9.2 Excellent
     
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Smoky Bear Campground

Gatlinburg, Tennessee



4857 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Phone: (865) 436-8372

Sites: 56
Recent Rate: $46 11/2016

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Latitude: 35.762837383684
Longitude: -83.302277326584
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 ?
  • 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 ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • 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
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • 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 ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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89 Reviews

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

Pricing was $45/night less 10% Good Sam discount plus tax. We ended up about $46/night. Reservation and check-in process were professional, efficient and friendly. Signage from the street is good. We hooked/unhooked in front of the office. The entire property slopes so we felt it best to unhook first. All hook-ups worked perfectly. We were able to obtain Verizon cell, Sprint Mifi and DirecTV signals. Our pull-through site was level. There is a pool and hot tub but they were buttoned up for the winter. There is slight road noise but not enough to be annoying. There were a few pieces of small trash (plastic tie wrap, cigarette butt, candy wrapper) in our site but I wouldn't say our site was "dirty". Campground wifi didn't work for us. We had a decent stay - nothing especially good and nothing especially bad. If returning to the area, we would be open to staying here again but might explore other options first.

Our biggest disappointment (not the campground's fault) is how far the CG is from area attractions. The number of miles might not seem like much on paper but when you factor in the extent of traffic in the area (both in/around downtown Gatlinburg AND in/around the Smokes), the extra miles to/from the CG was a bummer. There is another CG closer to town with a Trolley Stop in front of it that might be more convenient. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Gatlinburg is very touristy - think t-shirt shops and candy shops. Moonshine tasting is fun. It's $5/per person then they give you a $5 off coupon if you purchase something. Great Smoky Mtn Natl Park is a total cluster. There are lots of cars and lots of traffic. Wish the Park Service could find a solution such as running shuttles. However the Smokes are beautiful and a must see. Buy the $1 trail map to help plan your hikes. Start VERY early and beat the crowds (at least on the way in).

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

Campgound outside of Gatlinburg, approx 20 mins. on 321 to town....We requested a pull thru site and were told there was a mix up and we had to get a back in...our request was over a month old??? Our site was spacious #14 back in, surface was gravel, all utilities worked, some shade, but not too much.....Campgound was clean, bathrooms spotless and the host was friendly and pleasant to deal with. Campground is located off 321, which can be noisy. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Plan to make a trip to the artists community on 321 before you get to Gatlinburg...Well worth the time...In addition take the back route to see Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail, 321 to Roaring Fork Road, on the left before you get to Gatlinburg proper, or stop light #8 in Gatlinburg, you will be surprised.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground was beautifully maintained and staff was incredibly friendly and helpful in all regards.

Pull thru sites were very nice, as were some back-in's, but other back-in's were very close together. As another review here mentioned, there are lots of trees so some back-ins could be a little tricky. Our only problem was the traffic noise.

Be aware that sites #2 thru #13 back right up to busy route 321! When we booked our reservation we were going to be on site #18, off the road, but arrived to find we had been moved to site #5 - a tight back-in smack on the road. We were told the owner has the right to move reservations to where she see's fit, which I guess is her prerogative as the owner, but it made us pretty unhappy. Sites are about 6 feet above the road but that did nothing to lower the noise level. We didn't even use the fire pit because it just was too unpleasant to sit outside due to the traffic noise. Had a 4 night reservation and left 2 days early due to the lack of peace and quiet. The staff was very understanding and even gave us a refund on the two nights we didn't use - which we appreciated.

SO! Smoky Bear is a beautiful little campground with an outstanding staff, but if you want some peace and quiet don't reserve a site on the road side and hope you're site isn't changed before you get there. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hungry Bear BBQ down the road on 321 is a can't miss if you love good BBQ! Small, unassuming building which does more carryout than sit-down (only has about 6 tables), but best ribs we've ever had.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We were fortunate to get the last spot in the campground. It was a little tight, especially the car, but staff very helpful getting us comfortable. The owner and staff were excellent and helped with ideas in visiting Gatlinburg. The campground was well maintained. Pool and hot tub were already closed for the season. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It was a 29 minute drive to Gatlinburg and Smokey Mountain National Park. Both were extremely crowded.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

Quaint Campground. Not that large, but adequately spaced sites. Peaceful location. Friendly host. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground 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
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

Plan on staying more than one night. We plan to return someday.

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Review Count: 96
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

On the plus side, the park is very clean and the hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. There are lots of trees, which makes for a pleasant feel but it makes satellite access tricky. On the downside, the spaces are very close together, not level, and tree limbs overhang the sites so the roof of the RV gets scraped as you pull in... they need to do some trimming. As for value, location I guess justifies the high rent, which is commensurate with other RV parks in the area. The 12.75% lodging tax (not under their control) makes it even a bit more burdensome. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

In some places you look for things to do in the RV park you are at. In this place, you look for an RV park convenient to the various tourist attractions in the area, of which there are an inexhaustible number!

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Owners very helpful and friendly. We had problems with our tow dolly and they lent us the wrenches needed to fix. Back in sites were gravel which was a little hard to walk on but other than that everything was great. Would definitely stay there again. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 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: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Place was perfect easy to pull into your spot, great pool and hot tub cable and wifi. Flowers planted at each lot. The owners were so helpful with car rental and suggestions on places to eat and see in Gatlinburg . If you are going to go to Gatlinburg this RV park is a must ! We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Caver's apple orchard good home cookin. Greenbrier before you get into town great atmosphere and good food sugarland to try some moonshine in downtown . The aquarium is a must so well done great city !

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean, quiet except for some traffic noise, away from hordes of tourists and small enough to be very homey. The staff all go overboard to make your stay comfortable and pleasant. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Great access to Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l. Park.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

We were looking for a place away from the downtown crowds. This is the place. The campground is well maintained, to say the least. Spotless would almost be a better way to say it. We had plenty of room for our 5er. The owner was friendly and very helpful with advice about local events. We needed mechanical work done and she guided us to a gem of a mechanic. I would recommend this to friend or family and for sure would stay here again. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Very friendly staff. Gave me a information sheet on stores,food, sites, etc. The park is cozy small and kept in immaculate condition! We had a cement pad pull-through site with full hookups. Sites are wide and paved road is easy to navigate. We requested a site where satellite could be set up, works great. Wi-Fi worked well.

We came in mid October to see the fall leaves turn color and we're not disappointed. Would come back again. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent park near Smokey Mtn. National Park. We were in site 13, very large, level, also very close to noisy highway. We will stay again, but all visitors should be cautious of the busy highway when turning East out of the RV park. It is a short run on a relatively steep hill hiding oncoming traffic. Look carefully before exiting the park. Highway has lots of traffic, and many are "speeding", creating a potentially dangerous situation. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site number 13
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

GasNGo gas station, is 11 miles East of the RV park near a large Food City grocery store. Note, prices 30% higher in this tourist town. Good gas prices and lots of room turning by Class A and C towing vehicles. Also, avoid arriving from Knoxville if you have a large rig. Opt to arrive from the NE, down I40, then 321 to the RV park. Gatlinburg is a wonderful little town, but on weekends, a tourist "zoo".

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Very comfortable, quiet, and clean campground away from the crazy tourist towns. It's the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We were even given an impromptu concert by the concert pianist Rocky Fretz, accompanied by Patrick O'Leary, that was one of the most memorable moments of our trip. The campground owners were very gracious and helpful, even giving us a printout of their favorite things to see and do in the area. We will definitely stay here again when we get back to the Smoky Mountains! We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 45
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The road (321) to the campground is a bit challenging for bigger rigs, but it is worth it! Be sure to follow the campground suggestion as to what way to come in.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park! Only about 20 minutes from Galinburg. It's immaculately maintained, everything is neat as a pin. The back-in sites are gravel which is a large type of gravel, not the typical crushed gravel. This was good because it made for good drainage when raining. Pull through sites have concrete pads. Excellent hosts and employees, they even offered to blow the leaves off our hybrid trailer so we would have an easier time packing up. They also take you to your site and help you back in. We will stay there again some time. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The "moonshine" sampling in Gatlinburg is a hoot. The "tour guides" make it fun and entertaining. If you are there to hike in GSM, best to hit trail heads as early as possible or right after a rain storm. Trail head parking fills up fast. Great food in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Brewery and Restaurant for good beer, and for breakfast, Crocketts Breakfast Camp. Both close to the park entrance.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Smoky Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
site 29
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Easy access to Gatlinburg, if that's your thing.

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