Just spent 5 nights at this KOA. Booked a year in advance and paid extra, in order to be assured of a "riverfront " site. What a joke. We were instead backed up to an almost dry creek bed; the water that was in it was stagnant, dirty, and not flowing at all. Photos say it all. What we were EXPECTING vs what we GOT. Won't make the mistake again.
Typical of KOAs I have used, the bathrooms were clean and neat. The wifi was good enough for me to stream Monday Night Football to my IPAD. There are lots of things for kids (bounce pit, swimming pool, etc) and while I didn't use them myself I saw a lot of kids enjoying them. Quiet at night with not much road traffic nearby. Very nice.
Great for family with kids and others. An excellent spot for visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Not the mention the casino in Cherokee. If you can wait a day, plan your arrival on Monday, when your options are better to choose a great spot by the river. ( Now this is for October vacation.) Weather is great and you can see elks out in the field everyday. Something you must see. It is awesome. Good wifi but bring rental movies. Firewood is through the roof at $8.00 a bundle, so get some before and a bag of ice is $3.00. Overall this is a good RV sites with pull thru and back ins.
The average rating is based on the following criteria: The campground is in a low lying area as is most of Cherokee. The campground was full of large mud holes and bodies of standing water. I realize the the owners can't control the weather, but they could fill in the low areas with GRAVEL, gravel is cheap and would be a tremendous help. The second reason for the rating is many of the sites are unkempt and overgrown looking. You can tell bushes and shrubs have been trimmed in some time, and many of the tress have overhanging limbs just waiting to fall on RV's. We experienced this during our stay. Many of the sites are are super small and you unit and tow vehicle will just barley fit. In addition the fire pit on our site was unusable, due to being right beside our RV, and being anchored to the ground. The few positives were: many activities for kids, lot's of decorations for Halloween, also extremely nice bath houses. The WIFI was non existent, never stayed on for more than a few minutes at a time during our whole stay. In conclusion this campground has some very nice and roomy sites that would provide a nice experience, while others, such as the one we would up with are less than desirable, so look at the campground map carefully and maybe even choose a site bigger than you RV actually needs, so you can have some breathing room, and be away from the mud pits.…
We stayed in 282 and I am covered up with bedbugs bites. People in cabin next door were also heavily bitten. Our bed sheets were covered in blood smears where we had crushed them in our sleep. Management pushed idea they were batbugs that don't tent to bother humans. This is not the case...the bites took 18-24 hours to show up and itch. There are many previous reviews here stating similar problems over the last many months so it is evident there is an ongoing problem. Management was as good as they could be under the circumstances refunding our stay and providing funds to wash all our belongings on site. If you are in your own camper...this is a good place.