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Townsend, Tennessee

Big Meadow Family Campground

Townsend, Tennessee



Townsend, Tennessee
Phone: (865) 448-0625

Sites: 77
Recent Rate: $57 9/2016

Latitude: 35.684748
Longitude: -83.740075

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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 yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • 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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64 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:      

Our stay here was good. Big Meadows was very clean and well maintained. The turns in and out of the aisles are a little tight for a 45 footer. This is the only reason for the 9. The proximity to The Smoky's & Pigeon Forge is excellent. It's close enough to be handy and far enough to be on the quiet side. Everyone was friendly and nice, the staff was always out working making the place look good.

Beware, if you are out past curfew, the gates lock and you have to park outside and walk in. It's a little weird being locked out of the place if you are not back before curfew, but we're not out after midnight anyway.

Will definitely stay here again. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
69
Site Surface
Concrete
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:

The proximity to The Smoky's & Pigeon Forge is excellent.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived on Friday, departed on Sunday for a 2 day stay. It is not a large campground although was clean and orderly. Rules and regulations are strictly enforced. Must have a pass code to enter--very secure. Extra auto costs $3.00 extra per day. Campground is adjoining "River Rat" tubing and hundreds of people take advantage of the river tubing-especially on hot days. Therefore, during warm months, expect lots of people-particularly on the weekend. I recommend going through the week, if possible. Townsend is a very quiet town with not many things to do for entertainment; therefore, I suggest using this campground for R&R through the week if that's what you are looking for. There is no swimming pool -- just a kids small sand playground and wading playground. No tents allowed. Owners were nice and kept the grounds clean and welcoming. An ideal place for a couple looking for R&R or if you have kids and you like river tubing. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
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
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pigeon Forge, TN is approx. 17 miles from Townsend--Gatlinburg, TN a bit further. A narrow, extremely winding, mountain road connects Pigeon Forge and Townsend. I would NOT take a large/long RV on this road - very treacherous! Several good hometown restaurants and a couple of family activities. Otherwise, a very quiet, relaxed town nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains -- extremely scenic.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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: 34
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

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. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We drove through Cades Cove and saw a bear! Drove to Clingman's Dome and all through Smoky Mountain National Park. Went to Dixie Stampede. Next time, we would like to check out all the shops on Wears Valley Road.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $57.00
Overall Rating:      

Our experience was very pleasant. Staff was very helpful.

Was very easy to back in. No limbs in the way. Was left clean from previous camper.

View of the small river across the street.

This was our first trip ever in a travel trailer and our first trip in our new unit. I would recommend this park very highly. We have already made reservations for next year!! We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
One
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
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:

Family Dollar and grocery store about half mile away. Next door to River Rat Tubing. Very close to hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. We have been tubing with the River Rat in the past and it is great fun for adults and kids.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here before & we love the staff. Everyone is nice & helpful. We stayed at another campground & did not like it because people came through the grounds all hours of the night & day. Big Meadow is gated. They have a nice laundry room. They have a water park & playground for the kids. We will continue to stay here! We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Very close to Cades Cove. Easy to get to Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg. Townsend is the quiet side & we like that! There's plenty to do in Townsend.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Had a wonderful stay for 5 days. Would definitely stay again. Everyone & everything was very nice. Most sites are pull thrus and have concrete pads and picnic tables. We had a nice shade tree also, but it did not interfere with the slides or the awning. Plenty of room on both sides. Only problem was as we were leaving and an employee stopped us & said we were going the wrong way. When we tried to explain we were following not only the "exit" sign but also other campers that had just left before us, he was very rude and tried to say we tore up the grass when there was no damage to the grass at all. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Very nice place to stay to visit the Sm0ky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Cade's Cove. While you are in a quiet rural area with a wonderful view of the mountains, you are just a short drive from any of these. If you go, make sure and stop at the Smoky Mtn Heritage & Cultural Center right down the road. Also recommend the Goat on a Mountain Alpine Coaster. It is a blast!!!

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at Big Meadows Family Campground for two weeks. It was our first visit to this campground and we really liked it. We had a gravel site, which was slightly off level, but not bad. There are plenty of concrete sites as well. With the exception of the sites near the river, almost all sites are pull-through. The staff is very friendly and keep the park up very well. The people camping there were nice and courteous as well. Over two weeks, we never had any excessive noise or rude neighbors, or even any dogs barking uncontrolled. I am glad we did not get a spot near the river. As others have stated, there is a road between the campsites and the river that has quite a few cars traveling down fairly quickly. Campground is very convenient to the National Park (especially Cades Cove area), as well as Pigeon Forge. We would definitely stay there again. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you like hiking, the National Park is great. We hiked about 65 miles, enjoying trails such as Chimney Top, Ridge Mountain Loop, Abrams Falls, Spence Filed/Russell Field Loop, Andrews Bald, and more. We also really enjoyed eating at the Pottery House Café at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. Great food and prices.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

The people are great. they even offer to park it for you. I wouldn't stay in the sites up front next time (#4 this time). The road is very busy and loud. But the river is pretty across the road. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

We had booked 8 nights at Cades Cove Campground in late July. What were we thinking? As much as we love Cades Cove in April or October, with no hookups it was just too hot for us to enjoy our stay. We left after one night and went looking for a campground with hookups. Big Meadow was our choice after looking at about 6 campgrounds in the Townsend area. The campground is very clean and although the sites are close, the concrete pads were level and provided plenty of room for our slides with a picnic table and fire pit. The staff was friendly and helpful and the campground was relatively quite after dark. It filled up on the weekend nights with friendly and courteous campers. The location was great, close to Cades Cove and just a drive across Wear Valley to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We visited Cherokee and fished in the Smokey Mountain National Park streams. We stayed in a motorhome and would stay again if we came in the hot summer time. This was the 20th anniversary of the park so we hit a special rate. Pay for two nights at the regular rate ($55 for a premium pull thru) and get the third night for $20. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Location was excellent for access to the National Park (especially Cades Cove) and river tubing, with nice grocery and local restaurants nearby. Campground very clean and manicured. Space between sites was good (spaces might feel tighter when the campground is full) with plenty of room for a family of 4 adults and 2 small dogs to cook, eat, and sit around talking. No problems with water pressure or electrical service. Good walking areas for dogs, with bags provided. My only concern was the locked gate from 11pm - 7am (no exit or entrance). I specifically asked about this at check-in (after reading other reviews) thinking surely the gate worked with the code. I was told no. When I asked what if we have a medical emergency, I was told to call 911 and they can get in. I asked about leaving earlier than 7am to go see bears in Cades cove. I was told someone is usually in the office between 6:30-6:45 or we could leave a vehicle outside the gate. I do appreciate the security and the secure feeling I had while staying here, but this situation was a little intimidating. Otherwise, great campground and we will return. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Premium pull thru
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed 2 months, Like the park, owners very nice, caring and always working doing something. Park well groomed. Were only booked for 1 month but stayed 2 months. Will definitely be back. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
72
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

My family and a I leave our travel trailer here and come and go through out the year. We just got back from an indoor water park facility in Sevierville and were once again reminded as to why we love Big Meadow and Townsend. The traffic in Sevierville/Pigeon Forge was simply nuts. If you want the quiter side of the Smokies yet still want to be close to the busier areas you are still close enough yet don't have to put up with the headache. Big Meadow just updated their splash pad and my kids loved it. The access to the Little River and tubing doesn't get any better as its right next door also. Also, the size of the sites is better than other campgrounds in the area. I have stayed at others that literally took me what seemed like forever to back in to. Can't go wrong with Big Meadow, we love it. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

A great campground in a very nice location. Wonderful staff. The sites are level in well laid out park with good facilities. The sites in the front of the park are next to the roadway and can be a bit noisy, but the trade off is being adjacent to the Little River with easy access. The road noise would not be a problem if the local law enforcement enforced the posted 25 mph speed limit. We saw some cars on the roadway that had to be doing 50 plus within just a few feet of out rig! Sites not adjacent to the road in the park are much quieter and work fine though. We thought the site was about $10 over priced given the fact it was almost empty. Aside from the road problem in one sector and being a bit overpriced, it is an excellent park and we will definitely return. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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