Sallisaw KOA

Members of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce got to tour the Sallisaw KOA campground. Standing in front of one of the new cabins for rent are from left, Kevin Maust (owner), Michelle Mings, TIMES Melanie Potter, Harold Powell, Nikki Garrett, Robin Akers, Marty Green, Glenda Callahan, Todd Long, Dawn Maust (owner), Dustin Walters, Beth Mayo, Zak Schaefer, and Gary Schaefer. ROY FAULKENBERRY |

Some may have seen the sign directing you to a hidden gem as you headed south on U.S. 59, but many of you may not be aware of the flurry of activity that can go on at the Sallisaw/Fort Smith West Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Sallisaw, Okla., according to the Sequoyah County Times.

The KOA facilities lie just off U.S. 59 south on 1900 KOA Power Drive in Sallisaw. When Kevin and Dawn Maust took over the campground in December 2013, it had the basic three cabins and tent sites, some playground equipment and a swimming pool.

Since that time, the Mausts have put in a lot of time and effort, and their own muscle, to complete some new editions to the campground that is neatly trimmed and kept nearly spotless to welcome travelers that have easy access off of Interstate 40.

Recently, the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce was treated to a tour of the facilities led by Dawn Maust.

In addition to the original rustic cabins, Maust said four additional deluxe cabins have been added, along with 21 new RV sites, some of which have concrete pads and patios. The couple has also added two Camp K-9 Dog Parks to give campers a break from their furry friends.

Each of the cabins is stocked with all the necessities, the same as if you were staying in a motel room. All you need to bring is food. Wi-Fi is also available.

“A lot of this construction we did ourselves. The large cabin we built from the ground up ourselves,” Maust said. “We did have some professional help on a few things.”

The Mausts also did work on new showers and a laundry room area, and have added two tornado shelters.

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