I live in Tennessee and frequently visit the Smokies. If you wish to take your RV, I'd recommend staying in Townsend, Tennessee (billed as "the peaceful side of the Smokies"). There are several nice RV campgrounds there, but the best is Tremont Resort. It is the very last campground in Townsend before you enter the National Park. They have several sites that back up to the Little River and all those have covered decks. They have full hookups (water, sewer, 50 & 30 amp electric, cable TV, and wi-fi) and the people are friendly and easy to deal with. You will need reservations for riverside sites. There are a number of places up and down the drag, which runs parallel to the Little River, that rent tubes for tubing the river. Most of them rent for $9 for all day and have shuttles that will carry you back and forth. It is good, cheap fun. Townsend is only about a 15 mile (30 minute) drive through beautiful Wears Valley from Pigeon Forge and has the nearest improved campgrounds to Cades Cove. If you want to be where the action is, stay in Pigeon Forge. If you want to have a nice visit to the Smoky Mountains, stay in Townsend. We go two or three times a year and love it. Happy Camping.
Mike in Tennessee
Former 2 time FR owner
2007 Crossroads Cruiser 30QB Fifth Wheel
2008 F-250 Lariat 4x4 6.4 Powerstroke
Firestone Ride-Rites w/cab control