I first went to this campground/RV/cabin KOA site when I was 15 and loved it. I went back the first time last year (12 years later) and wasn't sure how I'd feel about it this time. However, I think overall it is still a great place stay. We camped in a tent right on the river which was absolutely beautiful. One downside to wanting to camping on the river is that they only have 3 or 4 available, so book early! The staff is super friendly and it has a small store, gas station (helpful to stop at before going into park) and pool. It has a fabulous location, literally right next to the entrance of the park - you can't stay any closer! The one thing I have to complain about is that the bathhouse is kind of far away from the tent campgrounds (you'd think they'd be closer to tents and further away from RVs that have their own bathroom??) and it is kind of old and dingy. Other than that, it's a fantastic place to camp with kids or without such as myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in what's known as "the peaceful side of the Smokies," the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA neighbors Cades Cove and the countless black bears, deer, plants and flowers that make their homes there. With the tranquil Little River hugging the property line, endless hiking trails weaving through the wooded tapestry surrounding the kampground and swinging bridges suspended nearby, each day at this KOA promises a new adventure. Nearby attractions like Dollywood, Tuckaleechee Caverns (a 25-million-year old cavern system) and miles of tubing and biking guarantee great fun for your vacation. On-site, visit the Little River Village restaurant for a batch of fudge, grab your tackle and cast your line and enjoy free wireless Internet during your stay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Townsend / Great Smokies Koa Hotel Townsend