We just returned home from that area. WE were there in August. Stayed in Sevierville at the plantation RV resort. Great resort but hated every minute of that area and Gatlinburg. What a zoo. I know it was the busy time but that place was like a Las Vegas for kids. Pigeon Forge was fairly quiet but yoiu couldn't move for all the traffic in Sevierville and Gatlinburg. What really got me was that these towns are advertised as "The quiet side on the smokies". That scared me since we were headed to the OTHER SIDE....Thank goodness Cherokee was really nice and quiet. I know I didn't answer your question but I will avoid that area in the future. It is 20 miles through the park from on side to the other. I would stay in Cherokee any day. JMHO.......
Other than that, enjoy your stay
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