Posted on June 10, 2018

Travel: KOA Campgrounds; Cherokee, NC

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I went camping quite a bit as a kid and really enjoyed it.  Also, when I was in college (the first go round), I worked for 3 months as a Girl Scout leader at a summer camp in Tallahassee, FL .  Somehow along the way I forgot how much fun it is to discover and appreciate the simple things in life, nature.  This past weekend I teamed up with Go Rving and KOA Campgrounds to take a couple of friends on a road trip to KOA Campgrounds in Cherokee, NC and share with my readers my awesome adventures!

camping at KOA Cherokee, NC

Our cabin for the weekend

We left Atlanta a little after 5 p.m. on a Friday (if you know Atlanta traffic, then you know this part was a bad idea ha!) and arrived at the campgrounds a little after 9:30 p.m.  It was pitch black outside, but luckily the KOA after hours staff greeted us at the front gates and led the way to our cabin.  Our cabin was their ‘Deluxe Cabin-Full Bath w/ Shower, KOA Patio’.  Click here for more lodging options and pricing at KOA Cherokee, NC.Saturday morning I made breakfast for my friends Pam and Winnie. The cabin came with a stove, fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and silverware.  Clearly we weren’t “roughing it ” 100%, but this was an awesome introduction to it. The pancakes came out a little burned BUT the mimosas made up for it!  In addition to the two bedrooms, there was a living space with a mounted tv, a table for four, and a pullout couch equipped with linen.

After breakfast we decided to walk off the calories and go for a hike.

Mingo Falls near campground

Mingo Falls: Approx. 9 min. from the campground

We discovered Mingo Falls, a waterfall that’s only about 9 min. from the campground and maybe about a little less than a 10 min. walk from the bottom to the top viewing area.  Luckily the weather was working in our favor and it was only about 80 degrees with no rain in the forecast until later that day.

Unedited photo of the beautiful Mingo Falls

Photo from the hike to Mingo Falls

Mingo Falls

My friends Pamela and Winnie

After Mingo Falls, we went on a 3 hour horseback ride to another waterfall in the area.  There were other riding options too if you would like to take a shorter ride of 1.5 hours and I believe there was a longer than 3 hour option as well.  We were going to pay a visit to the casino nearby afterwards, but we had no clue how draining horseback riding was.  We decided to go back to the cabin, shower, cook dinner on the grill, and start a campfire.


Dinner outside

FYI, bringing this citronella candle along was the best idea EVER!  Between this and insect repellent, I went home with ZERO mosquito bites.


mmmmm s’mores

We closed the night out with a little girl talk and face masks from Target at the campground.


Overall, camping is pretty awesome!!!

Check out more behind the scenes of our road trip in action by checking out my Youtube video below!

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  • Reply Toiia L. Rukuni June 12, 2018 at 12:57 am

    I love camping so much, it looks like you guys had an awesome time!

  • Reply Kayvona June 12, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I have never been camping but I think I need to add that to my summer bucket list!! It looks like y’all had a lot of fun!!

  • Reply Stacie June 12, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Aw, that looked like it was a lot of fun for you and your girls! Your pics are beautiful too.

  • Reply Mimi Green June 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I have been camping once and it was not a great experience. I love the RVing concept, that might be more my speed. You gals had a great time.

  • Reply Kita June 13, 2018 at 2:24 am

    This is the type of camping I can do. A girls trip to a cabin and a very short (very) hike to a beautiful waterfall is right up my alley. Glad you ladies had a great time.

  • Reply Carissa June 13, 2018 at 8:43 am

    How fun!! I always see the signs for KOA when we are on road trips but I never been camping before. I didn’t know they had cabins and staff greeting you and there to help! I may consider camping!

  • Reply Kiwi June 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Girl those smores look amazing. I would love to do a scenic camping trip one day nature is calling me!

  • Reply Valerie Robinson June 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Ok, you guys made camping look so FUN!!!! Loving the photos of the beautiful cabin, peaceful scenery, food and laughs.

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