Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), celebrating its 50th year, reported the addition of  23 new campground locations throughout North America to its 2012 directory. According to a news release, the new sites bring the total number of KOA campgrounds to 485.

“We do our best to find campgrounds that are just the right fit for our campers and the KOA system,” said KOA Assistant Vice President for System Development Chris Fairlee. “There are more than 8,000 private campgrounds in North America, but we are pretty selective. Not just anyone can fly the KOA flag.”

The 50th anniversary edition of the KOA directory provides campers with not only complete descriptions and “last mile” locator maps to all KOA locations, but also a complete set of state and provincial atlas maps.

“Once again, we’ve done a great job of adding beautiful campgrounds right where our campers want to go,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “For instance, we added two more locations in the Orlando, Fla., area to allow our campers to be right in the middle of the Orlando attractions.”

New KOA campgrounds reported that visitations were up since joining the network. “Being with KOA has already brought our campground a lot more business,” said Robyn Chilson, owner of the Meadville, Pa., KOA. “We have more visibility and the phones are ringing off the hook.”

New KOA campgrounds listed in the 2012 KOA Directory include: Oxford/Talladega/Dandy RV, Ala.; Picacho/Tucson NW, Ariz.; Heber Springs, Ark.; Montrose/Black Canyon National Park, Colo.; Orlando NE/Wekiva Falls, Fla.; Orlando NW/Orange Blossom, Fla.; East Ellijay/Chattahoochee National Forest, Ga.; Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark, Iowa; Perry Lake/Topeka NE, Kan.; Houghton/Letchworth, NY.; Springwater/Dansville, N.Y.; 1000 Islands/Association Island, N.Y.; Homerville, Ohio; Salem/Lisbon, Ohio; Meadville, Pa.; Hohenwald/Natchez Trace, Tenn.; Bastrop/SE Austin/Colorado River, Texas; Onalaska/Lake Livingston, Texas; Weatherford, Texas; Luray, Va.; Longview North/Mount St. Helens, Wash.; Sturgeon Falls, Ontario; Bas St. Laurent, Quebec.