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405 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-4218
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#6 of 74 Specialty lodging in Pigeon Forge
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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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Gina S wrote a review Nov 2022
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Clean restrooms and grounds, need to check on refills for toilet paper more often. Nice concession area good food. Nice pavilion area except when kids are running around throwing things. Not real happy about the big increase on prices for next year.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Glad you enjoyed your stay, and we greatly appreciate your business. We did have to go up a little on the prices, but we are still one of the cheapest in the area and offer a lot to our customers. We hope to see you again in 2023!
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Angela S wrote a review Nov 2022
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They went above and beyond for my family this weekend! Everyone was so kind and helpful! Everything was clean, well maintained!!! I’ve already booked my next stay! There are many amenities! Plus they have activities for the entire family! Very family friendly! We have been coming here for years!!! We love coming here!! Great entertainment and activities scheduled for holidays and summertime!! Food is great in the deli. Snack bar has wonderful smoothies, pizza and ice cream! Plus the office staff are so helpful!!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Thanks for the review! We appreciate you choosing Clabough's Campground as your home away from home. We do strive for Excellence and hope you continue making memories here with us that will last a lifetime.
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Elizabeth D wrote a review Nov 2022
Williamsport, Ohio45 contributions3 helpful votes
No issues at all! Very clean bathrooms! Nice pull through spot. Will definitely be back!! We saw a nice fire up by the store but didn’t have time to sit. It looked nice! We were met by an employee and taken to our spot….we didn’t even need to get out of the truck!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Thanks for camping with us during the Thanksgiving holiday! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Christy M wrote a review Nov 2022
Fairhope, Alabama
Pros: Clean bathrooms, available staff, close proximity to Pigeon Forge. Cons: Very slow and often stagnant sewer drainage, water line froze, staff very cold and distant, spots very small, so many spots are taken by empty rigs, no camp activities especially during the Holiday, they will not refund for early departure. Very disappointing 1 week stay. We had two days left in our stay and left anyway.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay here with us. We never get complaints on our staff so if you could please let us know who the employee was we will take care of that situation. We do not offer activities during Thanksgiving as we typically close on Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend time with their families. When the temps get cold outside the lines can freeze if the lines to your camper are not insulated properly or if you do not use a heated water hose. We do have a handful of sites that have permanent campers on them but not many as we no longer offer long term sites.
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Sarah W wrote a review Nov 2022
Douglasville, Georgia
This is the nicest campground we’ve ever been to. We have a big family and they had no problem accommodating us and our 47 foot toy hauler with a pull through site. We also have a German Shepard who enjoyed his stay as well. There were several other dogs there as well and a dog park. We also noticed the brand new pool and lazy river that we’d love to use in the future. There are also 2 more pools. They also have a clubhouse/bathhouse where they light fire pits with a sitting area that’s really nice alongside some of their Christmas lights. If we needed something we didn’t have they have their very own service station they started in the 70’s with a cafe in back. If you get their pamphlet you will get to read the history of how they got started and it really is an amazing story. It made me happy to know my family got to be apart of something that has been built since the 70’s. You can really tell the owners take pride in their campground from the friendly staff, to the cleanliness, the organization, and the landscaping. We will definitely be back! Sarah and our family of 10 💓
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Thank you for such a great review! We appreciate you taking the time to leave such a fantastic review about our campground. We do take pride in our campground, and I must say we do have some pretty amazing staff. We hope you and your family have a Very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in 2023.
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Courtney S wrote a review Nov 2022
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We love Claboughs Campground! For sure the most reasonable place to camp in Pigeon Forge! We always say lets try someplace else, but always end up at Claboughs! The price is always right. The only negative would be if you stay at the front of the campground, you will hear the traffic, night and day!!
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Thanks for leaving us a review! We greatly appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.
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James B wrote a review Nov 2022
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We stay here 2 to 3 times a year and just love it. The grounds are always clean and the staff is great. There are many sites to choose from and they are all good. Like being close to all of the sites but still far enough away to not be bothered by the traffic.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thanks for choosing Clabough's Campground as your getaway destination in Pigeon Forge. We greatly appreciate your business and hope you continue making memories here with us for many years to come.
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Regan V wrote a review Nov 2022
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We stayed for a week (my husband, I and our toddler). It was very clean, close to things and nice pool, office, workout and laundry facilities. I would make sure to stay in the back sections furthest away from the road as the sites are bigger and not as close as the front ones.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thanks for leaving us a review! We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon.
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Mindy R wrote a review Nov 2022
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This was a very nice campground off the parkway. Close to everything but far enough away to feel the mountains surrounding you. Some of the sites were rather tight but manageable. The only negative I can think of is the tiny dog park. A larger dog area would be awesome but frankly, we were pleased to have what they offered for our aussie! More concrete sites would be awesome! And more organized events under the covered patio....maybe a football Saturday or Sunday with a big screen TV! Overall, everyone was very friendly and the campground offered more than we could ask for for our visit with a great price point. We will return in the future!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and are planning to return in the future. Each year we have been adding concrete sites and always do some sort of update to the campground each year. Thanks for the event ideas as well. We offer and do a lot more events in the summertime but the ones you mentioned would be great during the fall.
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Michael B wrote a review Nov 2022
Butler1 contribution
Excellent place to camp. Walking distance to the main road in Pigeon Forge. The amenities were great. The pools were heated and still open. The bathrooms and laundry facilities were very clean. Definitely a place we will go back to
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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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 any cleaning services offered at Clabough's Campground?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
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 (1.9 miles) and The McMahan Indian Mound (4.5 miles).
Is Clabough's Campground accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.