Date of Stay:
August, 2009 -
We camped here with a group of friends over the weekend. The sites were a nice size, we didn't feel that we were on top of other campers. The beach is grassy with shade and the water is shallow enough for the young kids to play in. The campground hosts are top of the line with lots of activities and games available. The showers were passable, the restrooms were clean and the playground was new and large. We will definitely return! The only downfall was the check-in was long and tedious because of an outdated computer system and the DNR Officer had an attitude, but luckily we did not encounter him often. We camped at Pinckney Recreation Area (Bruin Lake) in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay:
July, 2009 -
The good parts first...the staff was friendly, there were an abundance of activities scheduled for kids and adults alike, the sites were large and many of them shady and they did not nickle and dime you to death. The putt putt, pool, shuffleboard and everything we encountered were all free. We did not pay a dime outside of the camping fee. The bad parts...the bathrooms are in desperate need of updating and a thorough cleaning. While this campground has potential, it's a bit outdated (pool, putt-putt, bathrooms.) The biggest downfall of our weekend was probably out of the control of the campground to some degree, the mosquitoes. They were so bad that they forced us inside away from our campfire both nights. That's pretty bad because my favorite part of camping is the campfire. It was a nice adventure, but we will not return. We camped at Heartland Woods Family RV in a Tent Trailer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2009 -
We just returned from a week long vacation at the KOA Pigeon Forge and we loved it. It's close to the main strip, Dollywood, Dixie Stampede and The Old Mill. There is a city park that borders the campground and you can walk across the park from The Old Mill area. The campground has a playground that was a big hit with my 6 year old and 4 year old. They also offered a day camp weekday mornings. The pool is small, but average size for the area. The sights were on the small side, but for the campgrounds in the area they were on the larger side. We drove through four campgrounds in the area before stopping at the KOA. The sites are grassy as opposed to mostly gravel at the other area campgrounds. Staff was friendly and helpful. Dollywood is only one stop away on the trolley and KOA was offering a special rate on tickets while we were there that was not available online. Lastly, the street that the KOA is on connects with Teaster which is the road that parallels the main street in Pigeon Forge, so you can go all the way to the other end of the strip without traffic and with a lot less lights and then come out right where you needed to be. Easy! FYI, the rate was $47 S-Th, but raised to $57 for F-Sat that's for a full hook-up, back-in. We camped at Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg KOA in a Motorhome.