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Clabough's Campground

405 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4218
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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.”
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Lazy river
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Jay D wrote a review Today
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania383 contributions68 helpful votes
You are across from a parking lot for the lazy river and if people are parked there, since your campsite is partially on a corner, it is impossible to back your RV into the lot, you have to wait and ask people to move their vehicles just to set up. The site is also so unlevel I had to use every leveling block in my arsenal plus borrow from my neighbor, my RV would not stay in its spot with standard wheel chocks, so I had to buy the oversized gigantic ones that they conveniently sold in there store... You are across from the lazy river and jump pad, which at 10:30 p.m. at night on a Monday, children were still screaming and yelling, in the morning you are next to the dumpster so when the trash truck picks it up and bangs and bangs and bangs, so you are getting it from both ends. You can't get sleep at a reasonable hour because of how close you are to activities and can't sleep in because of how close you are to the trash. Add on during the day you are next to the store and everybody cuts through your lot and this is the least private, least quiet, unlevel and hard to get in spot you will ever have the horror of paying to stay in, avoid at all costs!!!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Kathy g wrote a review Jul 2
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I was sch in August for the suite at Clabough"s Campground. So now we are in a Pandemic and the Governor is asking us to stay home. I went on Clabough"s website to read the cx policy and it stated 5% cx fee.(not bad) I called to cx and the lady stated there would be a 20% cx fee I am like what? I just read 5% she said if you look under rentals you will see 20%. I am not happy yet I said um ok she never said another word and hung up the phone. I am not happy they still have over a month to book it. Always read the fine lines altho I thot I had
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Date of stay: July 2020
Justatouristlikeyou wrote a review Jun 2020
Pinellas Park, Florida336 contributions88 helpful votes
Huge place! Family owned and upgraded are nice! Spaces are back to back, we literally were window to window with our neighbor but not a big deal. The side to side space was ample. We were close to the front, also a little loud as that's a very busy road. Not affected inside the RV but outside it wasn't quiet. Other locations are perfect. Golf cart friendly. Pet friendly although someone had damaged the pet area fence so we didn't use it. The new building is huge and has a nice fitness room, cafe, pool and meeting space along with GIANT showers. Tip: bring a folding chair into the showers, there are no shower hooks and no shower curtains so I had to roll up my towel and balance it on the toilet paper holder around the corner. Maybe they're yet to be installed since the building is so new. But the shower room is private and so big you could bathe the entire family in the room. One disappointing thing - the cafe at the front by the front pool had limited hours so we missed pizza time. BUT, when we asked, the ladies up front didn't bother to offer that the back cafe was still open. They only answer the question you ask and nothing more. So we walked to subway. This was literally one of the most disappointing things, and they missed out on making money from us and we missed time at the resort. The other issue was there was zero information on the lazy river pool area it is set far off so it doesn't appear to be a part of the park until you walk up to it so we missed out on that too. They do make an effort to have multiple activities so the kids were happy.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Bonnie R wrote a review May 2020
Kentucky56 contributions16 helpful votes
We are senior citizens with desire to travel with our own camper. We chose this place due to a suggestion from a friend that had been there. They have wonderful shower/restrooms, weight lifting machines, new snack bar. We loved it and found many new travelers that were helpful. Oh and they have beautiful gas fire rings with chairs around! Very nice and convenient to the strip in Pigeon Forge.
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Date of stay: May 2020
Room Tip: Great place to visit from KY or any other states!!
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Kristie G wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our first trip here & we had fun. The lazy river is not huge, but we had fun just floating around. Every night had events. We had fun listening at the karaoke nights. Bathhouses were the cleanest we have seen in a campground.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Heather E, Manager at Clabough's Campground
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for the review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clabough's Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Clabough's Campground?
Nearby attractions include Smoky Mountain Escape Games (0.7 miles), Trapped Escape Game (0.5 miles), and Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Clabough's Campground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Clabough's Campground?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Clabough's Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Clabough's Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pigeon Forge Deli, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, and Curl de la Crème - Ice Cream.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Clabough's Campground?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Clabough's Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Clabough's Campground?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Old Forge Distillery (2.0 miles) and The McMahan Indian Mound (4.5 miles).