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Glamping with KOA on Chincoteague Island, VA

I have always wanted to go glamping. What is glamping you ask? Glamorus camping. There is no sleeping in a tent on the ground with nature. Glamping has amenities and can even be resort like yet, you still get a taste of the great outdoors with some comfort. So when I was invited to stay at one of the sites with Kampgrounds of America (KOA), I excitedly jumped on that.

Kampgrounds of America (KOA)

If you didn’t know, Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest privately held system of campgrounds. There are over 500 locations across the United States and Canada! The first campsite was in Billings, Montana. Montana happens to be on my glamping bucket list so hopefully I can do that one day soon.

There are 3 types of KOAs; KOA Journey, KOA Holiday, and KOA Resort. KOA Journey is located near major highways and have pull through RV sites. KOA Holiday has patios, full baths, and upgraded RV sites. KOA Resort has staff led activities, resort style pools, cabins, patios, and more. KOA is great for overnight stays, long term, short stays, and vacation destinations. So there is something for everyone.

Don’t have an RV? That is perfectly fine, many of the campgrounds do. Don’t want to pitch a tent and be one with nature? There are tons of lodging choices to choose from throughout the system. Cabins, safari tents, RVs, treehouses, and all sorts of really cool places to stay that I have my eye on. If you do want to pitch a tent then you can also go ahead and do just that and get the full camping experience!

My KOA Experience

Location

There are so many cool KOAs to choose from it made for a tough decision. We had a few that we narrowed it down to, but still had trouble choosing which to go to. We kept coming back to Chincoteague Island, which happens to be a KOA Resort in Virginia. I’ve lived and frequented the DMV area in the past, but had never heard of Chincoteague. It looked cool and seemed like it would be a fun road trip so we chose this location. 

Mural of the famous Assateague Lighthouse and Wild Ponies ©2019 HollyDayz

Chincoteague is a town in Virginia that also includes the island of the same name. The campgrounds are located on Chincoteague Island. It is also close to nearby Assateague, home to the famous wild ponies. Chincoteague Island is very peaceful, yet fun. There is no traffic, no crowds, and no skyscrapers. It is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The island has many restaurants with different types of cuisines. Of course if you love seafood, this is a great place to be. Museums, ice cream parlors, food trucks, and mini golf are just some of what you can find in the area. They even just recently opened up a water park, Maui Jack’s, right next door to the KOA. The Assateague lighthouse, hiking, bird watching, or relaxing on the beach can also be done in this charming place.

KOA Chincoteague Island

The road trip from the New York City area to Chincoteague Island was smooth. We hit no traffic and the rain went away to show off blue sunny skies. The area is very rural with farms everywhere in Chincoteague. You can even check out the Nasa Wallops Flight Facility. Once you start going over the bridge to get to the island there are billboards off to the side letting you know all there is to do, see, and eat on the island.

Welcome Center/General Store/Activity Center Building ©2019 HollyDayz

Pulling up to the KOA, you can’t miss it as there is a big sign. There is also a safari tent being showcased outside. They do have them to stay in. You also can’t help but see Maui Jack’s water park as you enter. The welcome center, general store, and activity center are all near the entrance.

It was a quick and easy check in. A few papers to sign and then the key along with a map of the grounds was given to us along with a parking pass. We didn’t see any signs that say row a, b, c etc so we just figured it out ourselves. KOA Chincoteague Island has RV sites, deluxe cabins, island bungalows, safari tents, tent sites, and rental RVs. We were staying in an RV and had to look carefully for the number on it as they were a bit small. There was a dedicated parking spot waiting for us.

The RV

I really wanted to get a deluxe cabin, but they were already sold out for the days I wanted. The next best option was the RV. The RV’s are new to the Chincoteague Island campgrounds and it definitely smelled new when we walked in. The website indicated they had bed linens, but it didn’t say that there were towels, washcloths, silverware, a toaster, a coffee maker, plates, bowls, and cups. So we came prepared with our own towels and disposable utensils, plates, bowls, and cups.

They had all of that and a few other items. We still used a few disposable things though because it came in handy. Many things were either brought from home or purchased at the Dollar Tree and Walmart on the way to the campsite. So we had snacks, beverages, pizza, etc.

The RV comes equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, and a little sink. A video was sent prior to arrival to show us how to use the stove/oven, the toilet, and more. Unfortunately the oven wasn’t working correctly, so after many attempts we finally called the welcome center. They sent over maintenance who realized the propane tanks outside weren’t filled up, so he switched it out and the oven was working so we could put a pizza in.

The RV has bunkbeds on one end. They are pretty wide and someone could definitely spread out. 2 people could also fit on each one, kids would fair better if putting 2 in one bed though. It would be great if there were some outlets in the bunkbed area. There is a comfy booth and table that can also be turned into a bed. A futon couch is also in the RV, which is another bed if you would like.

Full Bed with Storage ©2019 HollyDayz

On the other end of the RV is a full bed. There is storage near the kitchen sink area and more storage above the full size bed and on either side of it. A curtain can be pulled for privacy. I have to say the bed wasn’t comfortable to me. It felt like I was laying on a table or something. It was hard and I didn’t sleep well. Also there are no pillowcases so bring yours.

An AC unit can be found on the ceiling and many lights, just make sure the master switch is on to get them to work. There is a TV that has cable. Hookups for a TV is also in the area with the full bed, it would have been nice if there was one there. Speakers are also in ceiling, but we didn’t get around to testing those out.

There is a full bathroom with a sink, shower/tub combo, and a toilet. The bathroom is small so if you are tall this could be slightly problematic. The tub is small, great for kids, but as an adult, don’t think you are taking a bubble bath. Standing in the shower could also be an issue if you are around 6’3 or 6’4 as your head will be right on the ceiling.

We had to Google how to deal with the water issue in the bathroom as well. The bathtub would just fill up with water. When you ran the water in the sink it would also fill up. We soon found out that going outside and releasing the water would alleviate this issue.

Our RV with retractable awning. ©2019 HollyDayz

The RV has a retractable awning over the patio deck. The patio has a table and 4 colorful Adirondack chairs. A grill is right off the deck for your grilling needs and a ring is also available to make a fire. I highly recommend wearing bug spray, even though they got us good while we had it on. A bug zapper will come in handy too! We brought one into the RV as the great outdoors were joining us inside.

Amenities

KOA Chincoteague has an abundance of amenities. A free shuttle service will take you to the beach and other parts of town. As I mentioned above there are 24 hour bathhouses. I am not sure how long the hot water lasts in the bathhouses, but in the RV, it runs out quickly. They are very clean and have spacious bathroom stalls and showers. The bathhouses are all over the campgrounds. Soda vending machines are also outside of each-one.

Hammocks & Bathhouse ©2019 HollyDayz

The campgrounds has 24 hour security. Free cable and Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi was pretty good and we had no issues. There is an outdoor pool that we didn’t get the opportunity to give a go.

Pool ©2019 HollyDayz

A playground, jump pillow (a waiver must be signed for kids), and a dog park are also on the campgrounds. Up for a game of corn hole? They have that too. I spotted some hammocks I would have loved to try out, but they were always taken. I wish there were more around the grounds. An activity center that also doubles as a meeting room is available (holds up to 75 people), with an onsite activities director.

Jump Pillow ©2019 HollyDayz

Family gatherings or a celebration can be had at the waterfront pavilion. It has space for up to 100 people. View of the Assateague Lighthouse can be seen from here and the pier is nearby as well as a community campfire.

Golf carts can be rented as well as bikes and kayaks. People who holiday with their own equipment will be interested to know that the kayak launch is right by the pier, meaning that you could inquire about bringing along your own kayak. If you don’t have one already, you may need to look at different kayak rack for trailer options to allow you to travel around with your kayaking gear. It should also be of note that there are also on site laundry facilities and propane filling stations for a fee. A general store is available and you can purchase firewood, citronella candles, charcoal, ice, and much more.

Kayaks ©2019 HollyDayz

Maui Jack’s is a new waterpark that opened in 2018 and is walkable from the campgrounds. It looked really nice, but was closed while we were there so we weren’t able to experience it. It opened the day we left. There is a place to get food and drinks at the waterpark. I was told if staying at the KOA you get a discount on the entry fee.

Besides getting torn up by the bugs, we really enjoyed staying at KOA Chincoteague Island. It was such a fun and peaceful place. The staff was very nice. I enjoyed sitting out on the patio and picnic tables staring up at the constellations that this city girl never gets to see. Sitting outside and making s’mores was also a highlight. I would definitely want to go back and stay in a cabin for a different experience.

Disclaimer: Thank you to KOA/KOA Chincoteague for hosting us. While receiving a complimentary stay all opinions and views are my own. 

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  • Joanna Teris

    This is really awesome. Definitely having the best of both worlds. All the outdoor fun without staying in a tent. I would totally try this place out. Awesome article.

  • Kita

    I’ve always wanted to go RV’ing but get scared of losing out on my creature comforts plus I don’t feel like driving that thing but this looks like so much fun I might have to reconsider.

    • Holly Dayz

      well this has all the comforts minus the bed in my opinion lol and you don’t have to drive.

  • Sheena Steward

    I absolutely love this! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. You laid it all out there and answered several of the questions I had about this experience.

  • Brittany

    this is sweet! I live in the DMV and will defeintely check this out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, head over there. It is really nice and has a lot of places to dine.

  • Carissa

    This looks like so much fun! I know we have a campground not too far from where I live, I definitely need to check this out!

    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, head over there. It is really nice and has a lot of places to dine.

  • Ivelisse

    Yaaas I am totally down for some glamping! I don’t know how people can sleep in tents on the ground. Plus the bug aspect scares me LOL!

  • Tiffany Heard

    I have never been glamping but it is on my list of things to do. I have never stayed in an RV but this is def a step up from the tents we normally stay in while camping as a child. Too bad the waterpark was not open it would have been fun to relax in the water away from the mosquitos

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, the water park decided to open the day we left lol. We still had a great time.

  • Tyra

    This is making me excited for my own KOA trip! This looks amazing. Glamping is the way to go for me.

  • Mimi Robinson

    I’ve always been fascinated by the RV experience, I need to add it to my bucket list. Growing up my Mom talked about Chincoteague and Assateague. She grew up not far from the area. Despite that I have never been, I would love to see the ponies.

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh wow really? That is pretty awesome. You have to go check it out, we really enjoyed it.

  • Andi

    My husband and I RVed fulltime for just short of 2 years and visited quite a few KOAs – I’ve never seen one that had rental RVs already parked on site – that is kind of interesting and a good way of getting the RV experience. I’ve never stayed in a cabin on a KOA either but some of them look really awesome. I am glad you enjoyed your experience!

    • Holly Dayz

      That is pretty cool. They just got them this year so they are very new. Yea, I saw a sign that said try befofre you buy.

  • Christopher Rudder

    I haven’d done glamping for two years now! Looks like I found the next spot to do it. I am beyond impressed to know that Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest privately held system of campgrounds. The one via the RV looks extra cool – we’re definitely gonna try it 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, they are all over the place too. Go and relax a bit!

  • Kamree

    Virginia is such a beautiful place to camp! There is so much to do for the entire family! – a fabulous glamping experience!
    xo – Kam

    • Holly Dayz

      It really is a nice place to go for camping/glamping. There was certainly plenty to do.

  • Claudia

    I’ve been a camper for 30+ years and camping in an RV isn’t quite what I consider glamping, it’s just camping. I do agree that KOA offers up some pretty nice campsites out there though! And having one to use onsite rather than having to rent one is a very nice option.

    • Holly Dayz

      That is cool that you have been camping for a long time. I am sure myself and many others wouldn’t consider sleeping in a bed in A/C with cable television and other amenties camping. Sleeping in a tent with no amenties, camping, but different perspectives.

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    I am well past the point where I enjoy camping. But I have always wanted to try glamping. I had no idea that KOA sites had 3 different types. The resort version at Chincoteague Island looks like one to try. Good to know they have both deluxe cabins and RVs. Since we do love seafood, this definitely would be a great choice for us. We would definitely use the pool and the free shuttle to the beach. Thanks for introducing this KOA option to us.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, they have 3 different types that give different experiences. I am sure fun all the same. The food we tried was delicious.

  • Adonis Villanueva

    Glamping 🙂 I see this word thrown around a lot but never really knew it’s full meaning until reading your post! As an avid, camper, I’ve roughed it in tents deep in the wilderness and also camped in the car. Boy, do I wish I had an RV to sleep in! I’ve also been to a few KOA sites and think they’re nicely run and clean. Having a pool while camping though, that’s intense hahaha!

    • Holly Dayz

      I am glad I could clarify glamping for you. 🙂 I saw a very cool car at the auto show set up for camping. Yes, it was very clean and had a friendly staff. A pool and a waterpark next door lol.

  • Ami Bhat

    Glamping is always so much more fun. Best of comfort and best of nature. I think this place is perfect for those in that region. It seems like well maintained and with enough to do.

  • Kathleen

    It looks like KOA n Chincoteague Island has a lot to offer. We actually tent camp, in the wilderness for a month each year. It’s a lot of fun. You should try it out sometimes. We lived in and traveled in an RV similar to the one you stayed in for several years with our three kids, a cat and a dog. It was a lot of fun and I actually miss it often. We stayed at a KOA outside of Birmingham for a few months and enjoyed it a lot. I do like the wilderness better though.

  • Nicole

    What a beautiful place to visit. You had me at the pool!

  • Hannah

    I’ve always dreamed of buying an RV and glamping across America! It’s great to know that KOA has RVs and cabins for rental, so that I could have this experience without buying an RV.

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  • Kostadin Nikolov

    In my opinion, glamping is the ultimate way to hook someone into spending the night in the outdoors.

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