48 Parks near Townsend, Tennessee
May 2016 - $20.00
This is a large campground near the Cades Cove Loop Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Park. It has NO CELL service at all, but is a beautiful getaway, with loads of families and scouting groups enjoying the park. - JBick
May 2016 - $20.00
Primitive camping with a big helping of nature. There are no showers, no electricity, no cell phone service. They do have bathrooms, which due to high traffic are never very clean. The place is pretty crowded. All this is made more than tolerable by the beauty of the park, the many things to do, and the abundance of wildlife. We saw deer, coyotes, rabbits, even a bear. Will definitely be returning. - Rebbil
Sep 2015 - $20.00
I have mixed feelings about this campground. It is in the middle of the forest yet there was lots of traffic coming through the area to drive the circle around the campground.
Our site was smallish but adequate. The site had not been blown off and so there was lots of leaves and tree debris, looked unkept. The worst part to us was the cement logs and barriers along the road, the sides of the sites and the back of the sites. I think this deters from the ambiance of the park as well as making it difficult to park into some sites.
It has no services so we brought our own water tank full, empty gray and black tanks and a generator. We also came w a full refrigerator and freezer as a large grocery is not convenient.
The circle road is only closed to traffic on Wed/Sat early mornings. I think it should be closed more for bike traffic, suggest Sun. There were a great many bikers when we were there, along w many walkers. The Visitors center is half way around and does not have any drinks so make sure you have your own with you. With all the stops we made, seeing historic cabins and other sites, it took us about 3 hours to do the loop, getting off just as auto traffic was approaching. More info in tips... - twotimes
Jul 2016 - $47.00
Clean, spacious, well laid out. All sites are pull thru. Quiet and close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance. Cable and WiFi worked well. Owners super friendly. Nice dog park. We will stay again. - plynnlinn001
Jul 2016 - $57.00
We booked this campground as we left Gatlinburg last July 4th weekend. Rates were $55/night. We arrived and were told, rates are $57/night this year and were charged the current rate, not a big deal. We chose this one as they were the only ones with a 3 day minimum compared to a 4 day (due to how the 4th fell) and we wanted to try staying on the "quiet side". My wife is Air Force Reserves and was on orders that got screwed up causing us to be delayed a day arriving. We called and they reminded us of the 3 day minimum. We were with another party on an adjoining site. They called and told us that they rented our site out the night we were not there. When we arrived they only charged us for two day (thankfully) but played off having rented that site the night before. Also upon arrival a male employee pointed to us and pointed to a spot on the pavement where he wanted us to stop. We did and he turned and walked off without saying anything. I tried to make small talk with him on another occasion and he just glared. It wasn't until checking out that he was friendly and waved. Also be prepared they are strict with the gate times. If you don't make it back by "curfew" you have to park your car outside the campground and walk in. I find this odd since you have to have a gate code to get in. Why can't they just allow the gate code to work all the time? It's not that there is just anything really "wrong", there are just many choices in this area that do a better job. The best draw for this campground is the tube rental joint next door. - Godsey97
Jun 2016 - $50.00
Very friendly people that work there. The restrooms are well maintained and extremely clean. If you have a dog. They have a fenced in dog area to let you dog run free and play with water for the dogs to drink. The river is within walking distance and if you would like to rent a tub and float the river for the day You have a choice of two places to rent a tub from. - Hkerns85
Jun 2011 - $32.00
We have stayed at this campground in the past and were treated very well. The campground is small but very clean. The bathhouse is also very clean. It is right on the river by the dam which makes fishing excellent. We will stay here again. - campingaddict11
Jun 2011 - $32.00
Close to Smoky Mountain NP, Cades Cove area, within biking/walking distance to grocery, restaurants, Smoky Mtn Heritage Center (check schedule for concerts). Most sites are too small for our Class A RV but we did have a couple to choose from when we arrived mid-week without a reservation. Nice location by one of the small dams on the river making it easy to swim or wade in the river from the campground. Tent area and sites along the river looked very inviting. - hahnderosa
Jul 2010 - $34.00
Another great stay! The grounds, restrooms and showers were immaculate. No store, but ice, firewood and basic toiletries are available. Very close to the GSM park entrance and Cades Cove. Also within walking or biking distance to restaurants and grocery store. We will definitely be back soon. - magnoliamermaid
Oct 2015 - $60.00
This is a decent park. Hookups work well, but 50 amp sites are minimal and are mostly by the road. Cell service is extremely poor, and you have to use the park's Internet. Over all, we felt it was overpriced at $60 a night. There are a couple of things you may want to be aware of before considering this park. First, our GPS advised us we were over weight when we crossed their bridge, and we only have a 32' class A with toad. Second, management has a no refund policy period. My mother passed away in Colorado, which necessitated our leaving a day early. The manager, apparently the only person who can waive the no refund policy, refused to talk to us. Finally, do not expect guests to visit while you are at the park unless you want to pay $3 per person for the "privilege" of entering the park. We will never return to this park, although we will return to Townsend. - F4phantom
May 2015 - $42.00
Our site was next to the river and was large enough for our 43'motorhome. It was a little noisy when the motorcycles travel by on the main road. The lady who made our reservation and checked us in was very nice, but there was one male employee who gave himself the title "parking pass nazi." One afternoon we had friends drop us off near our site. They stayed long enough for us to get out of their car and say goodbye. The male employee immediately pulled up on his golf cart and took this opportunity to interfere with our goodbyes to flaunt the micro power his employer gave him to tell our friends they had to move their car because someone needed to park their RV in the space next to us. He was certainly right. Someone did come in - two days later. I know every RV park needs rules, but the operators should make every effort to insure their guests feel welcomed and not treated like they are either not wanted or a problem. I think it has been eight years since we last stayed at this park. This definitely left a poor impression for a return visit. The only other negative was the poor cellular coverage (Verizon) which was not the fault of the park. I would give them one more chance. - Picture It
May 2015 - $36.00
Came here to visit Great Smoky National Park. We were very happy with our stay and the accommodations. We did a lot of research before booking our visit and decided to stay in Townsend instead of Gatlinburg. We were not disappointed. We stayed in loop A and the sites were shaded and peaceful. Tremont is minutes from Cades Cove and 30min from Gatlinburg. The campground was quiet and family friendly and free wifi was strong. If we ever make it back to this part of the world we will stay at Tremont again. - User3528
Jun 2016 - $88.00
This is a two part rating. We camped in a 45 Ft. RV with tow vehicle. This is an older facility that is NOT big rig friendly and anyone thinking it is should be VERY careful. We had to make 2 very tight 180 degree U-Turns with lots of trucks sticking out onto the road and back in. Not sure where the pull-through big rig friendly spots are but I never saw them. Once in our space with patio was nice. Very expensive - but well thought out. Utilities worked fine and where convenient. No satellite due to trees - cable worked fine.
On the other hand if you have a smaller rig this is a fantastic place for families and kids. Great playground, movies, right on the river with tubing etc. It is only 15 minutes from Cades Cove and definitely a much quieter alternative to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. With the right camper this is a great choice. With a large rig that you want to comfortably get in and out, not so much.
Staff was fantastic. Our rig is very tall and I asked them to cut a tree limb we would touch when exiting - did the next day with no problem. They guide you to the site - helpful staff. So overall - good marks if you have an appropriate size RV. - Zoey and Reba
Oct 2015 - $68.00
This place is one of, if not the most beautiful campgrounds we have been too. Location if you are a nature lover can't be beat. So close to the park. Cades Cove is 20 minutes, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are about 35 minutes. Only negative thing I can say is the staff tries to keep it "too clean." We were there at peak fall colors this year, and they literally blew leaves with gas powered blowers every day we were there from about 9 until 5. It is rather annoying. I understand what they are trying to do by keeping the grounds clean, but its too much. Don't fight mother nature. Otherwise its perfect. - 6.4 tow rig
Oct 2015 - $64.00
This is the best campground in The Great Smokies. Townsend is the peaceful side of the Smokies and is not full of tourist traps and traffic. However, your are right at the mouth of The Great Smokey National Park and only a 25 minute ride to Pigeon Forge. You will not find better hosts anywhere. They are great and really go out of their way to help their guests feel welcome. This has been our favorite campground for almost 30 years. Once you stay here you will fall in love too. - Donnacolns
Sep 2015 - $47.00
I have read many positive reviews about this campground, but we will not return. The sites are small. To give you an idea of how small, we were in a 21 foot travel trailer and felt very cramped. While setting up I was essentially intruding on the folks next door that were sitting outside. We arrived just after dark. Check-in was fine and off to the site. You cannot see the site number after dark but since the campground is small we found our "spot". Once there, I literally had to back around a tree to place the camper where it was needed. The 30 amp hookup had duck tape on the front of the box and is ground level on a pole at the rear of the site. Did I mention the pole also holds for some reason a full size unlocked breaker box. The water hook up is sticking out of the ground with a small stump between the outlet and the inlet on the front side of my camper. Don't worry I only tripped three times. Even though we camped there in September, it seemed like the Chinese New Year. There were bright green lights on the camper to my left that I think I could have reached out my window to change the bulbs. On the other side, they were of the multicolored variety. And then there were the fire pits. With the sites being so close, you may want to bring a breathing apparatus for use when going outside. It was a beautiful evening, but due to the smoke from both sides we couldn't open the windows. And the list goes on: the Wi-Fi is essentially unusable (good router signal but 75-80% of the time will not load) additionally all of the local cable channels are fuzzy (the others were acceptable).
Now the positives: the campground is close to Cades Cove and my emails were answered promptly when inquiring about reservation space.
We will look elsewhere next time in this area. - Briggsaln
Jul 2015 - $35.00
Extremely nice owners and very helpful. Nice pool, very shaded and peaceful. Only complaint is spots are very close together. - Campinrob
Jul 2013 - $39.00
This is a great independent campground. Several of the sites back up to the river; we were fortunate to have one of these (site 13, maybe the best one in the park). The staff was fantastic, and there are several great restaurants in the area, one of which you can walk to. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is just down the road. The only down-side is that the sites are pretty tight, and there is not a lot of extra parking for tow vehicles or cars. However, we heard from several other campers that other parks in the area are actually tighter! We would definitely stay here again. - barrettjl
Jun 2016 - $50.00
The sites are really close to each other. Had to work around personal vehicles to get the camper pulled in. Then all the water hookups were being used by the perminate residents. They did not even offer to give us a refund. - Hkerns85
Aug 2014 - $39.00
This is a dated campground that could use an updating of facilities. Poorly run. Several full time/long term residents and as such you get the typical full time site "clutter". Sites are close together. If both sites have campers with slides there is only a few feet between. If both have longer rigs it can be a real problem where to park your tow vehicle at your site. We were able to squeeze our truck between our 5er and the trailer next but it left our bumper only a foot from our step and just enough room to walk between our truck and 5er. We pull a 40 ft 5er with 4 slides and only a few sites are accessible due to length of sites and trees between sites. The bathrooms are fairly clean but dated. Now for our personal experience. We made reservations by phone several days in advance. I made sure to notify the place we have a 40 ft 5er with 4 slides and we were assured they could accommodate us. When we arrived the owners had left the 15(?) year old in charge. She couldn't figure out how to operate the credit card. No way we would fit in th assigned site due to length and trees on the sides. The 15 yr old gave us a list of sites that were available and told us to pick one of those and then let her know. We found a site on her list where we could fit and it was just long enough. We informed the girl we had moved to the new site. She replied "That site isn't available." I showed her the list she had given us. She replied "Someone else called in and reserved it." She didn't know how the site had gotten reserved. Suggestions to the owners: Don't leave a kid, especially one who isn't all that bright, in charge of your business. She was representing your business and not doing a very good job of it. We won't be staying there again. There are better campgrounds in the area which are better run and more accommodating. - Wadcutter
Oct 2011 - $38.00
The town of Towsend is very close to the National Park and Cades Cove which was our primary target to see at the Smokey Mountains. Being able to walk down to the Little River was nice to see. As with most private campgrounds you are limited on space, with about 10 feet between rigs. There are several "residents" staying in the park and some rigs being stored. The remainder of the facilities were functional but dated. I am not really picky about these things. However my biggest complaint was the lack of value for the park. The up front rate of $38/night was reasonable enough, but the additional fee of $5.33/per child/per day was not reasonable. Having three children over 6yrs old I was charged $16/per day. Having paid that price, $54/night, I would have gone a different park and gotten better facilities and received a better value. No discounts at all were offered/available (October-peak season ). I had stayed here before and this is why I returned but will not do so in the future. - Portable Paradise
5050 Old Walland Highway Walland, Tennessee 37886 (map) | (865) 981-4300
Sites: 72 | Latest Rate: $45.00 | 73 Reviews
May 2016 - $45.00
The sites are well maintained. Each one has a picnic table and a fire pit. The management was friendly and helpful. Campground is close to highway but you cannot see it and rarely hear it. The view of the mountains was lovely, and they have walking trails along the river. The bath house was kept clean, the showers were nice and hot, and best of all -private shower/bathrooms! The pads and driveways are gravel. We were in a 21' travel trailer and the pad was long enough for our trailer and truck to fit comfortably. - Rebbil
Apr 2016 - $45.00
Don't plan on getting any sleep at this campground. Evidently there is a rooster that lives there and it starts crowing at about 4:30AM and goes incessantly for three to four hours strait. Lot spacing was nearby with a sunny/open exposure. Site surface is gravel featuring a fire ring and picnic table. - LoveCamping2000
Oct 2015 - $45.00
This park is way overpriced for this time of year. $45.00 a night is at the weekly price. They had closed the pool and there was no hot tub for the rv park, yet each cabin had a functioning hot tub. Sites are large and long, but friends had trouble getting out of their "extra long" site due to a large rock and a camper parked partly in the road. Beautiful "smoke" some mornings on the mountains. Be prepared for the cold wind that keeps the campground COLD from sunset to @10:30 am at this time of year. - mhollis1
Oct 2013 - $32.00
The park has pull through and back in gravel sites and cable. This is a nice park in the country and 1/2 hour from Cades Cove. Verizon good, Wi-Fi fair and road noise was at a minimum. Beautiful mountain views. Love this area. - Tim M.
Jul 2010 - $13.00
This is a nice, quiet park about 10-15 minutes outside of Sevierville. The people are friendly. TV reception was hit and miss, but we didn't go to the area to sit and watch television. No playground equipment or pool, but we are retired so not an issue for us. If you're looking for plenty of stuff to entertain kids with, this is not the place for you. But, if you just want a small, friendly park then this is a little gem. We would not hesitate to stay here again. Rate is for CCUSA. - AuntSmurf
Jul 2009 - $25.00
We stayed here at Smoker Holler from July 3 - 12th and loved our stay. It is located 9 miles off the Parkway from Pigeon Forge and is in Sevierville. It is only 4 miles from Townsend and you can be in Cades Cove in no time at all. This is a very quiet park with beautiful mountain views. We really enjoyed this park because we loved being able to go hiking in the mountains and didn't have the traffic of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg just to get there. We have always stayed in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and also visited those areas while staying here but found that we loved going to Townsend and Cades Cove on our trip. If we hadn't have stayed here we would have never visited all of these new areas. The owner is very nice and she will even walk over to your campsite to help you pull into your spot if you need it. She likes to make sure that she gives you the old fashioned service that you don't get anywhere else. We found her through our Camp Club USA membership and received 1/2 off for our stay. At $12.50 per night for my husband, myself, our son and our dog. You can't beat that at all. She welcomes you, your kids and pets. This was the only park that we have stayed at that has huge sites. The back ins and the pull through sites. It was nice not getting woke up in the morning when your neighbors are leaving. We didn't hear a thing! This is the quietest park! There is also a nice big pavilion to use for larger groups or just to go up there and sit under for shade or eat at the picnic tables. The work campers are super nice too and will let you know what to do in the area. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. Our son, who is 14, enjoyed staying here too. He liked riding his scooter on the paved road next to the park. This park is gravel and grass, but they are very level. There are many stores, gas stations and a laundry mat within a short driving distance. If you need to have a pool, concrete sites or noise then this is not the park for you. If you want a simple, quiet park with awesome mountain views then this is the park for you! We can't wait to stay here again! - Ladymcgyver210
Sep 2015 - $28.00
Stayed 5 nights. Ground by water sewer and electric stayed wet and muddy the whole time. sudden drop off on site so had no choice but to be in the mud. Site was not level. No showers or bathrooms. Good Wi-Fi and Cable. Lot of seasonal. Owner trying to sell. - Biggyrat
May 2015 - $21.00
Stayed 1 month (nightly rate based on monthly rate). Very large site with lots of space between sites. We pulled our MH straight in and hookups were on the left side which was fine for our hookups but if you had a trailer or fifth wheel and backed it in the hookups would be on the wrong side. There were other sites that had the hookups on the correct side so make sure you ask about the site. Our site was so long that we could have probably gotten 2 motor homes into it and it was easy to get into from paved road. There was a mix of seasonal, monthly and nightly. Very well maintained and mowed regularly. WiFi was standard campground speed (sometimes medium slow and sometimes agonizingly slow) and signal was good. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
I don't think they had a shower/restroom building but we almost never use them so I never looked.
Would recommend staying in this park. - Ramblin On
Apr 2013 - $34.00
There's no resort here just a RV Park. Staff is helpful, sites are quite large but not very level. All sites are gravel. No laundry or restrooms. They do take Good Sam although it's not noted on their web site. Several of the sites have the hookups on the left side requiring you to pull in instead of backing in. Nothing exceptional just average facilities except size of sites. Nothing much for kids to do. Cable TV requires an adapter box be installed in your TV coax input to access all the cable channels. If you only have HDMI connections then you're going to have problems. - lllkrob