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“Great family vacation. Staff was fantastic. Downfall was trash on sites.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Harpers Ferry KOA

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Harpers Ferry KOA
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“Great family vacation. Staff was fantastic. Downfall was trash on sites.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

We stayed at the campground during the labor day weekend. While it was expensive, we were able to get our money's worth by using all of the included amenities from the bounce pillow and waterslide to the daily pancake breakfast and mini golf. The guy (Shane) who ran the activities was extremely helpful and really went out his way for us. The only downfall was the site. When we arrived there was a significant amount of trash on our site (broken forks, cigs, hand wipes, pieces of candy wrappers, etc).

  • Stayed September 2014
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

We live nearby and had never been here before. This place has something for everyone. The only negative comment would be that the free putt putt course needs some serious repair. But the staff was great, the camping spots were clean, security was visible around the clock, and the store was well maintained with the basics and then some. The wine store had a good selection as well. With a prime location, you can walk to the national park or to a place that provides rafting. There is a sleeping area for everyone from tents to RVs to cabins with and without facilities. For those with campers, there is also a free pump out that comes in handy. I can see us going back again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Reasonably priced
Some lots are small but there is plenty of oversized lots. Very friendly staff and most of the campers are as well. Highly recommend staying here and suggest you view map and pics before you make reservations.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Stayed here two nights in Aug 2014, the people we dealt with were friendly. You can get free pancakes in the morning with a few others items available for a fee. (juice, sausage, etc.) The park hosted a simple civil war / John Brown show, as well as a minimal museum from that period on the property, not special but worth the five minutes required to see it. The dog park is small but sufficient and the free mini golf corse is worn out and in bad condition.

I don't recall ever seeing so many campers crammed into so little space, and we have been RVing for years. Without exaggeration, the site next to ours had a fire ring that was under our slide out because our site was so close to the one next door. Not all were this tight and some seemed nice and wide, but if you are not aware you just get what they assign and it can be very cramped. I was warned by other campers as we registered that we should disconnect our toad as we would never make the turns in the park, and they were right. Water, Sewer and Elect were fine (50 Amp).

The pricing was very high at $85 per night for a motor home. They have a fee for each person, each dog, a resort fee and taxes in addition. Know what you are getting into because they have a cancelation fee as well. The best feature of this park is its location. It is adjacent to the National Park facility. Knowing what I now know, I would give this place a miss for sure!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

I gave Harpers Valley KOA a rating of 3, which is sort of an average of the things that we found great and not so great about the campground.

What's great:

The community facilities here - pool, jumping pad thingy (whatever it's called), the store (which includes a very nice little theater and free movies), and so on - are among the best we've seen from all the campgrounds we've stayed at, and at this point in our RVing "career" that's quite a few. This includes a very generous parking area in front of the office for registration. There are lots of activities available for kids and families. Taken on their own, the facilities would easily rate a 4, and for families I would daresay a 5.

The location is also perfect for visiting Harpers Ferry and the Shenandoah River area. You can, of course, drive the 1.5 or so miles to get to the "downtown" area, or you an walk on a trail that starts from the park just around the corner from the KOA. For those who, like us, enjoy sampling wines, you're only a few minutes away from an impressive set of vineyards. If you need to do any major food or other shopping, or you want to expand your choices in restaurants (although Harpers Ferry has some very good places to eat), Frederick, MD is only 25 minutes away.

The Not So Great:

We stayed here in our 38 foot motorhome, so I can't comment on the tent camping areas (which seemed decent enough to my inexperienced eye) or the back-in sites for smaller rigs. But I can say that the larger RV sites, especially the pull throughs like the one we had, were awful, among the worst we've ever had. The asphalt roads through the RV area are in horrible condition, with several areas suffering from major erosion that hasn't been addressed by the park staff (note: we also saw evidence of erosion problems in other areas in the campground). I would guess that in a couple places the ruts on the edge of the disintegrating asphalt are more than six inches deep, with one area that we had to skirt cut out about a foot deep. Most of the sites are terribly off-level, so plan to bring plenty of blocks to boost your wheels and jacks (our front right tires are up about six inches off the ground - on blocks, plus blocks under the front jacks - and that still wasn't enough to get us level). On top of that, the slope from the gravel pad to the roadway when you pull out of your site can be precipitous. We decided to back out of ours, because I was afraid of bottoming out the tail of the RV. The sites themselves are gravel (which isn't a bad thing, but just wanted to note that). The power pedestals also looked a bit worn, and ours had an intermittent short in the 50 amp plug that the maintenance folks quickly fixed. Unfortunately, on the driver's side was a junction box for the cable TV system that was standing open with wires sprouting from it - very ugly to see when you open your door to step outside. This was not addressed by maintenance.

The sites are also pretty narrow. We had room enough for our slides and awnings, but if you're the type of traveler that has lots of patio "stuff", you might find yourself straddling your neighbor's sewer hose.

Another thing that was a bit annoying was that the previous guest apparently left the picnic table - which on our site was huge, probably big enough to seat 10 people! - right in the middle of the site. No one from staff had checked over the site to make sure it was ready, so we had to stop, get out, and drag this monstrosity to the side so we could get in. Last but not least, our sewer connection was up on a rise next to the site, which made it a real pain when dumping the tanks: water tends not to flow uphill very well.

So, my rating for the RV site experience would be a grudging two stars. I hesitate to give it one, because I know there are worse places out there, but the RV site area does not at all come close to the standards of the communal part of the KOA. This site was hands down the worst among the 20 campgrounds we stayed at this summer.

Also, typical of most campgrounds, the wifi was essentially useless. Depending on your carrier, you may or may not be able to get a network connection on your smart phone or hotspot - we have Verizon, and our phones generally weren't able to connect at all, but our Jetpack (fortunately!) could.

Bottom line: if you're on a family vacation and are camping in tents (with the caveat that I can't really give an effective evaluation of the tent camping here, but it looked pretty good compared to the RV sites!) or have a small rig or camper, this would probably be a great place to stay. If you're traveling in a larger rig and are drawn by the KOA's location or amenities, be prepared to negotiate some crappy roads in the campground to reach your site, and as I mentioned earlier, have lots of blocks ready to help you level up.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

My 6-year old son just loves to camp, thanks to this place. There are a lot of things to do- go swimming, jump on the huge balloon, watch movies in a theater, go to the game room, play basketball indoors, go hay riding, play in the playground, rent bikes, play mini-golf, etc. Plenty of things for kids to do.

As a single mother, this place makes our stay feel like a vacation. The only hard work I need to do is set up the tent and cook if we feel like it. They even provide free pancakes daily for breakfast. Pure bliss for me.

As for safety, I must admit, I do feel that this is a pretty safe place to be, especially since I'm Deaf. I haven't had any problems except for the recent incident where the police came to a tent site close to us and apparently had the couple check out immediately in the middle of the night. I have no idea what happened, but I still felt comfortable enough to stick around.

Next time we go camping there again, we will try water rafting. That's another activity we can do out there.

Highly recommended if you want to just relax in a natural setting or close to it. This place is less than 1.5 hours from DC. Can't beat that.

Stayed August 2014
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Strasburg, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

We have camped at Harpers Ferry KOA several times. After reading the reviews, I felt compelled to write my own and say "take the reviews with a grain of salt".

We have had different sites each time we've stayed. Yes, there are some that are small and unlevel, but for the most part we have had good luck getting a good site to fit our needs. The bath houses, pool, and other activities are in a central location, with most of the camp sites surrounding them, making it good for people with children in tow (we sometimes camp with our grandkids). If you want a shaded site, request it when you make a reservation, because there are some on the right, coming in, that have absolutely no shade.

FREE pancakes every morning. Enough said.

Some of the reviews stated that quiet hours were not enforced. Every time we've stayed here, quiet hours HAVE been enforced. When we stayed a few weekends ago, we saw a staff member come by on a golf cart, stop at the travel trailer in front of ours and ask them to turn their music off. It was 10:05pm. Quiet hour starts at 10pm (stated online and in their brochures). The music wasn't bothering us, but we could hear it at our campsite. We were not traveling with children. Maybe if we had been it would have been a nuisance past 8:30-9.

Bathrooms could have been cleaner at times, but I blame that on unattended children sent to the bathrooms by themselves. Staff was regularly cleaning, several times a day.

We've also camped here during hard rains. No trees have ever come down anywhere in the campground that I've seen or heard about.

Overall, this is a great place for couples or families. Clean, a lot going on if you like that sort of environment. Worth a try, definitely.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harpers Ferry KOA

Property: Harpers Ferry KOA
Address: 343 Campground Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-5168
Region: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Harpers Ferry
Number of rooms: 44
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