McDonald, TN – Chattanooga North Cleveland KOA Review
Chattanooga North Cleveland KOA Website
Date of our stay: Arrival November 11, 2015; Departure November 12, 2015
Open all year, this KOA can claims to accommodate RV’s up to 103 feet in length. They have 26 full hookup sites with 30 amp, 1 30 amp electric only site, 37 full hookup sites with 50 amp (6 of which are pull thrus), tent sites and primitive tent sites. Besides the campsites, they also feature deluxe cabins with bathrooms and kitchenettes as well as one- and two-room rustic cabins.Here’s a link to their campground map. Upon check-in we were escorted to our site.
For all the rates for all of their sites see the campground website. The cost for a full hookup (water, sewer, 50 amp) pull thru site for the night we stayed was $42.50 not including tax. With the KOA Value Card, we saved an additional $4.25 then paid $3.73 tax for a grand total of $41.98.
Overall Impression – 3/5
As mentioned in previous reviews of KOA campgrounds, we are not big fans of KOA, finding them overpriced for what they have to offer. For the few we have visited we have not been impressed. This campground wasn’t any different.
The trip from the office to our site on muddy dirt made an ugly mess of our tires and rocker panels on both the coach and car. Even though the entire pull thru area was empty except for one coach, the desk clerk put us right next to the only other occupied site for that night. This is probably a training or policy issue with KOA management but it is annoying – most other campgrounds would have put us at least one empty space away. Our gravel pull thru site (#102) was relatively long, big enough for both the rig and the van and was fairly level. Due to recent rain there were more muddy spots. Although we didn’t explore much of the campground, there appeared to be a lot of seasonals. Good as an overnight stop off spot only because of proximity to the Interstate, but if possible we would avoid due to the mud and tight maneuvering.
Size – 3/5
Our pull thru site #102 was relatively long so it was big enough for both our rig and our van but it was narrow and uncomfortably close to our neighbor. All of the pull thru sites were pretty close together.
Privacy – 2/5
None between the pull thru sites which were very close together. The more wooded back in sites may have more privacy.
Amenities – 3/5
Picnic table, firepit, pool, pavilion, 24 hour laundry, WiFi, Cable TV, playground, bath house and game room. We didn’t have time to explore the campground so really can’t comment on any of the amenities.
Convenience – 3/5
Just a few minutes from I-75. A little bit of a drive get to any major conveniences but there were nearby fast food type of joints. Nearest Walmart in Cleveland is about a 10 minute drive. Might be a good spot if you have plans to visit Chattanooga.
Physical Surroundings – 3/5
Wooded campground located in a country setting, but literally right next to the Interstate. Grounds are moderately hilly and well treed. The pull thru area is directly adjacent to the Pleasant Grove Road which disrupts any sense of serenity.
Maneuverability and Roads – 3/5
Pleasant Grove Road leads from I-75 to the campground and is narrow with some low hanging branches. Entrance to campground is a little tricky – it’s not very wide or angled properly to comfortably accommodate big rigs, but it’s doable if you swing wide into the oncoming lane to avoid ending up in the culvert. Interior roads are gravel (very muddy at the time) and fairly narrow with tight turns for our 43′ rig. Big boulders at either end of the pull thrus made precise maneuvering necessary.
Peace & Quiet – 2/5
Located fairly close to I-75 and also to Pleasant Grove Road which had a lot of truck and bus traffic. Pleasant Grove Road was elevated above the campground so the noise from traffic on it was very noticeable and seemed magnified. Would not want to spend any considerable time in the pull thru area with our windows open.
Utilities – 3/5
- Sewer – Choice of two sewer hookups so placement was good. No threaded cap. Cap at grade so there was a good drainage slope.
- Satellite – We were able to hit all 3 DISH western arc satellites (110/119/129) but the locals were not available in HD on 129 – we think this has something to do with the spot bean for the 129 satellite being weak. We did not try 61.5.
- WiFi – allegedly free WiFi but we didn’t try it.
- Cellular signal – adequate Verizon 4G LTE both inside and outside the coach without a booster.
- Over-the-Air (OTA) TV – with antenna up and pointing in right direction we received all major OTA networks.
- Power – Voltage good 125+ volts. 20/30/50 amp, no faults, no issues.
- Water Pressure/Quality – Good water pressure, no turbidity but a strong chlorine taste and smell.
What We Liked
– Long pull thru site
What We Didn’t Like
– Narrow roads, narrow sites, no privacy
– Less than ideal maneuvering for a big rig
– Muddy site
– High daily rate
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Oh, I have been to this campground. They have new owners and are doing a great job fixing the park up. I stayed on #17, it was nice and shaded. They said there is huge construction project on the other side of 75 that will have restaurants and other shopping. We travel up from Florida to Main every year. Thank you for your review, helpful for sure.