20 Parks near Mountain City, Tennessee
Aug 2007 - $20.00
We were on our way from Bristol, TN to Boone, NC driving along H421. This is a windy road. It was getting dark and we saw the blue sign for "Camping" as we were passing through town. We pulled in and noticed they had 12 sites and only 2 were taken. The camp office is at a museum and they were closed. We took site 5 and backed in on the grass. It had water, electric (We used 30 amp so I don't know about 50 amp), cable and sewer. Some of the sites had damaged cable lines. The bathrooms were locked but we did not need them. Don't know if they had showers or not. They did have some big block fire pits so we did have a fire. We decided to stay a second night and do some geocaching in the area. The fee was $20 per night. It was a reasonably clean place to stay while passing through. - Traveller101
May 2014 - $28.00
This park has recently opened and is going through some growing pains. The entrance and exit roads for the park are steep but manageable. The trees on the streets leading to the park need to be trimmed big time. The entire park is on packed shale and needs to be re-graveled. There are some pot holes but nothing major. Twelve of the fifteen sites back up to Laurel Creek. All sites have full hookups with 20/30/50 amp electric service. The electrical voltage is excellent, hovering around 124. Each site has a picnic table and there are two fire rings at either end of the campground. The campground is located on a quiet street and it was nice to sleep hearing the rushing water. There is no bathroom, showers or Wi-Fi at this campground. The price reflects the weekly rate. Daily rates include the cost of electric but weekly rates do not. This campground is within walking distance to the town of Damascus, the AT and Creeper trails. The cost for staying at this campground is a bit steep but that appears to be the going rate in this town. This park has lots of potential and the owners are doing everything they can to get it right. Our rig is 32 feet long. - adsaxs
Aug 2015 - $30.00
This park is a perfect location for biking the Virginia Creeper Trail. It is a tight campground for a 40 foot motorhome, but the owner is super nice and everyone camping is friendly as well. Other than the bike trail, there is nothing much in town, but we enjoyed our stay. Keep in mind this is 30 amp electric and not 50 amp. We had the site closest to the main road and the trucks started coming by at 5 am. Not real great for sleeping. - RV4fun15
Jul 2015 - $30.00
The campground is small and limited, but the camp host, Russell, Is very friendly and full of info, and the CG is right in the middle of town (Location, location, location!). The VA Creeper recreational trail is at one end of the street (about 3 blocks) and the other end of the street is the AT which runs right thru the middle of town. several other trails very close by. Site was about 1" out of level and power was excellent @ 116 Vac. Not a whole lot of space between sites but we did put out the awning, and all 7 sites back up to the lovely babbling Laurel Creek. We will return here for more bike riding and maybe some kayaking. - FreeWheeler
Oct 2014 - $30.00
Nice little park right in town. Very good location for bicycling on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Small sights that back up to the creek with a picnic table. Level sites. Small town so not much road noise. Good friendly owner. Not much to do other than the bike path. - JimSC
Oct 2014 - $38.00
We will camp here again. Start with 10, then -1 poor in campground signage, -1 poor campground roads, -1 poorly marked sites, -1 poorly marked/oddly spaced hookups, -1 web site says wi-fi, but only available at camp store, -1 bathhouse 1/4 mile from trailer camp, -1 too few showers/toilets,-1 wi-fi signal not dependable-tested .3 down, .1 up (megs) when working. +1 no night lighting in trailer camp. This is a unique campground. Beautiful night sky set on a wooded ridge and renting bikes @ $15 to ride trail. Very laid back guy around the store (managing or running is too strong). They prefer cash. Plenty of hot water for returning Creeper Trail riders. 6 of us rode trail while the 7th took our truck into town to return riders and bikes. Campground has bikes on demand for $15. Roads to camp are good. Roads in camp are poor and steep and narrow and begging for grading and stone. Sewer connections very difficult to find as grass grows over them. I found 3 sites with WES, there may be more. About 10 are WE. Hook up services good. Dump site is on the ridge, too. Sites are not assigned-pick your own. There is no check in procedure and no rules sheet. First priority is growing Christmas Trees. 2nd is tent camping near the store for lots of Boy Scouts and youth groups riding the trail. Third priority is trailer camping which is 1/4 mile away from camp store and tents. We did not see big rigs. Road layout allows always driving forward so if a big rig can handle the roads and hills, the campground can handle the rig. - Frank Rader
Jun 2012 - $35.00
This campground is located on the trail head of the Virginia Creeper (rails-to-trails) near the top of the mountain (3500'+ elev.). Getting there challenged our GPS as we ended up missing a critical turn and found ourselves towing our fifth wheel up a gravel, one-lane road across the ridge. Without 4-wheel drive we would not have made it. If the GPS liked us, we would have been on paved road all the way to the campground. The campground is rustic in nature and our site was on a newly cut of mountain. It overlooked the office. Check in and VERY friendly and easy - the owner is a nice, older guy. Our site was a pull through with water and electricity (thought it was 30 amp but the breakers were only 20 amps). Water pressure was low but of good quality. The site stills needs a 'finish' grade to get it more level (needed a LOT of planks to get the fiver level). It hadn't been mowed in some time making our site more of a field. The view was very nice. We were one of two campers in the whole place. So the night was very quiet and the stars were out in full force. Used the fire ring for S'mores. Leaving the next day, the exit road was very rutty and it was a slow go. Overall, this campground is perfectly placed for Virginia Creeping. It's not really close to anything else, so pack in whatever you need. The campground need some TLC and grooming but it will do for a night. Little pricey at $35.00/nite but there's no close competition so c'est la vie. - Owlet
Jun 2016 - $40.00
What a gem! One of those places you kinda' don't WANT to review, because you'd rather keep it quiet!
It's a treacherous drive up the last mile or so to get to the campground. It's basically a one lane steep, windy, gravel and dirt road with very few opportunities to move out of the way of another vehicle. But.... if you're willing to do that, the payoff is so worth it! Just DON'T miss the left turn into the campground and go too far.... it'll be tough to get back there!
The one ONLY other downside is that there are no water hookups at the sites.... but the staff will help you fill up on the way in and then if you run out, they will assist with helping to run hoses to you for refilling. Obviously there's also no sewer hookups.... but they will arrange pump out service.... it's $40.... so choose wisely!
The campground is VERY tenter heavy and GREAT for hiking. The weekends are FULL.... but it's so spacious etc that the only real downside was that the shower house had pretty long lines with all those tenters on the weekend days. The bath house is immaculate as is the rest of the property!
It's like sleeping in the clouds.....literally on SOME days! It was just spectacular though! Mountains all around.... warm summer breezes and cool nights! AMAZING escape from the heat and humidity of Florida! And we saw lightning bugs, chipmunks and even a hummingbird! Very cool! - doggpurr
May 2016 - $35.00
When we arrived I found out that due to my negligence I did not notice when booking that the campsites did not have water a each site. Only electricity. Our camper has never had the fresh water tanks filled so we were not going to take a chance on contamination or it having leaks. The owners were very nice and understood my decision to cancel the reservation. They still charged me the cancellation fee but that was to be expected and I did not argue as it was my fault. On another note!! Please be advised that this campground name has mountain in it. That being said we were pulling a 32 ft trailer with our F250 and it was a struggle to get it up to the campground. Once you get off the highway from Boone the road is gravel up to Blue Bear CG. One other word of caution. Do not miss the turn as there is no sign that tells you the turn off goes to your campground. You have to know the road name and be watching for it diligently. The second we realized we missed the turn it was too late and drove 3 miles looking for a place to turn around on this narrow two lane road. I finally gave up and stopped in the middle of the road and backed up on to a side road to turn around. They could use a sign just before the turn if it was permissible. I'm sure it would have been a pleasant stay if you did not need the convenience of water on your site. - Bill from Texas
Jul 2013 - $35.00
This is a fairly new park in the Boone area. The sites are very roomy. Lots of space between them. The bathhouse was very clean and well-maintained. There was a laundry facility and outside sink for cleaning dishes. The tent sites were very isolated. The owner will assist with hauling your gear to the remote sites. Lots of trails to explore. Stocked trout pond. No water at RV sites but, this was not a big issue for us. The owner delivered our firewood to our site. Very nice guy! We are planning to stay here again when we come to this area. The road into the campground from the main road was tight in places but still manageable. Stargazers will be in heaven here. - Henwilli
Jun 2012 - $6.00
You have never seen such poorly designed showers in your life. Each shower room is entered from the outside and the potty, sink, electric hand dryer (I hope they are properly grounded), mirror and yes, the shower are out in the open. If you enter the room after someone has used the shower the entire room is soaked! In other words, there is no partition between the shower and the rest of the room! We were here for 3 night and the garbage cans were not emptied. When we left, garbage was piled up at, but not in the containers. So much for bear-proofing. The grounds are pretty and the Lake offers a lot of appeal, but between the shower facility and poor garbage collection, for the new renovation, we are not impressed! One last word: at least the long 8 mile trip from 421 is not over a dusty, gravel road. It's paved. - Konnarock Kid & Marge
Sep 2009 - $12.00
Campground is really nice but the 8 mile dusty road getting there is not so nice. Our loop host was extremely accommodating and helpful. Restrooms/showers are very clean. Lake is beautiful and the campground has a boat ramp. Water and trash containers are close by. Hiking trails are fun with nearby geocaching. - Konnarock Kid & Marge
May 2005 - $6.00
Very quiet and secluded and beautiful National Forest Campground located on the banks of South Holston Lake in upper East Tennessee. No electric, water or sewer hookups but there is a dump station and water spickets to fill your tank. Very large shaded sites. Don't go here if you get bored easily because the lake is the only recreation. There is not a swimming area. Access to the campground is not easy. Approximately 8 miles or more of gravel road to reach the campground. - jmwebb
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Stayed at Vanderpool for a couple days. Owner is nice older lady but overwhelmed by the place.
Grass is nice, spaces are large with nice concrete pad, fire ring, picnic table, water, sewer, electric, both 30 and 50 amp.
The cable TV was not active and we could only get 4 channels on OTA all being PBS ones. :(
There as free Wi-Fi onsite which was decent. The system was being upgraded and had some issues but seemed good overall.
There is a nice recycle facility just a mile up, north on 421 on the right, from the RV park which is nice as we try to recycle everything.
The location is close to downtown Boone. That mean going anywhere you drive through downtown. Cute but slow.
Seemed to be more long stay, 1-3 month, guys than daily or weeklies. there were no arrivals on the weekend we stayed which was strange as the weather was GREAT.
The office was a combo retail store and hoarder decor with a bit of a smell we could not ID.
She has a big older dog that is harmless but big so let kids know this when you walk in office.
Overall a nice place to stay a day or two but most likely not return. - carl2591
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Daily rate is high. This is the only RV park in the area that stores RVs. Monthly storage rate is $60 for off site and $150 plus electric for full hookup storage + $15 per day when I am in RV. This is a good rate. Park is grass with gravel area to park RV; a concrete pad, fire circle and picnic table is at most sites. The sites are fine, not crowded together, mostly level, good utilities, some shaded. The restroom and, most especially the showers, need serious remodeling. I recommend not using them. The laundry room is adequate but needs remodeling. The owner/manager is nice but seems overwhelmed with managing the park. The office and office patio is very, very cluttered. I would stay here again because of proximity to Boone, quiet environment, good size sites. Bottom line - park is old and tired but the RV sites are good. - Dave RVer
May 2016 - $35.00
This isn't a family friendly campground. No amenities for the little ones. But we stayed here because it is convenient and easy to get into. Some of the other campgrounds in the area are very difficult to get to.
Sites aren't the best, but most are gravel with rotting decks or overgrown concrete patios. Good electric, water, and sewer hookups. Wi-Fi was OK.
Several seasonals that were worrisome.
Office is a mess and smells terrible. But I was only in there for a few minutes.
We didn't go into the restrooms or laundry.
We would go back because of the convenience. - User2989
Apr 2016 - $22.00
This is primarily a seasonal-camper place, but to the park's credit they keep some nice waterfront sites open for short-term transients. They are a mix of back-in sites and pull-offs alongside the road. The electric hookups are 30-amp only and do not have circuit breakers, so you have to plug in "hot". The bathhouses are rather primitive, are unheated, and could use a good sprucing up. They do provide free hot showers. - WxToad
Jul 2016 - $40.00
As expected, the road was tight getting here. I have a 23' trailer so it was no problem though. The staff was extremely friendly. The site was very level with a gravel patio area. It is shaded, which is very nice. The WiFi is the only issue here, it is very weak...if connected at all. But overall we will return. - fvfd1147
Oct 2015 - $45.00
We have stayed at the Boone KOA several times and always enjoy it. We are the campers that just us our RV to sleep in and are out enjoying the sights the rest of the time, so the fact that a park doesn't have an Olympic size pool doesn't concern us. The staff is always super friendly. You can request a particular site ahead of time if you call ahead and they will do their best to accommodate you. The grounds are well maintained and kept up. The sites are fairly level considering you are in the mountains, usually one or two 2x8's under one side will do the trick. The public road going up to the campground is tight and twisty as all mountain roads tend to be, but they are passable. There is a very large, well stocked grocery store at the base of the mountain when you turn to go to the campground. You can be in downtown Boone in about 10 minutes which is great. The views from the campground are scenic. Fully intend to spend several weekends this summer back there. - RVorBust
Oct 2015 - $36.00
Several miles from town in a beautiful, quiet setting. Road to the park is narrow and winding but doable. Sites shaded, thickly treed, but very difficult to level. Our pull through site had big trees so close at the front that we chose to back out and had to ask a camper if he would move his truck so that we had room to do that. - Nortguy