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Old 07-06-2016, 12:50 PM   #11
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We stayed at Camp Rivers Landing in Pigeon Forge. The pictures on their web site are very misleading. Shows nice serene shots of campers backed up to the river but they fail to mention or show the parking lots/condos right on the other side. Not to mention the cliff you have to teeter on if you want a river site. There are just a couple good river sites as you come in. We ended up at the back of the campground near the trees. Much better.
We passed several campgrounds on the way, a few miles out, that were much much better looking. Not sure of their names but wish we would have known.
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:01 PM   #12
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We stayed 5 nights last fall at Up The Creek RV Camp (upthecreekrvcamp.com). It was maybe 5 minutes outside of Pigeon Forge. Lots of nice features... full hook up sites, some with a pretty creek view and some with fancy pads and fireplaces, depending on what you want. Camp was quiet and we felt safe leaving our things there while we were out exploring. There is a Gatlinburg bypass which made it quick to get to the Gatlinburg entrance to the national park and it wasn't too far down the highway to Townsend, TN, where you can enter the park closer to Cade's Cove. We felt like the location put us out in the country away from the hustle and bustle, but also kept us a convenient distance to anything we wanted to go see or do. Things we did that we enjoyed while we were there: Drive the Cade's Cove loop EARLY in the morning (we saw 4 bears, including a mom and 2 cubs, and lots of other wildlife), eat at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, and we really enjoyed hiking in the park (Laurel Falls was our favorite, but I will say we had small children with us so we weren't doing crazy long or difficult trails that may yield more scenic views.)
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:12 PM   #13
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We have stayed at the KOA in Pigeon Forge several times. Great place and very friendly staff. Highly recommended...
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:11 PM   #14
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Stayed at Eagles Nest in Pigeon Forge. Large campsites for that area. All grassy, full hookups off the main drag. Quiet. Owners does chain saw carvings of wildlife which are for sale. Good demo if you do not buy.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:16 PM   #15
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Bad experience at Big Meadow Family Campground

We chose Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, TN due to advertising we saw. Everyone we spoke to by phone were nice and courteous, but once they get your money, everything changes. At that point our experience changed. We were told that we would be moved to a larger and better site on our second day. When we actually viewed the site they were going to move us to, it was smaller and in the boiling sun. We told them thanks, but we will stay in the first site they had given us. They told us absolutely not. We were told we could leave (with NO REFUND) or move to a different spot on our second day or they said they would have a deputy remove us. We called several campgrounds in the area to see if they had availability, but with it being a holiday weekend they were all full. Our campsite neighbors then told us that the owners move campers every day. One neighbor said he had been moved three times during his stay. Another guest left on our first day because they refused to move to another site in the middle of their stay. The owner rides around on his tractor moving trailers here and there. Craziest thing I have ever experienced. The campground is nice and clean, but the staff are very odd.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:57 PM   #16
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Howdy,

We are planning a trip to TN in October, and wonder if anyone can recommend a nice campground around Gatlinburg ?

THANKS !
We stayed at Creekside RV Park in November last year. Nice place, reasonable rates. Fairly basic but good hookups on a level site. Not sure if it's as attractive as some others in the summer but it's a convenient location for Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg attractions which is where we spent most of our time other than sleeping and breakfast. Don't miss Sweet Fanny Adams theater, been going there for generations, it's a hoot!

CG info. below, good luck:
Phone: +1 (800) 498-4801
Email: creeksidervpark2@gmail.com
Address: 2475 Henderson Springs Rd
Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:17 PM   #17
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We chose Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, TN due to advertising we saw. Everyone we spoke to by phone were nice and courteous, but once they get your money, everything changes. At that point our experience changed. We were told that we would be moved to a larger and better site on our second day. When we actually viewed the site they were going to move us to, it was smaller and in the boiling sun. We told them thanks, but we will stay in the first site they had given us. They told us absolutely not. We were told we could leave (with NO REFUND) or move to a different spot on our second day or they said they would have a deputy remove us. We called several campgrounds in the area to see if they had availability, but with it being a holiday weekend they were all full. Our campsite neighbors then told us that the owners move campers every day. One neighbor said he had been moved three times during his stay. Another guest left on our first day because they refused to move to another site in the middle of their stay. The owner rides around on his tractor moving trailers here and there. Craziest thing I have ever experienced. The campground is nice and clean, but the staff are very odd.
WOW
I would hope that the owner has the trailer owners permission before moving them.....could get ugly real fast....If you know what I mean!!

Crazy nonetheless!
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If you want a full service campground (water, sewer, electric), we always stay at Bear Cove Resort in Pigeon Forge. Fairly small, all sites paved, quiet and extremely clean. Highly recommended! We've stayed there four times in the last year. It's about a mile from Dollywood and just enough off the main drag to be nice but convenient. The campground follows a horseshoe shaped valley so there are hills on both sides of you all the time.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:43 PM   #19
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We chose Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend, TN due to advertising we saw. Everyone we spoke to by phone were nice and courteous, but once they get your money, everything changes. At that point our experience changed. We were told that we would be moved to a larger and better site on our second day. When we actually viewed the site they were going to move us to, it was smaller and in the boiling sun. We told them thanks, but we will stay in the first site they had given us. They told us absolutely not. We were told we could leave (with NO REFUND) or move to a different spot on our second day or they said they would have a deputy remove us. We called several campgrounds in the area to see if they had availability, but with it being a holiday weekend they were all full. Our campsite neighbors then told us that the owners move campers every day. One neighbor said he had been moved three times during his stay. Another guest left on our first day because they refused to move to another site in the middle of their stay. The owner rides around on his tractor moving trailers here and there. Craziest thing I have ever experienced. The campground is nice and clean, but the staff are very odd.

Sorry you went thru that and thanks for the warning but I gotta say it's giving me a good laugh thinking about this nut job arbitrarily moving campers around all day and then getting confrontational when people give a little push back. I mean it's not rocket surgery to run a campground... just try to avoid doing absurd things that tick people off. I don't suppose he gave any reasoning behind the "musical campsites" approach did he?
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:09 PM   #20
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We stayed at Smoky Bear Campground a couple of times a few years ago. It was a bit out-of-town - but it was extremely clean and quiet.
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We also stayed at Smoky Bear Campground in Sept 2014. It was a bit east of town but very clean. I'd stay there again.
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