We stayed at this KOA for about 10 months as workampers. This review is of the campground itself and has nothing to do with our workamping experiences at this park. If you would like to read about our workamping experiences at this park feel free to use the link below to access the article.
Koa Milton/Gulf Pines is located directly off I-10 at exit 31. Pulling into the KOA will have you coming down a driveway approximately 100 feet. On your left side, you will see the main activities area of the park. This includes the office, pool, mini-golf, playground, and one of the entranceways to the clubhouse/game room. Around the side of the office building is a laundry room (one of two) and walking a little further brings you to the bathrooms.
Walk Around The Main Building
The laundry room is clean and consists of 4 washing machines and 4 dryers. There is a folding table/counter and a sink. The bathrooms are old but clean. If you look around the inside of the showers you could see where it looks like some previous dirt/mold? was silicone over. The showers definitely need to be redone.
Check-In Is Typical KOA Quick & Easy
Back to the office. There are two entrances into the office/store. The store carries basic snacks, ice cream, and some RV stuff. You can also purchase ice. Check-in will go smoothly as is the case with most KOA’s and you should be on your way to your site in a flash. You will be escorted. Should you happen to show up after hours, there is a late registration area outside the office facing the propane refill area. If you had a reservation your site map will be in that area. If you did not have a reservation a site map with available sites will be there for you to choose from.
5 Main Rows
After checking in, as you walk back to your vehicle you will notice the propane filling station. Along the first side which comprises the “A” section and part of the “B” section, you will be along the interstate (I-10). The campground is set up as a big square. If you were to drive straight up and make a left at each corner you would wind up back at the office. There are 5 main rows for which you would turn on to get to your site depending on where you are located. All sites are pull-through full hook-up sites.
Beware Of The Buddy
The one thing to keep in mind is that row “E” is made up of “buddy” sites. This means that every other RV comes in the opposite way so that your door opens up to your neighbor’s door. While these might be great if you are traveling with a friend or family member who is in another RV, you might not like it if your “buddy” is a total stranger. I know we wouldn’t.
In the middle of the “E” row, you will find another set of bathrooms and another laundry room. These are housed in one of those “trailer building” type structures so there is a small set of stairs to climb to the walk-around deck. The laundry room has 4 washers and 4 dryers with a counter for folding. There are a total of 5 individual bathrooms/showers in the building. These bathroom/showers were starting to show their age but at the time we left two of them had been redone with new floors and toilets.
On the backside of the park, there are two deluxe cabins. One of them is handicap accessible. Last but not least for your furry friends there is a k-9 park along the back. There is also a set of dumpsters.
RV, Boat, & Trailer Storage
In the far corner of the campground is a storage area. Here you can store boats, trailers, or RV’s. Continuing along the far side (3rd side) of the park starts the tent section. Along with tents, there are also 4 basic camping cabins. The tent section stretches from the third side through the corner around to the fourth side (front side) of the park. At the end of the tent section is a camping kitchen which is a covered area with a double sink and counter space.
Screened In Building
Coming out of the tent section heading back towards the office is the workamping section and 4 more deluxe cabins. There is also a covered and screened area that houses two tables, chairs, and two ceiling fans. It’s good for playing cards, games, or bringing a laptop to get some work done. Moving along you will see the maintenance building. The last thing you will come to before getting back to the office and main activity area is the clubhouse. Here is where any events that are happening such as bingo, Texas Hold-Em, or crafts are held. It’s also where you can get your complimentary coffee in the morning.
In Need Of Some Upgrades
Now that you have the basic layout of the park we will mention a few other observations we made while we were there. Florida rains alot. Especially in the summer. That being said some of the sites tend to retain water more than others. This park has cable tv which works pretty decent. The internet? Not so much. It was ok but that’s it. There were some changes going on when we left so maybe it has been upgraded.
The mini-golf was in need of some desperate repairs. There was no greenery on any of the sections and there was a problem with the drains as some sections would collect and hold water. The game room consisted of a pool table($), air hockey table($), a driving game($), and a tv. There were also smaller board games and a “take a book leave a book” section. On a positive note, the office would put some cool games in the area near the pool. These included giant Jenga and Giant Connect 4 games.
The cabins are old and need some updating. The a/c units are severely underpowered for the hot Florida summer sun.
- Date Of Stay: September 2019- July 2020
- Site #: Workamper Site
- Cost: $250 (Workamper Cost)
Our Review Summary
KOA Milton/Gulf Pines
This park can certainly use some upgrades. That being said if you need a convenient and safe place to stay close to the interstate, you should consider this KOA. It is within half an hour of the beaches in Navarre and within close proximity to some really great state and local parks such as Blackwater River State Park, Russel Harber, and Blackwater Heritage State Trail. If we were traveling through the panhandle again (and I am sure we will be) we would definitely stay here again.
This is a nice campground but can be even better if some upgrades were done.
- Full Hook-Up Pull-Through Sites
- Cabins Available For Rent
- Tent Sites Available Both With And Without Electric
- Fenced In K-9 Park
- Propane Refill Station ($)
- Dump Station
- Swimming Pool
- Good Verizon Signal
- Cable TV
- Camp Store
- Indoor/Outdoor Games
- Seasonal Activities
- Some Sites Flood During Heavy Rain
- Spotty WiFi
- Interstate Noise
- Bathrooms Need Upgrading
- Cabins Need Upgrading
- Mini Golf Needs Upgrading/Repair
- Roads Need Upgrading
- Tough To Get Back Onto I-95 When Exiting The Park
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