Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
Had a wonderful stay there for a month. Sites were adequate and the restrooms were clean. There is a pond there for fishing. Mostly for kids as its all real small stuff. The Indians stock the river with trout weekly so if you want to fish for them its pretty easy. The town doesn't offer much but the Casino but there is plenty to do in the other areas and in the Smoky Mtn Park. The work kampers were very friendly and sociable. Lots of Seasonal rigs but mostly they were clean with a few exceptions. Big open grass area with Concerts there almost weekly that were enjoyable to listen to. They also play Bingo every Thursday night. We will surly stay there again as this is a wonderful area to visit and the weather is great. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.
This park didn't have any recent reviews, but we decided to give it a try while in the area. First, the location is great with close proximity to downtown Cherokee, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Now for the park review. The staff was nice during the check in process. Loved the escort to the site. The sites are CLOSE. The closest we've ever had. Tons of permenant residents, but they do keep it well kept and clean. Thankfully, one site beside us was vacant or it honestly would have been miserable. If this park is full, be prepared to be on top of each other.
We had a premium site with full hook ups. No complaints with any of that. We did not try the cable, so we can't speak to that. Cell phone reception is non existent (verizon). The wifi they provide is terrible. You cannot stay connected because it continually goes in and out. We are an outdoor family, so this wasn't a complete deal breaker for us, but do not go expecting to have internet via their Wifi because it truly is horrible. They do have a small swingset for the kids with a couple of swings, although very basic and small. We did not swim in the pool because it was always crowded, but it too was small. The streams running by the property are a nice asset, but in our case, the park was full and all creekside spots were occupied making it impossible to enjoy the creek without being rude and imposing onto another camper's site. The organized activities mentioned on their website were no where to be found during our week long stay. Overall, it's not a bad place to rest your head if you dont mind really close sites. That's not our preference so we will do better research and stay somewhere else on our next visit to Cherokee. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed there during the heavy rains and flooding. (We know the campgrounds are not to blame for this). If they would put more gravel on the road, and gravel the spot where the camper is parked, it would help. There was a camper on the back creek that would leave his dog tied to a tree while going away. At one point he let it run loose, and it went after another camper and dog. Workers talked to him, but the next time they went away the dog was back on the tree. The internet was mostly non existent. We were told it was due to all the kids using e-readers, i phones, and computers. Even after the weekend we tried it up at the office and had very little luck. Workers were of no help. While leaving, someone broke the water line next to us. (Once again not the campgrounds fault). I asked one worker if they could run a line from the other road to us. I was informed he was not in charge and was told to see another worker. When I want to the 2nd worker, I told him the 1st worker told me to see him. In a few minutes 1st worker showed up with a hose and informed me not the tell the worker in charge things he didn't say. When I informed him I didn't, he stated he didn't have time for this and stormed off. My wife and I have camped at many different campgrounds over a 20 year military career. This is by far the worst. Most of the workers couldn't care less about the campers. This could be a great campground with a change in the staff. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.
We had a great time with friends at this park. It is a very big park but not very crowded at all during the four nights we stayed. From the folks at the office to the guys who helped us park, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. For $3 more per night, we had wonderful premium sites with concrete pads on the lake. These sites allow you to back in almost parallel to the lake, so the water was no more than 10 feet outside our door. We loved these sites. The only drawback came the final day when fishermen (I don't know if they were campers or not) walked between our camper and the water, right past our door on their way around the lake. I don't think there are many campers dumb and ill-mannered enough to do such a thing, so I'm assuming these people had day passes. Nonetheless, we loved the sites and would definitely go back. The campground is very close to the Casino and other Indian attractions. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $47.00
Enjoyed our weekend here. Camped on the river side and loved that we had a fire ring. Staff was friendly and entertainment nightly at the stage in center of campground. The only negatives were that the WiFi was not consistent. We rarely ever were able to connect. Also, the 24 channels that we were supposed to have via the host were very poor quality. It was not our TV/cable connection. Everyone we spoke to said it was the same with them. We really liked this campground, but for the price would like to see them improve the WiFi/cable issue. One last note, a previous review complained about no AT&T cell phone reception and I will tell you we have frequented this area for years and it's always been that way. Complain to AT&T because Cherokee can't fix it. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $48.00
Nights Stayed -3 Park Overall – The Park is large, it is well maintained. All employees go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. A negative thing about the park is it is very near US19, a busy highway. A few of the creek lots, on the Highway side of the park, face the back of some houses. There are a few gravel sites but they are mainly grass. Most of the sites are reasonably level. There are two creeks and a lake all with water front sites. A really nice park overall. RV Type Used - 5th Wheel 28Ft My Site (94) – is on the creek near the highway. The water was so loud that we heard little road noise. The site faces the back of a house on the other side of the creek. We never saw anyone. What We Did – Went to the “Museum of Cherokee Indians” it was interesting, $10/Person Restroom - Modern and clean, soap and hand towels provided. Bath - Modern and clean Cell Service - Verizon worked, 3 bars and 3G at least Internet Access – Wi-Fi at the site, reasonably fast access Basic Shopping - Groceries etc. 3 miles Dining - Best restaurant in town is the “BRIO Tuscan Grille”, at the Casino. I did not get to try Ruth Chris’. Most restaurants are Buffet. Would I Return - Yes, I’m not a gambler but the Casino offer good entertainment and restaurants. The weather and the countryside are beautiful. If I returned I would select site 97 or 98. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $44.00
We have stayed here twice. Most recent visit found new management. Staff in the office and on the grounds was friendly. My negative observation was to many so called staff workers on the grounds. They spent to much time riding around on golf carts doing nothing. The grounds needed much upkeep. Grass needed cutting and flower beds away from the entrance had weeds and grass taller than the flowers. We arrived on a Sunday so there weren't many campers around so it was quiet. I wish the new owners success with this park. We will stay here the next time we go to Cherokee. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.
This park was ok for us. We travel with 3 young children and this park is definitely not "kid friendly." The pool was pretty clean, but the playground was very outdated and consisted of a few swings. The arcade was very old and dirty. The staff was not the friendliest either, especially the ladies working the front desk/gift shop. The price was also a little high in my opinion for such an outdated park. We will definitely not be camping here again. The only reason I give the park a 5 is because they have a few good stream side sites. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.
This park is an adequate base for exploring the Cherokee area attractions, but the park is not particularly attractive. I reserved a site by the water presuming that we would be on the river. Instead, we were given a site (#812) on the lake. The ducks and their droppings were tolerable, but the bullfrogs, 20' from our coach, kept us and our dogs awake throughout the night. We requested and received a new site (#608) away from the lake the next morning, which the staff handled pleasantly. They even gave us a price-differential refund without our asking. Park is OK overall; just avoid the lake. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.
We camped here for 4 nights. Very nice and very quiet. Campground cable TV is excellent. Wi-Fi a little iffy, but Verizon signal great. We will definitely be returning. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $40.00
Location, location, location! This is the closest RV park to the casino and to most other activities. We checked out some of the other RV parks in the area and they are nice, but far from rafting, gemming, etc. and the ingress and egress is not always very good. The Gem & Gold mine in Cherokee is not the best. We went to Franklin to the Cowee Mine. They were more honest in telling us what could be cut and much less expensive. We would definitely camp here again. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.
We camped here for the June bluegrass festival. We have been camping here for this event and the fall festival for at least 10 years, because we have made some dear friends from 4 states who all return here for the event(s). The site has a pool for kids, cabin availability, bunkhouse availability, primitive camping sites, and plenty of sites for full hookups. Each site has a rock pit for campfires and a picnic table. The 4 bath houses were cleaned and re-supplied every 4-6 hours; no-smoking in the bathhouses and cabins was enforced. The staff is very friendly and very helpful with a store on site for basic supplies. The only reason I rate a 9 instead of a 10 is that when it rains (sometimes heavily), water drainage sometimes goes directly through the campsite instead of being controlled away from where tents and campers are sitting. We will definitely return here, even if not for the bluegrass festivals. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $24.00
This is a very nice park. The staff were very helpful and made light of booking people in though the campground wasn't "officially" opened for the year - so rate reflects the "non-seasonal" fee. Despite the area being a little soggy (a week of rain) I felt it deserved the high rating I gave it. The CATV was a little iffy but the staff stated a service call was expected the next day(s). There was plenty open places or clear views for my Sat TV to work. The WIFI was really great (free too). The place was laid out very well and the stream (river) "noise" was a perfect sound barrier to cover the traffic noise from the nearby road. They were looking for work campers at the time I was there, but was enroute to a position elsewhere. I will use this place again and suggest you should too. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $34.00
This lovely park is OPEN! The owners of the land (park is on Cherokee Reservation) have taken over management of the park as of March 2010. The restrooms are immaculate. Staff is very friendly and helpful. We arrived at 10 PM. Gate attendant led us skillfully to our site and then showed us another one better for our satellite setup. We took that one. Branches touching our front A/C unit were trimmed away the next morning. Sites are level. Cable TV in row 600 is good, rest are spotty or nonworking, but management is revamping park and working on that issue. Currently no WiFi, but we have HughesNet and had no problem. Air cards will probably not work here due to being in a valley. There are fire rings at sites. It's very peaceful, very quiet with loads of space between rigs. We are staying here 2 weeks and hate to leave. Easy to get to if you follow directions on their Website. After looking at other parks nearby, this is THE place to stay. We will definitely be back if we are in the area. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is OPEN. I know as we just stayed here over the 4th of July holiday. It is still the most wonderful park in Cherokee. Flat, flat, flat and has the biggest pull through sites. 4th of July entertainment was good. Hope you all read this and know that this park in still open for business. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.