9.3 Excellent
     
Franklin, North Carolina

The Great Outdoors RV Resort

Franklin, North Carolina


321 Thumpers Trl
Franklin, North Carolina 28734
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 66
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.233215411837
Longitude: -83.347928524017

Elevation: 2103' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 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 yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $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 yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash yes
  • $10.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 10.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi yes
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • 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 ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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15 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Owners of campground live on site, very friendly. Had small store for quick purchase of stuff. Owner escorted us to our site and helped my back in to site. I did have to use one leveling block to level camper side to side but not a very big deal. He explained all power, sewer and water connections before he left. The lower sites have better shade for the days, upper sites on the hill are good but not as shady. Wifi was great and about 50 HD TV channels. Nice are to walk around. Did have laundry and pool but did not use them. I paid $10 to wash our camper, it was worth it. Gravel lots but no pull thru.

Over all a great place to relax and do nothing, that is what camping is all about, this place is great to do just that. Will bring a fire ring to your site but we did not use one. We will return here, it is only an hour from our house. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Gorgeous park. Tucked on the side of a mountain. Sites are a little tight but manageable. Gravel but very level. Ours had a large grassy area behind the gravel pad. Fire pit provided at no charge upon request. We stayed in the premium sites which is the upper level of 3-4 tiers of sites. Park was immaculate. Pool was terrific; clean with plenty of pool furniture in great condition. Wifi and cable was good. Owners and work campers are super friendly and very helpful...they stopped by several times to make sure we were happy and had everything we needed. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to eat at Cafe REL in Franklin.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Very friendly owners. Clean and well maintained grounds. No junky permanent trailers.

Very nice pool and workout room and clubhouse. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

We've been here before, and loved the views. This time was over a holiday weekend, and we noticed how cramped the place felt. Sites were tight with little or no room for tow vehicles. Fortunately, a helpful staff person backed my rig into the site for me. Be aware that they will not reserve a specific site for you, so you never know what you'll get. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We will start with the good things. The water and water pressure is good as is the power. Cable worked fine with several channels, roads are good and all sites are gravel and pretty level. We were here as a group and even though told we would be together, we were not. The site we were on was barely big enough although we had given our length when reserving. Our slides are larger than normal, the guy assisting didn't believe us, said he would come back to measure and did! Reservations over promised and under delivered. The campground is convenient to all major attractions and sights, but all on the side of a hill, some sites with road noise. There is minimal wifi and almost no cell service. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $37.00
Overall Rating:      

Paved streets, gravel level site. Excellent staff; Bill led me in, guided me back into the space, and made sure our awning was not going to be in a small tree. Nice pool, very clean. At 2000 ft., good view. Will be going back. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
52
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Franklin has a lot of antique stores. Nice strolling up and down the streets. Clean little town. Rafting just down the road. Wally World close

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in this park for two weeks during our summer vacation. This is a very clean, well run park that I would definitely use again when in the area. The owner is very friendly and his staff of work campers go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. The roads in the park are wide and easy to navigate and our site was easy to back into. There are no on-site fire pits but the office will provide a portable fire pit if you request one. There is a nice pool in the park that is heated and kept very clean, but outside of that there are not many activities if you have younger children. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Check in was a breeze. We were escorted to site and assisted with backing in. Told staff about a tire problem on the way up and our escort went out of his way to find us another tire which he didn't have to. Met the owner and he was as nice and friendly as his staff. Liked the way park was laid out and do not have anything negative to say about it. Will stay here next time we are in the area. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Wal-Mart close and Ingles food stores just a few miles in Franklin.

Cherokee 28 miles from campground.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We recently stayed at this park while attending an RV rally. The park is beautiful with nice views of the Smoky Mountains. The staff of many workampers bend over backwards to attend to your every need. The pool was nicely heated and we swam in it several times. We would definitely stay here again. Our rate was the rally rate. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

The owners and people who work at this park are wonderful! Everyone is so friendly and helpful! This is a clean, quiet park, not a lot of kids running around. There is some highway noise, but I didn't find it unpleasant. They had a pool side party for Memorial Day that was very nice! It included drinks, food, and live music! My one complaint is that I had chosen this campground for Memorial Day weekend because they advertised on their web site that their pool was heated. I thought that would be a nice treat for our two daughters. Unfortunately, they did not have it heated and my daughters were able to swim very little! (this is why my rating is a 9 and not a 10) Some of the upper sites have a nice view of the mountains, but the vegetation is starting to grow and hide the view. I hope they keep it trimmed back to maintain the view!! We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This is wonderful RV resort. Very friendly, helpful, and considerate staff. The resort is located in the Mountains near Franklin, N.C. and close to a verity of attractions. The resort offers a pool, exercise room, laundry, and clean showers and restrooms. Lots of activities are offered to the RVers, cable TV, and extremely good Wi-Fi. I recommend this resort to anyone for a few days or a few months stay. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

1st time here. Loved it. Beautiful view, good base location for sightseeing. Owner and staff very friendly. Definitely will return again. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much. Very good location and everyone was very friendly. Enjoyed access to Smokey Mountains and all the attractions that were very easy to access from the Park. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

An excellent park close to the highway but above the highway noise. This park has several levels and they are easy to back into. It is about 4 miles from Franklin and 16 miles from Dillsboro off a 4 lane highway. A Wal-Mart and fast food is about 2 miles away. The leaves were beautiful, the staff kind, and they give out doggy biscuits for the 4 legged guests. This will be our park of choice for exploring the area again--nice drive from Highlands, Cashiers, Sylva. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground. We stayed over the Thanksgiving holiday and were only 1 of 2 campers in the entire park. The park owner checked us in and walked up to our site to make sure that we were all right, even told us to use the adjoining site to park our vehicle since the park was empty. Everything was clean and spotless, roomy sites and all the amenities. Plenty of places to go and see outside the campground; we rode bikes, played outside with the kids and explored the campground. They have an outdoor pool and nice clubhouse that is available for use. I would recommend this campground to anyone, and they will be seeing us again. We camped at The Great Outdoors RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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