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It’s a small but nice well maintained campground. Some of the sites are a little close together but we got one close to the showers but yet far enough away from people. At night it got very quiet and was very peaceful. The best thing is that we were able to see more stars than ever before. They even have a astronomy field for your viewing pleasure. I kinda wish I had taken more photos of the place but we just wanted to enjoy the outdoors with no electronics. Also there isn’t any service inside the campgrounds but the front office does have WiFi if you need it!
We spent 4 nights there recently. So much to do yet so little time to get it done. Being near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, The Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville etc. , it makes for a wonderful centralized place to stay so that you can do activities to your hearts contents. Zip Lines, Shopping, Hiking, Dollywood, Kayaking. One day while there we took a 1 1/2 hour drive to Ashville NC to tour the Biltmore estate. We planned on posting some photos but quite honestly we didn't have time because of all of the other activities we had going on.
I hiked out to the Caney Fork River Campsite with the Nashville Backpacking Meetup. The trails were really clearly marked, so they were easy to follow despite all of the leaves on the ground, and there were plenty of signs indicating where to go. The site is less than half a mile away from the falls, and has really easy access to the river for water. There wasn't any trash laying around that we could see, and we found plenty of firewood.
- beautiful and scenic
- Near great trails
- lots of wildlife - saw a bear!
- clean and quiet campground
- camp store nearby
- easy enough to get to with an RV
- reserved same day
- campsites are kind of close to each other
- no dogs allowed on trails (I know that’s pretty common for national parks, but it’s still something we look for)
I’ve stayed at this site a couple times now and I love the location. The site is a short and easy hike (under 2 miles) from the parking lot via the Lake Trail to the Dark Hollow Trail. The site is tucked off the trail and has access to a stream that is directly across from the site entrance. I’ve also finished the trip by hiking the loop back out by continuing on Dark Hollow to Big Valley Trail, to Ghost House Trail and back to Lake Trail (5.3 miles total). These sections of the trails are easy to moderate.