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We stayed for the first time at Tremont this past weekend. Overall, the campground is clean, well maintained and very convenient to Smokey Mountain NP. We were in a 30 amp site on the river and it was nice to have a covered porch at each site, but I questioned myself if it was worth the price and all the noise. I was well aware of the price before we arrived, but the longer we were there, the more I questioned the $65 a night rate. We have stayed at many nice resort RV parks in the Southeast and this is one of the most expensive considering the amenities. This was also a very noisy campground on the "30 amp" side because it fronts a busy highway that is the main SE access into SMNP. After a few days we got used to the road noise, but I would definitely try to get on the "50 amp" side. I have heard negative comments about the management, but we had very little interaction with them. The only time we saw anybody was the morning we were leaving and we were running late. It was 10 minutes before check-out and they came knocking on our door to remind us check-out was 12:00. It was pouring rain all morning and I was running in and out of the rain to put everything up and was waiting for the rain to let up before we hooked up the truck. There is no leniency (even though they were half full) on the checkout time, so be sure you follow the rules.

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Overall, the facility very nice. When we arrived late on Saturday, they were having their annual Christmas Parade (in October). They had several "characters" and Santa for the kids. My daughter was overjoyed after spending 13 hours in the truck to see Santa. They had free Christmas cookies for all the families and a gift for every child. In the main hall, they have a very interesting antique pipe organ and were playing Christmas carols. The campground does have many permanent campers set up, but they were very well maintained. The landscaping was very nice and we were in a very private spot. Be aware though, there are some areas that are not shaded and the sites are fairly close together. The pool was closed for the season, but it appeared to be very nice. The bathhouses were very clean, probably not used very much. The downsides: there is a rock quarry close by. During the weekend it's not an issue, but 6:00 every morning, they started crushing rock and it was loud. I was awake every morning from all the racket, and one morning at about 6:30 they were blasting, which was very loud. They are also "in the boonies". We were prepared, but one evening we wanted to go to town to eat and it was a 30 minute drive. They are also about 30 minutes from the main "Amish" area. But, the campground is located in the more Mennitie area and the farms were still beautiful. Lastly, they have many, many rules. I understand why they have all the rules and it does make for a better overall campground, but it takes away some of the flexibilities of camping. For example, their are absolutely no refunds. We left 2 days earlier than our reservation because of a large approaching snow storm, plus we had already seen all there was to see. We lost $100, but it was better than getting stuck in the snow. I also heard from a fellow camper they check your meter before you leave to be sure you didn't use too much electricity. They have a rule of no electric heaters, fryers or water heaters. Not sure about the surcharge for using extra electricity since we were on all gas, but I would check with the office. If it wasn't for the rock quarry and the no refund policy, I would have given them a 9 to a 10. We will probably go back, but only reserve for a few nights instead of a week.

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For a KOA, this campground was OK. We were just passing through for the night, so we didn't use all of the amenities. It was several miles off the interstate, but the signs were well placed. The self check-in was smooth, and we easily found our pull through site. There was a fair amount of shade trees, and most of the spots seemed fairly level. The downsides: The roads are not paved, but a loose gravel. It had been raining, so the roads were muddy and we even spun a little pulling into our spot. For the price, I expected sewer, but didn't really need it for just an overnight stop. Also, when I walked around the campground the next morning, the smell of raw sewage was strong. I don't know if a permanment camper had a leak, or if the entire place always smells of sewer. The area is beautiful, and there are several other state parks around. I would not make this campground a destination campsite, but it serves well for a quick stop.