Date of Stay: April, 2015
My family and a I leave our travel trailer here and come and go through out the year. We just got back from an indoor water park facility in Sevierville and were once again reminded as to why we love Big Meadow and Townsend. The traffic in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge was simply nuts. If you want the quiter side of the Smokies yet still want to be close to the busier areas you are still close enough yet don't have to put up with the headache. Big Meadow just updated their splash pad and my kids loved it. The access to the Little River and tubing doesn't get any better as its right next door also. Also, the size of the sites is better than other campgrounds in the area. I have stayed at others that literally took me what seemed like forever to back in to. Can't go wrong with Big Meadow, we love it.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
I really enjoyed this park. I came here as a result of leaving another campground due to the fact that I was not impressed at all with them. Anyway, this is a fairly nice place and right across the street from Diamond Caverns which was a very nice cave if you are in the area checking out the different caverns and caves. My father and I played golf at the Caverns golf course, and it wasn't too bad. Kind of rough but playable. Would I play it again?? Well, probably not, but it was nice getting out and playing a round with my dad. It just amazes me that I was able to get 2 sites at this campground for less than what 1 cost at the other campground. We booked the site beside us so we wouldn't have neighbors right up on us. I would have given this higher, but it only had gravel pads and no real patio, just dirt right outside our door. I do have to have a nice area to sit with the family. I do think that there were some sites in the park that had concrete pads though. Would surely stay again.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
I had booked this to stay for the 4th of July weekend. I was told site 100 was a great site, and the gentleman that I had talked to on the phone said he couldn't believe that it hadn't been booked yet as it was a large and very nice spot when I had originally called. I arrived on Thursday the 2nd of July with my mom. Everything at first went well with the check-in. As I started my drive through the park, I couldn't believe how old and dated that it looked for the price: $55 bucks? Seriously? Plus, you still have to pay another 8 dollars a day to use their waterslide. When we got to the site, we actually laughed out loud. It was tiny. Where you would step out from your RV, there was no landing whatsoever. It just rolled off down a hill, just terrible. I then used their Wi-Fi to find the other campgrounds in the area, hoping that some had availability this close to the 4th. I came across another campground which was more than half the price of this dump. Oh, the only reason I gave Jellystone a 2 was because they did fully refund my money, which I will say was decent of them.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This is my third trip to this park and we obviously enjoy it every time, hence the reason for the returns. I have never stayed at any of the other parks in Townsend since I have driven through most of them and they all seem like you could jump from one RV to the other, and barely get your slides out, without popping your neighbor a time or 2. Big Meadow easily has the most room in the area including Pigeon Forge (won't go back there) and Gatlinburg and its way more peaceful too. The owners were super friendly once again and very accommodating if you had a certain area of sites that you liked. My father and I had a golf tournament that we played in and needed 2 more golfers to complete our team. They went the extra mile and created, and printed us out a sheet requesting for some golfers and posted it around the park. Lastly, the access to the Little River and tubing is outstanding. My father and I went down it three times and had a blast.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
I am a firm believer in giving good reviews when they are deserved and not just bad ones when they are also deserved. First let me say, I stayed at Navarre Beach Campground last year over the Memorial Day holiday and without hesitation left them a negative. Thus, I will never go back. You can read my review of them if you want but, just a quick overview they were extremely misleading on things in the park that would cost you extra money. Examples being an ice cream social, pancake breakfast, etc. By looking at there site one would think that was just a free bonus for campers. When you got here and were checked in is when you learned otherwise. Anyway, Camping on the Gulf was up front with everything. They say on their website that ice cream is extra and aren't shady about trying to make another dollar or 2 with anything. The bathrooms were top notch, you basically have your own shower, sink, and toilet. Nice shaded lots (upper park) and easy access to the beach. That being the real beach and not some "Sound" that the other place is located at. We have already made reservations again.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
I have mixed feelings on this place, it was very cramped but, was also a fairly pretty place. Would I stay here again? Well, maybe if there was nothing else available. My big issue seemed to be that it was really about making their money and that was about it. When I originally booked this, I was told that all I had to do was put down 1 nights deposit. When it was about a month or so before we checked in, I got several phone calls from the campground saying since it was a holiday weekend, that I had to go ahead and pay up front!! Now someone please tell me why I wasn't told this earlier?? I have never seen any other campground anywhere try and pull this, had something come up, I would have been out over 200 bucks for nothing. The place is definitely a business and doesn't have that homely feel to it. I had never really paid attention to some of these review's but, I got to agree with some of them about how this place conduct's itself.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
I gave this a 5 cause I was really 50/50 with it. I must agree with the other reviews that discussed the creek access. The owners definitely stretch the whole "creek front" thing, I promise you this. The only really pretty creek front was at the south end and that was really only for small travel trailers and tenters (The creek picture on the website is of this area, don't be fooled). On our site you could barely even see the creek cause of weeds grown up with trees hanging over in it and it was down a steep hill. This creek was no where near as pretty as the one that flows through Townsend by any means. I didn't have any issues with the people at check-in like others said (maybe they do read this stuff). My major complaint and I mean major was with the design of the electric boxes. Instead of being at the back of your RV like normal, the electric box was near the front of the gravel pad. I wasn't paying attention, and my super slide on that side of my RV almost hit it as I was putting it out. I had to take up my levelers and try and pull forward just enough to barely miss the box. I couldn't go backwards cause I would have hit the trees. The nose of my RV was almost in the road but, that was all I could do. I must have backed up and went forward no kidding for 30 minutes trying to miss the box and get close enough to the patio, it was that bad. Nothing else was available as my favorite place in Townsend was full due to the Labor Day holiday. There was also really no room between our RV and our neighbors, although they were super friendly and that was definitely a plus. The place is really clean and the pool was great, I swam twice in it and met some other nice people. The elder, tattoos, leather-skinned ,bikini clad woman, I could have done with out though, ha ha, but other than that it was really good. Would I stay here again? Yeah possibly, but, I am seriously sold on how pretty Townsend is and want to go back there.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I live in North Alabama and we had originally booked the Hale's Barr Marina about 15 miles west of Chattanooga. We picked this over Raccoon Mountain because they were right on Nickajack Lake. I thought that I could see this campground from the Interstate in the past when I would come from Gatlinburg. What I thought was Hale's Barr wasn't, it was a county park or something. Anyway, when we went to Hale's Barr, I seriously thought I was attending a re-enactment of "Deliverance." I knew Raccoon Mountain was a nice place because we stopped there a few weeks ago on our way back from the Smokies to check it out. As soon as I saw Hale's I was dialing up Raccoon Mountain and praying they had availability. They did and we got the heck out of dodge. Anyway, we had a blast at Raccoon. The pool, the mountains, and the area itself was just awesome. We all raced each other on the go-carts (which you can walk to, its on the premises), and played some video games. My only complaint would be that some of the workers at the go-cart track drive too fast down the road that leads to the track. Our dog was almost hit after she pulled free from her leash. We are definitely going back and look forward to it. The staff at check-in was also very friendly.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I originally booked this several months ago because I had a discount of 20 percent off that I had gotten from attending an RV show that "Big Meadow" had a booth at. When I received the discount, I noticed that it was not to be used on "Holiday weekends" which obviously makes sense to me. The 4th of July fell on a Wednesday, so I thought I would ask if I could use the discount and without hesitation was told that I could, which right off the bat was very cool in my book. I started to wonder about some of the other campgrounds in the area as my vacation time neared because Big Meadow doesn't have a swimming pool as some of the others in Townsend do. I called the KOA of Townsend, (formerly Little River Village), and was put on a list to get a river front site, if someone cancelled. They called on several occasions when one came available and each time I said "no". I felt like I should give Big Meadow a chance since they were going to let me use the discount. Arrival time came and I was very pleased. The Johnson's were as friendly as it gets and told my girlfriend and I about different area attractions like the "Y" swimming hole and good restaurants in Townsend. Those of you who read this, check out the "Y", its about 2 miles into the National park on the left, you will see the cars parked there. Great place to take a dip and the water is nice and cold to give you a super jolt to get your blood flowing!!! Also, they have a tubing place right next door, so you can get into the Little River right beside the campground. With all of this water stuff, I forgot all about a swimming pool, so it was no big deal. Now, of course I did have to drive through and see the KOA and I can honestly say I was glad that I didn't go there. The sites looked so close together, I am sure you could stick your head out your window and hug your neighbor, (if you wanted to, and I surely didn't want to do this). At Big Meadow, I had one of their sites over looking the River and my only real issue was the locals drove up and down the road that separates the grounds from the River like Indy car drivers. Cops could fund their retirement if they watched this supposed 25 mile an hour road. We walked around the whole park and the super sites in the back and on the side were huge. I will get one of these next time, they were so spacious and seemed very peaceful. No doubt I will stay here again, great place and again the Johnson's were super friendly!!
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is really not a bad place at all. Its definitely just a place to park your RV with hook-ups and thats about it. The owners were nice which is always a plus. If you are expecting a "resort" type place then don't come here but, if you wish to get away or do an over night stop on the way back from Florida then it works just fine.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
First off, let me say that the campground itself was a super nice place and we had a great time. My problem was with how the owners/workers ran their business. We stayed in lot B59 which is right on one of their little turn arounds which you can see on their site map. It clearly shows it as a turn around road only and nothing more. On our second day here, they blocked off this area and stuck a travel trailer almost directly in front of us, in the middle of this road and even closer to the gentleman that was in C59 (this trailer was basically in his back door). If you look at the site map, it says absolutely nothing about being able to do this, nothing whatsoever. I booked this site because I didn't want people right up on us. Well that went over really well. My next issue, I kept bragging to my parents before we got here, that they had free pancakes one morning and sausage biscuits another day and also an ice cream social one night. The way they advertised it on their calendar showed like it was included free for being a camper here. It showed no money involved whatsoever.(You can still see it on the calendar, unless they changed it now.) Well, as soon as we checked in, they basically gave us the same calendar, but this time it showed money amounts out beside each of these breakfasts or socials. So why do they not show money on their website but, then do after the fact when you are already checked in? The word deception comes to mind to get your attention when you are booking the place. One of the workers sent a female manager over to my camper and we discussed the parking issue, she was telling me that they reserve the right to use that road as an over flow area during holidays. I told her that's fine but, at least be professional about it and show it on the site map. (I took pictures of the trailer parked in front of us, in case anyone questioned me on here.) Its funny my father and I played in a golf tournament in Shalimar and got several free lunches to an Italian eatery right down the street from the campground. We didn't get to use them and my dad said we should give them away to some of the workers. He laughed out loud and said on second thought, maybe we shouldn't because they would just raffle them off!! Another thing the manager kind of bugged me with was it seemed that she kept trying to give me a guilt trip that I should feel lucky that I even was able to get lot B59. She said they don't guarantee you will get any site even if you request it. Funny they don't guarantee them but, as soon as I asked for that site over the phone, it was given to me: strange huh? Well again, let me say this campground was really pretty and the nights were great sitting outside. Its just obvious the owners care a lot more about getting their money from you and not a whole lot about ethics. I am going to give the other park a shot next time.
Date of Stay: April, 2007
I usually leave my RV here at Goosepond, and we love it. My father and I golf, we eat at the "Docks", etc. I would recommend this place to anyone. The lots are nice and spread out too which always is a good thing. The lake and scenery are just breath-taking.
Date of Stay: February, 2007
This campground was really nice and you can just walk right up to the casino in about 2 minutes. I even left my water pressure regulator and the gal that worked there went to my site after I left, found it, and then mailed it to me. Now if that isn't going out of the way to take care of a customer then I don't know what is. It could be more shaded but, as a whole a great place.
Date of Stay: December, 2006
We stayed here over New Years and had a great time. The site was right on the creek and the mountain views and scenery were breath taking. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.