Kampgrounds of America (KOA) announced at its Annual International Convention in Savannah on Nov. 11 that the Forsyth KOA Campground earned the KOA 2020 President’s Award. The award is based on a score of at least 450 points on the company’s evaluation plus quality reviews and feedback from the campground’s guests.

“We’re thankful to be able to receive this award and to carry on the operation,” said Casey Bowman. “Ken and Mary Ann Bowman, my grandparents, were here 22 and a half year, and we’re blessed to continue their legacy.” 

The KOA press release announcing the award says, “KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience. The KOA President’s Award is presented to those campgrounds meeting exceptional quality standards and who receive high customer service scores from their camping guests.”

 “It’s such a pleasure to be able to recognize the wonderful folks wearing yellow who take such great care of KOA campers all year,” said KOA President and CEO Toby O’Rourke. “These KOA owners have made the right investments in their campgrounds to make them the very best in North America, and they’ve taken steps to ensure that their guests receive fantastic service and have the best outdoor recreation experience possible.”

Forsyth KOA is located at 414 S. Frontage Rd. It has RV sites, cabins and tent sites and special provisions for extended stays and groups. Some of its amenities include a pavilion, pool (open May-September), fishing (catch & release), wi-fi, snack bar, firewood, bike rentals, dog park, cable TV, 18 hole mini golf, Forsyth Mining Company, big rig friendly, full hookups, tours on the Forsyth KOA Express Train, military discount, playground, volley ball and basketball courts.

While many of the amenities are reserved for campground guests, the mini golf course and Mining Company, where participants pan for jewels and fossils, are open to the public.

Ken Bowman passed away Feb. 1, 2019, and his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Ann, passed away a few days earlier. They were known for their generosity and their efforts to make the whole community, as well as their KOA Campground, a better place. The Bowman family, especially grandchildren Casey Bowman and Debra Bowman Cooper, have taken over operation of the Forsyth KOA in that tradition. 

KOA, founded in Billings, Montana, will celebrate its 58th anniversary in 2020. To find out more about Forsyth KOA, any of the other 515 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com.