2 Local KOA Campgrounds Open For Summer Camping Season

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga South KOA Campground, at 199 KOA Boulevard in Ringgold, and the Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga West KOA Campground, located at 930 Mountain Shadows Drive in Trenton, are now open for the 2014 summer camping season.

The campgrounds are two of 485 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America system in the U.S. and Canada.

“We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of great KOA campgrounds throughout North America, and this KOA is a wonderful example of what we offer to our camping guests,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier.
“We have campgrounds available for every type of camping and in locations that make camping convenient, no matter where you live or where you’re going.”

To celebrate 52 years of serving campers, KOA is partnering this summer with Keystone RV Company and Weber Grills to offer two great prize packages through the KOA Take A Spin-To-Win Giveaway. Campers can enter to win one of two drawings.

The initial prize, to be drawn during the Fourth of July weekend, will be a 2014 Keystone Passport 238ML RV and a Weber Grill package. Drawing number two will be held during the KOA Value Kard Rewards Appreciation Weekend Sept. 12-13. That winner will receive a 2014 Keystone Hideout 210HS RV and a Weber Grill package. Campers can enter now at www.KOASpinToWin.com.

Campers can pick up a new 2014 Edition of the KOA Directory absolutely free at any KOA campground. The Directory is a complete travel atlas of every U.S. state and Canadian province, and includes descriptive listings of each KOA campground as well as detailed maps and directions to each location. The digital edition of the 2014 KOA Directory is also available at http://koa.uberflip.com/i/268207.

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