Location (for overnight stay)10.0/10
- Very good and fast Verizon signal
- Great location for overnight stay
- Trash pickup at site
- Dog friendly with lots of open grassy space and an enclosed dog park
- Easy in/out pull throughs available
- Very limited satellite based Wifi
- Entry is tricky
- Some sites not level
- No cable
Rate Paid – $40.50 with our KOA discount card
Address: 101 Bell Acres, Enfield, NC 27823
If you’re headed north or south on I-95 in North Carolina, this KOA is a very easy, convenient stopover with helpful, friendly staff members. We’ve stayed several times during our three years of full-time RVing and it has seen some improvements since late 2016. On our most recent stay, we were in site #13 with a view of the entrance to the campground and cotton fields across the street. This was a very long, level pull through site with a gravel parking pad and a large open space with no neighbors. It offered water and 30/50 amp electric, but no sewer connection. Two other sites we stayed in previously (#28 and #11) were gravel pull-throughs, but were not level when we were in them.
The location is super convenient and easy in/out for travelers on I-95 in North Carolina. However, as we’ve never stayed more than one night, we can’t speak to it’s location with regards to shopping, dining, attractions, etc. in the area. Surprisingly, although it’s only about one quarter mile from I-95, it’s relatively quiet and the noise from I-95 is minimal so it’s pretty easy to get a good night’s sleep.
Since we work from the road, good Wifi access is a very desirable amenity for us. Because of the rural location, this KOA has to rely on satellite based Wifi access and, through no fault of their own, fails in that regard. At check-in, each site is allowed two free 24 hour access codes but the Wifi is extremely slow, even for simple browsing, and does not support streaming. Any additional codes for Wifi access require a $1.00 donation to KOA Kids Care Camps. While the donation is for a very worthwhile cause, in the modern world, campgrounds that offer free or low cost, high quality Wifi will increasingly have an advantage over the competition. Luckily, we had a very good and fast Verizon signal at this location.
This KOA offers other amenities such as a pool, a bathhouse, laundry room and a convenience store with a few basic supplies. We didn’t need to use any of these amenities, but they appeared to be well maintained and in good condition.
In our view, an issue that needs attention here, in addition to the less than stellar Wifi and the lack of cable for those who would like it (it’s not that important to us, but it is to lots of others), directions and signage at the entrance could be improved. After the exit from I-95, travelers looking for this KOA will pass Drapers Road and then make the next immediate right at the KOA sign. The directions we received in our email confirmation read “From I-95 Exit 154 at Enfield. 1/2 mile west on Hwy 481. Make right turn into park after Drapers Road. Right on Bell Acres at the yellow KOA Journey sign.” To us, this was a bit confusing as it initially sounds like you will be making two right turns after exiting from I-95. In reality, you only turn once onto Bell Acres – after passing Drapers Road. The site we were in (#13) had a front row view of the entrance and we counted four rigs making a wrong turn onto Drapers Road and then having to find a turnaround and make their way back. This could be especially tricky for motorhomes towing that can’t back up.
Overall, this is a nice, quiet and relaxing KOA and we would recommend it, especially for travelers looking for a convenient one night stopover with easy in/out access. However, if you are a traveler who relies on campground Wifi for work or any other reason, we would have to recommend making other arrangements.