Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $73.00
Rate reflects KOA discount. The sites were tight by the river, but we had help backing in our 39' toy hauler. Wow, was it gorgeous. The other campers were friendly and we were even invited to join in with singing. Lucky us, they were quite talented with the guitar and singing. Apparently this area of the country is blessed with musical people and you never know when you may come across an impromptu jam session. Plus the people of Tennessee are very approachable. Very nice stay indeed. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
What a wonderful campground! We've stayed at three other campgrounds in Townsend, but this is the only one we would highly recommend. The staff is very friendly and helpful (one helped me position my camper just right). They were observed each day cleaning up around the grounds and the bathhouses were almost always immaculate. The riverfront sites were wonderful, though ours could have been a bit more level (reason for an 8 instead of a 10). Still, with its close location to the GSMNP and being away from the road, it made for a great stay. We will be visiting again in August and plan to return frequently. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.
We have camped here several times and they are always making things better. I would love to see more space between the big rig full hook up sites. I hate it when people are having a large fire and my electric cord is right next to the fire ring!! Heavy rains bring ants, we had ants on the power pedestal and they followed our hoses to the coach when it poured the one day! Please add a water station in the dog area, thank you. We will return, we love this area. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $60.00
We go out of our way for a KOA. But this KOA let us down. Sites very close together. Dog squeaking all day. 50 amp did not work the night we came in so had to wait until the next day - almost drained our house batteries until we figured out what the problem was. Office did come to fix it immediately the next morning when reported that the 50amp did not work. Laundry very small with only three washers (had a fourth but it only had hot water). Office was pleasant upon check in. Off leash dog park is nice but had to wait for two aggressive dogs to leave. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $62.00
The sites in this campground are small. We had a pull-through site but we had to unhook our car. Getting out was difficult because the sites are so tight. We had to have someone move a car to get out. The road out is very narrow. Good location to see the sites but not good for big rigs. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
We loved this park. The river was great to sit by and just watch. The location to Cades Cove and the Smokies was the best. Great water pressure, electric steady and cable TV worked OK, but not great (note..that may be my equipment not theirs). Easy in and out with our 34 foot with dolly tow, help if you want it but we had no problems. Quiet at night as most traffic doesn't go through the national park at night. The only issue which is common with KOAs is the fairly cramped sites and when another camper pulled in our view to the river from the main body of the RV was blocked, but it didn't bother us much as the sitting area was nice enough. We will be staying here again. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $50.00
We LOVED camping here! The campground itself does have a couple of negatives in that some of the sites are very close together and sometimes the traffic can be a little too much in some of the loop areas. However, we were amazed at the level of service by the staff. One of the staff members showed us to our site and helped us to get set up. The campground actually has a garbage pickup each morning, where you can place the bag at the edge of your site and someone will take care of it for you, which we had never seen at any other campground. We had to report a bees nest near our camper, and someone was there within 10 minutes to take care of it. The playground for the kids was very well kept and we felt safe allowing the kids to play near the creek and around the campsites. Although we weren't able to attend, we were also told that the campground organizes a family outdoor movie night on the weekends, so the staff interacts with visitors on several levels. Overall, this was one of the best campgrounds we have visited so far, and we definitely plan to return! We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $51.00
The staff was very helpful on arrival and check-in. We were assigned a pull-through site which is what we had requested. However, it was so narrow that we were unable to extend our slide outs without invading the picnic table at the adjacent site. I returned to the office and they were very helpful in getting us into a better area of the park. The site we got was a back-in with a nice cement patio. It wasn't too long but plenty of room on the sides. We had 50amp, water, sewer, cable & Wi-Fi and all were in good working order. There are lots of big mature trees and very shady. This seems to be a family oriented RV park and extremely busy over the week-ends, we arrived on a Sunday and glad we were not here earlier as it quieted down on Monday. The KOA is only 1/10th of a mile from the entrance of the National Park. It's a very nice area, but the NP was crowded, even in late September. The actual site we had was OK, but tough to maneuver a big rig. It appeared that the KOA could use some clean-up and raking. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Nice park but the sites were very close together. Luckily we were here before 'the season.' Can't imagine the 'togetherness' when the park is full. The folks here were very nice. Don't choose the sites with river views as these are even more crowded together and you will pay extra for being there. Separate showers made bathing a treat. Bathrooms were squeaky clean. Pricey but the area is a tourist area. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $48.00
Believe the ratings on this place. It is the best campground in Townsend in our opinion. We really looked for major flaws in the place but couldn't come up with anything substantial. The range of sites is great with everything from primitive tent sites to big rig pull throughs and in between. The foliage is gorgeous and the river sites, particularly towards the National Park side, are just great for wading right in and cooling off, although it was very cold right now. The playground is one of the best we have ever seen and the amenities including the camp store and restaurant were top notch. Wi-Fi worked in most of the park although near the river the signal started to get a bit weak but it worked. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We wont even look for another spot in Townsend. Doubt it could get any better than this. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $60.00
Excellent park. Staff met us outside and directed us to our site. Once setup we were able to come back and finish the sign in paperwork. Park was clean and well kept, staff were very nice. We did not use the shower house or laundry so can't comment on that. We will stay here again. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $73.00
Great location on the “peaceful side of the Smokies”, just minutes from the NP. Plenty of shade with nice ambiance along the river. Sites are tight and the place is pretty busy this time of year, especially on weekends. Our site was shaded by a walnut tree which bombed us with fruit during our stay. Tiny laundry has only four washers, and only one of them has hot water. Cable was good. Wi-Fi was strong. AT&T cell service was non-existent. (Not the park’s fault, of course, but important to know.) Entrance is a bit tight, so swing wide because it’s more than a 90 degree turn. Entry can get congested quickly, but the cheerful KOAers are quick to come out to greet arrivals and send them to their assigned spots. We paid three different nightly rates. Would like to see a weekly rate, but when you have a CG this close to a NP apparently there’s no need to offer customer-friendly pricing. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $35.00
The sites were a little tight, typical KOA. The staff was great, enjoyed talking to them. There is a lot to do in and around the CG. I was disappointed our site faced a different direction than I expected. The GC enjoyed the arts and crafts, we all enjoyed the movie. We also rented a lodge for our daughter and her family, we stayed seven nights and except for the fact it rained every day (nothing the CG can do about that), we had a great week. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.
We had a great time! Place was clean and friendly. We had a great site. We had to use the 'honey wagon' to dump. it was well worth the $10! The only down side was that the web site said lots of children activities and there was none! No movies or games like site had promised. We still had fun. The down side was all the camp fires and all the smoke...our smoke detector went off all night. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Townsend, TN, is definitely the most sane gateway into the National Park, as it is quiet and lots less frenetic than places like Gatlinburg. This KOA must be a fave for many families since they can tube on the river, buy fried chicken, get easily into the National Park, borrow or rent hot-rod bikes, and participate in activities and movies. The evening and day camp activities provided when we were here, were provided by a local Baptist church's ministry, with Bible lessons and games, so heads-up if this partnership would put you off. Maybe after we left the activities were provided by a local synagogue, but I do not know. A disappointment was the absence of an on-site or local dog playground. Since dogs are not allowed on trails in the National Park, you would hope to find a place to exercise them, but Townsend has none. The KOA has excellent staff and plenty of them, though we could do without the constant wheeling and smell of those gasoline golf carts every 30 minutes up and down the campground roads. We camped at Townsend / Great Smokies KOA in a Travel Trailer.