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We don’t need much space, we have a tiny tent and don’t have any other gear, and it was still tight. We drove 2 hours from Knoxville for this. Total waste of gas. The camp slots on area -C are so close to one another that most people couldn’t use their fire pits for fear of burning their own tent, or their neighbor’s. Every time a camper came in, people panicked fearing their cars were going to get hit because the road and is so unbelievably narrow and inches close to tents and parking spaces. The space issue also means this is an extremely loud place. If you’re looking for a small spot to pitch your tent and spend some time in silence, keep going. This is not the place.
We stopped over for a night on the way to Gatlinburg. Very nice park located about 30 miles from any larger town. There were 6 couples traveling together and we stayed in site A18. The sites are small, unlevel and really hard to get in to. Every one of us had a pretty rough time getting into the site and one of our group had to change sites twice. Water, sewer and electricity on our site but our back door was 4.5 feet off the ground and required 3 blocks on the side! Good thing it was just a stop over!
Sites with full hookups, bathrooms and showers are a little run down and often have bugs (spiders, moths, etc) which is to be expected, you’re in nature. There’s a laundry room, machines are just a dollar (takes quarters) but you’ll need to run the dryer twice, there’s a big sink in the laundry room but all sinks says “do not wash dishes” so if you’re tent Camping like me, you’ll wanna bring a collapsible sink to use on your site. The west rim is considerably nicer than the east, more trees to allow privacy between the sites, The east rim is really open and feels more like a nicer parking lot for RV’s. The hosts and visitor center sell firewood bundles for 6 bucks but I’ve had trouble with them being damp and not catching on fire twice. There’s a Walmart a half hour down the mountain so I’d suggest stopping there before going up for firewood. The highlight of the place are the trails, different waterfalls, lagoons and rivers running along the way and a over 600 step staircase. The overlook is jaw dropping. I’ve had an amazing time every visit.
Wasn’t expecting much at first, but ended up being pleasantly surprised and happy I stayed here. I can easily say this is one of my favorite campgrounds on my road trip so far. Mostly because it offers so much for free. Plenty of camp spots as well as the ability to park/camp right next to the water. (There’s no Water or Electric hookups) Also, not a lot of places selling firewood nearby. But there is a gas station called Rocky Spring Mart towards the “Cuzzin RV Park” that sells some.
There’s a large boat ramp, and the park itself is perfect for fun water activities. So bring your kayak or paddle boards! There’s even a swim area.
There are flushing toilets and 1 shower stall per bathroom with decent pressure and hot water. They are cleaned daily. (If you’re a tall person you might feel a bit exposed in the shower due to the height of the doors)
There is a park manager that keeps track of every new camper. He asks a few questions and gives you a list of the rules. He’s kind, and will gently tell you if you’re violating said rules.
Speaking of which THE PARK/CAMPGROUND IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
Overall, I’ve had a fun and relaxing time here, and would definitely come again if I’m ever in Tennessee again.
Fall Creek Falls is a beautiful park. The campsite was nice and spacious, and the kids loved having swings right by our site. There a several nice hikes, waterfalls and swimming holes. There wasn’t much water in the falls when we were there last, but it was still beautiful. There is also a riding stable close by. The kids loved it! I got to ride Leonard the horse who looked a bit like the Wonky Donkey. 😂
Desoto State Park is on top of Lookout Mountain about 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, In Northeast Alabama. DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park near Mentone, Alabama. The Campground has 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. Most are Back-In Sites, with a few Pull-Thru. All sites have water, & electric, and sewer. They are about 16 feet by 60 feet deep with 50/30 Amp Service, Cable TV. There are picnic tables and Grills on each site. There are two large bathroom/shower buildings with coin-operated laundry. There is a Wi-fi hotspots at each bathhouse (wifi does not reach to every campsite) There are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as two back country campsites with shelters. Along with camping, Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappelling, bouldering and picnicking are popular.
Hard to get into but worth it. There was some mistake with after hour check in some one there didn’t leave the packets out that night. Had to sleep in the road. But the camp ground was great big space plenty of room. No camper right next to you. Water and electric but no sewer But dump station was not far away. Nice hot showers clean rest rooms.