Date of Stay: May, 2014
Stayed 5 nights and enjoyed the place a lot. Quiet but close to town for seeing friends and stuff. Very helpful staff and they keep the place nice and clean. Worried about noise from the GoKart Track but never heard them. Would stay here again anytime!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
The park is an older one filled primarily with park model homes and maybe 40-50 spots for RVs. Only a few of the RV sites have 50 amp electric service. We were in a 30 amp site, and the voltage routinely dropped to 110 and occasionally even 105. The laundry has a sufficient number of machines; each at a cost of $1.50. The laundry building, like the office and meeting/events hall are old and could use a lot of updating. The park is managed by a father and son both of whom we felt were not as friendly as any of the hundreds of park owners and managers we have met in over 8 years of full timing. The park is next door to a shopping center with a grocery store and a lot of retail shops including a thrift store. There are a couple of restaurants as well so it is all very handy. We could walk through the back gate of the park and do grocery shopping easily. Before we made our reservation we asked if there was any prohibition against washing our coach and we were told that is not a problem. When we arrived we were given a copy of the park rules and there was indeed such a prohibition. There is a prohibition against using electric heaters of any kind. Do not ask the park to have their propane supplier stop by and fill your tank. We did and were charged $5.50/gal at a time when LP was being sold at Flying J for $3.50/gal. Bottom line is; the park is nice, safe and the people who live here or return every year as snowbirds are the only true asset. Management does nothing of value that we saw and this view was shared by others we talked with. Would we stay here again if ever in the area? No. Customer service and attitude is the worst we have ever experienced in 8 years on the road.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
If you want quiet and a good night sleep I suggest you go elsewhere. This place is just one step above an Interstate highway Rest Area. It is a mere 450 feet from the heavy traffic noise of I-75. It seems it is a “night over” stop for many who stayed next to us and chose to warm up their engines and hook up their toads and drive off at 5AM some mornings. Begins to sound like a rest area now doesn’t it? It is a very old KOA which is mostly occupied by long term trailers. The pool was closed; couldn’t tell if this was merely a seasonal or permanent thing. Water pressure is 80 psi so bring a reducer if you choose to come. There are a few nice spots (emphasis on “few”) around the park but they’re filled with RVs that appear to be there full time. Don’t let them assign you to any spot near their on-site sewerage treatment plant. The engines run full time and the only good about this is it probably drowns out the highway noise. An Indian man appears to be the owner as he was training a woman at the counter when we checked in. We saw only two other people working in the park and both men appeared to be volunteers or workampers. One guided arrivals to their spots in a golf cart the other was doing pine needle cleanup work. The park name uses the word “resort” but that is truly not applicable. Their website shows a photo of a beautiful office building that suggests it really might be a resort. But that is actually where it ends. Once you drive past it into the campground itself reality is confronted and found to be very different. In conclusion, the only, repeat only, reason to stay here is being too tired to drive on.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
We stayed here for 2 months this fall and can honestly say this park is in the top two of the hundreds of places we’ve stayed in our 7 years of full timing. The word Resort is quite correctly used in the name because of all the beauty and all it offers. But it is not snobbish like so many “resorts” can be; just very real people who are very warm and accommodating. True southern hospitality at its finest. The sites are spacious and most are appointed with small lawns with shrubs and flowers. There are picnic tables and fire rings too. The water is city supplied, clean and odor free. Pressure is about 55 so we used a reducer. The Wi-Fi was always reliable and speeds only slowed if the park filled up on holidays or weekends. The park appears to be only 4-5 years old and all the facilities are absolutely immaculate and always spotlessly clean. The hosts are extremely helpful and friendly and we always felt like we were home among friends. The views of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains are spectacular and a highlight. No better vista to see out of our windows. Elvira’s Café a couple miles toward Townsend is a wonderful place for breakfast or lunch. Other restaurants as well and there is a zip line and a mountain sled ride nearby too. Lastly, it is the people who run this park that make it so inviting, warm and nice. We highly recommend staying here if you’re visiting the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area and we will definitely return.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
One hot and humid afternoon the camper next to us burned trash in the fire pit on his site. It is literally 8 feet from the side of our coach. The smoke was dense and the smell nauseating so we had to close all our windows. When confronted and asked to put it out he could only apologize. The park owner came over and told him the same thing a few minutes later. But get this; this camper works for the park and it’s his second year doing so. And he is the park owner’s brother to boot. The WiFi is poor at best and very unreliable even on days when there are only a dozen or fewer campers in the park. If, like us, you need to be able to regularly use the internet you should bring your own service. The place is good during the week but fills up on weekends with loads of noisy kids and traffic on the campground roads. So the noise increases beyond that which usually accompanies all the employees driving around in golf carts. None of them walk anywhere and our neighbor was accustomed to commuting to and from his trailer in either a gas engine powered golf cart or sometimes a tractor. Very unprofessional and insensitive to the quiet enjoyment of paying customers. The environment is wonderfully green with plenty of woods to walk in. This is a typical KOA complete with rental cabins which also tend to fill up on weekends. When we arrived we told them we would stay a month. According to management available spaces were limited. They said they had so many reservations there were only one or two spots for a month long stay. Because the first site was impossible to level our coach in we were given one next to an employee who made a lot of noise when talking with his father or grand kids. In the weeks we stayed we saw many days where only 5 or 6 of the total number of sites were occupied and so concluded we were relegated to where we were because we got the monthly rate and the management could rent the better ones out for the full rate. If we were not here solely for medical reasons we would have left after the first week. The exit driveway connection with the adjoining highway is very steep and is marked with deep gouges made by tow bars. We could not avoid adding ours regards of the angle of approach. We stopped across the street and discovered a part of our tow hitch was torn off. Possibly this can be avoided by removing the hitch entirely and driving the toad out separately.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Overpriced for what we got. Gravel site with about 10' of space on patio side. Generally quiet as far from trains and highways, but all roads are gravel so we always heard the sound of tires crunching through it as folks raced by in front and behind our unit at all hours of the day. Wi-Fi is painfully slow most of the time. Maybe 20 TV channels over antenna. Water quality good (150 PPM) for well water. Good walking areas in forests around the perimeter. Many sites are rented for the season and are not available even if empty. One garbage dumpster (nearly always full) but the park needs 2 or 3. There are a lot more sites than the 56 noted, but these are occupied by permanent RVs and rental cabins. And they are by far the best sites on the property. Larger and nestled in trees on the perimeter of the park. Therefore the "people load" is a lot more than we imagined reading their website. There is only one laundry room with 2 washers and two dryers. Grossly inadequate for a park this size. Washing of vehicles is prohibited, so we had to pay for that in town. The T/A at 4050 Depot Rd. charged 35.00 for the coach. The "security gate" was broken and left in the open position thus negating its benefit. Honestly, this park could be so much better if its revenue was directed toward improving it instead of paying for all the very expensive ads we saw on TV.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We planned to stay a few nights but left after one. Honestly, we would have left shortly after arrival but were too tired to look elsewhere. We were given a "pull through" site that was to accommodate our 40' coach and toad. It was 90 degrees off a narrow road and so we had to disconnect the toad in order to maneuver into it. Once there the leveling jacks punched through the thin layer of gravel and buried themselves into the soil. A small "swamp" lay across the site as well which looked to be the result of leaks in either the sewer or water system. As the site sloped too much we tried one across the road that was more level. No luck. There too the jacks went straight into the soil. Even after placing plywood under them. That folded up and went into the soil along with the jacks. Management finally brought us some 2x lumber and cement blocks which in combination solved the problem. Noise from barking dogs and speeding (yes speeding) cars and golf carts running past us until 11 pm dropped our evaluation of this place even further. At times the noise was so loud it drowned out the television (even with the windows all closed). We walked though nearly all of the park that evening and took in the sights. There were no other pedestrians. Everyone drove around on golf carts. None of the roadways are paved and the little remaining gravel is seriously pock-marked with deep pits and ruts. Made me wonder how folks would feel comfortable speeding on it but I could never answer that one. Bottom line is this park is well past its prime. Whoever owns it has got to be sucking the income and using it for other things. There is just too much "deferred maintenance" showing compared to the high number of guests (nearly all permanent homes) who must provide a positive cash flow. We will stay in a truck stop before we stay in this place again.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
The place is run by work-campers, the owners are elderly and not on the premises. They would not reserve a specific spot in advance because, we were told; “so many changes are being made we never know what will be available”. This should have prompted us to look elsewhere but we didn’t heed the “warning signal” looming in the back of our minds and gave a credit card deposit anyway. We arrived late in the afternoon and were given space 113. It was “all we have available” so we took it. It is at the top of the long hill every vehicle climbs on their way to any of the campsites so all that traffic passed by the front of our coach every day, all day and late into the night. The vast majorities of campers are working on some pipeline or other major project and commute in and out of this park 5-6 days a week. The neighbor to our right was one (both husband and wife worked and commuted in separate vehicles) and we listened to their diesel trucks start up and leave at 6AM nearly every morning. We were here to see the sights in New York City and were going to stay two weeks but left after just one. Would we stay here again? No.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Lovely riparian environment with lots of mature shade trees along the Nolichucky River. Very reasonable monthly rates for all except the “riverfront” sites. We chose #19 which is about 200 feet from the river. Level gravel spot, good strong electricity, and good water quality (about 50-60 ppm) and pressure about 50 psi. No regulator needed. Site had a picnic table and a little grass strip separating us from the neighboring space. No shade trees at this site but others had them. On weekends the park is very crowded with day users coming to run the rapids. So there’s a lot of traffic and increased noise levels. The laundry has two washers and two dryers which seemed to be sufficient; in the month we were there we never found them in use at the time we needed. Except for the weekends this park was mostly empty except for a dozen or so permanents. The only sound we heard was the river; traffic noise from the local highway in front did not reach us in our space. The only downside is the Wi-Fi. It is shut off for 30 minute periods at various hours of the day and is slow when it is running. Our ATT wireless service was a joke here, so this meant our work on the internet was continually disrupted - very frustrating. Cable television service was good with many channels. We would stay here again without hesitation, but next time we’ll bring a Verizon or other Wi-Fi service as backup. Owners operate the park and are extremely friendly and accommodating. We will return without hesitation in the future.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
The good. 1. Large spaces. 2. Quiet (no trains or planes). 3. Good laundry. 4. Lots of trees. 5. Very friendly manager and host. 6. Good quality water (about 50 PPM) better than most municipal water. 7. Concrete patios with newer wooden picnic tables. 8. Strong 50A electric service. 9. Strong AAT cellular service. The bad. 1. WiFi is only available in a very limited area. The antenna booster management loaned to us did not improve this. Word in the park is the owner will not pay the cost of improving the system. 2. Water pressure is 110 PSI so bring a reducer or risk springing some leaks. 3. No cable TV but about a dozen broadcast stations are available on an antenna. 4. On some days a bulldozer was operating in the park. There seems to be a lot of “work in progress” associated with the pond adjacent to the area where the pull thru spaces are. Other. 1. Park is principally occupied by long term guests. The host has been here nearly 4 years and many of the trailers appear to have not moved in a long time. Many occupants leave early in weekday mornings presumably to their jobs. 2. Most roadways in the pull thru section are not paved and the noise of vehicles “crunching” thru the gravel breaks the otherwise enjoyable silence. 3. $150 per week including electricity for a large pull thru space. 4. We would stay here only for a night or two if in the area again.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
A gravel parking lot with concrete curbs in a barren desert. Utilities worked and sites are reasonably level but that's all folks. Definitely NOT a destination park and for us not more than a place to park over night. Definitely no frills and nothing attractive.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Water pressure was a dismal 25 PSI and there were dog droppings on the roads around the park. When brought to the attention of staff we were told "we'll let management know" implying something might be done. Never was in the 3 days we were there. Park is very old and run down. We stopped here to wait out the high winds of a storm. We'll never come back.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
Just a place to stop for a night. Level gravel/dirt sites with good hookups but that is all folks. One other camper there. Nice owners; we were invited into their kitchen to register and pay. Cash or checks only. Was nice to get out of the chilly wind. Far enough from 1-40 so was quiet. Knew this place wasn't much when we made travel plans so weren't disappointed.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
This park is without question the best place we have stayed in over 7 years of full time travel all over America. We don’t give praise unless it is deserved and this place earns all we can give. It is meticulously maintained in an impeccable condition and is located in the most gorgeous environment we’ve seen in a long time. Words will never begin to adequately describe the beauty here. And the park blends into it all perfectly and unobtrusively. All the ground is covered with small red gravel that is regularly raked of debris to make it smooth and clean. Each site has a picnic table and there are many large trees providing shade. The WiFi service was nearly always constant and strong. The laundry room has 4 washers and dryers and is maintained spotlessly. There is also a steam iron and board to use if you like. The restrooms in the laundry building have huge showers. There is a wonderfully comfortable small (2 person) hot tub that always worked wonderfully. A fire pit and wood is provided in the community gathering area and we spent many an evening chatting with other guests from all over the US and Europe. On Saturday mornings the owners (who live in the park) provide coffee and donuts in the pavilion. There is a trail we walked through the forest at the back of the park to the nearby creek. Always a delight. The spaces are quite large; the one we had (#19) was approximately 40’ wide by 60’ long. It backed up to a lawn area which ran across the back of all the sites in this row. It was quiet there and the WiFi was strong too. The water quality tested very good; only about 100 parts per million which is “city water” standards. There were no taste or pressure issues so we did not use a pressure reducer. Many of the folks we met are regulars and stay for months during the winter. The park is “adult oriented” so didn’t have screaming children and crying babies. Everyone is quite friendly and there is a definite sense of community. Folks remember your name and say hello when met again. The owners and hosts are top notch; very accommodating and helpful. We hesitated posting such a validating review fearing it would draw so many visitors we’d have trouble getting a spot in the future. But this park is truly special and absolutely deserves all the praise we can give. It is the only park we have ever been sorry to leave and is so good we actually considered staying on indefinitely. This is unquestionably the best place we have ever stayed, ever.
Date of Stay: February, 2013
We stayed here Feb and March and liked the place generally. It is basically a gravel parking lot with a few trees and bushes. We picked our site by looking at aerial photos of it on the web. It was near one of the Wi-Fi antennas and we had a beautiful view of the golf course and mountains in the distance. After a month in this very nice spot the park admitted two very low grade and dangerous looking men with a small and decrepit 60 year old trailer. They put them right next to us and we were woken by their cussing and swearing as they tried to set up their ancient and decrepit trailer. Management said they’d stay 2 months so we moved to another location far from there. The down side of the move was the Wi-Fi wasn’t strong anymore. But we felt safer that’s for sure. The water is from a well and we began to notice spots if drops were allowed to dry on surfaces. A clerk at the local ACE Hardware told us the park has a history of blowing hoses on RVs as their pressure can get quite high. We tested it and found it was 120 lbs so installed our pressure reducer. We also tested the water for particulate content and found why we were seeing those spots. The parts per million were in the 650 range which is quite high. “City water” is supposed to come up to only 100-150 ppm. And this test was run on water from the kitchen faucet which first passes through a two stage filter system. The final stage filter is supposed to pull out anything over 1 micron size. We bought bottled water for drinking and making tea. Wind speeds occasionally reached 30 mph when we had windy days so be sure to roll up awnings before they get too strong. They typically come from the north so pick your spot and orientation of your coach with this in mind. Try to put your patio on the south facing side. I would say that rules are not enforced at this park. They include a 5 MPH speed limit that none of the park employees obey as they speed around in their golf carts. Noise too! Folks from two RVs across from us had a party in street in front of their spots and when the laughter and shouting continued passed 11:00 pm we walked to the security guard shack. He said he would go over and check it out but never did and the party went on past midnight. When you camp here you get to use the pool and hot tub at the casino hotel. Just stop by the hotel front desk and ask for a pool “key card”. The casino theater presents current-run movies and the senior price is $7. One of the casino’s restaurants offers regular buffets for about $15 apiece and on Friday’s there is a sea food menu that includes crab legs, shrimp and fish. Go early as the line for this Friday one starts building an hour before it opens. The park has 3 or 4 Wi-Fi antennas and service is better if you park close to them. We moved from our 2nd spot to get more reliable service. This move was to the “extended sites” to the East of the park’s lawn area but the nightly rate increased by $5.00. We asked that a picnic table be brought over to this spot but never saw it the rest of the time we stayed.