Date of Stay: October, 2016
In looking for "something new," highly-rated, and within a reasonable distance (in this case, 2.5 hours) for a weekend outing, we decided to check out this place, and it was a solid choice. About four miles off I-40, easy to reach, and nice and quiet. Attractive setting, with a small lake in the park's center. Level, very spacious sites with easy hookups. Grounds and facilities were extremely clean and well kept. Good cable and Wi-Fi. Staff very personable and helpful. While this park is aimed at more of an "adult" crowd, our 8 year old grandson gave it a thumbs up, with plenty of grass for play, and a fire pit for s'mores. We don't do a lot of repeat visits, but we would return here.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
Our second visit here (the first being two years ago), and it again earns high marks. We again stayed fairly near the pool (two thumbs up from our young grandson), but may try the upper level on a future visit. Beautiful lake views, park is extremely well kept, and the staff is exceptional.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This campground has a lot of positives. Easy to get to (see further comment below), and for a smallish park, interior navigation is good. Shady and quiet. The pool is small but quite adequate (adjacent hot tub's a bonus), a nice little play area for kids, and the bath house is nice, clean and well maintained. We did not utilize the clubhouse or, for a change, cable (I managed to convince the rest of the family we could actually do without TV), so no comment offered there. It was a somewhat tight back-in to site 29, but the site itself was spacious. It was also level (as were others in that immediate vicinity), which, by the way, did not appear to be the case with all sites (it may be just me, but I like to avoid dealing with that if at all possible). It's an easy drive into Gatlinburg. On that note, unless you just enjoy the madhouse that is driving through Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, you'll do well to heed their suggestion to come in from the northeast via US 321. As is the case with all our camping trips, as we left the premises, I asked my spouse "okay, would you come back here?", and she answered affirmatively. That's what determines such things at our house.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Admittedly without a large sample size, this place clearly strikes me as the difference between a "park" and a "resort." For those who prefer ANY element of "roughing it," I'd suggest looking elsewhere, but otherwise one would be hard pressed to find anything to complain about here. Easy to locate and access, wide open on-site navigation, spacious and level concrete sites. Friendly and helpful staff. Spectacular views on Douglas Lake and excellent recreational amenities, including a pool with big water slide from which we had to pry our young grandson. Granted, this place is a bit pricey, at least compared to our other experiences, but definitely falls into the get-what-you-pay-for category. We will certainly return.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This was our second stay at this park (the first in Oct 2011), the only one thus far we've visited more than once. Being a long holiday weekend, the place stayed packed, but it never seemed overwhelming. While other reviews are correct on various points -- some sites do appear a bit tight, and some units had levelers out, and there aren't grand views per se -- I found the roads from town rather nondescript, and camp amenities are more than adequate. Our 5-year-old grandson had a grand time with the pool, the playground and the farm animals, and made new friends at every turn. My spouse again found plenty to do in the area (a requirement), and we even enjoyed the Independence Day parade in town. This is a nice, family-friendly park, with gracious staff. I suspect we'll make it back here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Following a last-minute decision to take the camper out on a long holiday weekend -- and to a typically crowded "tourist spot," to boot -- we believe we made a good choice with this campground. Thanks to a cancellation, we were able to get a riverside site (our rate reflects Good Sam for this type site), which proved to be very pleasant. The staff was very friendly and helpful on the phone and at check-in, and a staffer in a golf cart led me to our site and helped me back the camper in, which is always greatly appreciated. Our site was level and plenty spacious for our 29' TT w/ slideout. This campground was generally very quiet (tho it is across the highway from one of the local helicopter tour operations, which is a sound we eventually got used to while outside), and appeared to be well maintained. Our grandson greatly enjoyed the nice pool (well, we did, too), and the adjacent bath house was very clean with good upkeep. There's also a small playground which we didn't visit. The free Wi-Fi was hit-or-miss while inside our camper (perhaps a function of being near the far end of the property), but no issues while outside. A big plus in my (i.e., the driver's) view was this campground's general location -- close enough to the various local attractions, but not "too close" as to be a traffic hassle, and close enough to I-40 to beat much of the departing traffic at the end of our stay. Should we opt for this trip again (we live ~90 minutes away), we would definitely consider returning here.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This park is within 30 minutes of our home, but with my spouse out of town, it was a good one-night getaway for my 89-year-old father (who'd never been camping) and 4-year-old grandson (who's an old pro). Staff is really friendly and helpful. The park is mostly gravel, but it's plenty spacious with good size sites, most of which appeared level. Being a short visit, there were amenities we didn't utilize, though the grandson certainly enjoyed the pool. Had we stayed longer and had the weather necessitated it, the lack of shade others mention might have been a negative, but as it was, it went unnoticed. I'm not sure how often we'd tend to be back here, considering its proximity, but were it more of a "trip," this is one park I'd visit again.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
Just looking for a "getaway" weekend, we chose this park due to its reasonable distance (~90 miles) from home and its positive reviews. Spent two nights, Good Sam rate $30 per. Friendly, helpful hosts. Considering its proximity to I-81, park is very quiet. Easy in-and-out, plenty of space. Our site was level, and others nearby appeared to be. Easy hookups. Three-year-old grandson greatly enjoyed pool and large grassy field (we didn't utilize playground or catfish pond). Restroom and shower facilities spacious and clean. As for "cons" - not an abundance of trees/shade, but weather was mild enough it didn't matter. Exit 80 on I-81 is very cluttered, but navigable.