I booked 4 days at this KOA so that we could spend some time exploring the national park and sightseeing. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t really cooperative for hiking in the woods and it was too foggy to get good photos from the mountain top but it was still an interesting place. I paid for a pull-thru full hookups and it was $44 for 3 nights and $42 for one night. This KOA has a lot of choices on types of sites with patio sites, very long pull-thrus, shorter pull-thrus, back-ins, cabins, and a tent area. I was really surprised to see the tent area full on Sunday morning as the weather was a little dismal.
I was a hesitant about the narrow windy roads in the campground but they escort you to your site and help you with backing in and parking. All the sites are terraced and this is a multi-level KOA. There were lots of walking opportunities, both around the paved roads and they also have a number of mini-hiking trails with cute names like Dusty’s Shortcut. The park features a duck pond, a 24-hour laundry, a store, a weekend breakfast cafe, a playground, and a Kamp K9 dog park. It seems to be well-run with numerous employees on site at all times. Staff were friendly and accommodating.
This is a very busy KOA and there were people coming in and leaving throughout my stay. By 10:00 p.m., though, it’s very quiet. Be prepared for lots of sounds of RVers leaving early in the morning though. It is near Highway 70 but wasn’t too noisy. I like staying in the woods and this KOA has large trees everywhere. The dogs enjoyed our walks while we stayed here and that’s what counts most for me.
The Hot Springs KOA is 3.3 miles from the free parking garage in Bathhouse Row. This is where you will want to park while you sightsee. The town can get very crowded, even in winter weather. The 3-story Fordyce Visitor’s Center is free to tour and was a bathhouse in the early 1900s. Bath Row Emporium is also a National Park store just down the street and while there, you can sample a free cup of spring water. Most of the establishments along Bathhouse Row are private business and not National Park affiliated.
There are several mountain drives and hiking trails not too far away and you can pick up trail maps at the visitor’s center. There are also several places in town where you can fill up your jugs with either hot or cold spring water, depending on which spring you park at. Maps for these also available at the visitor’s center.
I would not recommend taking an RV into town as the roads are all very windy and narrow. Also, it seems to be busy most of the time and parking would be hard to find. Better to leave your RV at the campground and drive a smaller vehicle into town for sightseeing.