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Most Recent Cherokee National Forest Camping Reviews
Great for Families

Lots to do in this family friendly campground. We never even left. We had a stream-side site that was quiet and relaxing and the kids loved playing in the stream. There is a water slide, pool, fishing pond, Gaga Ball and more. Our site was in a roundabout and bit hard to maneuver in with lots of other vehicles already there, but we managed ok.

Pristine camping

Cherokee Dam campground is literally one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the area! The grounds are so well-kept, and the lake is just breathtaking. The campground is near town, so you can grab some bbq or hit the local hardware store for anything you need. The campground also had a camp store for essentials. They even delivered firewood to our site.

The people running the campground were just amazing. So nice and helpful. Most of the sites have lake views. We were in site #36, and we were in our camper. Lots of space, no shade at all in this one. Most of the sites had some shade though. Picnic tables and fire rings at all.

I’ve noticed the TVA campgrounds don’t have many showers, so I was glad to have that in our camper, just be aware, you might have to wait for one if you are tent camping. The tent sites were awesome, right on the water, and a short walk from the parking lot. If you have a rooftop tent, you won’t be able to park at your site, so you’ll be sleeping in the parking lot, but you could make it work.

There’s a swimming area, boat launch, and walking trails. This is a great spot to have a great time on the lake!

Nice experience Very helpful staff

Awesome campground. Our campsite was right on the creek. The site we were at was nice and spacious. The campsite has clean restrooms with showers and a store. WiFi towards the main part of the campground. Att does not work out there but they say Verizon does. Mingo falls about a mile down the road is an awesome waterfall to go see and has a fish hatchery in the other direction.


Nice place to enjoy with family, we had a lot of fun in the lake. In the middle of the trees, as we like and close to the city. Very quiet, nice activities and people are nice!

Quiet and nice!

The kids had a lot of fun playing in the area. A very quiet and pleasant place to spend a few days and enjoy nature.

Beautiful and clean!!

Stayed in mid September 2019. Beautiful views of the lake from almost everywhere in the park. Sites are meticulously maintained by staff and the staff was more than helpful. Pool was clean with two great water slides that many of us adults enjoyed it on many nights. Some sites were larger than others and some would be best for smaller trailers or class c/van campers. Bathrooms were each large individual rooms with a toilet/sink/shower each tiled beautifully and always clean. Rented a pet friendly pontoon boat and enjoyed the beautiful lake. Local marinas also offer rentals as well. Not a bad drive to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and we had Uber/Lyft drivers both share some great local info for next time. We loved this place so much we cancelled a trip to Disney to return here in fall 2020 (this time with one of the fancy fireplace sites). Suggestion- book FAR in advance…this place fills up quickly.

Perfect fit for our camping style.

We camped in the upper section.  Our site #44, was huge.  The spaces between the sites made it feel very private. The entire park provided lots of roadways and trails that our pups enjoyed.  The camp staff were friendly and helpful.  I would rate this as one of the best campgrounds we have stayed at.

There are better options closer to AVL

In my experience as a full time RVer KOA's and there staff are typically very welcoming, accommodating and kind. However, this particular KOA is the exception to the rule. I've stayed here multiple times out of convenience, the staff has been consistently rude. I won't be making the mistake of staying here again when there are nicer campgrounds in the area.

Great Spot

Very nice camping spot next to the river. Out in the middle of no where/secluded, loved it! River was nice to float on

Go When You Can Swim!

Highly recommend this campground if you are someone who loves water.  The falls are a must see and it's a beautiful sound to fall asleep too.  Water up in the mountains never gets that warm,  but I tend to notice around June to end of August the water is at its warmest.  After a long hike around the mountains, you won't even notice the temperature.  You'll be extremely happy to just jump right in!  As a side note- you can camp at Elk Falls (FOR FREE) instead of going to Linville Falls Campground.  I couldn't find that on this website, but I highly recommend that site over this over, if you are someone who likes a more secluded, off the regular trail camping.