Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Webpage: KOA campgrounds
General Description: Asheville East KOA is conveniently located a few miles east of Asheville, North Carolina with easy access to Asheville just off Interstate 40, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the many western Carolina villages and parks. It has all the amenities including full hookups (50 amp), a camp store, a pretty stream, wi-fi, and cable TV.
1) This was our first stay at a commercial campground and from what I have seen of KOA campgrounds, the Asheville East KOA is above average. The sites were well constructed and the staff friendly and helpful. We made our reservations rather late since fall in the western North Carolina mountains is a popular time and the campground was over 80% full during the week and over 90% full on the weekend. Therefore, we were placed in a site that I would consider more of an overflow area, although it had all the hookups and a tree for shade. There were much better sites along the stream that would have required more advanced planning on our part. Even then the sites do not have the room that we had come to expect in state parks. Instead of being near the stream we were in a site that was as close to the highway as you could get. While the highway noise was not too bad, the railroad on the other side of the highway was a major problem. There was at least 3 trains every night blowing their whistle and waking both of us up.
2) The bathrooms were old and need to be upgraded, although they were clean and fully functional. However, two showers on both sides were a problem, especially during the weekend. Thank goodness, most of the RV at the KOA were motorhomes or fifth wheels, with their own bathrooms.
3) This was a great location for visiting my daughter in Asheville, being only 10 minutes from downtown and provided us access to state parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
4) While they had cable TV, we had problems with their system using our small digital TV. We got over 30 channels, but they did not include channels they supposedly had, such as ESPN which made watching football on Sunday frustrating. I don’t if the problem was they had just changed their system the week we were there, or our TV.