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Townsend, Tennessee

Big Meadow Family Campground

Townsend, Tennessee



Townsend, Tennessee
Phone: (865) 448-0625

Sites: 77
Recent Rate: $47 7/2016

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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61 Reviews

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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: 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.

Value
     
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: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 7
States Visited: 5
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.

Value
     
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.

Value
     
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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 6

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

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This is not the first time we have stayed with the wonderful folks at Big Meadow. This is by far our favorite campground. I cannot begin to explain the absolute friendliness and gracious hospitality of the owners and staff. They are by far the best! Our dog loves the dog park. The sites are level and pull through and have spacious grassy areas next to them, which makes it nice for us and our dog. The bathrooms are always clean and smell of bleach from their daily cleaning. The grounds are extremely well maintained and very nicely landscaped. We do not have children but if we did, the kids parks on site look extremely safe and lots of kid friendly fun. During our visit here this time, we stayed a week. It was a wonderful, very enjoyable vacation. Whenever we visit the Gatlinburg area, this is our number one campground and we would not want to stay anywhere else. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean, nice level sites, next to River Rats tubing which is great for families that want an afternoon tubing down the river, convenient to Cade's Cove and not that far (30 minutes) to Pigeon Forge. Townsend lives up to its motto - quiet side of the Smokies. Very little shade within the park. Will definitely return to this park. Stayed here in 40 ft motorhome with toad, no problem, especially with super size site we had. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Townsend is on the "quiet" side of the Park next to the Little River. Friendly staff. Free and very slow wifi, but Verizon 4G coverage here makes up for it. Nice dog park. The 50 amp sites have level concrete pads. We enjoyed our stay here. We camped at Big Meadow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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