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For Gatlinburg I have always enjoyed staying in the town of Townsend. Not a bad drive into Gatlinburg but way less crowded and much quieter. I'm not a KOA type person but the one in Townsend is excellent. There is also another campground next door to the KOA called Little Arrow. It is nice as well. Both are less than one mile from the entrance to the Smokey Mtn. National Park and much closer to Cades Cove than coming from Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.
For Asheville, if you need to be in/near the city, campfire Lodgings is nice. As another said above, Momma Gertries seems to get a lot of traffic but I have never stayed there myself. Lake Powhatan Recreational Area is near Asheville and is pretty nice as well.


Love Townsend. The Little Arrow Campground is excellent. Stayed there in September. Big Meadows Family Campground is good as well.


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Just watched this new YouTube video, just west of Gatlinburg, but looks like a nice place near Wears Valley:

https://youtu.be/5bPLhzqd5QA


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Going to Little Arrow for next week on Townsend. Was at the Asheville west KOA a few weeks ago, nice with plenty of pull thru sites.


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At this point, only looking a place to kill time before meeting friends at Riverside.
Great replies, I have never made two pages. Thanks again!

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Riverside or Riverbend. 2 different places

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Riverbend for sure.

BTW, if you've never been there, although Townsend is very nice and very quiet, it's a long way from anything else. You're pretty isolated there unless you have no problem with traveling a good bit to get anywhere.


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A1ARealtorRick wrote:

Riverbend for sure.

BTW, if you've never been there, although Townsend is very nice and very quiet, it's a long way from anything else. You're pretty isolated there unless you have no problem with traveling a good bit to get anywhere.

Except that Townsend is right around the corner from Cades Cove in the Park, you are correct. For my money, being as far from the tourist traps as possible is a huge + but to each his own.

and another endorsement for Big Meadow CG!

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For Gatlinburg we went last year for the first time and spent a week in KOA Gatlinburg East. We thought it was great, and a lot nicer than some of the others in the area. About 10-15 minute drive into town but heavily shaded, nice size sites (for a private campground) and the owners gave it an overhaul with things like new stone on all roads within the past few years. They were talking about paving the roads. Small campground, nice pool, nice scenery. Also, the owner was on the show "moonshiners" so it's interesting to talk to him and see the pictures in the office. Not loaded with amenities but after a day exploring the national park or town our kids loved the pool and we loved the shady relaxation.

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Sitting in River Bend at Pigeon Forge right now. Got here Monday. Don’t seem crowded, 2 empty spots beside us. This is a nice place

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I've stayed at Riverbend several times and I really like it. Get a site right on the river.

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