BLUE RIDGE, GA – John Kieffer presented his plan for a proposed RV park in Fannin County that will have over 96 sites and accommodate the larger campers.
The park will be located next to the new North Georgia College Campus and be part of the KOA franchise. Kieffer intends to open the campsite one year from now.
“We’re going to own and operate the facility. It will be a true RV park in the sense that we’re not going to sell any of the lots. It will be for rent only. We’re going to manage the facility year-round, include amenities, a swimming pool, a bathhouse,” stated Kieffer.
It will be protected by the Toccoa River Ordinance and meets all requirements of the Fannin RV park ordinance.
Currently, larger RVs like fifth-wheels must travel to Union County or elsewhere to park for the night.
As part of the KOA franchise, the facility will benefit from the national organizations marketing, management, and software. In existence for 53 years, KOA has over 487 locations with a commitment to giving back to local communities through scout programs, environmental initiatives, and work/camp opportunities.
Post Two Glenn Patterson commented on the diversity of the intended sites from cabins to RV and tents.
Kieffer assured him that they wanted variety in the campground after extensive studies of families who camp together. An older couple might own a large RV while their children have a travel trailer, and the grandkids stay in tents, so the owners want to make sure everyone can stay in one place.
“We don’t want to be exclusive. What we’re going to do is offer sites for everybody,” commented Kieffer.
Additionally, the new recreational facility should contribute to the county’s hotel and motel tax.
“You offered the possibility that our emergency services people if they need to go into the river to rescue people,” said Chairman Stan Helton, “Being able to access from there is going to save time.”
The park has 1,300 feet of riverfront access. However, these details of this benefit could change. Still, Kieffer will offer the service if he can.
Post One Earl Johnson added, “I’m glad you chose Fannin County to invest your money.”
Also, Kieffer runs the development of the new North Georgia University Campus. Both projects are moving forward at this time.