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Cherokee Campground

Helena, Alabama

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I'll start with the good: The owner is very nice. It is a beautiful park: lots of gorgeous trees, a pretty lake, and it is quiet. On the downside: It is at least 90 percent long-term residents, and may I add that I realize those people need a place to reside so I'm not criticizing that. But many of those residents have atrocious looking areas and some very poorly maintained units. I just think people considering staying here have a right to know that. If you are just making a one-night stop while traveling, this place would probably be fine. But it is definitely not a place to go to enjoy a few days of R & R, and it is not a place to go with children. Also thought the price was a little high.

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The proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains makes this park highly desirable. It is within walking distance of Cades Cove. It's a great place to ride bikes because, in spite of being in the mountains, the campground itself is really only gently rolling. There is a small grocery with a grill in it. They are known for their soft-serve ice cream. There is also a bike rental place. The sites are quite large with lots of space between. Even though the website claims to accommodate units up to only 35 feet, we took our 40-foot rig here. You just have to be sure you get one of the larger sites, and the site lengths are listed online. I love that you can make site-specific reservations. The bath houses are clean, but there are no showers. Because of black bears in the area, the rangers are VERY particular about food storage. If you leave your site and leave a cooler out, they will confiscate it. I appreciate that. The campground has two sections: one that allows generators and one that does not. Since this is dry camping, that is a significant factor to consider. There is horseback riding in the area, and sometimes there are hayrides. They also have ranger-guided nature hikes/tours sometimes. There is absolutely NO security at this campground.