance from the city and the surrounding hillsides. Satellite reception was great here and would work well at most site especially nearest the park office. Wifi worked well but seemed to drop quite often requiring a fresh login.

We spent 5 nights here while visiting the Pittsburgh area and would stay again, but would also look into alternative RV parks that may be a bit further while having a more level RVing experience and campsites.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $40.00

2

Disappointing

A disappointing stay here but it was not a surprise. We generally do not stay at KOA; we don't use many of the amenities geared to young families and don't consider the nightly rate to be a value. However there aren't many choices to spend the night in the stretch of the interstate highway.

To be honest there had been rain the day before we arrived and also the first full day that we were on-site. But that doesn't mean that the owners can't spend some of their revenue to fill in the hundreds of potholes here. They are everywhere and clearly an area of neglect; I have never seen so many potholes at any RV park that I've ever stayed. And they started on the main drive to the property from main highway, and nearly every loop road and RV site is affected and in dire need of several loads of gravel. Guests shouldn't have to accept such poor conditions and for the rate that is charged here you should not expect that your site will have very little gravel, be mostly muddy conditions, and have standing water a full 24 hours after the rain has ended.

We spent 2 nights here and would not visit again.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $46.00

4

Scenic

A mostly quiet Arkansas state park that is located on the second highest mountain-top in the entire state. The scenery and sunsets are breathtaking. The parks sits near the eastern end of the 50+ mile Talimena National Scenic Byway that runs between Mena AR and Talihena OK and passes numerous scenic vistas and historical sites. There is a moderate sized lodge/hotel with a restaurant located here in addition to the campground.

The RV sites are somewhat close together for a state park and many are fairly short in length. However there are others that are long enough for even the longest of Class A motorhomes. All sites are paved, back-in only, with water and electric. Many of the sites are straight back-in rather than angled, and depending on other vehicles parked opposite these sites backing in could be challenging. Some leveling will be needed at most of the sites. All sites have picnic table, outdoor grill, and lantern hook.

Many sites could support satellite reception; also several over-the-air channels are available using the rooftop antenna including some of the major networks. There is no wifi in the RV park, but free wifi is available in the lodge for all guests.

Take some time to hike some of the nearby trails, enjoy the scenery they offer and watch for wildlife especially deer which are plentiful. We stayed here 4 nights and would return.

Date of Stay:
 July, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $20.00

4

Quiet and scenic

A lovely if small Oklahoma state park near the Arkansas border, easily accessible off Hwy 412 but with no highway noise. There are 45 RV sites with a mixture of amenities; all have 30 amp power and some have 50 amp power; some have sewer but most do not. All have fresh water. There is a dump station near the entrance. Shade is abundant thru the entire park and all sites have some shade; some have complete shade. Very few sites are completely level so be prepared to level front/back and also side-to-side. There is a small tent area with about 15 sites, there is no electricity there and only a shared water tap is available. There are also yurts available for rent that have heat/air and may be ideal for small families.

The park has a 5 short hiking trails varying in length from 0.1m-1.5m; be sure to set some time aside for enjoying these during your stay. The most visited area of course is near the waterfall; there is a short hike to the base of the falls that is worth the effort if you are able. Most visitors should be able to handle the up/down of the climb of 47 steps; you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the falls themselves and the pond they create at the base.

We stayed here 3 nights and would visit again.

Date of Stay:
 June, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $22.00

4

Convenient, clean, and well maintained

Easy on/off access to I-40, wide access roads with paved concrete pads with grassy areas in between sites. The interstate highway is close but generally not evident especially during summer when air conditioning is running in the RV and windows closed; may be more noise other times of the year. Overall mostly level sites, might need some side-to-side leveling on a few sites. Close to OKC and just a few minutes to just about any where in the metro area. Exit to Mustang Road can be challenging during high traffic times, be patient and eventually you can safely pull out.

Wi-fi network worked well during our stay, cable tv that is provided has an excellent channel lineup with just about any national cable channel you'd prefer to see. All major networks are also available with rooftop antenna. There are no large trees yet because the park is fairly new, so satellilte television will work at any site.

We stayed here 7 nights and would visit again if in the local area. Rate listed below reflects Good Sam discount for the posted weekly rate.

Date of Stay:
 June, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $34.00

3

A nice place, but...

We normally do not stop at KOA but the choices in the immediate area here are few. It's a nice park and everything you'd expect from KOA but isn't worth the price charged. There are also some maintenance issues that have been noted on other review sites and I'll mention them here because they are not listed in any previous comments.

We stayed 2 nights in Row 'A'; there are known electrical issues that have been published about these sites. Specifically my pedestal had a reverse polarity situation according to the EMS system; in order to gain power from the pedestal I could not use the EMS and just had to plug straight into the pedestal. I mentioned this to the office staff and they were already aware of it, as a previous RVer earlier this week on the exact same RV site had already mentioned it to them. But they had ignored that warning and chose to be lazy about the repairs needed. The park is also in need of numerous loads of gravel. When there is rain it floods pretty easily in this section of the park; water flows down the hill to this lower section of the park. Everything that you have outside will become muddy and coated in dirt. This didn't happen all over the RV Park but it was pretty bad on my site and is an easily correctable situation. I expect more from KOA, especially given the high nightly rates charged.

If I stayed in this area again I'd likely check into other options more thoroughly. I would only stay here again if absolutely necessary but not in Row 'A' as I did on this visit. It's another reason to avoid KOA if you just want a basic no-frills park, with hookups, and a few basic amenities, and a much more affordable nightly rate. Most of us aren't interested in the swimming pools, bounce houses, fresh cookies after dinner, etc that drives up the cost at KOA. The daily cost below reflects a KOA Value Card discounted rate for 30 amp full-hookup service.

Date of Stay:
 May, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $54.00

4

Quiet

Another of the COE parks on the shores of Beaver Lake, but in a fairly remote area compared to most of the others. Paved access roads and paved back-in sites. Few sites are level, most are tree shaded with some that have only partial shade. There is a lower and upper campground; the lower has many waterfront sites that will flood when the lake level is high. It is also a bit noisier due to marina and boat traffic. The upper is much quieter but not near the water and with very few views of the water. Deer and wildlife abound thru the entire park.

All sites are water and electric only but there is a dump station on-site. Several rooftop television channels are available including most of the major networks. A few sites (#31) have a clear view of the southern sky to allow satellite antenna usage. This is a quiet little park that is great for fishing, boating or just relaxation. If you love hiking, Hobbs State Park is about 10 minutes drive to the south with numerous trails of varying lengths to suit any taste. We stayed here 3 nights in our travel trailer and would visit again.

Date of Stay:
 May, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $20.00

2

Noisy train tracks

It's a nice little RV park, with gravel access roads and asphalt paved sites. Full hook-ups throughout, the wifi signal works well. There is no cable tv connection, and no channels available over the air via the roof-top antenna. Satellite will work well at any of the pull-thru sites, but not as many of the back-in sites.

It's convenient to the highway but there is almost no highway noise. The biggest issue is the noise from the passing trains. This area must be alongside a major train thoroughfare; this is mentioned in some other reviews and during the less than 24 hours we spent here there was just about an average of one train every hour around the clock. The stockyards are also right behind the RV park and the cattle make a little noise even thru the night, but it doesn't compare to the train noise.

This is an ok spot for a one night stopover, because there are very few RV spots along this section of the highway for quite a few miles. We spent one night here but would not stay here again, not thru any fault of the park itself but just the outside noise. Even earplugs will not seal it out completely, so if you are a light sleeper you've been warned!

Date of Stay:
 April, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $25.00

5

Excellent location

Just a few things to add to the previous reviews, most sites are level but on some there will need to be some side to side leveling done. The sites are pretty close together with paved access and small gravel for the sites themselves; each site has a picnic table.

Wifi has worked well during our entire week-long stay. Probably the best digital cable setup I've seen, more than 50 channels all in high definition including the 4 major networks. There are some sites without many trees if satellite reception is desired, just ask them about that when checking in.

We stayed here a full week and would stay again. Daily rate reflects the weekly rate savings plus taxes.

Date of Stay:
 April, 2018
Rate Paid:
 $46.00