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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

RV Park Review–Louisville Metro KOA (Louisville, Kentucky)

Louisville Metro KOA website

Overall: This KOA is a “parking lot” with the sites being very close together and narrow, roads are tight, and there is essentially no patio outside your RV.  We elected to stay here because of its close proximity to downtown Louisville and the many attractions that we were interested in seeing (click here for our post on Louisville).  The park is located just off I-65 which is very convenient and it is the only park in the area offering 50 amp, full hook-up sites.

Roads getting to the park are good and well suited for big rigs.  The RV park is located behind a gas station which is operated out of the KOA office (a little weird but convenient if you wanted a six pack and gas). 

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Sites Description:  There is a mix of pull-thrus, full hook-up sites with 30/20 and/or 50 amps or back-in sites that are 50/30 or 30/20 amps with full hook-ups.  Cable television is available at all sites with a large selection of channels.  WiFi was good at our site. 

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There are two primitive cabins and a number of tent sites.  Long-term sites are available and about half the sites were occupied by long-term’ers. 

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The railroad track is located on the hill behind the campers in the far left picture.

Sites vary with some being gravel, paved, and some grass (for tents).  Our site (#70) was level and water and sewer were well placed.  The cable wire had to be run under the coach and hooked up on the passenger side but was not a problem.

Pull-thru sites have a clear shot for satellite but there are some trees around back-in sites.  Our Verizon 4G phone and Hotspot worked well.

There are only a few sites that can accommodate a 40’ RV with tow car so plan ahead.  And as this is not a very big park, it can fill up quickly if there is a major event (like the KY Derby) in Louisville.

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There is a vacant site located between the two RV’s in the left picture.

Amenities:  Restrooms, showers, and laundry are on-site and clean.  There is a small playground with swings, teeter-totter, basketball hoop, and a few other playground items.  There is a propane filling station on-site.  As mentioned earlier, there is a gas station, convenient mart/camp store. 

Surrounding Area:   The area seemed a little sketchy and another camper warned us of homeless people sleeping under a railroad bridge behind the park but we never felt uncomfortable or had a problem during the week we were there.  Speaking of railroad, there is one that runs right behind the park.  The good news is that the train did not blow it’s whistle at night and was quiet and slow enough and we didn’t really notice it. 
Nearby was a small park with tennis courts, playground, basketball court, and water park.  It was a decent place to walk Spirit. 

There were plenty of good restaurants within 2-3 miles away including a great brewpub (Red Yeti Brewing Company) and really good Italian restaurant (Come Back Inn).  You are just a few miles from big box stores, grocery, and ample restaurants. 

Adjacent to the park is a large RV dealer with an indoor showroom, parts store, and repair facilities. 

What We Liked:  It is very convenient to I-65 and getting into downtown Louisville.  Nearby is a great selection of restaurants and boutique shops and you are not very far from big box stores, grocery, and a Bass Pro Shop.  This would be a very convenient overnight stop if you are traveling along I-65 and is not too far (approximately 3-4 miles from I-64). 

The Not So Good:  Sites are very, very close.  There was no desire to sit outside our rig and enjoy a book or glass of wine – the sites are simply too close. This campground is really just a place to park while in town or traveling through. 

The person who greeted us when we first checked-in was very unpleasant and not helpful.  And while we normally aren’t bothered by the attitude of the person checking us in, she was really unpleasant and rude.  We saw that there were a number of vacant sites and asked if we could choose another one but she told us we wouldn’t fit despite the fact that a 42’ rig was in one of equal length.  After a while we gave up and parked where she told us.  

Spirit’s Two Cents:   There is no good place to walk your dog in the campground.  Across the street is a 1/4 mile paved path and lots of grass so that was our daily routine.  For longer walks we drove about a mile away to another park (Falls of the Ohio) that had a longer paved path running along the Ohio River.  There is also the Greenway which is a lengthy paved hiking/biking path. 


1 comment:

  1. Good review. KOA's are our CG of the last resort, too crowded and waaay too expensive. Sometimes, though they are right handy along our route. They are more geared towards families than couples like us that travel FT.

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