We visited one our favorite local campgrounds in June of 2021, voted the #3 Campground in 2020 USA Today, Sunbury/Columbus North KOA Campground. With a ranking like that, it’s hard not to find something for everyone to love! Just 30 minutes north of Columbus off 71 makes a nice quick weekend drive.
When we first bought a camper in 2017 I had a friend recommend this campground. We have been every year since, and sometimes more than once. The weekend we went this year we reserved a site next to friends, it was perfect!
Sunbury KOA offers numerous ways to stay for any “camper.” They have 6 deluxe cabins, 2 treehouses (new for 2020) and truck cabin (new for 2020). It also includes 122 sites available for any size camper you have. All have full hook-ups and comes with gravel pad, paved patio, fire ring, and nice picnic tables. If your family is the tent camping type they also have 6 tent sites. They have a large number of season sites, something we may look into for future years!
Roads like at many KOA campgrounds are gravel. This is a big reason we only take bikes to KOA campgrounds and not our kids scooters because they are too hard to manuver on the rocky roads.
The pads to park your camper on are pretty level for being gravel.
The 100 acre campground sits in the middle of farm fields and is very quiet.
The area we were located was pretty quiet as well. Quiet hours were observed, which is nice when our kids go to bed.
There was a variety of 4 bathhouse options depending on where your camper is parked, two in the front and 2 in the back. They are all nice and updated.
KOAs have a variety of amenities. Its always nice for our kids to stay busy.
Check out there schedule of weekend events here. We have been there for previous slip-n-slide and foam parties.
Here you can find their daily activities planned for June, July, and August!
They have a variety of playgrounds that my kids LOVE. An area in the front of the park that has a zip line swing and a barn with variety of slides.
Another newer playground area is in the middle of the “in town” area of the campground and the back two sections. There was a new zip line and playset for 2021 year. In that area there is also a jump pad, one large and one smaller. The smaller one is perfect for those little kids to keep them seperated from the older/bigger kids.
Their large pool also has a smaller splash pad area. In the last few years we have seen them update their chairs and loungers by the pool. Their pool is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
New this year they have built a lake with an inflatable obstacle course. This is a feature that we have loved at other campgrounds. Our girls are getting old enough to enjoy it too. It was fun to see them conquer it. They also have a smaller beach area with some lounge chairs. They supply the life jackets at a barn with limited hours. The building of this lake was a good idea to offset the busyness of the pool during the hot summer weekends.
Restaurant and Food Options
One great perk we took part in this year was pizza Fridays. We pre-ordered one pizza when we arrived to share with the other family we were camping with. It was delivered on time and HOT to our campsite. It was so good we needed another! Ordering food can be done multiple ways including through text, which makes it easy and convenient. This is a great option for when you’re pulling in and setting up a little later than ideal or just want a quick and easy option!
Roadkill cafe is what the restaurant is called. A full menu is on their website and offers lunch and dinner options all summer long except for 2 options for breakfast Sunday mornings.
We also tried their cinnamon roll on Sunday morning which was hot and delicious as well. They also have the options of biscuits and gravy.
They have golf cart rentals. We have always stayed at the front of the campground called ‘in town’ so haven’t needed one. But if you stay in the back areas of the campground, unless everyone can ride bikes or you have smaller kids a golf cart rental would be ideal.
They also have a petting farm! I mean how cool is that. Below you’ll see a picture of my kids during our first stay compared to our last at the petting farm. They have a barn full of goats, donkeys, turkey, sheep, miniature ponies, and miss Lily the potbelly pig. You have bring some extra veggies to feed them or buy food at the general store.
All the rest!
Other amenities are here, include basketball courts, corn hole, hiking trails, laundry room, workout room, pedal boats. They also have a non-denominational church service Sunday morning.
Hiking, unfortunately, isn’t something we have tried when we have visited. We need to add it to our list next time, they have 40 acres of trails just waiting to be explored. They have a variety of trails that start at the back of the campground. I typically get up in the morning and walk the dog, but when I have him I try and stay off the trails so we have a less chance of getting ticks on him.
No big and fancy boats but they do have a small pond “in town” that have paddle boats, canoes, kayaks. The paddle boats can be rented at the general store for $5 an hour.
They have 2 Kamp K9’s at the front of the park. A smaller one and then a larger one.
They also have a nice feature that a few sites in the back of the park have a small fenced in area for your 4 legged friends (or any small kids)!
There is fishing for catch and release allowed at the same pond that you can take the boats on.
Best and Worst Spots
I can’t think of any terrible spots! I would say that “in town” is a nice spot to be with younger kids so your closer to the pool and activities. The “backwoods” is much more shadded, which would be great on the hot summer days.
Next year our friends and us want to try the buddy sites. They only have a few but are great ideas when camping with friends. So we have our sites picked out and can book for the 2022 season on January 1, 2022.
Deluxe patio sites have a nice paved patio and with table and chairs. Always a nice benefit but you’ll pay extra for it! Here is a map so you can check out these areas!
KOA has a rewards card that we purchased for the first time in 2021. It wasn’t expensive and we thought we would see if we got our money’s worth! Here are the details.
The Value Kard Rewards account immediately entitles you to 10% off the daily registration rate every time you register to camp at any of our nearly 500 KOA campgrounds throughout North America. While you’re camping, you are also earning valuable camping rewards that are redeemable for cash off your future KOA stays.
There is also a free night of camping at a participating KOA, during Value Kard Rewards Appreciation Weekend each September.
The average cost per night is $78-98 pending if you have a back in, pull thru, or delux patio.
Summary and Ratings
Rating 1-5, with 5 being the best
Overall Rating: 4.25
Cleanliness/Modernness of Campground: 4.5
Campground Layout/Lots: 4
Local Attractions: 4.5
Value of Price: 4