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There are so many amenities at this campsite for the whole family. A nice pool, games, paths, pet play areas, etc. Once you get set up here, there really is no reason to go off-site,it is a really nice KOA. We did venture out for several hikes and enjoyed seeing all of the Elk in the smokies. A super cool area!
26 is an absolutely gorgeous campsite! Houses 10 tents and the trees are so plentiful, its perfect if you're a hammock camper. Two fire pits. Tent sites at the front and back, although the sites in the back have more roots to contend with. Two bag pulley systems.
The water source is 0.1 miles down a little trail off from the front sites, and it's a trickle spring, and although it takes some time to fill 3 water bladders, it's still a decent source. Many downed trees from long ago that surrounds the site and near the main trail gives you plenty of wood for a fire. The coyotes and owls were vocal and active up there. And the highlight of our stay was we were "joined" by 2 does during breakfast.
This is a campground with lots of trees and water front lots but seems like the prime areas are filled with long term campers, so much for the 14 day limit, no openings for the weekenders near the beach area and only a couple of waterfront sites are available. The road is rutted and potholes thru out and our neighbors ran their generator all night, very loud considering I was in a tent. I’ll probably stay again but not my top choice.
If you're going to go to Smokie Mountain National Park, the is the side to stay on. Gatlinburg is absolutely nuts while Townsend is about 1000% calmer. The KOA is exactly what you'd expect. Knowledgeable staff and clean facilities.
-Fantastic bathrooms and showers. Laundry was on point as well.
-The river is beautiful
-Immediate access to the national park
-Like most KOAs, it's packed.
-Children run the night like Westside Story.
-The playground was the center hub of a swarm of bees.
Long story short, stay here. It's great.
While this campground is beautiful, the gate is still closed for the season. Website says it will open mid-April, so should be available soon!
What a great park.
From the well maintained and equipped sites and the trolly stop for transportation downtown to the good WIFI and beautiful creeks on each side, we would highly recommend this campground.
We spent four days here while exploring Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and surrounding areas.
The registration office was closed while we were there due to COVID but that didn’t change anything for us.
The only things that could make this better would be laundry on site, a larger dog area, and possibly a camp store but with everything that is located so close by, it is not a big need.
We much prefer this to the campgrounds on the strip because it felt secluded but was still close enough to not miss a thing.
The Townsend KOA is located close to the entrance of Cades Cove. It has many rv, tent, and cabin sites. The sites on the river seem to be the best. They are out of the way and a little more spaced out. We had the pull thru patio site #61. The site itself is really nice. It has a big patio and fire pit. The major downside is it’s next the main in/out and basketball court. So cars are driving by and the basketball court was slightly annoying. Lots of screaming kids and bouncing balls all day until midnight the first night. Not very peaceful. It’s weird that they put one of the nicer sites next to the court. Other than the site location everything was nice. The playground is large and nice. There’s a great store on site. The people were really helpful. Cellphone and WiFi was very hit and miss. I would definitely stay again but not in that site.