Date of Stay: September, 2006
This campground is the last property before the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is nice knowing the river is pristine and has not flowed past anyone's sewers before flowing past our campsite! Shady and quiet, and in 2006 they added more river sites. We reserved the best spot (at least our favorite) and loved every minute. Looking at a campground map, the 2 sites on the river closest to the park have a large sandy shaded area perfect for our 1 year old and his tractors and trucks! Steps away is a short trail to the river's edge, and a shallow area perfect for wading or tossing pebbles in the water. We enjoyed watching the tubers' expressions of joy or trepidation as they passed by. Nights were quiet with only the river sounds and the occasional Harleys passing by. The pool is smallish, but the staff are friendly. The grounds have been exceptionally clean and parklike our last 3 visits. The only downfall is the entrance, a bridge over the river, one lane.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
This park is absolutely beautiful. The lake is lovely, and the falls are breathtaking! We made reservations, and my in-laws lucked upon a spot near us (without reservations). The reason for my rating is we camped with our daughters, aged 12 and 16, and they each had a girlfriend with them. The campsite was adjacent to the large field, which was great, but the girls had to bike across a two-lane road (a public thoroughfare through the park), up a hill, and around a curve to get to the pool. I am slightly overprotective, and I was ready to leave by the second day, from the stress of wondering if they actually made it to the pool! If this park had a gate and was secure, it would be a simply perfect 10!