We stayed a week with friends in the sites around us. The campground is located off Little Pigeon River. We could hear quite a bit of noise from the highway into Townsend.
Our site wasn’t very shaded (and in 90+ degree heat, that would’ve been nice). There is a large field for kids and dogs to play… Just make sure to keep the dogs leashed (there is no dog run). There are a bunch of full-timers there, so the spots are limited. The pool area was nice.
We noticed a lot of primitive sites - and those were all shaded.