Just around the bend from the one of the entrance points to Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trial, Lynchburg KOA sits nestled in the mountainside. We stumbled upon the property by accident, on our way to Natural Bridge. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Immediately welcomed by the onsite owners Stephanie & Phillip, we felt right at home. We talked while checking in, booking a site and collecting payment in the front office. After a personal escort to our site- we set up our campsite and prepared for an awesome night of family fellowship around the campfire.
From family reunions to families like ours, to grandparents with the grandchildren and international travelers passing through; the campground was packed, with campers from all different backgrounds and age ranges. This place was a relaxing mountain retreat, where all campers are welcome.
As the night wound down, the campfires began to spark up at each site. The sound of banjo music filled the air as one camper strummed the strings and sung along for all to hear. The atmosphere was the iconic camping trip you’ve read about in story books. To be honest- after 3 years of camping, it was one of the few times we’d experience this perfect camping image.
Our stay, in one word, was wonderful. So much so, it was hard to get the kids to leave, and we ended up booking an extra night as a compromise. The kids enjoyed the freedom to explore the park grounds on their bikes and played happily at the playground throughout their days. They purchased bags for gem mining and spent time classifying each of the unique stones they found, with tips from Stephanie on the which bags were the best, how to use the equipment, and which stones were the most rare.
With recommendations on the best places in town to eat and to visit we drove over to the downtown area of Lynchburg and found there is much to do for families looking to explore. From Civil War sites, to Restaurants sitting just steps from live railroad tracks, and gift shops galore- there was something for everyone. Also close by are the Safari Park- where you can drive your vehicle through the nature preserve and feed the animals, right out of the car window!
As one of the few KOA’s we’ve stayed at, this property showcased how upkeep, maintenance and caring campground owners, can make a real difference in the overall experience of their guests. Lynchburg KOA is definitely a campground we have and will recommend to other campers, both with and without children.
Safe Travels & Many Adventures-