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Old 07-15-2016, 02:57 PM   #11
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I consider myself to be a Smoky Mountain veteran as I have been going there since the early '70's and have seen a lot of changes over the years.

A member here on JOF just recently got back from the Smokies and he stayed at Smoky Bear Campground. It's 20 minutes from Gatlinburg and a bonus is you don't drive thru Sevierville or Pigeon Forge to get there! It also has a 5 star rating from Trailer Life as well.

Check it out:
Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park
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It is amazing the feedback I have gotten on this question. It is not hard to tell this is a nice area to visit with a lot of things to do.
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We just came back not 2 weeks ago from there. We stayed at Anchor Down, and it was by far a very very nice campground. The views were spectacular across the Douglass Lake into the forest with the Smokey Mountains in the background.It was not awfully far from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area

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We spent a week in River Plantation campground last year. Good location and et a lot of great folks there. It is just outside the main strip into pigeon forge in Severville. We are from NJ and are used to heavy traffic. The strip is crazy busy and touristy but we like the mix of doing touristy now and then and spending alone time in the mountains. We would go back in a heart beat. Loved Gatlinburg as well. Give us an update after your trip what you did and how much you enjoyed it.
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We were at Camp LeConte for a week earlier this year and would stay there again. Sites are a little small, but then again IMO everything in the area is tight. The owners are great and take pride in their campground.
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Got in at Riverbend for next Tues. thru Sat. no problem. First tried Anchor Down all booked up!
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I put in a reservation request for Smoky Bear. We will see what happens.
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I put in a reservation request for Smoky Bear. We will see what happens.
Have a good time and let us know how you like it.
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We just spent 5 nights at the smoky bear campground. It is a very good park. Beautiful sites. There's not a lot of spots so make sure you reserve ahead of time. It is well worth it. Very quiet and peaceful. The staff is awesome, facilities are clean. You are a 20 minute drive from Gatlinburg, but I personally liked it that way. There also a nice untraveled hiking trail right out of the park called The Old Settlers trail. Very cool. You can see old buildings, rock fences, and a river.

I really can't say enough about it. If you have any more questions I will try to answer it. I did post some about our trip under the campground forum.
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We always stay inside the Park at ELKMONT CAMP. This is a NO-HOOKUP site but does have several bath room buildings close by and water spigots...

They have many sites for generators only folks so you can recharge your batteries each day connecting your shore power cable directly to the generator...

ELKMONT has a few supplies on site but TOWNSEND and GATLINBURG are close enough to go and get groceries when you need them... We always do our shopping at TOWNSEND as it is not as crowded as the GATLINBURG/PIGEON FORGE areas...

Been going here for many years since the early 70s both Tent Camping and POPUP Trailer Camping...

the SMOKY MTNS is our special place to visit...


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