Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion is the largest in the park, surrounded by the scenic forest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located in a secluded and private section of the Smokies, this pavilion is a popular place for group trips. Natural Features: World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian culture, Great Smoky Mountains is Americas most visited national park. At 1,900 feet, Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion provides a moderate climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves a rich cultural history of Southern Appalachia. From the pre-historic Paleo Indians to the early 19th century European settlers, the park strives to protect the historic structures, landscapes and artifacts that tell the stories of the people who once called these mountains home. Recreation: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hikers paradise, with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short, leg-stretchers to strenuous treks, with a number of which accessible near the picnic area. Hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies: Fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and auto touring are also popular activities. Visitors can enjoy high-quality backcountry fishing in the cool waters of the countless streams and rivers that snake through the mountains, with trout available in abundance. A one-way nature trail and scenic drive is accessible from the park, providing the type of views the Smokies are known for Wildlife viewing is a popular pastime, and with around 1,500 bears living in the park, most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to spot one. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy. The park also holds one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, outbuildings, churches, schools and grist mills, have been preserved or rehabilitated in the park. Facilities: Twin Creeks Picnic Pavilion can accommodate around 150 guests and offers a covered eating area, multiple grills, flush toilets and other modern amenities, making it an ideal location for a party or family get-together. The pavilion may be reserved for a full day. Nearby Attractions: Gatlinburg, a one of the Smokies famous tourist towns, is located just over a mile from the picnic area, offering visitors tours, organized rafting trips, museums, restaurants, galleries, an aquarium, skiing and more.
This site is nice due to its close proximity to Gatlinburg but you also know what to expect when you pick a campsite near to a large touristy town. Low key and small sites but being in this area of the smokeys is worth it because of the amazing hiking.
Twin Creeks is a lot like most other Smoky Mountain camping spots, so you kinda know what to expect. Hot in the summer, awesome in fall and spring, and really cold in winter, so pick your season according to your tastes. TC is pretty close to Gatlinburg, so if you want camping, but still want to be pretty close to civilization for eating and shopping, this one might be the one for you.
We met up with friends at their site here and we were very pleased that we had not stayed here :/ It was clean, well maintained, and a great price for the distance from some awesome attractions. But it was clearly geared towards RVs and would have been a totally 'open' experience with close neighbors. Definitely would be a decent place to stay in an RV though.
This is one of the cheaper campgrounds in the Gatlinburg area. They are always crowded. The sites are very small and there is no privacy. I would not recommend tent camping here at all. There are some small dorm style cabins available for rent and places to put RVs. Those options may be a bit more fun but tent camping here was not relaxing.