Originally Posted by robsshots
We would highly recommend Big Meadows on the "quiet side" of the Smoky Mountain NP in Townsend. Great owners. We stayed there a month. A little expensive but worth it.
X5 - I was just about to post the same thing until I saw robsshots.
Townsend is just SUCH a better experience than the madness of Pigeon Forge/Sevierville/Gatlinburg. The RV sites are bigger in Townsend, and you are closer to the part of SMNP everyone wants to visit (Cades Cove for example). In Townsend, it is no problem to get up early or drive over to Cades in the evening to see all the wildlife (Try that from Pigeon Forge!)
Then, when you DO want to do the Dollywood / Dixie Stampede / Gatlinburg sightseeing, you are 30 min away. When you are done, back to Townsend and peace and quiet! Ahhhhh!
Oh yeah, got kids (or are you a kid at heart?
Head over to little river and go to one of the two tubing companies (we like River Rage) and spend the day floating down the river. Life is *good*