Springfield / Route 66 KOA

Springfield / Route 66 KOA

Location:  Springfield, Missouri
Site Quality:  Gravel roads throughout the park with gravel pull thru and back in spots.
Type:  Commercial
Access:  Just off Interstate 44 on Farm Road 140. Take exit 70 (MM) and go south about a block to 140 then east to the park. Fairly easy for a big rig although some of the trees on 140 were pretty low. When full, some of the park roads could also be difficult to navigate due to shorter sites with minimal room to park a tow vehicle.
Staff: Friendly and helpful.
Amenities:  Cable TV, Pool, dump station, propane on site, store, limited restaurant, laundry facilities along with showers and restrooms.
Cellular/WiFi:  AT&T and Verizon 2 bars and decent speeds (5 Mbps Verizon / 3 Mbps AT&T). WiFi was available but we did not use it since it was an open system.
What we liked: Felt safe and secure. Our site (#22) had lots of shade from large trees.
What we didn’t like: Our site was a bit small for our coach plus truck. Previously we had been put in a premium site when we stayed one night and it was a bit longer (sites 65-67, 72 and 73). Any of the sites 65 through 74 should be slightly longer. Sites 21 through 33 seem to be some of the shortest. We had to park the truck sideways across the front of the site partially on the grass. Satellite did not work but only because of the shade trees. Free CATV is included so that is an alternative. There is is a busy train track adjacent to the park with associated horn noise all night. 

We stayed here for six nights while in Springfield Missouri visiting Anna’s Uncle. We had also stayed overnight here when returning from Indiana with our RV when it was new. While we were here this time, our daughter Amanda, got us tickets to see the Springfield Cardinals vs The Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball teams play. It was a perfect night to take in the game with temperatures in the upper 70’s with a light breeze. Unfortunately, Springfield’s pitching wasn’t up to Tulsa’s batting and after 4 inning without a hit Tulsa ended up winning 7 to 1.

During our stay we also took a day trip to the town of Dora in south central Missouri. This is where Anna’s mother and uncle were born and grew up on a farm there. We stopped at Sweeton Pond Cemetery in Dora where her mother, great grandparents (Deupree side) and a great Uncle and Aunt are buried. We also stopped at Anna’s second cousin’s place to visit with him for a while. He suffered a fire that destroyed his home about a year ago but is doing surprisingly well at 92.

While in the area we also took a look at a couple of the other RV parks and here is some thoughts about those when we come back this way:

Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park (3.9 stars on Google) – This is primarily a mobile home park with some RV sites embedded within. This park seems to be mostly for longer term stays and that seems to be backed up by comments talking about the vetting process for new guests although they do list daily rates as well as weekly and monthly. Rates are about $10 less per night than KOA. Several comments about the RV sites being very narrow and in fact one of the pictures on the web site seems to show this.

Cook’s RV Motor Park (4.4 stars on Google) – Reviews show new owners a couple of years back who are working hard to improve the park, they also indicate the park is quiet (there are no nearby train tracks). The park included gravel roads and pads with no picnic tables or fire rings, some sites are tree covered with the trees looking a bit overgrown. I would want to look a bit more into the safety and security of the area before staying here.

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