Date of Stay: October, 2016
This was our northernmost stop on the Great River Road. We were actually looking for Shady Creek, and stopped at Fairport instead. What a gem of a campground! It's small, which we like, and right on the river. There's a small playground and clean bathhouse. Because of the geography and the turn of the river west, you get to see both the sunrise and the sunset over the river, and of course the barge traffic. We had no water at our site, but that was no problem as our tanks were full and we filled up our with drinking water at the spigots that were throughout the campground. Our site was level, roomy, easy backing in. We'd definitely go back if it weren't 1,000 miles from home! It was so quiet and relaxing, and we stayed 2 nights rejuvenating for our trip back home.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
We stayed in area 4, very shaded, woodsy, and quiet - site 106. The only reason I did not rate the campground a 10 is that, first, the outside sites in this area are so sloping that it was impossible to get level with a motorhome (it didn't really bother me, but bothered my husband), and second, the water & electric were on opposite sides of the site. If we hadn't had an extra hose, we could not have hooked up to the water. We noticed site 105 had the same set up. Otherwise, everything was wonderful - a beautiful campground, wonderful creek with walking trail, lake with rowboats, kayaks & canoes to rent, and a great restaurant. And very clean bathhouses.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
This is a beautiful campground. I note that some people complained "there is nothing to do." Well, if you're like us, then that's what you're looking for! National Forest campgrounds are NOT highly developed campgrounds w/lots of activities. Sites are large and wooded. However, there were a couple of issues: Several people let their dogs go unrestrained and the campground hosts even stopped to chat with the campers and never did or said anything about it. We have 2 dogs - we love dogs, but we keep ours safe & restrained. Second, there were two groups of multi-site campers above & below us, and they got pretty loud. I think that's just something to keep in mind for this campground, where lots of locals come for boating. But again, the hosts seemed oblivious to the noise. Would like to give everything 5 stars, but couldn't do that, mainly because of the dog problem. Finally, we would prefer a site that is not multi-tiered and if we were to return would make sure we pay attention to that feature. Watch out for ticks!
Date of Stay: April, 2016
We stayed overnight on our way to the Gulf Coast from Tennessee. The park is quite a distance - about 20 mi. - off the interstate, but it's an easy drive and if you appreciate trees, fresh air, quiet, and a relaxing evening, it's well worth the drive. The owner welcomed us at the office and led us to our huge pull-through site. She told me they bought the park about 5 years ago & have done lots of work on it. Their work has paid off. There are pretty touches everywhere that make it clear the owners care - flower gardens, a cozy small playground, pool, bench swings, even the bathhouse is fixed up to be nice & homey. Highly recommended if you're traveling through Alabama, between Birmingham & Montgomery. I imagine locals like to weekend there as well. They are some longer-term rentals, but the owners are absolutely dead set on keeping out the riffraff & allow no ratty looking campsites.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
We recently camped 4 nights at Henry Horton, our first visit there. It is a beautiful setting. The campsites are huge, and are tucked in among the trees so that you truly are camping in the woods, even in our 35' motorhome. We had our dogs with us so didn't get on any of the trails. The bathhouses are nice, pretty well updated. The wilderness & woodsy setting reminded us of the best parts of a national park campground with the amenities of a state park campground. Hands down one of the best we've stayed at and we will definitely return.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. This is a beautiful, wooded oasis of peace and calm within 2.5 miles of Pigeon Forge, which must be the loudest, most commercialized and garish place east of the Mississippi. What a happy surprise! UpTheCreek is bordered on 2 sides by creeks so there are lots of creekside sites. All sites are roomy. You must be fully self-contained, as there are no bathhouses. Also no store, playground, pool, all of which means the rates are reasonable, and the campground is kept pristine. There's also a leash-free dog walk, and $4 firewood bundles.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This is an exceptionally clean and well-maintained campground. It is also our ideal of a campground - it's quiet, sites are roomy, and we had one with full hook-ups right on the river. There are also no intrusive streetlights if you want to stargaze. Keep in mind, if you have kids, there is no pool and no playground. The few kids we saw were having a great time playing in the woods and riding bikes. We will definitely return often to this beautiful, restful place!
Date of Stay: November, 2014
Perfect spot to stay for a visit to DC. Not a woodsy camping experience, but a great tourist home base. The park is clean and well kept, store is well stocked. There's traffic noise, but this is an urban park, not the wilderness! Cherry Hill Park is actually a stop on the Metro, so you really cannot beat it for being able to hop on the bus, get to the train and get into DC. Next time we want to visit DC, this is definitely where we will stay. If you have money left on your metro card (which they sell at the park), turn them in at the store and they will be donated to veterans.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
We just returned from a 4-night stay at Moonshine Creek. If you are looking for a peaceful, out of the way campground with full hook-ups then this is the place you're looking for. We stayed in site 20A which is RIGHT ON THE CREEK, as are so many of the sites. That's just what we were looking for as far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more soothing than running water or crashing surf and I don't feel like I've been on vacation without one or the other. The campground is very well maintained. The staff are very professional and helpful. The bathhouse and laundry are clean, and they even offer books/magazines/puzzles for loan or trade. There is a good variety of sites for tents and RV's, and lots of good walking. If you have kids who demand video games, a pool, a large playground, then stay somewhere else. Do make sure you come with a well-stocked pantry if you're staying for more than a couple of nights. The "Mini Mart" is sufficient but doesn't offer a great variety of goods. About 7 miles to Waynesville & the nearest store. We will definitely be back. I believe Moonshine Creek was made just for me. This place is wonderful!
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Lazy Daze is our weekend vacation home. We live just about 15 miles away and come here all the time for a quick getaway to Townsend and the Smokies. This is such a clean, friendly park, and as crowded as it might get, it's never loud or obnoxious. Whenever we've been here, all the campers respect quiet hours. Clean bathhouses and clean pool. The sites are close together, but then this is not primitive back country camping! Every site is shaded, and an extra bonus is the ice cream and burger stand next door.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is a beautiful campground, but being a KOA is pricey. However, the river sites are worth it. There are two kinds of river sites: ones with full hookups and a deck above the river; and ones with water & electric right on the river. The w/e river sites are where we stay. In some of them you can just about step out of your camper right into the river. Same goes for non-river sites: The full hookup sites are smaller & closer together, and then water & electric sites & tent sites are much bigger and more private. As I said, this really is a beautiful campground. There is a park-like area by the river with benches and swings that is so peaceful and relaxing. The bathhouses are sparkling clean. Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is across the street, and is definitely worth a visit. Through the summer and into the fall there are concerts there on Friday evenings. Park is well maintained, by all those folks in yellow shirts puttering around on their golfcarts! Ubiquitous but unobtrusive. We live 15 miles away and come here and to Lazy Daze often. We prefer Lazy Daze for frequent short stays because it's cheaper, but you just can't beat Townsend KOA sites on the river when we really want to feel like we've been far away from home and get into the zone, as we call it. Yes, we know how lucky we are!