We arrived late one evening, got our site set up and drove into Gatlinburg to gather some supplies. Gatlinburg is kind of like a beach boardwalk, so it may or may not be what you enjoy. Even in the middle of July, the humidity was very high. It rained all 3 days we were there, so we never really felt dry. The campers beside us gave up and went to Knoxville. The river/stream is awesome. It has a good flow rate, and generates a nice sound when sleeping at night. We let the kids float part of the stream on some tubes. They loved it, but the water is cold, so have some nice big towels to bundle them up in when finished. The shade is very dense in the park due to the amount of very large shade trees. The restrooms were cleaned daily, but there are no showers in the park. I loved the park, but the damp/wet weather made our trip a bit difficult. If you had a few days of clear and dry skies, this might be an almost perfect place.
We stayed here on our return trip from Ohio to Texas. It was middle July, so it was very hot and dry. The Lee Creek that sits in the middle of the park was basically down to a trickle of flow. Only a few 'holes' contained water. Without the creek, the park has hiking trails and a swimming pools to keep the family entertained. It was too warm for hiking with our little kiddies, so we focused on the pool. It is a very nice pool area, with a splash pad for the real little ones, and a nice pool for everyone else. It has dual slides at the deep end, which the kids loved. The downside is the pool is only open from 12-6. In my opinion, that is not long enough. It should open around 10am. The camp store was very nice, as was the camp cafe, which was open for breakfast and lunch, Wed-Sun. The deer were plentiful, as were the squirrels and the flies. The park was very roomy, had clean facilities, but it just seemed to be missing some activities to keep everyone entertained. If you are looking for a nice remote place to park and catch up on your reading, this is the park for you.
We stayed here 2 nights as we traveled from Texas to Ohio. We stayed at the 'hike-in' tent sites. These were right on the lake, on a small peninsula. The sites were very close to the common parking area. We had a nice amount of shade, and the lakefront sites really helped keep the kids entertained. The camp store was nice, and there is also a designated beach swimming area that we did not get to try. I recommend this campground, as it seemed very nice and clean and the campers and staff were friendly.