Date of Stay: March, 2012
This is a beautiful, small campground. It is all level, easy to access, and wooded. The pads are paved, there are large picnic tables on concrete pads with grills, and fire rings with cooking grates at each site. The sites are spacious, the largest we've ever had. The playground at the campground is the nicest in the whole park. There is a 3 mile hiking loop which can be accessed at the campground. There is a 5 mile paved bike trail, but you must load your bikes and haul them to the trail head. The bath house has 3 bathroom stalls and 2 shower stalls. They were relatively clean, but the facilities are old. We had plenty of hot water and the water pressure was good. The park rangers were all very friendly and made several rounds through the campground while we were there. There are no sewer hookups, but there is a dump station conveniently located on the way out. We had a great time, though our stay was brief. If you have the opportunity, go on the guided canoe float through the Cypress swamp with Ranger Sam. It takes a couple of hours, but is very much worth the time. We have children ages 7-16 and we all enjoyed it. Also, visit the general store which is just outside the park and be sure to pet the rooster on the front porch!
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This small campground is above another larger campground which is at the south end of the main strip in Pigeon Forge. Because we stayed during the week during the off season, there were only a few other campers in the park. It was immaculately maintained and the bathrooms were always clean. There were 3 spacious shower rooms with doors and step-in showers with curtains. They always looked as if they had just been cleaned. The pool was small (5 ft. deep), but very clean. We had little interaction with the staff, but they were very friendly. The campground is very close to everything (walking distance to Krispy Kreme *fresh, hot doughnuts at 6 p.m.!* and Cracker Barrel), yet quiet with a secluded feel. The paved circle around which all the RV's are parked is level and smooth- perfect for skating, biking, etc. The spaces are not huge, but comfortable. There is a picnic table and fire ring at each site, but no grill. We just picked up a cooking grate at Walmart, which is about 10-15 minutes away depending on traffic, and it worked great. It is about 10 minutes up the mountain to the foot of the Smoky Mountains if you by-pass Gatlinburg. If you turn right at the visitor center, then right again and pass the visitor center, you will find a "quiet walkway" on the left with just enough room to park 1 or 2 vehicles. This level path leads to a stream with a narrow bridge that looks like a fallen tree not very far from the road. It is so peaceful and a great place to let the kids wade. Be aware that most hiking paths in the Smokies are not pet friendly, but there were no signs on this path prohibiting pets. We had a wonderful time and would definitely highly recommend Foothills. We camped in spot #3 to accommodate our 32 ft. camper and it was great, but I think I would try to get spot #17 if we go again because it is backed by trees, has more shade and is closer to the excellent bath house and pool. Did I mention is was clean?