We decided to stay at the Oklahoma City East KOA, which was about half way between Russellville, where we stayed last night, and Shamrock, Texas, where we want to be tomorrow. This KOA is easy to get to off of I-40 exit 166, but it is not right on the highway like a lot of KOA’s we have stayed in.
The people working behind the counter and in the yard of the campground were both so nice and friendly, and offered lots of information about points of interest in the area and, more important to us, information about the condition of the roads in Oklahoma City. Last fall when we came through Oklahoma City, that road just about beat us to death. Kevin gave me a map and showed us how to get around the city without having to get on that rough part of I-40 in town, which to us was worth gold!
This campground is really beautiful. I think it is the most beautiful KOA we have ever stayed in, and we have stayed in a lot of them. There are lots of trees so the sites are shady, and lots of grassy spaces in between the campsites. We did have to put a 2 X 6 and a 1 X 6 under the trailer tires on one side to get level, but that is not unusual. We have had to do that in other campgrounds we have stayed in. The site was plenty long enough for us to not have to unhook the trailer from the truck, too. I had a voucher for a free stay for one night, but if I had had to pay it would have cost us $41 plus change.Rates change from season to season and also depend on what type of site you get, and whether you have 50 or 30 amp electric service available. You can check rates on their website.
In addition to the store that sells some food and camping supplies, there is a laundry room, showers, and a swimming pool. The pool was not open while we were here, but it is only April. The laundry room had 4 washing machines and 4 dryers, and I did see an ironing board in there. It was very clean.
The showers were in individual rooms, which I liked because it affords more privacy than just a shower curtain in a bathhouse. They looked and smelled very clean, too.
It looked like they were filling the swimming pool to get it ready for the season.
The children’s playground looked like it had a lot of fun things for kids to play on.From their website:
Connect with the city’s cowboy legacy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or Stockyards City. While in town, take a canal barge ride in Bricktown, pay your respects at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, stop at Bass Pro Shops or visit any of the other exciting museums and shops the city has to offer. Or you can just spend a few quiet days at the campground. Ride the hay wagon, roast marshmallows, let your pet run free in our Kamp K-9 Park, stroll the 1-mile nature trail or enjoy a home-cooked meal at the café (open weekends seasonally).
If you don’t have an RV, and really don’t want to tent camp, you can try one of the Kamping Kabins. These cabins are primitive–just a step up from sleeping in a tent, but offer a way to go camping without having to buy a tent.
They have bunks with mattresses, some have a restroom with a toilet, and a sink where you can wash your hands and face without having to go to the bathhouse.
Each one at this campground had a fire pit with a grill, and a picnic table where you can prepare meals. You’ll have to bring all your supplies, just like if you were camping in a tent, but have a more secure feeling of being in a building with a door.
For some families that can be important, especially if you have small children who have never been camping before.
This campground has about 50 campsites; 9 tent sites; 6 Kamping Kabins and 1 lodge type cabin. They can accomodate groups, and have a clubhouse, and do have overflow camping when all the sites are full. They can accommodate even the largest RV.
We liked this campground very much, and will probably stay here again sometime.