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Old 07-14-2015, 02:39 PM   #11
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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.
Thanks for the input. We will check into that one as well!
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:52 PM   #12
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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*
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:52 PM   #13
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I am not sure I would pull my TT thru the NP. I would probably go up to I-40 and cut across it. It is pretty curvy but you miss all the steep mountains thru the park. I have never pulled a camper up that way. The thought of going thru the park scares me to death LOL. I always try to avoid as many steep hills and mountains as possible.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:27 PM   #14
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I am not sure I would pull my TT thru the NP. I would probably go up to I-40 and cut across it. It is pretty curvy but you miss all the steep mountains thru the park. I have never pulled a camper up that way. The thought of going thru the park scares me to death LOL. I always try to avoid as many steep hills and mountains as possible.
X2 on these mentioned. There are some rock faces that overhang the roads on bends that would of definitely taken out the sides of our 5'er. I saw a small class C passing by and the driver looked terrified!
There are a bunch of pull off areas for mountain views and river access. Here's a shot of my 7 y.o. overlooking Gatlinburg below.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:48 PM   #15
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If you're concerned about trailering through the national park, you can take US 321 north out of Gatlinburg to I-40, then go east to Asheville. It's a beautiful drive over the mountains and, because it's an interstate, the grades are much more forgiving.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:23 PM   #16
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I highly recommend Tremont Outdoor Resort, very clean, very friendly, very quiet and as close as you can get to the park without being in it. Get a river front site and you won't be sorry. If you are going to be there on a Saturday go to smokin Joes BBQ and get the smoked prime rib.....I am drooling just thinking about it.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:38 PM   #17
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We're at the Pigeon Forge KOA right now! We're here for 11 days so we're mixing-in the better commercial attractions, like Dollywood & Dixie Stampede, with sightseeing. We go to the indoor stuff when its raining (now) or peak heat of the day so being in busy Pigeon Forge doesn't bug us...
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:02 PM   #18
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Just got back from their Sunday. Stayed at river plantation in seiberville. Awesome time and a very nice park. I will stay them again. It was the nicest of the parks in town.
We stayed at River Plantation in May and loved it. I definitely word not pull my trailer over the the the park from Gatlinburg to Cherokee.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:18 PM   #19
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We love staying in Townsend. We have stayed at Tremont Hills for our honeymoon in one of their cabins and last year we took the XLR to the KOA there. Spots are a little tight for a big toyhauler but it is a nice campground right next to the river. Do not take the road between Townsend and Pigeon Forge with the camper. There is one hairpin curve that would be scary. It was bad enough on our motorcycles. There is also a campground at the entrance to Cades Cove. I don't have any info on that, just drove past it on the bikes.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:34 PM   #20
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The campground in Cades Cove is a Smoky Mountain NP campground. If you plan to stay there reservations are recommended.
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