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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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dellaprice wrote a review Aug 2
Big Stone Gap, Virginia3 contributions
We have been staying at Clabough’s for many years and they just keep getting better! The campground is very clean and well maintained. The new pavilion and pool are great! They have many free activities for families. The neon pool party was awesome! And they have a great playground for the grandkids. We had a problem with the air conditioner in our camper and they send a maintanence man, Randy, out to check it free of charge! When we couldn’t get it repaired, Randy even brought us his own portable air conditioner so that our trip wasn’t cut short! Thanks so much!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
bill v wrote a review Jul 2021
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The guide tried taking us to our site that we couldn't make the corner as we have a 43 foot motorhome and towing a car and there were cars and golf carts parked on the street corners.. Took us an hour to unbind and unhitch our car and was finally able to get to our site. The guide almost ran us into a fence, a parked car, and a post! He needs additional training on parking big rigs apparently. Spoke to some neighboring campers and they had similar problems as well. Will probably not stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Michael E wrote a review Jul 2021
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it was real easy to get set up. when we arrived they met me as i pulled iin and took me to my site. then the lady directed me into the site i was backing into. after i got set up i had to go to the office to check in and that was a breeze. this is a great place to stay. it is a very clean campground. very clean bath house and rest rooms. these people are proud of the place and it was a pleasure to stay there and will again. thank you for a wonderful place to come and stay.......
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Michelle H wrote a review Jul 2021
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We have stayed at Clabough’s for several years and love this campground. The sites are roomy and easy to get into. All their facilities are very nice and the pavilion is top notch. Very kid and family friendly place to stay. They have all kinds of activities for the kids and movie nights. I would recommend this place to anyone. 10 out of 10!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Brad R wrote a review Jul 2021
Russellville, Tennessee11 contributions6 helpful votes
Always a great experience! Have stayed here many times. A few of the sites are tight, but the friendly feel to me makes up for it. The Children loved the DJ at the pool! I personally enjoy the Camp Grill in the gas station as I’m a sucker for potato wedges!! I went to the D section bath house once and it could use some updates as it is older. Still love it here and see y’all I. October! Ohh and nice touch on the escorts to the camp sites!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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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, Brick and Spoon - Pigeon Forge, and Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt.
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.