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Mon Aug 28, 2017
The 27 Kampgrounds of America locations that found themselves parked directly under the “shadow of totality” for the Great American Eclipse Aug. 21 enjoyed a late summer burst of business.
The 27 KOAs, located all the way from the coast of Oregon to the Atlantic Ocean shores in South Carolina, saw business increases of nearly 140 percent over the same period in 2016.
“We could have filled this park 20 times over, and I’m not exaggerating,” says Kathryn Allen, who owns the Sweetwater/I-75/Exit 62 Tennessee KOA Holiday with her husband, Tim. “The phone calls for the past few weeks just never slowed down.”
The Allen’s 78-site campground ferried their guests to an empty field at the campground, where everyone enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
“We didn’t try to overpopulate the park,” Allen said. “It felt like a typical holiday weekend for us, but an extra holiday weekend sure is nice."
Large KOA campgrounds along the path of the eclipse saw reservations grow nearly three times over normal numbers. The Cherokee/Great Smokies KOA in North Carolina had 997 nights camped during the Eclipse Weekend, compared to 289 nights during the same weekend last year – an increase of 245 percent.
Most KOA campgrounds not directly under the eclipse shadow – but within striking distance – also reported increases through Monday.
“It was a welcome boost in business for a lot of campgrounds in our system,” KOA President and CEO Pat Hittmeier says. “It really was perfect timing, and we are glad we were a natural choice for this wonderful event for so many eclipse watchers.”