View Full Version : Gatlinburg Report: Smokey Bear Campground

07-06-2012, 03:55 AM
Staying at Smokey Bear Campground just outside of Gatlinburg, TN. Have to say that it's a nice place!! Not a large campground by any means. The owners are very hospitable. The owner's wife walks around the campground at least once a day. She will stop by your site if you're out and say "Hello", give some advice on where to go/what to do, and is very friendly.

One of the best maintained campgrounds we've come across. Lake in Wood CG near Lancaster PA would be in that short list too. Smokey Bear has level stone sites. Landscaping is well done with rocks and flower beds. Flowering bushes scattered throughout. Rest rooms, showers and laundry are immaculate. It's not Jellystone, doesn't have a 20' water slide, but it does have a playground and pool for the kids. They had line dancing and ice cream for July 4 dessert. Our 7 yo granddaughter has been having a great time!

Very convenient to the Smokey Mtns. The park is very large....so no matter where you camp, you have a drive to get to the major visitor centers. Closest is Sugarland 20 to 25 min away. There is a bypass around Gatlinburg so no need to crawl thru town traffic. (We enjoy the park.....probably wont even walk thru town.)

Definitely recommend the Smokey Mtns and Smokey Bear Campground!!!! :applause:

07-06-2012, 05:13 AM
my youngest son lives around there, at least his house is still there. I really love the drive from Pigeon Forge to Gatlin. Glad you are having fun and so is your family.

07-06-2012, 07:53 AM
We are at Waldens Creek Campground in Pigeon Forge. It is a small campground but the rates are good and the owners are very friendly. All the sites are gravel and clean with cable power and sewer a small creek runs along side and the kids have kept it busy. I too love the Smokeys and prefer Pigeon Forge to Gatlinberg as we went to Gatlinberg and had to pay $10.00 just to park no free parking any where in town exdept the visitors center then you have to ride the shuttle back and forth to far to walk. I will not be back to Gatlinberg.

07-13-2012, 06:19 PM
Yep we stay there in March of this year...nice campground alittle road noise at night but not that bad...would stay again:)