Meet Your Hosts
"Our employees are terrific! Customer service is important to us."
A love for the area drew Bert and Gini Bockoven to the Smoky Mountains and a past experience in the camping business made purchasing the Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA in January 2007, an easy decision.
After experiencing a multitude of professions, including Bert owning a family printing business for 25 years and Gini owning her own accounting firm, Bert and Gini sold all to run an independent campground in Montana for 5 years. When that venture came to an end, they returned home to Florida. After a short period of relaxation, Bert knew he had to do something.
Upon seeing the campground, they knew that this area would be perfect to get back into the campground business. "We always loved to drive up and see the seasons change, and Tennessee has always been my favorite state," says Bert, "The foliage here is beautiful and with the Great Smoky Mts. nearby, there really isn't a better place to camp."
Not only is the campground located in a great place, but we also have fabulous work campers that help give campers a camping experience filled with new and exciting memories. "Customer service is important to us, since we want our campers to love the area and the campground as much as we do," says Bert.
Gini takes pride in using her professional experience as a florist and gardening later in life, to fill the campground with flowers and beautiful landscaping.