Starke-Gainesville NE KOA

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1475 South Walnut St.
Starke, FL 32091
Reservations: 800-562-8498
Official Website

GPS: 29.9318, -82.1192

Last Price Paid: $41
Monthly Rate: Yes
Number of Sites: 138
Pad Type: gravel
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 150 ft
Max Length: 90 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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2 reviews
Nightly rate: $41
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 31
“Trains. You get used to them. Slow WiFi - not so much.”

Reviewed Jan 30, 2015

Overall Rating

The park itself is quite nice, though Starke as a town tends to roll up about 10pm like so many of them do. Likewise, Starke P.D. tends to be fairly zealous about their speed enforcement. I haven't driven through town one time and not spotted A) Someone pulled over. or B) An officer lying in wait to pull someone over. I'm taking the speed limit signs VERY seriously here.

The KOA location is convenient enough to both Gainesville and Jacksonville - 30 minutes to an hour to either one, but there is a whole lot of not much right nearby. If you're someone who likes any level of urban, you're going to need to travel a bit to get to it. If you're someone who likes playing "Follow the Brown Sign" to something interesting that not a lot of people get to see (like the nearby Camp Blanding Military Museum), it's a good choice.

The sites are level and mostly gravel packed. The facilities are clean, and the whole camp is quite a nice place to be (though, being not yet 50, I'm a decade and more younger than anyone else I've encountered so far in my stay). The only negative thing I'd have to say is that the WiFi, which has excellent coverage - there are 8 APs scattered across 138 sites - all funnels down to a Century Link DSL connection which is 8MB down and only 256k up. In the early evening when people sit down to do some computing or streaming, the network becomes unresponsive. Also, if you're technically inclined, and wanted to, say, upload a video to YouTube...a 10 minute clip of your travels will take over 12 hours to upload.
If you're going to do any significant uploading (for work or for pleasure) grab your laptop and head for the Krystal in town. The dining room is open until 2am, and the upstream connection is much faster.
Alternately, use your Cellular Connection. I was routinely getting 4MB connections up and down on Sprint LTE.

On a NON-technical front - The Town of Starke lies on a CSX railroad main line, and the Starke hasn't negotiated with the railroad regarding "No Horn" crossings near residences.
There are 14 grade-level crossings within earshot of the KOA, and they horns get sounded 5 times for each crossing. It really pays to be a railfan here, especially between 7 and 11 PM, when the bulk of traffic comes through, and there are sometimes trains (and horns) going in both directions simultaneously. Usually, the traffic drops off by midnight, so if you're a night owl willing to stay up for a bit to get to the really quiet part, it's well worth it.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • cable tv
  • wifi: free
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • playground
  • swimming pool: outdoor
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • general store
  • laundry
  • propane
  • restrooms: flush
  • rv storage
  • showers
  • swimming pool: outdoor
  • trash
Discount Clubs:
  • KOA
  • pets


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