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Posted: 11/27/19 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone ever heard the phrase quiet side of the Smokies? I’ve heard it before but not sure if it was on RV NET or somewhere else. I’m curious as to what towns are on the quiet side. If anyone can help, I’d sure appreciate it.


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The quiet side of the Smokies to me are Maggie Valley and Cataloochee on the North Carolina side and Townsend on the Tennessee side. Less developed and crowded than Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge. Several campgrounds in both areas. Have never stayed at any so I can not recommend any.

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The part that they call the Quiet Side of the Smokies is actually Wears Valley, and Townsend Tenn. When you drive thru. There is even a big sign proclaiming it to be true. It also contains Cade's Cove. There are several CGs on the river. Last we were there. It was a very nice area.


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We stayed in Townsend a couple years ago when we went to the Smokies. I don't remember the name of the campground but, it was the last one before we entered the park. Right on a beautiful little stream. Cades Cove was a short drive as well as the Scenic View drive on the westside of the park. Had a great time and there was still plenty of people but, not terribly congested like Gatlinburg is.

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My first thought would have been Townsend and Caves Cove.

In Waynesville, NC (right near Maggie Valley) is a campground called Pride RV Resort...very nice.

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Posted: 11/27/19 09:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even the quiet side is getting a lot noisier than it used to be. We enjoy the Townsend area.


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Thank you for the replies. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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Posted: 11/28/19 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always camp at ELKMONT in the NatlPark and visit Townsend for supplies...

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We are local to that area. Townsend markets itself as the Quiet Side of the Smokies. Our fav CG there is Big Meadow CG which is right on the river and next door to a rafting company. Its also our fav place to do Thanksgiving as everyone there brings a dish to the hall and the CG supplies the meats.

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Just left yesterday from a camping trip in Townsend. We stayed at the KOA but have stayed in others along the river. Love the area and is hardly ever crowded (at least in the off season). Numerous places to eat as well. I could care less about going into Gatlinburg, way too crowded. My wife talked me into going just one time and people just seem to walk like cattle up and down the side walk on the main strip with no particular place to go or do. Never again!! I prefer the Townsend side and do my walking on the numerous trails that are in and around Cades Cove.


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