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Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA

Cherokee, North Carolina



Cherokee, North Carolina
Phone: (828) 497-9711

Sites: 400
Recent Rate: $55 4/2016

Latitude: 35.5322873447243
Longitude: -83.2829868793488

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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69 Reviews

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KC8RXQ

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $54.00
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Came here on a recommendation for fishing with my adult son. It's a nice campground and the staff was very nice, polite, and helpful. Our site was a "back-in"near one of the fishing ponds and we had ample room for our 25 ft. Sprinter rig but my son had to park across our pad in order to stay off the road. Wi-Fi was non-existent at our site and Verizon cell phone reception was minimal at best. I only used electric, which served us well, so I can't comment on the other utilities.

The nearby bath house (we were at Site 47) appeared clean but needed a staffer to keep soap dispensers refilled and to unstoppable a sink.

There appeared to be construction/maintenance work going on so the owner's do want to keep the place in good order. It was really cold and windy during our stay but we will be back.

Also, the rate includes a $3.50/ night resort fee. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Camp store has neat stuff and this area is known for its trout fishing. US19 from Maggie Valley to Cherokee has a long section of curvy and steep grades for those of you with long and heavy rigs.

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Mountaineer fan

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $55.00
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Very nice level lots with concrete pads and very up to date utilities. This was a very child friendly campground that is clean and very well maintained. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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The Regans

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $61.00
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This KOA is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side. The park is surrounded by a stream and campsites have great shade with wonderful trees. Our site was a pull-through concrete pad. It was very long and easily accommodated our 38 ft. 5th wheel plus our truck. The pad was very level and the utilities were very accessible. The sites that are along the stream are back in but appear to be level and have good distance from other campers. The staff was very accommodating and worked with us to adjust our reservation without additional charges. The only negative relates to cell phone service. There is no ATT signal available, but that's not the campground's fault. We relied on WiFi, which was strong while we were there. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Touring the Great Smoky Mountains can be challenging due to the number of visitors. This campground in Cherokee turned out to be a blessing as the traffic entering the park from the southeast side is a fraction of the traffic you will encounter from the north and west sides. Clingman's Dome and Newfound Gap, the highest points in the park, are well worth the drive. Allocate time for hiking. We saw lots of Elk at the visitor center.

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Donna and Steve

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $61.00
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First, the good: The campground has concrete pads and adequate roads for our 37 ft Motorhome. It's in a lovely setting and the campground staff were all very nice.
The bad: needs some ecologically safe treatment for gnats/fruitflies across the entire campground. Without a significant breeze, it was impossible to be outside for any length of time without being swarmed by these little pests.
If a site appears very narrow on the campground map, it is probably way too narrow to have any outside space. The sites on the river nearest to the campground entrance are on a very small prong of the river. The upstream river front sites are much nicer. Unless you want to hear the motor for the jumping mat throughout your stay, you'll want to be farther from the entrance, pools, jumping mat, etc. If you have children who will be using these amenities, you'll want to consider the closer sites.
We will visit this campground again, but will definitely be looking for sites toward the back. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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TheBounders

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $48.00
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Very nice park a couple of miles from Harrah's Cherokee Casino. We stayed right on the creek and it was a very quiet spot. Friendly courteous staff will escort campers to the site and back them in. Level sites, pretty good shade but we could get satellite. Nice campground to stop by for a few days while travelling in the Maggie Valley, Cherokee area. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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TxDiver

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $68.00
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Spent five nights touring the national park and local area. The campground is convenient to both. It is definitely a family oriented campground with numerous kid friendly activities. The staff can arrange offsite tours and activities plus provided shuttle service. A scenic campground with a trout stream along one boundary plus a catch/release fishing pond. Our site was level with a concrete pad, patio, picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms were clean and adequate, but hot water was erratic based on the time of day due to, I suspect, usage. Laundry was excellent. WiFi was non-existent at our sight, but not that much of a problem as we were out much of the time. We would camp here again. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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Campdog41

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $56.00
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I absolutely LOVE this campground! We stayed on a buddy site so the nightly price reflects our half of the buddy site which fits two campers (it's about $112.50/night after KOA discount and we split with our friends). They have so many activities for the kids. We went tubing down the river which runs right next to the campground. The park is maintained extremely well and the staff are very helpful. My only complaints were that the Wi-Fi is not very reliable (which is why I didn't give it a 10) and AT&T phone service is non-existent. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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McNamara's Band

Review Count: 69
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $100.00
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Don't give out a 5 -star rating often but this place deserves it. Everything about this KOA was excellent. Extremely friendly staff. Very clean park. spacious with lots to do. We weren't able to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or snack bar since it was too early in the season, but from the looks of things those features would've only added to our enjoyment. The indoor pool facilities were under construction but we were still able to enjoy it. We definitely would stay here again. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Cabin.

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JJPP17

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $63.00
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This park is in a beautiful area. The river and ponds add to it's appeal. Pull through site was level and ours was private on one side. Wifi only worked part time and wasn't the fastest. We didn't have any Verizon coverage and switched between 3G and 4G with US Cellular. Staff was friendly. Park was busy on the weekend but ok during week. Our only complaint was with the guests who let their pets run free off leash. We encountered loose dogs almost every time we walked ours on leash. Overall we thought this was a very nice park and would stay again. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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capri

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $70.00
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This was our first camping trip to Cherokee and are glad we chose this KOA. It is located on Big Cove Road which has a beautiful steam running through it. The campground is completely surrounded by trout ponds and streams. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We camped in a center pull-through sit that was very level. There were mostly families camping the weekend we were there. Mingo Falls is very close to campground and was very beautiful. We will return to this park. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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DS650

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $42.00
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I am not a big KOA fan because of other experiences at KOA's. I picked this because of the location and indoor, year round pool for the kids. The place was empty for the most part because of winter. The sites are close and I could see in peak summer season this place would get crowded. The staff was great. We had prepaid but had to leave a day early because of pending weather and they offered a refund. The grounds were clean and well kept and it is located in a beautiful location in the mountains. I would use this location again but only in off season. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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abbyarts

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $44.00
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Don't use your GPS to get here, call the campground to get more specific directions. It's further off the main drag than most KOAs and enormous, its own city. I have a 20' class B and asked for a site out of the way. Site is fine, but cable hookup is very poor, unwatchable and, like the last 3 KOAs I've stayed at on this trip, Wi-Fi is sketchy and keeps cutting out. Despite the size the setting is beautiful and the campground looks to be about 2/3rds full even with Smokey Mountain National Park closed. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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Bill&Mary

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $40.00
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Beautiful location, full amenities, very clean laundry room, sites were level with plenty of space between trailers. Park was clean and well maintained. We had electrical problems (ground fault) that was taken care of immediately, they even came by the next day to insure that everything was to our liking. Very crowded on the weekend with lots of families, but the weekdays were very peaceful. We stated for 4 days and enjoyed everyone of them. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Kevin Holland

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $55.00
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Sites were level. My wife did not like the original site we were supposed to be on, and we had no problems switching sites. There are some permanents but most keep their site well maintained, and a few even have nice flower gardens. Staff was super friendly and went out of their way to accommodate our issues with the Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi was very sketchy, almost nonexistent. Verizon service was off and on; more off than on. Verizon MiFi card did not work. Do not stay here if you need to stay connected to internet or Verizon. USCellular was the roaming carrier. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.

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johnrobertpowers

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $55.00
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Nights Stayed – 3. Park Overall – A well maintained park with great level lots. The sites are close together, but certainly larger sites than you find in most commercial parks. Several of the sites are on the Raven Fork River, a fast and noisy stream, which I loved. We stayed in Feb so the park and the entire town was pretty empty. RV -Type Used - 5th Wheel, 28 Ft, one slide. My Site (234) - This is a beautiful (Premium) site directly on the Raven Fork River. The site is a level cement pad 15 ft. from the river’s edge. All of the river sites are aligned for maximum privacy. What We Did – Ate, drank, and had fun. Restroom –Very clean, hand soap and towels. Bath – Very clean (Heated). Cell Service - Verizon worked, 1+ bars - 3G Internet Access – The Park has WiFi. It is free, not too fast. TV – Cable included - 35 channels Basic. Shopping – 5 miles. Would I Return – Yes, Beautiful. We camped at Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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