Oklahoma City East/Choctaw KOA (Kampgrounds of America) is just 16 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City on I40. The website states that it’s an award-winning KOA in a shaded country setting. I spent two months in South Oklahoma City at a campground that was in the city and I was ready for a change before leaving the area. Although farther out, this campground is not that much further and the atmosphere definitely changes when you reach this area. This is much more my idea of camping with trees and nature trails and shade as opposed to concrete and city traffic noises.
There are plenty of pull thru and back in sites and about 2/3s of them have trees nearby. This is a KOA Journey, which means easy freeway or highway access on and off and I did get my share of new neighbors in my 8 days there. Someone new would pull in next to me late in the afternoon or evening and then be gone by morning. I didn’t mind as the sites have plenty of room and it seemed quiet and peaceful the whole week, even on the weekends. According to their campground map, there will be some expansion in the future, making this even larger than the 50-plus sites they have now. There are also cabins and a tent area on site.
I asked about monthly sites and the man at the office told me that, generally, they take monthly reservations from September through April but I did see two rows of sites that had electric meters and rigs that looked long-term and this is now July. I suspect that their extended stay sites are permanently full so they don’t advertise this option. Choices on sites include back-in, pull-thru, and patio sites with either 30 amp or 50 amp. All sites are full hook-up. There are no bargains with the rates but if you are a member with the KOA value card ($30 a year) you get points toward free nights and 10% off every reservation you make. KOAs are generally more expensive than surrounding facilities when looking for a parking spot but when I’m traveling to new areas and just passing through, I book a KOA so I know exactly what I’m getting and there aren’t any surprises. Generally, for stays longer than one week, I will look for private campgrounds with good reviews and less expensive rates.
In general, you can expect large pull-thru sites, a clean and safe infrastructure, a bathhouse, a K9 camp (dog park) and most times, a store and a swimming pool. It’s nice to be able to take the dogs to a dog park every morning and evening to do their business. When I’ve been at RV Parks that don’t have a dog park, I’ve struggled to find grassy areas to walk them that weren’t directly on someone’s site or shady places to walk when it’s very hot outside. I don’t use the bathhouses or the swimming pool but at this KOA, everything seemed clean and user-friendly. The pool was often in use the week I was here. There is an advertised nature trail on the campground map but the man at the office told me they’ve had a lot of rain and parts of the trail were roped off. My dogs and I did take a long walk through the trail part that was in good use and it was about a 20 minute walk through the woods. However, I might not recommend this during the height of summer as we discovered a number of ticks upon returning to the motor home. Just be aware and keep your pets on pest medication.
This year I now have a tow vehicle so am able to do more as far as exploring after parking. There are two travel stops just 1/2 mile away with numerous fast food places, including Sonic and McDonald’s. I drove about 7 miles north one day to the Choctaw Super Walmart and that was an easy and quick trip. If you want to park and spend the day in Oklahoma City exploring sites and museums, this would not be too far to camp. I’ve gotten in the habit of not leaving my dogs for more than 2 to 3 hours max so I pretty much stayed in camp the whole week and relaxed.
My only complaint might be that there was someone or someones the week I was here that were letting their dogs poop in the grassy areas and not picking it up. I even spoke with a nice woman I met in the dog park who agreed with me that not picking up your poop is definitely a personal grievance for campers like us. However, there was plenty of staff zipping around in their golf carts all day long and they do a good job of keeping the place nice and neat. Although only one garbage dumpster shows on the campground map, there is a second one just between site #28 and the woods area. They don’t like people leaving garbage bags out but did state if you see a golf cart, they will take your garbage bag for you.
I’ve stated in the past that staying at a place for a few days or a week can give quite a different perspective from staying long term but all in all, I would recommend this KOA as being quiet, peaceful, shady, and definitely better than most of the RV parks in OKC. I paid about $50 a night with my KOA Value Kard.