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Townsend / Great Smokies KOA

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Set in what's known as "the peaceful side of the Smokies," the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA neighbors Cades Cove and the countless black bears, deer, plants and flowers that make their homes there. With the tranquil Little River hugging the property line, endless hiking trails weaving through the wooded tapestry surrounding the kampground and swinging bridges suspended nearby, each day at this KOA promises a new adventure. Nearby attractions like Dollywood, Tuckaleechee Caverns (a 25-million-year old cavern system) and miles of tubing and biking guarantee great fun for your vacation. On-site, visit the Little River Village restaurant for a batch of fudge, grab your tackle and cast your line and enjoy free wireless Internet during your stay.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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A very nice campground, one of the nicest I have been to. Every staff member was friendly and always helpful if needed. Not much open during the winter in the area but was nice having campground kind of private. Wifi and cable were excellent. Look forward to another stay
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Great camping experience near the river. So well decorated for Fall! Great environment for families. Does fill up on the weekend but mostly quiet. This is the nicest KOA we have been to. Store right in front. Easy access to river activities. Foothills Parkway, Gatlinburg, Pigeon
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We stayed here last summer when we visited the grand kids.The grand kids loved it and it was a big hit. They live in Knoxville and it's not far. We rented a cabin for a week with all the comfort of home.
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We always stay at the KOA Townsend in a deluxe cabin when we are in town. This campground is one the cleanest and friendliest. The cabins are great, even with 4 adults. The deck, fire pit and immaculate barbq grill are great pluses.
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We spent two nights here and this place never fails to impress. The staff is very helpful and leads you to the campsite. Our guy asked if I wanted directions backing up the camper and I gladly accepted another pair of eyes for safety. We bought some firewood at the KOA check in
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Camping with decks overlooking the river
Bath house and restrooms
Public showers in bath house
Campground shower and restroom faciilty
RV campsite patio and fire ring
As many said - call. But, FYI, the RV sites are ridiculously small, so even if they did allow, you might not want to! The best sites are actually the tent sites by the river. We didn't have a reservation the first night, but they let us put our truck camper into tent site 124. It was heaven, although no hookups. The second night we moved to another site with hookups, and really wished we had not. If you must have a full hook up site - try for 77-84, or 121. Those are the RV sites on the river. Also, depending on what you drive, be careful. Turning in off the highway you immediately get into a traffic jam. The office, a decorative plant area, the pool, the dumpsite, the parking for towed vehicles, are all within the first 50 feet of the entrance. And there are a couple of really hard turns, and a "one way" segment of the KOA road there that also complicate things for longer rigs.
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Yes, but the river is usually too low to kayak. Tubing and tube rental is available
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Hello, yes we do have two modern bath/shower houses. Thank you
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Alan we have a pop up and stayed in an RV site so I can't answer that question. I would call them.
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Is there tent camping here?
Absolutely! Great sites! Some with water and electric some without.
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"Wifi was a little slow, but didn't affect trip."
"Site 30 is awesome"
"Deluxe cabins have restrooms. Some of these have lofts and some do not. Regular camping cabins do not."
"River View is really a must."
"Stay on the river if possible."
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