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Old 05-06-2012, 02:21 PM   #1
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Where is a good place to camp in Tn.?

I am looking for some ideas on a good place to camp in Tn. with a 4 year old and a 1yo. I am thinking about a 4 or 5 day trip and would like to find a place that has plenty of things to do with the little ones.
We are new to camping as a "family". We went on our first trip and the kids cried when we had to leave, now we try to go somewhere every other weekend!
So far Alabama Desoto State park has been our favorite.

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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I can strongly recommend Townsend / Great Smokies KOA | Camping in Tennessee | KOA Campgrounds. It is in Townsend TN in East TN 1/2 mile from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is about 30 minute drive to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. The campground is a little pricy but worth it. Very Kid friendly with daily programs for them during the summer months. Check out their facebook page for more info at I use to work there...tell them Bob sent you.

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Old 05-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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Thanks. I checked out the website and it looks really nice. Your right about the cost....$63-$78 a night. I am adding it on my prospect list.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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If you want to be on the "touristy" side of the mountains, Clabough Campground is a family friendly campground and close to all that Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smokey Mountain National Park has to offer. There are many campgrounds in the area to choose from. We have stayed here and also River Plantation. Claboughs was a bit cheaper though and had the lazy river which was nice. I'm sure you'll get other suggestions as well. Enjoy camping as a family you will never regret it.

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Old 05-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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check out fall creek falls state park-
its has great hiking, swimming, boating, nature center and some full hook up sites. also some awesome waterfalls- we went there last fall and had a great time- lots to see and do.

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Old 05-06-2012, 06:39 PM   #6
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FALL CREEK FALLS also has nice paved bike trails that is perfect for families and bike trailers for the little ones.

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:05 AM   #7
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A great place is Adventures Bound Campground its 13 miles outside of Gatlinburg. The prices are good and they have a lot of activities for the kids. You go also go another 5 miles down the road and hit the Great Smoky Mountain Jellystone™ Camp-Resort they are smaller and a little more expensive but its a great campground. Both are in the woods and not so close to the tourist thing that you get disturbed, but close enought to have fun if you want.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:21 AM   #8
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I am looking for some ideas on a good place to camp in Tn................................................ ...........
What type unit do you have? TT, FW, MH etc. I have found that we have a lot of beautiful state park campgrounds here in TN but the sites are relatively small in most of the ones I have scouted. Class A's were not given proper consideration when laying out the facilities. The Smokies are hands down the #1 destination in TN. If the commercial/carnival stuff is your desire, choose Pigeon Forge. If you want a laid back atmosphere in the Smokies, choose Townsend. My family stayed there when I was age 8 (53 yrs ago!) and it has changed very little since then..! Townsend offers one of about everything that PF has 20 of..!! Tubing the Little River is our favorite. Check out Misty River campground in Walland, a short distance from Townsend. Cades Cove is a must see while you are in the Smokies, a very short drive from Townsend.
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We love Natchez Trace SP in the west. Full hook-ups around a lovely lake, lots of trails, use of lodge, ranger led boat trips on lake etc., etc., Sites around lake are tiered so everyone sees the water. Mind you, we are from AZ, so any water is good!!!
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Cades Cove and the Townswend area is our favorite camping by far.

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