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Clabough's Campground

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Decatur, Tennessee
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Camped here in site C1 last weekend for a ball tournament at Wear Farm City Park. The location is perfect! Had torrential down pours of rain. The creek was close to overflow, so the owners moved us to another spot and didn't charge for our nights stay. Very accommodating. Nice clean facilities. Would like to come back and enjoy the...

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Greenville
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved the campground. The STAFF was above and beyond exceptional. Had issue with our camper and sewer that was our fault - Bobby and his helpers came over and assisted my husband. Within minutes we were up and running! Great pools, very quite. Didn't get much outdoor time due to rain but can't wait to go on our next visit!!!...

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Christiana, Tennessee
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed in a cottage within the campground. It was clean and was stocked with plenty of towels. Paper towels, dish soap, bar soap and shampoo provided in ample amounts. Kitchen with refrigerator, coffee makers, and stove also included. Traveling with a 4 year old, we were excited to have the playground, bounce pad, and lazy river/heated pool nearby. Onsite...

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Asheville, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the campground and the store...office staff was a bit cold. But the thing that bothered me the most for a "family campground" is the women (I can't call them ladies) that clean the cabins and the bathrooms dressing inappropriately. I didn't like my 12 yr son or my husband going to the bathhouse because when these women would appear...

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a long Easter weekend at Clabough's Campground and had a wonderful time. Please note, if you like a little more space between you and your neighbors or if you have a larger RV, I would highly recommend going to the D Section of the campground. Yes, the B Section is closer to the lazy river, playground and ginormous...

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Asheboro, North Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 6 days here while visiting the area and Dollywood. We found it to be very peaceful and pleasant. The staff were very nice and helpful. We experienced a hitch issue and ordered another. The staff received our package for us and kept it so that we didn't have to spend day waiting for it. They also came around...

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1Thank marquita s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can certainly say our stay was just not what I expected it to be. In 5 days we stayed here​ the bathrooms and showers were cleaned 1 time. When we initially checked in the person behind the counter was not very pleasant at all and didn't even get so much as a thank you. Later we had to go...

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HeatherEffler, Front Office Manager at Clabough's Campground, responded to this review

I would like to apologize for the experience you had here with us at Clabough's Campground. We strive for excellence and I assure you this is not the way we want our guest to leave, unsatisfied. We have been in business for 37 years and plan continuing by having our guest want to return year after year making memories here...

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

This park is very nice and has very nice staff. The bathrooms are nice and clean the only thing I would change is how offten the bathrooms seem to get cleaned only be once a week and I believe in opinion it should be more and the sites need some grass replanted but that's every campground other then that it's...

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HeatherEffler, Front Office Manager at Clabough's Campground, responded to this review

We Thank you for choosing to stay at Clabough's Campground and hope to see you again in the near future. The issues with the grass are being taken care of as this happens sometimes between fall/winter months. We do try and keep our rates lower plus have the best campground in the year that is truly what we strive for....

Kearneysville, West Virginia
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We camped March 4th & 5th for the Chuckwagon cookoff. Everything was great! The staff there couldn't have been any nicer. We went to Cowboy Church on Sunday which put us a few minutes late checking out. That was not a problem with them and that assured me that I would definitely be back to camp there again.

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HeatherEffler, Front Office Manager at Clabough's Campground, responded to this review

Thank You for choosing Clabough's Campground for your destination getaway. We were very pleased with the outcome for the Chuckwagon Cook-Off and hope it continues to grow and be even more wagons participate as the city has sold out of tickets the last several years. We greatly appreciate you for your business and hope to see you back here again...

Lebanon, Ohio
Reviewed 6 March 2017

First time staying here. We opted for a cabin (our regular Gatlinburg accommodations are recovering from fire damage). We knew from the website that a refundable $100 security deposit was required. However, we were unpleasantly surprised at check-in when the deposit was required in cash only. I've stayed in cabins at other area campgrounds without a deposit so it was...

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HeatherEffler, Front Office Manager at Clabough's Campground, responded to this review

We apologize for the inconvenience of you not being notified about the cash damage deposit. We do ask our front desk staff to notify our guest about the cash damage deposit and also if you received an email confirmation that information would have been on there as well. Thank you for the idea for the curved shower rods and the...

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Babysitting
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Clabough family has lived in Pigeon Forge for five generations and in the Smoky Mountain region for a lot longer. William Clabough, a Civil War veteran, bought the original property in the late 1800s. He was a Union soldier and was drawing a small pension when he settled in Pigeon Forge. The Knoxville Chancery Court records show that he sold it to Clyde, one of his nine children, in 1922 when he was about 80 years old. Clyde had a dowry and bought everyone else out. He was a carpenter and built several barns in Sevier County. His two sons, Harold and William Clyde “W.C.” eventually helped him finally pay off the property. The Clabough’s farm had cattle and grew enough wheat to feed the family, tomatoes, hay and a little cash crop like corn. Harold, now 90 years old, said, “We had a good life here on the farm. We always had plenty to eat.” Things got better during the Second New Deal in 1935, Roosevelt started the Farm Security Administration (FSA) which was an effort during the Depression to combat American rural poverty by helping poor farmers buy land, and that program continues to operate in the 21st century as the Farmers Home Administration. The goal was to make the farmer more efficient so the loans were used for new machinery, trucks, or animals, or to repay old debts. “We operated our own farm with horses – no tractors, no electricity,” said Harold. “We didn’t have indoor plumbing until 1948. That was a treat when we got that put in.” Born on November 1, 1923, Harold’s first memories of the property are of the original farmhouse built in the 1800s that is still standing and the pecan tree next to it. He and his brother, W.C., grew up working chores on the farm, but went on their separate career paths. Harold attended Pine Grove School and graduated with a class of 4 people, then worked at TVA for 9 years, taught school for 4 years and served in the military for 32 years. His brother, W.C., served the military in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and Spain. He was a veteran of World War II and after 17 years of service, received a medical discharge. Upon his death in the 1980s, the land came to be Harold’s. Little by little, the land being farmed shrank and in 1980 Harold started building the Campground, officially opening in 1981. Gradually, Harold acquired a little more land to build the store that still services campers today, offering Exxon gasoline and a small deli that the locals frequent as much as the out-of-town visitors. “We made good money out of the small campground so I decided to add more sites.” Harold was a sharp businessman and the Campground grew from 83 to 116 sites, and then 150 when new property was added. Today, Clabough’s Campground, has 325 camping sites plus cabin, cottage and vacation rentals. Harold and his wife of 58 years, who passed away in 2006, worked the business with their only daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons. After a career at First Federal and Rural Housing Authority, son-in-law Ronnie Russell took on the role of General Manager in 1978 and has overseen new water lines, new concrete patios, new sewer lines and updating the cabins every couple of years. “You cannot stay the same. You’ve got to work at making it better,” Ronnie said, “I want our campground to be known as the best one in the area. It’s like anything. You take care of it, because it’s all you have. Our goal is to try to make it better. People come here, and we are proud to say they leave happy.” The original farm was about 50 acres and today the property is about 50 acres. The Appalachian Mountains have seen a big boom as tourism took center stage for the Smokies, but really the families and their values have not changed. You still only need a handful of change to buy an ice cream and Harold’s philosophy of “you never hurt someone else to help yourself” shows up in every detail of the business. “We keep it clean. We have all the conveniences. If you have any problem while you are here, come see us,” said Harold. Throughout his long life, he has seen his childhood home evolve into a multi-facetted modern family-friendly vacation destination. While still active and on-site, it is younger generations that handle the day-to-day operations. Harold summed it best when he said, “The campers have been so good to us. Campers are good people.” ... more   less 

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Address: 405 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Region: United States > Tennessee > Sevier County > Pigeon Forge
Number of rooms: 320
Also Known As:
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