Austin East KOA welcome area

In 2013, John T. Baker stood next to his grandfather looking over a piece of land to the east of Austin, Texas, and told him he was going to turn the roughly 42 acres of land into a campground.

“I think I have spent one night in an RV and have camped a half-dozen times,” said Baker.

Still, according to a Woodall’s Campground Management report, he was dedicated to making his vision come to life and on January 2, nearly five years after beginning the process of creating a campground, the Austin East Kampgrounds of America (KOA), one of the newest to join the 500-plus KOA system, opened for business.

Constructed in phases, Baker said that phase one is currently complete, with 83 sites and two cabins due to be ready in 2 to 3 weeks.

“We have reservations on the cabins in place already,” he said.

Baker also has plans in place to finish a group tent site, with an outdoor kitchen, water, electric and tents on raised platforms. He said that the tour guide company Grand Adventures is set to utilize the site in 2018.

Other phases of the campground will be completed based on demand. Baker said he envisions phase two, which will double the number of sites, to be completed in three years, although it could be quicker if there is a strong need for more sites.

Phase three would be completed three years after phase two and add even more sites. In total, Baker said the campground, with all three phases complete, will host 275 sites with 45-plus cabins.

Baker said he built the campground with guests’ needs in mind. The main road through the campground is 25-feet wide and side roads are 18-feet wide, giving RV owners plenty of space to maneuver their rigs.

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