We had tent site 119, which is at the end of one of the loops away from the river, so we only had one site next to us. The roads are tiny and so are the sites. The RVs were practically on top of each other and the tent sites weren't much better. The location in townsend is nice and it was nice to listen to the river at night. It rained every night we were there, so the river was up quite a bit. Our tent site was covered in dead leaves, so it was almost impossible to keep the inside of our tent clean. I'm not sure if there is anything they can do about that though. The bath houses were clean, but they were all located in the front near the road. They do have port-a-potties in the back, so you don't have to walk all the way up to the front at night.
As for the area, it is great. If you are considering this KOA or the one in Pigeon Forge, I would go with this one. The one in Pigeon Forge is right off the main strip there. It looks like Vegas. That's not why I went to the Smoky mountains. The townsend KOA is close to Cades Cove. We drove up there twice and saw Deer, Elk, a coyote and several black bears.
The campground has a nice small pool and a playground for the kids. The store is convenient and they offer tubing in the river, which we didn't do because of the high water and the fact that our kids are younger and not great swimmers.
Overall, the campground was just a bit too crowded in terms of space, but the location is great and there is plenty to see in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Townsend / Great Smokies Koa Hotel Townsend