KOA campgrounds – Anderson/Lake Hartwell
Through a series of unfortunate events and a frantic evening before Memorial day weekend where we had a fully packed car and were not sure if we would have a camping site, KOA came to our rescue. They were the only campground within a 3-hour radius with available camp sites. I have driven by the road that goes to KOA Anderson numerous times and did not know there was a campground there. It is about 5 minutes from Interstate 85, but we could not hear the road traffic. It is also about 5-10 minutes from grocery stores and Walmart. That was important when we needed to make a run to the store for additional supplies.
Before everything drastically changed, our plans included a lakefront lot, where we would to take the boat out on the lake sometime during our stay. We also planned to go fishing.
The KOA campground was close to the lake (driving distance not walking distance) but there were no lake front lots. Other than that, the KOA campground had everything we needed. They have sites for tents ranging from no electrical hook up to sites with electrical and water hook up. I am not in to the total rugged experience, so I need electricity and water.
Campsite Amenities included
Internet – the internet speed is not fast enough to do any major web surfing or movie streaming. I had not planned on using the internet anyway, so it was not an issue.
Indoor Showers and Bathrooms – very clean. I still wore my sandals in the shower because that is what you do in a campground bathroom. The bathrooms were centrally located so it was not a far walk from anywhere in the campground.
Pool – looked nice but there were a lot of kids playing in the pool. Opted to relax by the campfire at our lot and read instead.
Game room – again I did not use because of all the kids.
Basketball – again I did not use because of all the kids.
Playground – again I did not use because of all the kids.
Miniature golf – again I did not use because of all the kids.
It is not that I am against kids, but my idea of relaxing does not include being around them. Thankfully, since there were so many kid-friendly activities, they did not terrorize our campsite.
One little boy did approach me and ask me to be his girlfriend. So brazen! To which I replied, “No for 2 reasons. 1- I’m three times your age and 2- I’m married.” He shrugged his shoulders, laughed, and scampered off. I looked for his parents but did not see them. After that, I was determined to have no more interaction with kids during the weekend.
Overall, I had a fantastic time. We were there 3 days and I felt like that was not long enough. While I did read many books, I did not get to go to Lake Hartwell to put my kayak in the water or go fishing. Because of the reasons we had for choosing KOA, we are grateful that they had available sites. It saved our weekend. We will definitely stay at another KOA campground in the future.
I love KOA camping. We took our children several times while they were growing up.
We usually go to State parks but now that we know about KOA, they are on the list for us.
We did state parks too! I tended to enjoy the state parks a lot, but the KOAs did give a sense of some extra amenities which at times was nice for the kids and it mixed things up for us. lol
You should have taken that kid up on his offer. Heck, he might have been super wealthy with his own start-up company. They start fairly young these days!
We always went backwoods camping–absolutely no amenities for 3 days except for an outhouse. We packed our own water and had a fire for cooking. We usually camped near a lake or stream and fished. Our catch was one meal; the other meals were bought or opened out of a can. Every weekend it rained except the last one. It’s tough to have 3 boy enjoy themselves in constant rain. I don’t think they liked their camping experiences all that much.