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Date of Stay:
September, 2018 -
We had to make our first repair on our little travel trailer as soon as we parked here--the cover for the fan in the ceiling of the bathroom had blown off somewhere along the drive. The KOA people very kindly let us borrow a ladder to get up there and see what was going on, gave us directions to the nearest RV supply store, and checked on us as we fixed it. We appreciated all their help! The sites were pretty close together and in mid-August, they were brutally hot. There's no shade in the center of the park, but the edges fare better. Everything we saw was very clean and well-maintained. The man who escorted us to our site was very friendly and helpful. The campground was an easy on/off from the interstate. We camped at Clinton / Knoxville North KOA in a Travel Trailer.
The Mexican restaurant next door was very good but very busy on a Friday night.
Date of Stay:
May, 2018 -
We just got back from a rainy weekend at this campground. We really weren't able to get out and do much between downpours, but at least it was peaceful to be beside the river. The sites are pretty level, but they are really close together. The campground is directly on the river, but there is a bank between the campsites and the river. It wasn't very steep and we didn't notice anyone having trouble with it, but we were glad to know we were quite a bit above the river with all the flood warnings coming through all weekend! We didn't have a picnic table at our site, but we did see where some were stored, so I'm sure we could have had one. With all the rain, we just ate inside though. There was a very small playground and basketball hoop across from our site, and we noticed kids having fun there. Our site had a great wifi signal, but it apparently doesn't go very far from the entrance to the park. We noticed people on their phones hanging out on the seesaws to take advantage of the wifi! My husband said the men's room was spotless. When I went into the ladies room just before we left, it was a bit dirty, but I got the feeling that someone had just made a mess. I'm sure it was cleaned after checkout, and would have been addressed at the time if anyone had mentioned it. The host was very nice and made sure to give us brochures about things to do in the area. The directions mention that the campground is 7 miles off the main road on a narrow, curvy road, with the last mile being gravel. We were a bit worried, but the road is fairly flat and not so narrow as to be scary. We never met much traffic as we went in and out, which helped too. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place for you. We use US Cellular and had absolutely no service. Other than hiking and river activities, there weren't many other things to do. We had a relaxing stay here overall. We camped at Clinch River Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
April, 2018 -
We first found Duvall in October 2017, only three weeks after they opened. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we stayed again in November 2017 and April 2018. The owners are fabulous and they always make us feel at home. They remember us as soon as we pull up. They always help us back in to our spot and make sure we get the awning lined up over the picnic table so we have shade and/or rain protection. The spots are level and paved, as are the roads. We love the cute fire rings and we love that the grill is a real, separate charcoal grill, not just a grill over the fire. It's always spotless. We've stayed twice on the side that's closest to the road and once on the riverfront. We prefer the riverfront because the road noise does carry a bit, but it's not a huge deal. Just be aware if you're a light sleeper. The campground is behind and downhill from a gas station, which worried us the first time we stayed, but there's absolutely no noise from it. In fact, we find it pretty convenient to head up there if we get a craving for ice cream or chocolate! We haven't used the kayaks or hammocks that are available free for guest use, but we think they're a thoughtful touch. We have climbed on the tree swing and watched the river go by though. There are several pull-through sites, but we prefer to be on the edges of the campground. The location is very convenient to Pigeon Forge. We have season passes to Dollywood, so we make a weekend out of our visits if we can, and we love staying here. It's probably not even 10 minutes away. The owners are always available with suggestions for outings or restaurants. We can't say enough nice things about this campground! We went to a different town this weekend and found ourselves comparing the campground we were in to this one! Duvall seems to be our gold standard! We can't wait to watch them grow! They have big plans that will make it even nicer! Verizon Mi-Fi packs are available at the office if you want wifi. They work well. They were laying cable in April and they had plans to open a bathhouse soon. We camped at Duvall in the Smokies RV Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
October, 2017 -
The weather did not cooperate while we were here but the campground was nice. It's sheltered behind some dunes and there are a surprising number of trees, so don't expect to see the ocean from any of the sites. Our site was clean and level. Coming from the mountains, that was a nice surprise! This was only our second real outing with our camper, so we had to go buy a longer hose for our water hookup. The spigot was pretty far away from the site. I think we bumped up from a 10' hose to a 20' hose. The fire ring was a bit far away too. There was an evergreen tree really close to the camper that made it difficult to put our awning out, but on the plus side, it did offer shade. Our site only had water and electric, so we used the bathhouse for showers. It's a bit dated, but it is clean. Since we had rain showers on and off all weekend, the mosquitoes got vicious in the evening. I wonder if a site on the inside of the loop would have so many bugs since they're in more of a meadow; we backed up onto trees. The beach was maybe a 10-minute walk through the trees. We were there in the off-season and it was deserted, but I have a feeling that it never gets very crowded on this beach, especially when compared to the crowds at Myrtle Beach. We camped at Huntington Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
September, 2017 -
My husband and I are new camper owners, so this was our first real experience in our little travel trailer. We loved this park and wished we'd had more time to spend here. Our site was clean and well-maintained and we loved that it was pull-through. The sites were fairly close but we didn't feel like we were on top of each other. There had been some rain prior to our arrival, so there were some mosquitoes under the trees. We only had water and electric hookups so we used the bath house for showers. It was very clean and the employees we met there were very friendly. There was a nice big meadow nearby with lots of room for kids to run around and play. The first night, the rangers had a community campfire with s'mores and came around to personally invite everyone to join in. It was a beautiful park and a wonderful experience. We camped at Grayson Highlands State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We came here for the Virginia Creeper trail, which we love. We also hiked the Rhododendron Trail in the park and saw four wild ponies!
Date of Stay:
August, 2017 -
We just bought our first camper in July, right before going to Canada on vacation. We live nearby, but we decided to camp here the weekend before we left, just to get the feel of things. If you're staying here to visit Asheville, you might be a bit disappointed. It's about a 30-minute drive to get downtown. If this campground is even in the same county, it's a close thing. Anyway, the campground itself was nice enough. Our site was a bit tight to back into, and my husband does have experience with backing trailers. We had two vehicles and had to park one a good distance away. The manager is nicely insistent that no one parks on the grass. We only had water and electric at our site, so we did use the bath house. It looked freshly remodeled and it was spotless. The campground is fairly close to I-40, as most reviewers mention, but on the side of the campground farthest away from the registration area, we didn't hear much noise. We do live close to a highway though, so our standards may be different than others'. If the noise bothers you, you can get free earplugs from the office. The pool was nice and clean. Staff were a constant presence around the campground. They were just walking around to make sure everything was okay. The manager comes around in the very early evening to offer firewood for sale. We did receive a packet of information with all of their planned upgrades. It sounds like they are trying to improve everything they can! I've seen other reviews mention a "sewage smell." There's a paper factory in the next town over and sometimes it smells like that. It's not the campground. I do remember the information we got at checkin mentioned that if you smell it, it's usually in the early morning and it's usually gone by 10:00 am. We didn't notice it while we were there. I've lived in this area all my life (luckily not close enough to smell the factory), and I've noticed whenever I am in this area that the smell has drastically improved over the past decade! We camped at Asheville West KOA in a Travel Trailer.