QUOTE(dlkelleytn @ May 31 2008, 09:30 AM)
Our favorite is Riverbend Campground in Pigeon Forge. We have been there once this year and plan on staying there for a week over July 4th and again for Labor Day weekend.
The park is about 2 blocks off of the main drag so it is convenient while still being quiet. You can walk a block and catch the trolley which will take you anywhere in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg (with a couple of trolley changes). The river runs right by the park.
Sites are easy to maneuver and the owners are always driving the park making sure everything is OK. They do not have a pool which could be a drawback if you have kids.
Another place we would recommend is River Plantation in Pigeon Forge. It is a little further out of town but nice and has 2 pools.
Have not stayed at the campground in Gatlinburg. We spoke with some people last weekend who had stayed there. Nice campground but seems to have a problem with bears making surprise visits during the night.
I have stayed at most all of the campgrounds in the Pigeon Forge area. My favorite of all is Claboughs located on Wears Vallley Road. This campgrounds has everything you could possibly need. Gas, Grocery Store, Deli, pools, etc.
They are located in the center of Pigeon Forge you can be anywhere in a matter of minutes. The tolley also stops at this campground.
The management team there is outstanding.