Date of Stay: May, 2013
We have reviewed this park before, but there have been changes this year that warrant another review. First, Tennessee State Parks have gone to a reservation system, so it is no longer a first come basis as it used to be. That is a good thing in my opinion, but it is something that campers need to be aware of before arrival. The down side to that is that, while the rate remains $25 per night, they have added a $3 reservation fee and $3.69 tax, making the actual cost to stay $31.69 per night. The price is getting up there with private campgrounds that provide cable TV and Wi-Fi. This park has neither. While it is still a nice park with a lot to do, they are getting more strict with the rules. The camp host came around twice during our most recent stay to remind us of the rules. Once to tell me that my boat trailer has to be properly parked (no problem) and the other to tell us to be gone by 12 noon or we would be charged an extra 15 bucks. We've never been run off on Sunday as there is seldom anyone coming in to take the site until the next Thursday or Friday. I saw no reason for that, but the rules are the rules. One other thing, in my earlier review of this park, I commented on the good seafood buffet on Friday night. I don't know what has changed, but the quality of the food is not as good as it used to be. It is okay, but not great, and the price on it has gone up as well. For these reasons, I've lowered my overall rating of this park from a 9 to a 7. It is still a good place to camp, but just not as good as it once was.
Date of Stay: April, 2013
This stay was in the rustic log cabin on Pilot Knob. This cabin is a hidden gem. It is very secluded with a panoramic view of the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake. It has a wood burning fireplace. Very clean. Tons of hiking trails and a river life and civil war museum are right out the back door. We have stayed in the RV campground here before, and it is a nice, peaceful place to camp as well. The park is clean and neat. Bring plenty to eat and whatever supplies you need, it is about 10 miles back to town if you forget anything.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We stayed here for the weekend while attending the SEC mens basketball tournament. There are 3 campgrounds on Music Valley Drive in Nashville. We have stayed at one of the others several times, but it was just too expensive. The Jellystone is neat and clean. The bath houses have been remodeled in the not too distant past and are very clean. The reception staff is friendly, the rest of the staff are friendly. The campground is kept clean overall. The Wi-Fi works well, the power and water pressure are fine. The park roads are good, well marked, but most are gravel. The down side: there is some traffic noise from Briley Parkway, but not nearly as bad as the other campground down the road. It isn't enough to make it unpleasant, just the price for being close to the Grand Ole Opry and Opry Mills. The utilities and sewer are located at the very rear of the campsites, and on some sites your sewer hose runs uphill from the camper outlet to the site connection. Overall, this is the best campground in the Opry area. The rate reflects a Good Sam's discount. The lady who took my reservation said that they are no longer a Good Sam park, but they would give the discount anyway.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
This is a nice campground located a short distance off I-40, but very little road noise and overall very peaceful. It is a good stopover, but I wouldn't really say it's a destination campground. Most sites are pull through, but it is a hodgepodge of 50A and 30A sites. You have to look at the map pretty closely if you are arriving after hours to make sure you get a 50A if that is what you need. The site we picked was pretty short for our rig, but that was our own fault. It had a nicer patio area, so we made do with the length. It did require some leveling, but nothing major. All the facilities are in good condition and are very clean. The power is good, the water pressure is good. I can't speak to the Wi-Fi. Since we arrived late, I didn't get a password to be able to connect. However, our Verizon MiFi works well here. This is a very shady campground. The roads and sites are limestone gravel and are in good condition. Overall, it is a nice campground for a night or two. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
This was our fifth stay at this campground. As always, the staff was very friendly. Our site was riverside, and it is well worth the extra money for the soothing sound of the rushing waters while you sleep at night. The bridge entering the campground is a one lane temporary bridge at this point as a new, wider two lane bridge is being built. It is nearing completion and should be ready for spring campers. For now, caution should be taken pulling in and out as it would be easy to scrape the side of the bridge as you turn. Townsend is by far the best place in the Smokies for RVers. The town is resistant to development, making it quiet and peaceful. There are several nice RV campgrounds if you prefer one besides Tremont, but we think Tremont is the best. There are walking and bicycle trails from one end of Townsend to the other, so it is a great little town for those who like to get their exercise in. Some leveling is required for most of the 50A riverside spots, but it is well worth the effort once you get set up. The sites are spacious and all river sites have covered decks, fire pits, and picnic tables. Full hookups including cable and Wi-Fi. Just a great and relaxing place to camp.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
This campground is adequate for an overnight stay while on the road, or as a home away from home if you're a construction worker. It is not a destination campground for someone looking for a nice getaway or vacation spot. The sites are very close together. It claims to be big rig friendly, but we barely had room to put the slides out, could not put the awning out, and I had to take my bike rack off the back because some part of the camper would be out in the road otherwise. There were a lot of permanent campers and some weren't what I would call well kept. The staff was friendly. Again, as an overnight it is okay. If you are in a large motorhome or fifth wheel, be cautious pulling in and out, as the roads are pretty tight.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
We spent one night here on a Saturday night while returning from a weeklong trip to Pennsylvania. This campground is located 6/10 of a mile off I-81, but is very quiet. As soon as you turn off the interstate, you crest a ridge and the campground is tucked neatly in the little valley below the ridge so you don't hear a peep out of the interstate. The view of the mountains in the distance is quite pleasant. The sites are plenty spacious, more so than a KOA, and the utilities are laid out perfectly for big rigs with multiple slides. The bath house was absolutely immaculate. It was without a question the most sparkling clean bath house I've ever seen. It was air conditioned and the floors are even waxed and buffed to a shine. All the utilities worked well. Cable TV and Wi-Fi are included. The cable has around 97 channels and works well. The Wi-Fi signal was strong throughout the campground, but was pretty slow. I ended up using my Verizon Mi-Fi hotspot. The folks running the campground appear to be octogenarians and are super nice. It's a shame this campground isn't closer to home, I'd be a regular if it were. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Drummer Boy is one of the best campgrounds we've stayed in yet. It is huge, but the way it is laid out it doesn't feel so huge. It is shady, the sites are very spacious, and the campground is clean as a pin. The laundry rooms have enough washers and dryers to accommodate your needs and they are reasonably priced. We arrived after hours, but the office manager met me at the door and gave me directions to my site and even opened the store for me to look for some supplies. It is one of the friendliest office staffs I've encountered, which is surprising since I'm from the South and you don't hear so much about northern hospitality. There is a lot to do here for the kids and it is a very relaxing atmosphere for the adults. It is easy to find and access and is near everything you would want to see and do in Gettysburg. We had to do a little bit of leveling, but nothing terrible. I've read the reviews about dust from the gravel drives and being nickeled and dimed. My response to the dust: it's a campground, what do you expect? My response to being nickeled and dimed: There's plenty to do here without spending an extra dime, and one of the pools is included. The Wi-Fi is extra, but we have a Verizon Mi-Fi and it works very well here, so we didn't need the Wi-Fi. In summary, you won't be disappointed if you choose Drummer Boy. It is very nice and very big rig friendly.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
We spent one night here on our way to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The campground is really quite nice and the big-rig friendly sites are huge. We had to do a little bit of leveling, but nothing major. To have such a nice facility, the staff needs to gain a little better control of the crowd. Apparently, there is a large number of seasonal campers here and, believe me, they get drunk and loud. It was after 1:00 a.m. before the bunch behind us finally quit yelling and we could go to sleep. I walked down by the creek front, which was very nice, but the same type folks were hanging out down there. It was just one huge party. If you are a partier, this is the place for you. If you are a Christian family who wants a good night's rest, look elsewhere.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Nice little park located right next to a working Amish farm. The Amish come through periodically peddling their goods. The work campers are friendly, but the full time staff isn't as cordial as I'm used to in the South. Not that they weren't helpful, it's just that Southerners go out of their way to make you feel welcome. There is an old mill on site (hence the name) and an old covered bridge. The mill is set up as a museum and is open for a self guided tour. It is interesting. We had a tremendous amount of rain our first night here and the campground wasn't muddy afterward. I guess my main complaint would be that the campsites are very close together and there was a seasonal camper set up right next to mine that had a garden hose run from the gray water dump to the sewer and the sewer connection wasn't capped off, so it stunk outside my camper. This is in addition to the barnyard smell next door, but I'm used to that. There are only 10 channels on the cable, but the cable at my site didn't work. The digital antenna picked up 38 channels, so it is really better than the cable. All in all this is a decent campground in a great location for seeing the sites in the Lancaster County area. It's a bit pricy, but that's the way it is in a tourist area.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
Very nice, clean, and well kept campground. It is just off the interstate and very near Mammoth Cave National Park. You can throw a rock and hit several restaurants, including Cracker Barrel, Pizza Hut, McDonald's and several local favorites. The rates are good, the hookups are excellent and even lighted for night time arrival, the Wi-Fi is fast (though not secure), and the park is pet friendly. The staff is very courteous and helpful. Everything is spotless. They even have a fitness center for those of us who are concerned about our long term ability to live this lifestyle! The only downsides are that there is no shade and there is a railroad track nearby that can be a little bit noisy at times, but not enough to be a problem. Overall this is an excellent place to stay and see the sights. We will camp here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This is a very clean and well kept state park RV campground. We have stayed here a number of times. If you like the outdoors, you'll like it here. There is a state park restaurant in the Pin Oak Lodge about a mile from the RV campground that has a very good seafood buffet on Friday night reasonably priced. Natchez Trace State Park is the largest in the Tennessee State Park system and offers a lot of things to do from fishing, boating, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, ATV riding, hunting, camping, whatever you like to do outdoors. The campground hosts are very helpful. The only negative is that it is about 10 miles back to get ice and supplies if you forget something. Cell phone service and wireless internet is spotty. There is no cable or Wi-Fi in this campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
We have stayed at Tremont four times now. It will be a favorite of ours from now on. This is a wonderful place to camp. The riverfront sites have a small, covered deck on each site along with fire rings at each site. The staff is very friendly and helpful. In the summer, there are several outfitters in Townsend who rent tubes for tubing the Little River. I recommend it. It is also quite fun to sit on the deck outside the RV and watch other people hit the rapids on their tubes. This is the closest improved campground to Cades Cove in the National Park. If you stay at Tremont, I promise you won't regret it. Be sure and reserve your river front site. The non riverfront sites you might luck into without a reservation.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This is a nice RV Park that could be a really nice RV park, but isn't. It is near home, so we camp here fairly often (3 or 4 times a year). Hurricane Creek is fun for the kids, but you have to "fight off the rednecks and horse droppings to get to it." The sites have full hookups (30/50A elec, water, sewer), but no cable TV or Wi-Fi. It is a beautiful setting and has a camp store/cafe/soda shop on the grounds. If you check the calendar of events, there are several concerts and other events as well as the annual moto-cross races. The RV sites are plenty long, but require some leveling. If you are traveling through the area, it beats the alternatives, but is a bit pricy in my opinion.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Mousetail Landing State Park is one of the newer parks in the Tennessee State Park system. It is a beautiful little park located on the Tennessee River. The campground I am writing about is the RV campground located in the main park. There is also a rustic campground that is lakefront that has several really nice tent sites or you can dry camp in a smaller motorhome or TT. The RV campground is located atop a steep hill, but once you get there it is shady and quiet. (I can't stress enough that the access road is very steep.) The road on the third loop is very difficult to get a longer trailer out of. We were pulling a 31' TT and had the truck off the road on one side and the trailer tires in the ditch on the other side. Our new 40 foot 5th wheel wouldn't make it. If you camp here, you'll love it. The rangers are super friendly and there is a lot to do including fishing, boating, and hiking. The Buffalo River is nearby and it is an excellent river to canoe or tube. There are several small fish restaurants just across the Tennessee River in Perryville and the food is great. There is a convenience store located near the state park, so if you forget something it isn't far to get ice, drinks, gas, diesel, or whatever.