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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

RV Park Review – KOA (Cooperstown, New York)

Website: Cooperstown KOA

Location: 565 Ostrander Road, Richfield Springs, New York 13439 (Google Maps link)

Date: October 9-12, 2015

Price: $49/night with a KOA Value Kard

Site:  #41

This park is located approximately 12.5 miles from downtown Cooperstown and is set in the quiet rural countryside of New York.  The mature trees make for beautiful scenery in the Fall.  For more information on the area here is a link to our blog post on Cooperstown. 


Site description: There is a mix of sites varying from tent, RV, rental trailers, and camping cabins/cottages/lodges bringing the total number of sites to 120.  Back-in and pull-thru sites are available.  Site types include full hookup, water and electric, and no hookup with prices varying depending upon site.  You can choose between 30/20 or 50 amp electric service.  Interior roads are gravel and some site pads are gravel while others are grass.  The park is terraced but leveling did not seem to be a problem and wasn’t at our site.  Patios were a grassy/dirt area with a picnic table and fire pit. 


Our site (#41) was a pull-thru but there was no way we could drive our 45’ motorhome forward out of the site because of a large tree and narrow roads.  So we ended up having to back out.  Our site was long enough to fit our RV and tow car but it appeared to be one of the longer sites.


The free wifi worked well as did our Verizon 4G phone and hotspot.  We picked up a dozen or so television channels with our antenna.  The park does have a fair amount of trees that would interfere with roof-mounted satellite dishes so you would have to pick your site carefully.  But, there are some 30 amp and no hook-up sites that are clear. 

Amenities:  There is a swimming pool (which was closed for the season when we were there), a playground, volleyball court, basketball court, jump house, pavilion, recreation room, bicycle rental, and horseshoes.  Showers, restrooms and laundry are also present and clean.  There is a propane filling station.  While there is no fenced-in dog park there is a pet walking area.


Surrounding area:  The KOA is located in a very rural area.  The closest town (Richfield Springs – which is very small) is five miles away and where you will find restaurants, gas station, grocery store, and more.  A few miles from the park is a creamery that has a café.  Approximately five miles away is Glimmerglass State Park which was great for hiking and kayaking Otsego Lake.  There is a also a historic house at the park that you can tour and the country’s oldest covered bridge. 

Cooperstown is a little over twelve miles away from the park but well worth a trip.  Not only is Cooperstown home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame but it is a charming downtown well worth exploring.  Other nearby attractions include The Farmers Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, Hero’s of Baseball Wax Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, and Cooperstown Brewing Company. 

What we liked:  The rural setting was very nice and we liked that the state park was close by for hiking.


The not so good:  Unfortunately, our pull thru could not be used as such and the roads are narrow.  The high price is typical KOA where you pay a lot for just an average site.  The downside is that this park is a good 20-25 minute drive from downtown Cooperstown.  We only went there once in our stay and probably would have gone more often if it weren’t so far away.   

Spirits two cents:  While there was not a fenced in dog park there was some room to walk dogs and we found a grassy area where she could fetch her ball.  We loved the fact that the state park was so close and provided lots of space for hiking.



  1. KOAs are nice but we have to use them sparingly and only as our last resort. Their business model seems to be to attract families and weekenders. For our full time budget, as nice as they are, they don't work for us. We also pass on their Value Card because it doesn't pay for us to spend that extra money.

    All that being said, they do have some campgrounds in really great places, so if you want to see that particular touristy attraction, they do make a great choice. :c)

  2. We also use KOAs sparingly. But have found stopping at Sweetwater KOA and Manchester KOA works well for us to stop clean the tanks out before heading home the next morning to Acworth, GA. The owners have been making major improvements over the years in these parks. There is one south of Atlanta that we tried that worked great to stop at just before Atlanta and getting through the next morning. It needs some major work for the prices they charge and we stay farther south of Atlanta.


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