Visit: July 2013
Stay: 1 Night
Spot: 35 – Back-in – Easy to Level
We usually do not stop at “chain” campgrounds but the Wytheville KOA is located almost exactly at our halfway mark. We only needed a place for the night and thought this would be the perfect spot. TarTaruga, our Vintage Trailer, easily fit in a back-in space at Wytheville KOA. It is located near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
We had planned to leave around 6am but eventually left at Noon. Although we got to the campground later than hoped, everything was ready for us to check in. There was not a place to park while checking-in but we were told there will be in the future.
The staff and new owners were fantastic! They just started offering propane to refill the tanks (ours really needed it!). The bath house (attached to the check-in building) was clean. We visited when the new owners recently took over the property. They had big plans for improvements and were excited to showcase the future of this campground.
We were parked in space 35, a back-in space. We had a pop-up on one side of us and tent campers on the other side. The large grassy area behind us was available to non-electrical campers.
This campground was a destination spot for the tent campers. There is a pool with slide, indoor family fun center complete with arcade games and batting cages. The enclosed dog area was of great use to us and our pups. Bathrooms were clean (but ran out of toilet paper at night it got us wondering if some campers were taking it).
I definitely do not recommend the pull thru’s. these spaces were way too close! You would not be able to use an awning or slide in those spaces.
There is a Flying J at this exit as well. The owner of the Wytheville KOA recommended that we sign up for a (free) Flying J card to save on supplies. We actually used this Flying J on the way back home to get gas and use their dump station.
Because we arrived late and did not have a long enough water hose, we did a short-cut on dinner: pre-made pizza base, pizza sauce from a jar and sprinkled with cheese.
A funny story about our first camp night…..
I never got around to making curtains for the back bedroom’s windows. I don’t even have curtains in my bedroom at home! It’s a “Sandy” thing about wanting to look out and not collect dust on window coverings. We do have a strong blackout film on the all of TarTar’s windows. I found that while we are sleeping, a couple of our dogs like to hang out up against the back windows since it’s panoramic and they can see everyone coming and going. So it’s about 3am and I am awakened by red lights. A lot of small little red lights. Chaleigh, our Westie, wakes up from those red lights too. I keep rubbing my eyes and trying to figure what red lights are on in TarTar and reflecting on the windows. I was half asleep, very disorientated and extremely confused. I actually try to wake up Mike and tell him the aliens are coming for us.
The next morning, I wake up and notice a large Penske (think U Haul) truck with a tent next to it. Obviously someone came in late, camped out on their way to their new home/location. It also explains all the red lights… there are tons of them on the back of those trucks! So, we were relieved to realize that the Aliens were not after us and we had a decent night sleep in TarTaruga.
We did have one problem we did not anticipate…. not a long enough hose for the water. The water hookup is at the front and the electric and sewer is at the back. So, we could not use TarTar’s bathroom at this stop. We did find a Walmart along the way and got a longer water hose just in case this happens again. The spaces here are not super wide but the back in’s have more space than the pull thrus. I suspect this is true at most places.
We had hoped to stay here, again on the way home but over a Holiday week, they required a two-night minimum. We asked to be called if they changed their mind or policy (in case of empty spaces) but that did not happen. On the day of our departure, we called and they offered us a one night stay (empty spaces?) but it was a pull thru. We declined and kept going the long drive home.