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From the trailhead to CS23 per Strava is 7.56 miles and ~1200 feet of elevation gain. There are three large tent sites in broken up into a lower, middle and upper sites with the middle and upper sites having bear cables. Access to Goshen Prong is easy with a short 2 minute walk so water is abundant. The upper site is secluded and level with a fire ring, two log benches and a two close trees for a hammock.
Fly fishing is ridiculously fun and is basically a fish per cast.
All in all it’s a great site and is excellent for a summer spot to run to when it’s to hit down in the valley.
We stayed here in a fifth wheel in the new area. Sites are large with plenty of room. There is tent camping right along the River we and a new bathhouse. Lots of amenities and you can tube down the river to a swimming hole at the end of the campground. There is an entrance to the park right across the street. Close to Gatlinburg and whitewater rafting area.
Paved spots with lots of shade. Bathrooms are clean. Bathhouse has an outside sink and a water bottle fountain to refill your bottles. Lots of hiking in the surrounding area. Each site has a food storage box.
Level dry gravel pull through camper pads. I think all were full hook ups, some may have only been water and electric. Very clean and well maintained, quiet and no interstate noise.safe for families, great for kids. The trails are well maintained and all levels of riders will have a full week of fun here!!
Note: Some of the previous reviews of this campground are clearly for a different campground. Walden's Creek Campground has no pool, lazy river, activity center or camp store.
The campground is as described in the listing: A small, family-built and family-run campground. It's well maintained. Our site was tight for our big rig, but level.
Walden's Creek is a decent place to stay if you're visiting Pigeon Forge. It's near enough to the grocery store or The Island to walk or bike and avoid the awful traffic along the main drag.
There's an abandoned bridge just outside the campground fence. It lets out onto a street that borders a school complex. Take a left and go around the school, and the road will dead end at a small bridge that will put you on the bike/walking path system.
You can get to The Island via the path. Mostly The Island was not our kind of thing, but the fact that Yee Haw Brewing has a taproom there, and that we could bike to it, made it a worthwhile destination.
It seemed nice to have the option of taking a trolley to get around, but I gave up on it after only a couple of rides. The trolleys aren't on a set schedule – they simply run their routes and get there when they get there. To get anywhere along the main drag you'll need to first wait for the trolley that services Walden's Creek, which may be up to 45 minutes, then take it to the main line and wait there up to 20 minutes.
Since you're waiting out in the elements (Pigeon Forge summers are brutally humid and hot) and still dealing with traffic, the trolley is probably not your best option if you have a bike or car. But if you do decide to try it, the stop is literally right in front of the campground.
Finally, with no playground or pool, this campground is not the best place for longer term stays with kids unless you plan to use it as a launching pad for activities elsewhere.