Best compromise campground near Gatlinburg?

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  1. hammb

    hammb Member

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    Yes, I'm sorry another Gatlinburg area thread. I've read through them all and I'm not sure I got a great answer for my situation, so thought I'd ask specifically.

    I am thinking about planning a trip (5-7 days) in Gatlinburg next summer. What I'm hoping to find is the best compromise campground. If it were up to me I'd pull into Cosby or Elkmont, survive without electricity for the stay and never step foot outside of the national park. There is more than enough entertainment for me in the NP to keep me occupied for weeks.

    Unfortunately my wife's idea of the Smokies is a trip around the scenic drive and to the visitor center in the NP, and then spend the rest of the week playing hillbilly golf, dollywood, Ripley's, etc. Basically she enjoys taking the kiddo to all the parts of the area that I think look like somebody took a giant dump on one of the most beautiful areas of the Eastern US.

    So with that in mind the national park campgrounds are definitely out. She will never agree to a stay that long without electricity. Our PUP has a casette toilet that we don't use, no need for sewer hookups, water is fine but not a deal breaker either way. If the park had a shuttle stop to go into Gatlinburg that'd be a bonus. Things in the park for the kid to do are always a plus. But I still want something that feels like a campground; trees, river, at least a little space, etc. Close to the NP for hiking is a must.

    Thus far I'm thinking the Greenbrier Campground might fit the bill for us, but I'm not sure if there are better options that might be better for what we're looking for?
     
  2. Rusty2192

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    I’ve only camped at Elkmont, so I don’t have any firsthand experience with any of the private campgrounds, but I’ve been paying a lot of attention to others’ reviews for when we do get to try one.

    As I was reading I thought Greenbriar sounds just like what you want. Another option I’ve heard great things about is the Townsend KOA. You could also look into Imagination Mountain (formerly the Gatlinburg Jellystone). The big downside to me for any of those 3 is that they are all pretty far outside of town. If you make frequent trips into town to hit all of the stops like we do the drive would get old.
     
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    I agree with Greenbriar. Its much closer to Gatlinburg than Imagination Mountain. There is another one a little closer to Gatlinburg that has a trolley stop at the entrance to the campground. That might be worth it... parking is a pain in Gatlinburg. I live in Knoxville and we usually go out there once a month... but not in October/November. I learned my lesson..
     
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    Deep Creek, Balsam Mountain and Cataloochee. They are the furthermost from Gatlinberg so you wont be able to visit G as often. <GG>
     
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    Douglas Dam Campgrounds near Sevierville. It's a TVA campground that is really nice and close enough to drive to all the attractions.
     
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    I have stayed at the pigeon forge koa which is nice and very close to the touresty stuff and the np. We split the trip and stayed at the towsend koa for the 2nd half. The towsend koa was very nice and much more in line with the quieter np type activities. Plus they have tubing right on the creek that runs through the campground
     
  8. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    I enjoyed staying at Townsend. My focus was the park but it was nice taking a dip in the pool after a day of hiking. Tubing at the ‘Y’ is right in front as well.
    Maintainer is the Campground we stayed at.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Townsend campgrounds

    Tubing and a burger place are steps from the campground.
     
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    We've stayed at the Townsend KOA long before it was a KOA. Located along the Little River it was great - neat campsites, clean bath house, and now as a KOA I'd expect it to be the same today. :)
     

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