Foxfire KOA Welcomes 'Back-to-School Travelers'
It's mid-August. Parents are getting kids ready to go back to school, pools are closing and summer is drawing to an end.
Vacation season is over, but not for one resort.
Nestled between Milton and Huntington, W. Va., one vacation destination is thriving, according to The Cabell Standard.
Tents and RVs are filling the lots of KOA's (Kampgrounds of America) Foxfire Resort in Milton. It turns out this time of year is perfect for business at the 30-year-old camping destination, said co-owner Brent Andrews.
"We're getting a lot of back-to-school travelers," the former Tennessee banker said. "people love to come and see the wildlife this time of year."
For the past two years, Andrews and his wife Sheila and the KOA staff have put hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars into improving, cleaning and beautifying the camping oasis.
Since 2007, Andrew's staff has added a playground, banana bikes, yard games, beanbag toss, horseshoes, tetherball, basketball, movies on the beach and water park features, to name a few.
"We're all about family fun here," Andrews said.
The latest feature is cabin rentals. Located next to a picturesque landscape with a tranquil pond, are a set of newly constructed vacation cabins.
These have helped drum up business for the eastern Cabell County resort, Andrews said.
"We were blown away with how many cabin rentals we had this summer," Andrews said. "July was heavy with rentals, and we have reservations through August."
From conservative tent-campers to the most expensive house-on-wheels, lots at the resort stay full year round.
"It's a huge pendulum," said Andrews about the economic diversity of campers. "People immediately have something in common though. It's great to see two campers become friends and neighbors. There is such a huge common denominator: camping and RVing."
Unlike most campgrounds, the Huntington Foxfire KOA campground is open to the public. This vacation destination thrives off extended stays, or "staycations," as Andrews explains.
"You feel like you get away without having to spend two days driving and gas," he said. "People stay longer and do the things they've always talked about doing but never have, like going to Pullman Square, Heritage Farm and Blenko Glass."
The owners urge campers to explore Cabell County and visit area staples like the newly renovated Milton Flea Market, the popular Ona Speedway and the Barboursville Mall.
Last year, they saw visitors from 49 out of 50 states in their campground.
Andrews said he plans to add new features to the resort every year to make it the perfect place to enjoy a "staycation" like no other.