Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

RV Park Review - Spartanburg NE/Gaffney KOA (Gaffney, South Carolina)

Spartanburg NE/Gaffney KOA website

Overall, this is a very nice, clean park conveniently located to the interstate (I-85) and the Gaffney Freightliner Oasis Service Center.  It has all the amenities you would expect to find at a KOA such as a swimming pool, playground, dog park, miniature golf, store, clubhouse, and more (including goats). 

This KOA has 127 sites offering varying degrees of services to accommodate RV's, tents, and those wanting to rent cabins.  We chose a 50 amp full hook-up back-in site but were upgraded to a pull-thru so we could be in a sunny location to mitigate the chilly air.  How nice of them!  Our site (#79) was perfectly level as were most others (but not all).  Water, electric, and cable hook-ups were well placed at the site and worked fine. We paid $37/night (with the KOA member discount).

Nice, large grassy area for doggies
Roads and pads are hard packed gravel with grass in between sites.  Some sites are set in a wooded area while some are out in the open with plenty of sun and satellite coverage.  The park is big rig friendly and the roads are easily navigable.  All sites have a picnic table and some had fire pits but ours did not.  Cable is included and offered over 50 channels.  Wifi worked well at our site. 

Back-in wooded sites
The laundry was small with three washers and three dryers but very clean and had a decent book exchange.  The bathroom and showers were super clean and looked like they were updated recently.

And there are flowers!

What we really liked was the convenience of this park.  We were heading to Freightliner and wanted to stop for one night to get caught up on laundry before going without water or sewer for 4-5 days.  The park very close (less than a mile) to I-85 but the road noise was not a problem and the Freightliner Oasis Service Center was only five miles away.  The park is extremely clean and the owners/employees are super friendly.  There is a short hiking trail (less than a mile) through the woods and plenty of green space in front of some of the pull-thrus. 

large swimming pool with large deck
putt putt with lots of goat humor
The not so good is hard to come up with.  Maybe the downside would be the closeness of sites but that is pretty much what you expect from private RV parks.  Fortunately, we did not have neighbors right next to us which gave us more space.  I'm usually not a KOA fan but have to say this one was great for our overnight stay and we would recommend it.

Spirit’s two cents: we were able to find a grassy field on the property right in front of the coach that was a perfect “chuck it” field in the morning and evenings.  The park was not crowded at all when we were there so not many people and dogs were outside.  The dog park is a decent size, especially for small/older dogs, that don't run a lot.  

dog park with pathetic Spirit looking for a playmate


  1. We don't stay at KOAs to make the $24 annual membership fee worth our while. Too often, KOAs seem like a rip off, they really overcharge compared to other campgrounds. I guess they have a pretty steep franchise fee.

    But if Spirit liked it, then I guess it was okay to stay... ;c)

    1. At least you understand it is all about Spirit!


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