Woodall Publications Corp has included 39 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) parks in North America on its annual list of top-rated campgrounds and RV parks, according to a KOA news release.
That total is more than any other camping company in the U.S. or Canada placed on the list, according to officials at Woodall’s.
The 5W/5W top rating from Woodall’s allows recreational vehicle owners and campers to search and find the top-rated RV parks and campgrounds that meet their travel needs, according to Joe Daquino, senior vice president and publisher for Affinity Group Inc.’s (AGI) Affinity Media Division, the parent company for Woodall Publications.
“Privately owned campgrounds and RV parks covet the 5W Woodall’s rating,” Daquino said. “It’s valued as the industry’s longest running standard, and most respected rating system.”
A total of 333 campgrounds in North America received the 5W/5W rating for 2011 and are listed in the 2011 Woodall’s North American Campground Directory.
“It’s gratifying to have an outside authority such as Woodall’s Publications verify what our campers already know,” said Pat Hittmeier, KOA president. “We pride ourselves on the fact that our KOA owners know what their campers want because we tirelessly survey our campers and ask that very question. Our KOA owners have become experts in analyzing the camping data we provide, and working hard to ensure that they deliver just the sort of experience our campers want and expect.”
In order to rate campgrounds across North America, Woodall’s field teams conduct their own on-site inspections of every park. The final ratings are a composite of several different areas of interest, including a campground’s physical grounds, restrooms, site and road developments, surrounding recreation and the superior maintenance of its facilities.
The KOA campgrounds receiving a 5W/5W Woodall’s rating for 2011 are:
- Hot Springs National Park KOA located in Hot Springs, Ark.
- San Diego Metro KOA located in Chula Vista, Calif.
- San Francisco N/Petaluma KOA located in Petaluma, Calif.
- Pueblo South/Colorado City KOA located in Pueblo, Colo.
- Grand Junction KOA located in Grand Junction, Colo.
- Starke/Gainesville NE KOA located in Starke, Fla.
- Lafayette KOA located in Scott, La.
- Port Huron KOA located in Kimball, Mich.
- Petoskey KOA located in Petoskey, Mich.
- Branson KOA located in Branson Mo.
- Polson/Flathead Lake KOA located in Polson, Mont.
- Chocorua KOA located in Chocorua, N.H.
- Carlsbad KOA located in Carlsbad, N.M.
- Newburgh/New York City North KOA located in Plattekill, N.Y.
- Watkins Glen/Corning KOA located in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
- Chautauqua Lake KOA located in Dewittville, N.Y.
- Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA located in Buckeye Lake, Ohio.
- Dayton KOA located in Brookville, Ohio.
- Shelby/Mansfield KOA located in Shelby, Ohio.
- Sandusky/Bayshore KOA located in Sandusky, Ohio.
- Checotah/Lake Eufaula West KOA located in Checotah, Okla.
- Allentown KOA located in New Tripoli, Pa.
- Erie KOA located in McKean, Pa.
- Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA located in Gettysburg, Pa.
- Bellefonte/State College KOA located in Bellefonte, Pa.
- Pine Grove/Twin Grove Park KOA located in Pine Grove, Pa.
- Rapid City KOA located in Rapid City, S.D.
- Badlands/White River KOA located in Interior, S.D.
- Mount Rushmore KOA located in Hill City, S.D.
- Manchester KOA located in Manchester, Tenn.
- Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
- Rusk KOA located in Rusk, Texas.
- South Padre Island KOA located in South Padre Island Texas.
- Lake Conroe/Houston North KOA located in Montgomery, Texas
- Williamsburg KOA located in Williamsburg, Va.
- Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefield KOA located in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
- Barrie KOA located in Barrie, Ontario.
- Thunder Bay KOA located in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
- Toronto North/Cookstown KOA located in Cookstown, Ontario.