Campground Review: KOA Jacksonville North / St Marys, Kingsland, GA

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 Summary

  • Name: KOA Jacksonville North / St. Marys
  • Dates of stay:  December 18-24, 2017
  • Location: 2970 Scrubby Bluff Road, Kingsland, GA 31548 (I-95 Exit 1 in Georgia)
  • Type of campground: Private – KOA
  • Cost: $47.85/night with KOA ValueKard discount for a FHU pull through site.
  • Additional fees: premium internet available for a fee (Tengo Internet)
  • Stay limit: none
  • Accepts mail / packages: Yes.
  • Cell reception:  AT&T had OK signal, web surfing was somewhat slow
  • Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/jacksonville/
  • Pros: decently sized wooded pull through sites plus amenities like daily free breakfast!
  • Cons: low water pressure, bath house showing its age

Full Review

Compared to the last KOA we stayed at, this campground was rather quiet. However, there are some very nice features and amenities.

This KOA is located just north of the Florida border, off of I-95 Exit 1 in Georgia and has around 100 pleasantly-wooded pull-through full hookup sites. There are also tent sites, several Kamping Kabins and even three Teepees for rent! Amenities are many including a camp store, pool, two laundry rooms, playground, jumping pad, miniature golf course (extra fee), fitness room, basketball court, dog park, game room, even a petting zoo area! Basic internet is available for free and premium internet is available for a fee ($4.95/day or $15.95/week) – but we used our own hotspot. One unusual perk is the free daily breakfast:  waffle or pancakes, juice and coffee (bacon or sausage available for a fee). We took full advantage of that perk! The campground also offers food for sale including pizza, nachos, and pulled pork / chicken / ribs that are smoked on the premises. You can have your dinner delivered right to your camper door!

Our gravel campsite was more than long enough for our big rig and spaced so that we didn’t feel too cramped by our neighbors. The grounds are wooded, but not so heavily that it impeded our DirectTV signal. During our stay, the campground was rarely more than 1/3 full. Due proximity to the highway, we found that many folks use this KOA simply as a quick overnight stop. The sites are long enough for most rigs to pull in and stay the night without having to unhook their trailer or tow vehicle, making it easy to pick up and go the next morning.

On the down-side, the water pressure was low to barely-adequate and smelled a bit sulfurous. Jeff took a shower at the bath house and due the low pressure, the water temperature was poorly regulated, varying unpredictably between too hot and too cold. The bath houses are also showing their age, although they are kept clean. Also, this general area isn’t exactly a hotbed of activity, although there are some nice parks to explore nearby and Jacksonville is about a half hour away. We found that a week was ample time for us to explore the area. There weren’t any planned activities here at the campground during our stay, but it was “off season”, maybe there will be more activity during peak times.

Bottom line: It’s a pleasant campground, but there aren’t enough activities around the area to hold our interest for long.

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