Stay at the River Valley Campground once and you'll likely become a "regular" …like the many campers who've been returning to our riverside paradise for the past 10, 20 or thirty years. Owned and operated by the same Cherokee family since 1964, we continue to add improvements, without losing the pristine, natural feel of our Smoky Mountains setting.
We didn’t have reservations and got to the area later than planned, so we were lucky to get the last spot at this campground. The view of the river here is amazing. We camped right on the edge of the river and the sound of it rushing was so peaceful.
The facilities were immaculate. We didn’t use the laundry room or the game room but as far as I could tell they were also very clean.
The only drawbacks are how close the sites are to the edge of the river. There was very little space between the fire ring and the river’s edge; so little we couldn’t walk all the way around the fire ring. Also, some sites have a small fire rings that leave a lot to be desired. It would have also been nice to have access to a permanent grill.
Campground was clean and everything worked well . We had a site right on the river/stream . When we opened the door we were looking at a beautiful cascade of water over the rocks. We don't fish but there were quite a few trout caught 20 ft from our trailer . The only drawback was the river sites are kind of tight for my taste. Our usual spot are NFS campgrounds with plenty of room. So if you don't mind being a little close the place was great. We had room for our canopy to be out and the picnic table wasn't under it so we we fine. My grandkids tubed down the stream and could get out right at our door. You are only a few miles from the southern entrance to Smoky MTs national park so it is very convenient .